Sunday, October 26, 2008

Drift 2 Help Session

Hello, all.

We meet tomorrow (Monday, October 27) in B18 for the first Help Session
for Drift 2. Bring what you have on your laptop or drive so that we can
help you troubleshoot whatever technical issues you may be having.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Drift 2 Practice Crit, Editing Discussion

Hello, all.

We meet tomorrow in B91 for a selection of past Drift videos and
discussion of Drift 2 procedures.

Remember that your Drift Assessments and Ten Questions are to be posted
to your Research Blog by 3 PM tomorrow.

This is to (hopefully) inspire you to go out on your Drift 2 walks this
weekend. As you realized during Drift 1, the more time you have to
review and edit, the better.

Many of you have already used your digital cameras to add imagery to
your Drift 1 blogs, but if you need some reference on how to use any of
the features of your camera, check the FAQs and manuals on the Tutorials

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Drift 2 Overview, Drift 1 deadline

Hello, all.

We meet tomorrow (Monday, October 20) in B91 for an overview of Drift 2,
along with a review of upcoming deadlines.

Drift 1 is due tonight (Sunday, October 19) at 10 PM (moved up from
5PM). Review the grading criteria to make sure you're not missing anything:

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Drift 1 Final Crit

Hello, all.

We meet tomorrow (Wednesday, October 15) in the Lab rooms for the final
Drift 1 Crit. Make sure your Drift 1 blog is finished and fantastic so
that when your Lab Instructor clicks on your link, we go straight to
your amazing Drift 1 blog to listen to your field recordings.

Please take any feedback/suggestions you receive to improve and
fine-tune your blog. The drop-dead deadline for making changes to your
Drift 1 blog will be this Sunday night. Your Lab Instructor will not
start grading until Monday, so you have lots of time to get it done and
get it right.

Again, here is the Drift 1 grading criteria:

One thing that seems to be happening with Mac users is using the wrong
version of Audacity. If you have an Intel Mac (to check, click on the
Apple icon in the uppermost left, then click on "About this Mac"), you
need to be using Audacity 1.2.5 and the libmp3lame-osx-universal-3.97
(zip) Lame Lib.

If you have an older PowerPC, you will need Audacity 1.2.6 and the
LameLib-Carbon (sit) Lame Lib.

Okay. See you all tomorrow.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Final Drift 1 Help Session, Ximm is coming

Hello, all.

We meet tomorrow (Monday, October 13) in B18 for the final help session
for Drift 1. Take advantage of this session, since it will be the last
opportunity to get one-on-one time with us (other than office hours)
before the Drift 1 Final Crits on Wednesday, October 15. At those crits
we expect complete Blogs, with Drift Map, Drift Strategy, and five field
recordings posted and working properly.

Check the Drift 1 Grading Criteria to make sure you're on the right path:

I've sent an e-mail to UITS requesting that your PantherFile allotments
be increased to 2 GB. In the meantime, if you're running out of space,
remember to empty the trash in your PantherFile to free up extra room.

We'll see you tomorrow.

P.S. Sound artist Aaron Ximm will be visiting our class in November, so
let's get a head start by reading his article:

Here is his website, for further perusal:

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Found: microphones in MIT 353

If you lost a pair of mics after visiting MIT 353, send me an e-mail.

Drift 1 deadline change, Help Session #2

Hello, all.

After reviewing all of the Drift 1 Blogs yesterday, I calculated that
2/3 of the class had not created a Drift 1 Blog (47 of you), or had
initiated a Drift 1 Blog with no posts. This tells me (loud and clear)
that most of you are not far enough along on your Drift 1 projects, for
whatever reasons.

Therefore, I am pushing back the Drift 1 Final Crit until Wednesday,
October 15. Monday, October 13 will be dedicated to an additional Help
Session in B18.

As you realized during the Crits on Monday, it is hard to get a good
dialogue going about your work if there is no work to discuss. The
Crits are designed to give you twenty sympathetic viewers who will be
looking and listening to your work with a fresh perspective (which is
critical after you've been cooped up in your studio for so long, bonding
closely with your Drift 1 Blog and recordings).

So, make sure that your Drift 1 Blog is finalized, complete, perfect,
shiny, and brilliant by 3 PM on the 15th so that your Lab Instructor and
classmates will be able to properly experience your work and give you

We meet tomorrow for another Help Session in B18. We can look at your
work from your Drift 1 Blog (or PantherFile), or you can bring your
materials on a CD-R or external drive. All of us will be there to help
you with scanning, SonicStage, Audacity, Blogger, PantherFile, and
GoogleMaps. We are also available to listen to your field recordings
and help you make smart editing decisions.

[Note that I did not mention microphone issues. That's because we
expect you to have already completed your Drift walk and captured plenty
of raw recordings by now. If that isn't the case, you are way behind,
and you will need to scare up some serious hustle to get up to speed.]

See you tomorrow.

First Year Film Students: Art-A-Thon and free pizza!

Just a reminder to all first-year Film students that Art-a-thon is
Friday, October 10 from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm. Registration is at 10:45,
MIT 323.

Please sign up for the various workshops. Choose two workshops, one from
11-12:15 and the other from 12:30-1:45. (If you have a class and can
only make one, please come anyway.) The sign up sheets are posted
outside Undergraduate Advisor Allison Cooke's office, MIT 323. Your
studio instructors will bring your class over to sign up.

Accepted Workshops for the 8th Annual Art-a-thon:
"Image Transfer and Collage"
"Creating Patterned Cloth"
"CS3 Extended Animation"
"Drawing into Printmaking/Mail Art"
"Character Development and Stop Motion Animation"
"Exquisite Digital"
"Flex Wax Casting"
"Andrew Goldsworthy"
"The Figure: Fractured, Collaged, Drawn, Painted"
"Trace Monotypes: Printmaking without a Press"
"Post-It Project"
"Exquisite Corpse"
"Animation Station (Phenakistoscopes)"
"Mapping Milwaukee: Drawing and Collective"
"Kinetic Drawing"
"Cardboard Habitat"

Bring your drawing boards with clips, paper, and drawing supplies.
(Almost all of you are in drawing this semester, but if you are not and
do not have these supplies, we will provide them.) Some workshop require
that you bring some images or research with you, so please read the
workshop description carefully. We will furnish all the other materials
needed. We have several different workshops, everything from life
drawing to image transfer to iron on t-shirt transfers to printmaking to
cardboard habitats and more. The first workshop is from 11:00 - 12:15
and the second is from 12:30 –1:45. The workshops are followed by a huge
exhibition and pizza party (with a drawing for prizes galore!). There
will also be an Art Fair during the pizza party with information about
Graphic Design, Art Education, the Laptop Initiative, PSOA Advisors,
Artist and Display and Utrecht Art Supply Stores, and more.

Also, bring music cds/ ipods if you want. We like music in all areas and
will have some cd players.

Plan to arrive at 10:45 to register in MIT 323.

This event is just for all of you. It will be a fun day to meet other
art students and instructors and to make art that is different from the
classroom assignments. Best of all: it is FREE!

Check out our posters around MIT and ART. They were created by Kathryn
Kemmis and Marie Finke, both former Pre Art Student now in Graphic Design.

We all look forward to making art with you that day. See you there.
Frankie Flood

Frankie Flood
Assistant Professor
Director of Foundations
Department of Visual Art
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Drift 1 Rough Crit

Hello, all.

Tomorrow (Monday, October 6) we meet in the lab rooms for in-progress
critique sessions led by the Lab Instructors. Make sure that your Drift
1 blog is up and running, and that you have enough material posted to
talk about in class.

I'll be sending out preliminary Research grades (Soundwalk Response and
the first Reading Response) beginning tomorrow. Keep in mind that the
PDF copy of the spreadsheet you receive will indicate the Research point
total so far--I will send updates throughout the semester following
other Research deadlines. Note that if you haven't yet scanned your
Soundwalk maps/notes/sketches, please do so and let me know of the
changes to your Research Blog.

We'll see you tomorrow.