Category: GIF

“Every Conversation I Never Overheard” A Soundless Video Art Commentary

“Every Conversation I Never Overheard” – a second iteration forward.

Ryan Seslow, 2019, Multiple Channel Animated Video.

I feel that physical scale plays a role in the development, impact and sharing of works like this. I always ask myself, can it hold up on Instagram, Youtube or a website? The answer is obviously yes, but asking the question helps me give it further contexts to look into. There is an old outdated version / part of me that can still recall past teachers and mentors instructing that I shouldn’t share this new “work in progress” on the web until after I have shown it in a more traditional public art space. (How limiting) Thankfully, that is not my idea but one that was constantly shared with me (and the others around me) for many years. I never took that advice. I’m happy about that. I’m sure that I missed hearing a lot of the reasons for why or why not, and that’s also a good thing.

“Every Conversation I Never Overheard” puts an emphasis on the overstimulating visuals that I experience in my daily soundless travels through transit in NYC. As my ability to wear and use hearing aids degenerates rapidly I have been spending more and more time not wearing them at all, especially when I am alone and in transit. The less I hear, the more I see, and the more I see the more I hear inside. (re-read that last stanza) I see in narratives that seem to splice themselves together into a continuous sequence of scrolling communication. This is a first attempt at bringing together the visual aspect of the sentiment and experience.

*This art work is a part of the Ongoing Online Exhibition: “Communicating my Deaf & Hard of Hearing Self”

York’s CT101 GIFs the Portrait Collab Style

The CT101 GIF the Portrait Collab – Spring 2019 Edition!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1z5I2d6kBVBtge0Yv1STQfgzHM_2BiGLu

The link above is an active google drive folder that contains all of the source content that amounted to the collaborative GIFs above. CT101 students from 2 sections at CUNY York College contributed to the project. But wait! This is only part 1! There is more to come, that is why the link above is so vital!

The synopsis, portraits of people who influence and or inspire us are used as a subject for the group animation. The images are re-sized and rendered in photoshop. Then, they are stacked into frames to produce the fast morphing effect. Then, they are extended for further hacking, reorganizing and the re-manipulating of the images, GIFs and video content available. We want to push this idea further!

In class on 4/9 we talked about using the Quicktime application as a video looping / capturing display and presentation platform. (the video above is an example) What are the potentials of multiple screen recordings and overlaying videos to create expansive ways to communicate our content? We are curious.

What will you do next? Will you take the risk of clicking on the google drive link to expand the unknown?  We hope so! Outcomes can be added to the CT101.us media library or e-mailed directly to me here – Rseslow@york.cuny.edu

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