Saturday, April 13, 2013

Projector Tec Demo

For this Demonstration I will be using the following two projectors:

1. Optoma Pico Projector

"Easily portable. Good range of connections. Minimal rainbow effect. Long-lasting LED light source. Can run computer-free presentations from internal or external memory."
Optoma PK320 Pico Pocket Projector

2. BenQ PB8250 Projector

"The BenQ PB8250 projector is out-of-production." However, it is a typical projector and most projectors will work the exact same way, same cords and similar menu options.


VGA Projector cord will hook up to a computer or laptop, and a RGB Component cord will work with a DVD player or PS3 console.

VGA Projector (left) or RGB Component (Left)

VGA does not have audio capabilities. For that you would need a DVI cord connected to an HDMI.
DVI (top) connected to HDMI (bottom)

The Pico uses an Optoma Universal (24pin) (instead of a VGA on both ends) to VGA 0.5 m f/ PK201/PK301; it is a rather long name for a short (19.7"/50 m) cable.

VGA Projector (Left) to Optoma Universal (24pin) (right)

"Optoma makes these great little projectors, among them the PK201 and the PK301. Optoma calls them Pico Projectors. They're so small there isn't enough space to fit all of the different input and output connectors you might need. So Optoma engineers created what they dubbed a Universal 24 pin I/O connector. Now they can go crazy creating all sorts of cables to meet your needs. One end plugs into the Universal connector and the other end can have whatever plug or plugs you need.

In this case the "other end" contains a standard VGA connector. So this short cable with the long name allows you to pump VGA computer video into your PK201 or PK301 Pico Projector."


Friday, April 12, 2013

Video Art II Compilation

Audio & Video Works:

Cold Industrial
Cold Industrial Music
Queen Kong
                     Curious Danger
Meghan and Herself
Liquid Color Compilation
Flickering Moments
                     A See of Color Compilation

                Wiki Entries (

                     R_69 (2013)
                     Monster Movie (2005)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Pipilotti Rist

Birth name Elisabeth Charlotte Rist

Pipilotti was a nickname given to her when she was a child, the name is from the novel Pippi Longstocking

Born June 21, 1962 in Grabs in the Swiss Rhine Valley, Switzerland (currently age 51)

She lives with her common law partner Balz Roth. They have a son, named Himalaya. Since 2004, she Lives and works in Zurich and in the mountains of Switzerland.

As an artist She works with video, film, and moving images which are often displayed as projections.

She studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Vienna, until 1986. Then later studied video at the School of Design (Schule für Gestaltung) in Basel, Switzerland.

From 1988 through 1994, she was member of the music band and performance group Les Reines Prochaines.  

From 2002 to 2003, she was invited by Professor Paul McCarthy to teach at UCLA as a visiting faculty member.

From 2005 to 2009 she worked on her first feature film, Pepperminta

Some other popular works include:
I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986)
Sip My Ocean (1996)
Open My Glade (2000)

Her works have been exhibited widely at museums and festivals throughout Europe, Japan and the US. She has won many prizes between 1987 and 2010, including the Joan Mirò Prize in 2009.

Arts task is to contribute to evolution, to encourage the mind, to guarantee a detached view of social changes, to conjure up positive energies, to create sensuousness, to reconcile reason and instinct, to research possibilities and to destroy clichés and prejudices.

As previously mentioned in my proposal for A See of Color, Pipilotti Rist's artwork will be influencing this project. Her Installations, Ever is Over All (1997) and Sip My Ocean (1996), both have qualities which I am pulling from; mostly the sense of environment she creates for the viewer, and a similar technical setup with projectors.

Ever is Over All(1997)
Pipilotti Rist
Audio Video Installation

Sip My Ocean (1996)
Pipilotti Rist
Audio Video Installation
More Info

Friday, April 5, 2013

A See of Color

For this final project I will be creating a multi-channel installation, titled A See of Color. It will include two projectors overlapping each half of the others screens. The first of the projector images will be displayed on the corner of two walls, similar to Pipilotti Rist's Ever is All Over. The projected images will extend from floor to ceiling as to immerse the viewer into the created environment. Technically, I have not had much experience with projectors, and the experience I did have did not produce positive results. Therefore, with this project I will be exploring the use of projectors and how they can be used in a unique way to give a different feeling to the visual experience of the viewer.

The viewer will see an imagined environment created by the combination of the two projector's videos. One of the videos will be a mesh of moving and exploding color, while the second video will be created from still images that have been taken from a website that I designed about color (  The second video will be the physical content and the first video with the color will represent the deeper aspect of the first. Overall, the combination of the videos will create an imagined environment that will transport the viewer into a new space.

See of Color Compilation (2013)
Loop, 13:39.20
Multi-Channel Video Compilation

Monday, April 1, 2013

Flickering Moments

Flickering Moments (2013)
Meghan O’Bryan
60 second shot video

flick·er  (flkr)
v. flick·ered, flick·er·ing, flick·ers

1. To move waveringly; flutter: shadows flickering on the wall.
2. To burn unsteadily or fitfully.

To cause to move waveringly.
1. A brief movement; a tremor.
2. An inconstant or wavering light.
3. A brief or slight sensation: a flicker of doubt.
4. Slang A movie.

[Middle English flikeren, to flutter, from Old English flicerian.]


In this video I wanted to explore the relationship between water, fire, and reflecting light. There are multiple candles which are spaced between varying sizes of glass bowls and glasses which are full of water. An overhead fan is on full speed which is affecting the flames and causing greater movement in flickering light and its reflection off of the glass and water.  The fast movement of the flames, the slight movement of the hand held camera, and the angle of the footage being turned on its side causes tension and some irritation to the viewer. The sound in the video is of the fan, which is a sort of dull white noise. This video would also do well as a loop without the title and end credits.

There were no edits done to this video, which I found difficult because of how different it is from what I usually do with video. I normally tend to do a great deal of editing to create what I am looking for in my final piece. After watching this video a few days later, and being able to sit back an get a fresh look at the video, I would have like to work with the sound more. Perhaps getting a strong sound of the flames flickering and little to none of the fan blowing sounds. Or on a different approach, a sound environment of a temple with meditative chanting from monks would give the piece more depth and create an environment.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Liquid Color

This is my proposal for the Multi-screen Video Project.

For my project there will be three screens; two side by side smaller screens and one large screen on the opposite side of the room. The smaller screens and the larger screen will be facing each other. Specifically two computer monitors and the large main projector in the computer lab.
The subject matter is diffusion, using food coloring in a glass of water. The diffusion represents how one single idea can spread into something bigger and when ideas of many different types come together, the assortment of possibility becomes abundant.

The first two screens will have the same three glasses of water in different angles. The glasses will be in a row with the colors being yellow, red, and blue. Computer one will drop in order, one by one, and when finished computer two will continue dropping color one by one, this will then be followed with computer one reversing the color starting with yellow and continue to loop through again. Meanwhile on the projector, there will be six glasses placed in a triangular style like bowling pins; three glasses, two behind them and one behind those two. Starting on the far left front glass, yellow will be dropped, then red in the second front glass. Orange will be dropped in the second row left glass which is behind yellow and red, which make orange. This will happen again with red, blue and purple, and again with yellow, blue and green. This series will loop, while in sync with the two computer monitors.

Behind the glasses will be a green screen. For the video, there will be a diffusion like effect with a white background and black liquid substance in each screen. However the effects will vary so as not to have the same exact background in each screen. The sound will be a mixture of underwater sounds.

Below is a brainstorming diagram.

The final result was altered slightly. Below is a video of the combination of the other videos in the project.

While shooting the footage, I found that it was difficult to drop the colors in a sequence because of the varying length that the color took to diffuse. As well as when I edited the footage in Final Cut, the green screen color looked more yellow over all and when I took the green from the video, all of the colors were affected. This happened in all of the footage takes. Therefore the colors became almost neon which lead me to the decision of changing one of the video's background to black and the other to white.

From here, the majority of the video was very different from my original approach. The effects that the videos had made them feel more as though they were an imagined environment. I changed the large screen video from rows of glasses to two large bowls inside of one another to add more flow.

If I were able to do the set up different with the new type of videos, it would have been within a smaller room and the videos would be projected equally sized, floor to ceiling, on three walls. The video that was described as "larger" in the original set up would be in the center, with the two "smaller" videos on each side of the "larger" video. This would create more of an immersion feel for the viewer as though they were standing within the environment.

I also added to the environment by adding a natural underwater sound which included whale sounds. This went well with the water like feel of the liquid colors and made it seem similar to an underwater like environment perhaps on an alien planet of sorts.

Overall, the video was not as it had been originally intended, however, I feel that the final product was a more successful installment than what the proposal piece would have created.

Liquid Color Compilation (2013)
Meghan O'Bryan
Multi-Channel Video Compilation

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Portraiture Continued

Meghan O'Bryan
Loop, 0:52.00

A self portrait. In this video I was trying to create a way to show both my outward appearance as well as the make up of my mind and my positive potential. The sitter on the left represents my outward and introverted self. The sitter on the right is a reflection of myself and a representation of my inward self; the constantly blooming flowers represent my ideas and my personal growth. The space background represents the vastness and boundlessness of my mind; the sound helps to enhance this as well as show the simplicity that I strive for in the peace of my mind. The bursting, fiery color shows my creativity and will to push forward. Though my outward appearance seems bored and frigidity, in reality my mind is exploding a million miles elsewhere.

Monday, March 4, 2013


(pôr'trĭ-chʊr', pōr'-)
  1. The art or practice of making portraits.
  2. A portrait.
  3. Portraits considered as a group.

n., pl., au·ras, or au·rae (ôr'ē).
  1. An invisible breath, emanation, or radiation.
  2. A distinctive but intangible quality that seems to surround a person or thing; atmosphere: An aura of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters.
  3. Pathology. A sensation, as of a cold breeze or a bright light, that precedes the onset of certain disorders, such as an epileptic seizure or an attack of migraine.


Meghan O'Bryan
Loop, 1:00.00

A self portrait. In this video I was trying to create a way to show both my outward appearance and my inward personality. I am an introvert for the most part, I usually only open up to show my inward self around close friends and when I am alone. The actions that I am doing demonstrate my outward appearance; usually bored with what I am doing and where I am, and fidgety actions which is me looking to be elsewhere, particularly where my mind is. I pushed the chroma key to create holes in the video; this represents that the video is a reflection of myself and for the viewer to see into me in a sense. The background image in the video is a compilation of things that I am interested in and a bright and colorful mess within my mind. The music also enhances this in the sense that I am excited about many things, eager to go and explore and to move. The shattering glass is a representation of distractions and mistakes that I make in the outward self and the possibility of making them work and fit into my inward self's music.  The music and sounds are accompanied by my own voice saying a few things about me. The voice is very quite and almost impossible at times to understand, this is how I feel that I am heard in society, my voice is to small to be heard and it is drowned out. This is an overview look at myself.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Roving Eye: Aura and the Contemporary Portrait

The Roving Eye: Aura & the Contemporary Portrait
Oakland University

"This exhibition explores the work of international contemporary artists fixated with portraiture. It considers: the sitter, the artist and, you, the viewer. It proposes to facilitate a fresh look at portraiture, to re-evaluate and reclaim it as a practice central to the artist rather than the amateur. In this context the artist is the only genuine author of authenticity. To glean an authentic essence or presence, each artist must liberate the genuine aura of the sitter: this elusive thing that possesses immense psychological and emotional octane. An effective portrait captures something essential that can only be seen and felt by the viewer in the presence of the likeness. If we value portraiture, we must nurture the form, reconsider its role within the context of contemporary art, re-presented it, and support its practitioners."

It seems to me that the most notable aspect of both A Dozen Useless actions for grieving blondes #1 and Sleep is the inherent relatable features that each contain within itself. In Sleep, due to the video being line animation, it is not very relatable to the audience. However, its generality does afford it some ability for the reader to envision themselves as the subject. The other piece, however, is very striking in this regard. The photograph pictures the young woman in such disarray and so close up that it is very powerful to the viewer, even to a personal level. Dick Goody illuminates one reason for this, stating, “Portraits that meet our gaze possess a distinct advantage. They have already pre-empted us, because when we stare back at them their expression remains infinitely impervious. Winning them over is impossible” (Goody, The Roving Eye: Aura and the Contemporary Portrait, p.5). In addition to the sitter being so visually large and creating eye contact with the viewer, she also exhibits such powerful emotive forces within the viewer due to the extreme distress she appears to be under. This only lends more power to the photograph as it stares down the viewer with such dominating forces governing it. Sleep does lend itself some unique qualities in its demonstration of motion. The use of motion here captures not just a mere moment, like in a photograph, but an action, a process which we all can understand and grasp. This means rather than just a moment being on display, it render unto us a more 3-dimensional understanding of what is happening, creating its own sense of power. In these ways each work of art lends its own distinct qualities to the perceiver, conveying differing responses.

Sleep (2008)
David Shrigley
DVD, Edition 3/6

A Dozen Useless actions for grieving blondes #1 (2009)
Rosemary Laing
C Type photograph
30.5 x 52.56 inches (77.5 x 133.5 cm)
Edition of 8

Monday, February 11, 2013

Curious Danger

Meghan O'Bryan
1:29.00 minutes
appropriation video

A boy wanders around outside when he sees something that is curious to him. He goes to the location of the curiosilty which happens to be a lab with unusual and almost alienistic scientific experiments happening. The boy is involved in an experiment which leaves him disoriented, and then finds himself wandering around outside confused as to how he reached this location and what happened to him in the lab.

The appropriation is from The Nature of Sound (1948) which is a video of a "Boy uses his radio equipment to demonstrate how sound is produced and transmitted." (

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Queen Kong

Queen Kong (2013)
Meghan O'Bryan & Mike Zeile
30 Seconds
Chroma Key Video

With the use of chroma key, we were able to create a sense of crawling up the side of a skyscraper on a windy day. The sounds used were a mix of city sounds and windy gusts to imply location and atmosphere.

Chroma Key [krəʊməˌki]
a special effect in which a coloured background can be eliminated and a different background substituted 

Also called: colour separation overlay

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Fair Use and Appropriation

fair [fair] use [v. yooz or for pt for mof 9, yoost; n. yoos]
the conditions under which you can use material that is copyrighted by someone else without payingroyalties 

ap·pro·pri·a·tion [uh-proh-pree-ey-shuhn]
1. the act of appropriating.
2. anything appropriated for a special purpose, especially money.
3. an act of a legislature authorizing money to be paid from the treasury for a specified use.
4. the money thus authorized: a large appropriation for aid to libraries.


Two articles:
Fair Use by Negativland
Susan Stoops, Martha Rosler: Bringing the War Home, (1967 - 2004)//2007), (Agitprop, p 58-63)

This post is in response to these two articles.

Negativland has a very forceful and even crude way of appropriating. I agree that anything should be able to be used in appropriation, however I feel that there needs to be a good deal of consideration to the person(s) whose material the artist is appropriating from, just as Fair Use states. For example, in the U2 song, negativland is having a negative impact on Casey Kasem's reputation. Fair use is a very tricky thing, without having very specific guidelines to follow, appropriation can cause a great deal of trouble for artists, as it has with Negativland.

Martha Rosler creates a strong message with her use of appropriation on topics of war and social conversation. The way in which she uses appropriation changes the setting and the discussion on what the original would have brought to the viewer, or even a similar message a viewer had received but stronger with the other materials that were appropriated. I believe the way in which Rosler uses her practice of appropriation is very much held within the idea of Fair Use.

The Gray Drape (2008)
Martha Rosler 
Appropriated Images

U2 (1991)
Digital Mesh Song

g(raphic) i(nterchange) f(ormat)

GIF [gif or jif]
1. a set of standards and file format for storage of digital color images and short animations.
2. a file or image stored in this format.

Origin: 1985–90; g(raphic) i(nterchange) f(ormat)

GIFs have been gaining a lot of interest lately in the art field. They have the motion that a video creates, but the fact that it is a constant loop, though a short one, has interesting opportunities; I believe this is what makes them so popular lately.

Perseverance (2013)
Meghan O'Bryan
640x480 pxls, Loop

This particular GIF I created using a found video of blooming flowers and two found images, one of a light bulb and the other of a trash dump. I used Final Cut X to edit the video and then I imported the video and images into Photoshop as layers to edit the rest and create the loop or GIF.

It represents the idea (light bulb) and the ability for life (the flower) to continue through its cycle (growth and decay loop) even if surrounded by harsh and unwanted environments (burning trash dump).

R_69 (January 24, 2013)
rrrrrrrroll (GIF Animation Group)
500x281 pxls, Loop

This image is of a traditional Japanese style setting, including a traditionally set table and four floor pillows. A young female is sitting on a floor pillow, possibly waiting to eat, as the image has her and the four floor pillows rotate clockwise around the table on a continuous loop.

The image I choose to show as an example in class is R_69 by rrrrrrrroll. They are a group of Japanese friends who create GIF Art. They began creating GIFs in April of 2012 and have gained a lot of attention in Japan as well as in various other counties including the United States.

"At a rate of roughly two a week, they've been appearing on a Tumblr blog called rrrrrrrroll that is dedicated to the project and run by a group of friends."

Here is the link to their Tumblr page:

Monday, January 7, 2013


Meditation has been a large part of my life, especially in my yoga practice; so listening is something that I am very familiar with. I have different types of mediation that I practice, one type involves concentrating on every sound in my environment and identifying what it is, what it is doing, and how it relates to the other sounds around it. Another type of mediation that I practice is the exact opposite; shutting out all distractions, including exterior sounds and then focusing completely on myself. This includes listening to my breathing and my blood flow while shutting out any stray thoughts. In addition, I have a type of mediation where I tune out every external sound including sounds that are my own, and I focus on listening to my thoughts and their process. Each of these three types of mediation gives me insight on many different things, but they all revolve around listening, not just hearing, but listening.

When we did the first assignment in class, it was not a new process to me to focus on sounds and identify all that I could hear. I really enjoyed doing this and I knew that for me personally, the best results would be from an outside environment. The possibilities that can be heard outside, especially on a college campus, have a great range and cover a wide variety of sounds. When I put the sound clips together, I did it as a story unfolding in a cold industrial setting, hence the title of the sound clip. First the truck arrives, crates are unloaded from it, it pulls away; snow crunching footsteps approach, pass, and a sneeze is heard; a chainsaw starts, is used and is shut off, all the while traffic continues in the background accompanied be the cold winter wind. Step by step events, when put together creates an environment, that by most people who hear this sort of environment often would be familiar enough to identify it by a sound clip.

Music is just a sequence of sounds placed together in an aesthetic composition. For the second part of the assignment, I found that creating a musical sound clip not entirely a difficult concept. Adding a constant beat and a few rhythmic sounds or repeating sounds, I was able to create an aesthetic composition or music piece with the sound of my cold industrial environment that I created.

I find that listening is a very useful and even interesting experience. In my personal experience, I find that good relationships with others are based on trust and communication; and the best way for both of those ideals to work are by true active listening on both persons’ roles. Also, I find that I learn about myself when I listen to myself. I learn to understand why I have certain habits that I do, why I like something more than I do something else, and even where my place is in my life. Not even where I am in my own life but how I fall into place in the world is something that I have found through the practice of listening.

Sometimes I find myself lost in thought, thinking about my busy schedule and I am somehow pulled from my thoughts by another person who happens to be passing me in a hallway or at the next table over eating their lunch while working on their computer. I take a moment and think about that other person and how they have just as much as a life and family and ambitions as I do. I listen to what they are doing, I think about the similar daily activities they might be doing at that moment and how I do them too, the sounds they are making, munching on their sandwich or the clicking of keys on a laptop. I find it to be a very humbling feeling; just knowing that I can hear little bits of a complete stranger’s life. Knowing that though they may be sitting in the same room as me, their world is far away from mine and I don’t really matter in their life web of events, even though some of our actions are so similar, yet some so very different. Listening can open worlds for you.

Listening is a verb, it is more than just hearing sound. Hearing is an action that most humans do instinctively, mostly as an innate survival technique, but it is a passive action. Listening is actively using one’s mind to understand and comprehend what is happening. Listening makes differences.

Cold Industrial (2013)
Meghan O'Bryan
1:30.10 minutes

This audio piece depicts a winter industrial environment through a mesh of individual sounds found in Final Cut X. This invented environment is based on a real existing environment that was observed and was later recreated by memory and minimal notes.

Cold Industrial Music (2013)
Meghan O'Bryan
0:59.53 minutes

This audio piece is based off of the audio piece, Cold Industrial. The sounds that were used in Cold Industrial were rearranged to create a cold industrial "musical" piece.

Later Comments from me on the project:

When going into the second part of the project I thought that it would be fairly easy, just add some rhythm and a nice beat. When I was composing, if you stretch to that word, it most certainly was not as I had pictured in my mind, though I didn't think it sounded like noise exactly, just a very poorly written piece of music. Now again when I listen to it, I feel that it sounds more like noise then it did to begin with. I feel that this may be because when I originally put it together I was very familiar with the individual sounds because of the activity that we did; now that there has been some time between then and now, I hear less of the individual sounds and more of the whole. I think this is important to keep in mind, that when I am creating sound for a video I need to give myself time away from it, just as a painter needs to step away from their canvas and look at it from afar, from a different angle.