For their first project, students
focused on the work TV Garden (1974), by pioneering
video artist Nam June Paik. They wrote their reactions
to the artwork in their journals, and then digitally photographed
the piece. These photographs were used as the background image for
their first Flash movie. Their instructor, Yael Kanarek,
was interested in encouraging students to go beyond their immediate,"gut"
reaction to the art through the process of making their own Flash
movies. As students learned the software program Flash MX,
they explored both new technologies and new ways to interpret the
artwork. Text, buttons, and animated graphics were added as they
became more familiar with the software.
During the next part of the program, students explored other works
of art in the exhibition Moving Pictures and recorded
their responses in their journals. They reflected upon several questions,
including: "What do you think this artist is trying to say?
What questions would you like to ask this artist, if she or he were
here? If you had these materials, what would you do with them?"
Each student then selected a work of art from the exhibition to
research, and created a second Flash movie. Frequent visits to the
museum galleries complimented the experience.
"TV Garden," Nam June Paik, 1974