My name: Aymee (Amanjot) Batra
Major: Biology
Experience with computers and software: I don’t have much experience with computer and software.
Experience with art: I do have a lot of experience with art.
Something interesting: I graduated with a class of 16 students.
Artistic Interests: I’m very interested in videography
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Groovy Aymee


First Homework Response: "TALES FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, BOUND BY LAW? TRAPPED IN A STRUGGLE SHE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND" By Day A Filmmaker
The comic book article unquestionably draws attention to abstract laws and regulations for copyrights. The article brings attention to how
"accidentally" including someone else's work can cause issues as well as problems in your own representation of the art piece. The article exemplifies how to guide artists through some steps to educate and avoid further issues with copyrights.
Appropriation is a big topic in today's art world. The fine line of appropriation can honestly get confusing and tricky at times. The question pops up, "When is it okay to adapt and represent a culture or a group of people?" Appropriation most times can be either good or bad. An example of bad appropriation is demonstrated during the 2012 Victoria Secret Fashion Show. During one of the catwalks on the runway, a supermodel wore a tribal headdress (warbonnets) representing her outfit as "sexy Indian". Through history and found in present day, the warbonnet is founded in the American Plains Indian Nation. The Warbonnet is worn by male leaders who have earned great respect in tribes. When the Victoria Secret model wore the warbonnet she misrepresented the headdress as well as the Native Americans culture and heritage creating an example of bad appropriation. When there is bad appropriation, there is good appropriation, driving our attention, a positive example of good appropriation is during 2015 Met Gala. The famous singer/artist, Rihanna, wore a fur-trimmed robe by Guo Pei, a Chinese courtier, whose work was also displayed in the Met exhibition. The specific piece also laid out a shade of yellow only worn by the emperors of the Chinese Dynasty. Rihanna not only represented the outfit by acknowledging the outfits historical background she also recognized the designer and the inspiration behind the work.
In my opinion, I do believe artists should get credit for their own work, but at the same time adapting to popular culture and society allows art to evolve, making some art pieces fair to use to create new art.
Copyright is tricky and with laws and rules that apply to it, it makes getting and receiving credit for artists easier and more efficient.


Exercise 1 Presence Absence

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A.Batra GW Map 2018



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Foggy Bottom no ground A.Batra



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Seasonal Whole Foods, A.Batra



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A.Batra Waterfall and $2.99 mandarins


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Oranges and traffic 2018 A.Batra


Old, New, Borrow, Blue
For this project, I started off with a black and whitephoto found in the archives.
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After choosing the photo I cropped the photo and reselected the students, the teacher, the desks, and chalkboard.
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cropped Archive photo 2018
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Then I decided to relocate the class from inside to outside and into a remote area. suor6v8ey0dz.jpg
From there I layered my photos and removed the mountains, sky, and tree from the image and replaced my sky with a photo taken by me. I also removed the tree in the center from the meadow picture.IMG_2553.jpg
After, I took the picture I took cropped and reselected the sky and replaced it in the original scenic photo.

From there I placed the class in the meadow with a new setting and colorized the photo to create the final piece.

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Final Piece after all the steps. AB 2018

The final piece isn't done yet! I have to adjust some flowers to make the image more setting and replace the chalkboard with a city image.
Project 1 Completed
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The final image above.

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Sources: Bridget Riley LEARNING FROM SEURAT (Book on patterns)
General Chemistry By H. I Schlesinger (Chemistry book from 1937)
The Second Coming By Walker Percy ( Random book title {Second Coming} generated from a website)
French Art PREHISTORY TO THE MIDDLE AGES by André Chastel (Book on art and architecture)









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Pencil Sharpener !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Article Response: Rosaline Krauss

In this text, Rosalind Krauss explores the human relationship to video and the way that we view and recognize ‘mediums’. She begins the article by comparing an artist’s paintings to videography and alikening the application of symmetry that painters use to video. This symmetry is demonstrated by the fact that artists will, on occasion, point to the center of a canvas to “invoke the internal structure of the picture or object”. Krauss then follows up by asking the reader rhetorically, “how do you point to the center of a TV screen?”. This question is supposed to illustrate that the medium of a static painting is less complex than that of a moving image, and the rest of the article is Krauss expanding on the thesis that the medium of a video is narcissism. However, the statement is hard to grasp and understand because it’s a nod towards a psychological condition rather than a physical one. Krauss attempts to define ‘medium’ in the ways that the reader has most likely heard it before. She defines it loosely as a human being used as a conduit for media — just as a psychic may be used as a conduit between the physical and spiritual worlds. This helps illustrate the point that the medium of a video is narcissism for the sole reason that a video is interpreted based on the way that we, as people, relate to it. Narcissism is our inherent selfishness as people, and it heavily affects the way that we consume media.
Even though when this article was written, Krauss’ theory might have been correct, I believe that in 2015 she might have begun to disagree. In 2015, our media became less focused on how we can relate to the videos that we consume and more on how we can live vicariously through those videos. People decided that instead of watching shows about their lives they decided that they would like to watch shows about the things they don’t understand or experience because it is something that deviates from the norm. In 2015, the medium of a video switched from narcissism to experience. Even though they are not physically present for whatever is happening in the video, they still feel as though they are walking in the shoes of the characters or whoever is filming. The most prominent examples of this is the way YouTube gamers will film let’s plays on various games and the watcher will feel as though they are also playing the game despite not having a controller in their hand.
In conclusion, I believe that our relationship to videography and it’s mediums is constantly expanding and growing. The media that we prefer to consume changes based on the generation that makes use of it. While right now, we use videography to live vicariously through a video’s subjects, in the future, our use could totally change based on our societal needs. Because we spend so much time online, we don’t feel the need to actually go out and experience the things we watch online.

















Conceptual Strategy Video:



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Series: Almost Home
Artist: Do Ho Suh
Art piece: Door Knob, Wieland Strasse,18, 12159, Berlin, Germany, 2016
Form: The piece is made out of Polyester fabric, stainless steel armature and is presented in a LED display case.
Content: It’s a contemporary piece, replicating a doorknob with fabric as well as detaching the object from any overall space as well as isolating the object.
Context: The specific color of the art piece is represented by dark green signifying the artist memory of where he once lived, Berlin. The isolation of the object focuses in on great detail on the door knobs.
My interpretation: The art piece Door Knob, represents a sentimental memory of a normal everyday object people use. When only focusing on this object zoomed in on very fine detail you notice a disconnection of the everyday use and the actual object. As it is not a real doorknob because it’s made out of fabric, It gives you the idea that this doorknob may have been someone’s past but is also possible that's someone else’s future.

Concept strategy: Focusing in on a specific household object allowing the viewer to slowly adjust to details and defocus on other objects in the room. Using a specific color or LED to reflect the mood.



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Artist: Anish Kapoor
Art piece: Turning the World inside Out,1995
Form: made from stainless steel, with dimensions 148 x 184 x 188 cm
Content: (Post minimalism, Kinetic Art) smooth shimmering sphere
Context: Turning the World inside Out is meant to portray a cosmic symbol. The art piece is described as “at once timeless and eternal”. The indent in the top of the sphere is depicted as a naval for a lotus flower to blossom based off the hindu myths.
My interpretation: When I see this art piece I think it literally means turning the world inside out. The steel represents the earth without any nature and how destructive we have become creating buildings and highways. The indent signifies the worlds slow destruction.

Concept strategy: Finding a simple object in nature that stays the same throughout seasons and isn't stripped away or destroyed. Noticing the flaws as well as the strengths in the video.

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Artist: Tom Sachs
Art piece: Bösendorfer, 2008
Form: plywood, marshall amplifier, electronic keyboard
Content: re-makes masterpieces of engineering & design, with simple materials duct tape, plywood and old used objects.
Context:Taking old and new parts and re-modernizing and engineering it.
My interpretation: The concept of this piece is like old, borrowed and new.
Concept strategy: Creating a video with a compilation of old, borrowed and new with the bases of consisting factors.




My conceptual strategy piece is based on Do Ho Suh. For this piece, I created two videos with an estimated time of both 1 minute 30 seconds. Do Ho Suh focuses in on simple household items as well as details and his inspiration based on his memories of his life. The work that inspired me was his piece "Almost Home" made out of fabric and thin wire. Like most of his work, he uses details and the color of his fabric to express his message. In the conceptual video I have created, it is of a girl walking into a room and doing her work, As normal as it is as a college student we focus in on the desk, the desk is covered in all paper as well as the lamp, flooring, and outlets. Just like Do Ho Suh I took an object ( the desk ) and replaced it with paper that has some significant meaning in my life because it is of all my notes taken in the second semester of my freshman year of college. In the edge of the desk where the black paneling is connected, I used gum wrappers for two reasons, gum is sticky and holds things together and the panel holds the desk together and the second reason is the gum wrappers are a part of my first semester at college. In the next video, it is a video of the same girl doing the same thing but through the effect of Lumetri scope. I thought this was interesting because it shows another side of the video like the waves and motions of each action that we do in our everyday lives. The details are surrounded by the waves in a more in-depth way. Like Do Ho Suh's artwork, the Lumetri scope relates back to my life and my memories. The purpose of the waves and motions signify atoms and molecules which I study for my major.