Assignment 5 – Digital Identities 2

Use your tutor’s feedback on Assignment Four to help you develop your Assignment 4 “digital identities” project to the point of resolution. The method of presentation that you choose for your project should be appropriate to, and complement, the work you make. Your work may suit a print-based submission, or it may be appropriate to present your work in a book, audio-visual form, web-based project or installation.

I examined the feedback to Assignment 4 and then worked through some ideas presented by my Tutor Andy.

One of the main concerns I had as I worked forward through the course was building an understanding of how to create works in the GIF or moving visual format.

To begin with I had to first look at what Glitch photography and Glitch Art was as I had not encountered it before, so I could fully understand the definition and parameters within which I might be working.

My aim was to produce a set of self portraits using the themes of isolation and digital overload during the pandemic with the intent to finalise in assignment 5 a number of images influenced by surrealism, photomontage and Glitch or movement within the work.

My research covered a number of artists working mainly in one or other of these areas including Sabio Visconti; Phillip Stearns; Adam Scott Miller (“Flux Connector”, 2014); Roger Dean (“Dream”, 1978); Rodney Matthews, Karl Ferris; Mario Klingemann; Simon Roberts and Anton Raderscheidt.

I looked at Susan Sloan’s stillness work and during the process of examining how these works were created, I encountered the site which produced moving elements from single images using a system called Deep Heritage. I was fascinated by how similar to Google’s Deep Dream it was.

Works Created, some carried over from Assignment 4.

6 slices through time

6 Slices through time – Self portraits over the years

Covid on the Brain

Covid on the Brain – Social Media Overload

Deep Dream

Deep Dreaming

Portrait through the years

Portraits Through the Years

Portrait through the years Mosaic

Portrait Through the Years – Mosaic using found images.

Self Portrait Mosaic using Found Images

Self Portrait made up of Found Images

Number 30 enhanced

Self Portrait Single Image Deep Heritage 1 From Number 30

Number 83 enhanced

Self Portrait Single Image Deep Heritage From Number 83

Trees and Feathers

Tree, Feathers and Text Edit Glitching

Work Submitted for Assignment.

Glitch 1

Self Portrait Glitching (Animated GIF)

Glitching 2

Glitching 2 – Electrical Overload

Deep Dream 2

Deep Dream 2 – Self Portrait over Van Gogh Starry Night

Deep Dream 3

Deep Dream – Self Portrait through Several Iterations of Processing

Series of TIAs Nerve damage

Transient Ischemic Attacks make me less human

Social Media Blows Your Mind

Social Media Overload just blows your mind

2 Faces

Overloaded Digital Herm

Limitations of the GIF format meant that sound could not be included, so I created an MP4 video version which allowed the sound.

New Normal out the window.

Looking Out the Windows at the “New Normal”

Melting Glasses.

The genesis of the idea came from a series of nightmares I had after receiving my Covid-19 vaccine, exacerbated due to my poor health.

Face Melting Riffs

I wanted to retain the nightmarish quality of the portrait by placing the portrait hovering in the midground.

Self Evaluation.

At first I really struggled with the techniques involved in the creation of these works; my usual knowledge of Photoshop and my Photoshop skillset was fairly limited. I found learning the new techniques and the additional Adobe After Effects application a challenge, but enjoyed the process.

I was able to utilise some online versions of Deep Dream to create images. During this assignment I went as far as trying to build a Deep Dream computer,  After weeks of struggling however I felt that I didn’t have the time due to my deadline. I hope to return to the idea later.


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