Archiving Through Tumblr

  In a sense, I have been practicing archiving for a little over four years now through the blogging website, Tumblr. I don’t post any original content of my own so my blog consists of purely things that I’ve “reblogged” from other people that I follow on the site. It is literally a collection of […]

 

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In a sense, I have been practicing archiving for a little over four years now through the blogging website, Tumblr. I don’t post any original content of my own so my blog consists of purely things that I’ve “reblogged” from other people that I follow on the site. It is literally a collection of things that appeal to me, that have been created and produced by other people. I usually browse through my own blog whenever I’m looking for inspiration/content for a project. I do also partake in bookmarking certain web pages that have content that I’d like to reference back to.

I chose the above gif from my Tumblr archive because I believe it describes my blog pretty well, artistically and metaphorically speaking. There are times where I’ll be inactive for a few days which represents the calm after the colorful burst, but when I start posting again, I reblog tons of images and gifs in a short period of time which is represented by the colorful burst, itself. My Tumblr is the epitome of everything I’m interested in and like, in terms of visual stimuli.

I also like the fact that this gif is looped very cleanly and can be viewed as anything from space or an eye.

Responding To Great Advice

After reading Professor Michael Smith’s blog post, which contained some awesome advice from previous CT 399 students, I was immediately struck with inspiration and motivation to work harder at figuring out what I want to do with my time and finding new ways to create original, or just generally creative content. The most helpful bits […]

After reading Professor Michael Smith’s blog post, which contained some awesome advice from previous CT 399 students, I was immediately struck with inspiration and motivation to work harder at figuring out what I want to do with my time and finding new ways to create original, or just generally creative content.

The most helpful bits of advice were:

  1. What you make outside of class is as important as what you make for class. 

I’ve always had this mindset that “I just need to do this assignment for class and then I’m free to do whatever even if that means doing nothing at all”. That is not the proper way to thrive within this major. In order to really develop a sense of what you can do and what you can’t – you have to constantly be working on something; no matter if it’s a small project or something that requires a bit more time. The key is to just always be making something, even if it’s not a requirement for a class because that’s how you grow as an artist.

  1. Take responsibility for your work, develop sustainable working habits.

This is definitely something that I need to work on. I procrastinate too much and am constantly putting off work. Overall, I really don’t have good working habits. I need to start working on things as soon as I come up with ideas on how I want to go about doing them, rather than just waiting until the deadline approaches because I could be using all that extra time to make it even better.

  1. Considering content that already excites you.

I actually already do this. I’ve been accumulating a lot of images and gifs that I’ve found over the internet, specifically Tumblr, within the last few years and this has really helped me figure out what I’m interested in and what themes I’d like my own content to have/portray.

  1. Organizing/archiving interesting content, opinions, tutorials, etc.

Although I’d really like to do this, I feel like this would take some time but the organization factor really appeals to me and I’m looking forward to seeing all my different interests categorized neatly. I may come to some sort of understanding in regards to what inspires me and how I can develop those inspirations into making more things.

Documentary Awareness

After watching the documentary titled The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, I was immediately overcome with so many different emotions that I wasn’t quite sure which one to write about. I’m amazed at how much Aaron was able to accomplish within the short amount of time that he was alive, but I’m […]

After watching the documentary titled The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, I was immediately overcome with so many different emotions that I wasn’t quite sure which one to write aboutAARON SWARTZ INSPIRATION. I’m amazed at how much Aaron was able to accomplish within the short amount of time that he was alive, but I’m also upset and enraged that the government put so much stress on him that he decided to end his life before it had really began. Aaron Swartz is truly someone to look up to in terms of being an incredible creative and technical innovator. He brought so much awareness to the underbelly of politics with regard to the Internet and I believe he’s someone that young people can aspire to become like. He truly wanted to make the world a better place by bringing technology, information and people together. All he intended to do was spread information and make it available to any and everyone no matter their financial status. And it’s irritating to know that the government tries so hard to keep things from its citizens (the very citizens that keep the government running) and go so far as to punish people because they don’t trust us with certain information. One of the quotes from the documentary that really inspired me to make the above poster is: “So secrecy serves those who are already in power and we are living in an era of secrecy that coincides with an era where the government is doing also a lot of things that are probably illegal and unconstitutional. So those two things are not coincidences”. – David Sirota (columnist, Salon). The government itself is just so corrupt to the point where a lot of people have lost trust in the United States government and I think that’s so terrible to know because if the citizens of a country can’t rely on their own government when it comes to giving them access to things that should be public, then who are they to turn to in times of need and change?

Finding Portrait Inspiration Through Tron

So for my GIF The Portrait digital storytelling project, I decided to use Quorra from Tron: Legacy as my inspiration. Tron: Legacy is one of my all-time favorite movies for the music, special effects, character designs, plot, etc. I love … Continue reading

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So for my GIF The Portrait digital storytelling project, I decided to use Quorra from Tron: Legacy as my inspiration.

Tron: Legacy is one of my all-time favorite movies for the music, special effects, character designs, plot, etc. I love the idea of a “digital world” existing and it’s just overall a great franchise to get into.

Quorra (played by Olivia Wilde) isn’t necessarily a huge inspiration for me, but more so a source of admiration. Throughout the movie she’s portrayed as being very pure in regards to her motives and actions. She knows a lot though reading books but doesn’t necessarily have any real knowledge of the outside world, but she’s always curious and willing to learn. She’s also amazing at driving, fighting, critically thinking, and has a beautiful way of viewing the world and is able to admire the things that regular people usually take for granted. Her features as well as her unusual haircut also make her very appealing as a character.

I don’t really find anyone (fiction or non-fiction) immensely inspiring, at least not so much where I’d want to dedicate a project to them so I just decided to use a character that I enjoyed watching.

It was very difficult to find a portrait styled image of Olivia Wilde as Quorra. Most of the pictures I found are of her profile which isn’t what was asked of this assignment. I was lucky to stumble upon this one so I quickly saved it and decided to use it. I find this photo of Quorra very interesting because it’s one of the very few that are in black and white. The Tron: Legacy franchise prides themselves on the hypnotic and electrifying lights and colors that are shown all throughout the movie and on their products so to have this photo be in just black and white really made it stand out from the rest.