Día de los Muertos.

 Día de los Muertos.  | Visiting the Creative Alliance’s 17th Annual Great Lantern Parade & Festival 

by: Shyria Ushry

Día de los Muertos. Day of the Dead. “We’re really happy when everybody can come together and celebrate culture,” says Maria G. Aldana. Creative Alliance 17th Annual Great Lantern Parade and  Festival took place this past-weekend on Oct 29. It began mid-afternoon the sounds of live Latin music throughout the park. Lantern workshops began, Day of the Dead alter making, costumes contest, and hayrides for the children. And for the adults they enjoyed Zumba, a beer garden and more live music as the night went on. Many people throughout Baltimore came to the Highlandtown/Patterson area to enjoy the festivities men, women, of all ages, and families. Creative Alliance was founded by volunteers in 1995 they started operations out of an old Fells Point row house as an artistic sanctuary.           For artists, actors, writers, performance artists, musicians and all people with the passion of creating great things. Creative Alliance helps curate artistic talents they also, help to educate the community on aspects of art and history.

I got a chance to speak with Creative Alliance Education Director Maria Gabriela Aldana briefly about more of the history of Creative Alliance and what she loves about the her job. I spoke with her briefly she had quite a busy afternoon but seemed to enjoy every minute of it. “We are a twenty-one year old non-profit organization, we primarily work with artists, musician and people with passions for art. The Great Halloween Lantern Festival Parade is a seventeen-year old community celebration that we absolutely enjoy. The parade started as a way to take back the park for families in the year 2000. So in the fall, the lantern parade included musicians and artists to gather the community for an unforgettable night. Families come meet at the park before the parade starts to make decorative lanterns and have fun during the day. Once the night came the community lit the lanterns for the parade, and the celebration began. It transformed the feeling of the space in the community, it was a dangerous place before but not anymore. . . ” says Maria Aldana. Much of the community that attended the festival knew her and happily greeted her. After years of community work the neighborhood has become a safer place now thanks to Creative Alliance and other suporting organizations. People are able to enjoy themselves, enjoy Patterson park, community activites and just have fun!

She went on to say  “I love working with artists and people who are really talented and haven’t had the push, motivation and inspiration. I think we really limit ourselves  and we think of art as certain way. As we grow we think art is for certain people and it really isn’t it’s for all people of all ages.” As you can tell she is very into her work and wants provide an exceptional experience for everyone in the community. Laura Getty twelve-year resident of the Highlandtown / Patterson community says, “I come on by and bring my dog during the day to check things out, Its pretty awesome it’s really beautiful I definitely enjoy that. . . “ They were all in celebration of Día de los Muertos , Halloween and the gathering of a historic community. As the sun set the moon rose and the lanterns lit up the sky,  giving a brighter view to the neighborhood.

 

BMoreArt photographer Tim Klement captured the community’s best lanterns and Día de los Metros spirit ! 

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photographs by Tim Klement | BMoreArt photographer.

These are various crafts from artisans and crafters from the Highlandtown / Patterson community. . .

photograph by Shyria Ushry | processed with VSCO

photographs by Maria Aldana.

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Project 3 Proposal and Artist Research

For this final project, I have decided to depict the digital age and my concept of self by utilizing 3D printing. I believe that digital media has completely changed the way we see ourselves and others in the world. It amazes me how deeply we are connected through things like the internet and social media. However, it has also had some adverse effects. For example, anybody can create an identity that doesn’t necessarily match up with real life. Also, I think that people have grown to prefer these new forms of communication, whether it be social media or texting, it has consumed our mind in a way.

My project aims to visually depict this concept into three parts. It will have my 3D printed hand, covered in wires, computer chips, buttons, and different metals. Then, I will 3D print a small toy brain, which the hand will be holding. This is representative of how humans and technology have become so close, and how it has become a part of us. Everyday our mind is constantly obsessing over all the different things something as common as an iPhone can offer us. All this rapid and constant change can have an effect on our mind in a social environment, as well as our identity formation within such a technologically based society.

 

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I chose to research Joshua Harker. He is one of the most well-known artists in the field of 3D sculpting, and really laid the foundation for many who followed him. He began with art such as designing toys, sculpting, and eventually became the CEO of a boutique design firm. However, he didn’t stop there. After some advancements in technology and a vision beyond his time, he was able to create a name for himself. With the help of social media, he used a Kickstarter to fund his “Crania Anatomica” project. This really put his work on an international stage and he continues to produce amazing work such as “Tangled” and has caught the attention of other famous artists. A quote of his that stuck out to me was, ““My art is about pushing the limits of form & dimensions to share my visions… an exploration into what can be made & how to accomplish it in effort to tell a story or create an experience.” This is partially what motivated my project and I look forward to making something that is more experimental and experiential.

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Artist Research and Reading

Artist Research

Two contemporary artists I chose to further research were Filip Sterckx and Antoon Verbeeck. Together they have created a digital art catalog known as Skullmapping based in Germany. The group utilizes three dimensional projecting, video mapping, virtual reality, and holograms to tell compelling and unique stories.

Sterckx began developing the idea about a decade ago, when projection mapping was relatively new. This really gave the world a whole new perspective on 3D art. Below is an example of his early work, where he projected very life-like videos in a way which allowed them to be cohesive, yet separate in their nature. It is titled, “Peepshow” and was displayed at the Ithaka arts festival.

He attended the LUCA School of Arts where he got his Masters in Animation Film. This lead to his help in the creation of various music videos. Sterckx also was known for projecting on sculptures he made to create a sense of motion, as seen in “My Orca”, not to mention his numerous works in commercial and short films. A common theme I noticed throughout his art was the sense of implied motion, created by the projector, and actual motion, which is created by the person working within the piece. There is an example below.

Once Sterckx teamed up with Antoon Verbeeck, Skullmapping really began to take off. Verbeeck started as an oil painter, finding ways to incorporate deeper meanings, such as his various philosophies, into his projects. For example, the concept of the, “Lonely Subject” allows him to paint realistic images, but with a background lacking in substance. His ability to separate subjects can make it more prominent and therefore easier to symbolize or convey an idea regarding the piece. adonkey

As a team, they were able to create projections that at first glance seem to resemble optical illusions. However, as the art progresses, the viewer can begin to follow the story line and make up a meaning for themselves, or trying to figure out what the duo was trying to dictate. Their versatility allows them to reach a wider audience. Their experience in mapping, storytelling, painting, 3D, and holograms is shown around the world via exhibits and also online through sites like Vimeo. Their work is inspiring to me because they take so many different concepts or art and combine them in a modern sense to create something visually intriguing.

After reviewing New Media: Guerilla Culture to Gadget Art, I found the segment about television interesting. The author describes the new media as being controlled by corporations, which can end up turning political. He then goes onto describe how T.V. has become a culture in itself, constantly being commercialized. I definitely notice this in my daily life. It always seems as if the same news programs are always the most popular. For example Fox, CNN, MSNBC, and CBS are just a few publicly known companies that are constantly trusted and looked upon for information. However, in reality people funding those corporations tend to have a say in things, and therefore can have an effect on societies perceptions. John A. Walker described it as “Top to bottom” distribution of information, meaning that people in power control mass media.

 

Artist Research & Proposal

Artist Research: Bill Viola

Bill Viola’s is one of the world’s most renowned digital artists. He was born in 1951 in Queens, New York and primarily specializes in video. His innovative style has led to revolutionizing the way the world sees digital art. Viola is able to utilize advancements in video technology and editing in order to create an entire experience that includes sound, video, and emotion through a sense of ambiguous and unusual imagery. His works are displayed across the globe in museums, and are also available online due to his popularity among the contemporary culture.

On his official website this process is described as, “The inner language of subjective thoughts and collective memories, his videos communicate to a wide audience, allowing viewers to experience the work directly, and in their own personal way.” This is inspiring to me as an amateur digital artist because all of his works instill a sense of wonder. They are all visually captivating, mainly due to the slow motion that Viola uses. The concepts he portrays in his video creations are not always clear and simple, so analyzing them can be like a puzzle, leaving things up for interpretation.

In one of his works titled, The Raft, there is a group of people who are being engulfed in water. As the video progresses, the water becomes more intense and the people are being tossed around. You can even hear the sound of waves crashing until suddenly the water comes to a stop. Everybody on the raft is devastated and seems to be grieving. The slow motion in this instance really allows the viewer to see each and everyone one of the subjects negative reactions, which contrasts with the beginning of the video when the group was calm and still.

This is similar to my project because it involves slow motion and shows two extremes after a sudden, yet drastic change. My concept is a white ball of paper getting lit on fire, until it burns and turns black. It mirrors Viola’s piece by having the fire represent the water, and the white ball of paper being the people on the raft before the water came, while the burnt piece is the group after the water had stopped. Observing Viola’s work can lead to a better understanding of not only slow motion, but also storytelling through a strong use of imagery that is edited in a somewhat unconventional manner. Something I might do differently would be to have the videos run for a shorter period of time. Although his videos can put you in a trance, I think our culture today is focused more on immediacy and convenience, so having a 30 second or minute long video may be more ideal.

Viola was trying to convey the power of change and its relation to natural world, in the form of water and human emotion. Although the idea of a raft is to protect us from water, in this case it proves to be powerless against the furious nature of water. Therefore, sometimes things are just out of your control, and as a result we see the nature of a human experience quickly go from serene to distraught. For every action there is a reaction, and in this case Viola wanted to show us how things can change in an instant, but if the experience is negative, it can feel much longer.

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Project 1:

Time Distortion Proposal

My idea involves the use of slow motion and a looping time-based work in the form of a video. I plan to use a large piece of white paper, and crumple it up into a ball. Then, I intend to set it on fire and watch as it burns to ashes. The concepts I am trying to convey includes creation and destruction, and how everything from the change in between, to the initial and final transformations can portray a sense of beauty.

The fire is also representative of our life cycle as human beings. We are created and then live our lives in a transcendent nature as we fill ourselves with passion and wonder. The fire burns similar to how our soul, heart, and mind drive our most inner hopes and dreams. However, in the end, everyone has their time, but life goes on, similar to how the loop keeps playing back.

The mediums I will be including are an iPhone camera, slow motion technology, and Photoshop. Eventually, once the project is done I intend to post them online to WordPress.com, and possibly share the material via social media sites such as Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram. The process will involve the lighting of the paper ball and recording it through the slow motion video tool. Once this is complete, I can edit it on Photoshop to have it on a loop. I also plan to edit the coloring of the video, and show people a different perspective of fire. In addition, I wanted to flip the video upside down, which goes against the general nature of fire because it is burning downwards and ignoring the laws of physics.

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Walter Benjamin

In this reading, Walter Benjamin discusses the changes that art has had in the social aspects of our culture. He begins by saying works of art have been copied for centuries. Benjamin describes this as a mechanical reproduction, which includes various art forms such a as lithography, woodcutting, photography and film.

However, as these innovations became so prevalent, Benjamin argued that the ability to mass produce different works of art lead to the imperfection of these replications. In other words, the “Aura” and uniqueness were lost along the way. To him, there is a distinct difference between a painting and film. Although both are considered art forms, the latter is much more transcendent.

Benjamin uses the example of a mountainous landscape, where the shadows represent the aura of the mountains. Someone could take a picture, but it would not capture the same essence. He uses this point to highlight the concept of human sense perception and describe the changes that have occurred, from relying on ritual and authenticity to create a cult value to the shift towards exhibition value. He uses film as an example to discuss the spectator aspect of modern art. The value and distribution of works of arts have gone from private to public, allowing more people to see art, but also distorting what it truly means and the reasoning behind an artistic decision or idea.

The podcast gave an interesting perspective on the concept of time. It is unusual in the sense that the same amount of time can seem shorter or longer depending on what you are doing. In other terms, time is relative. Recent innovator Cesar Kuriyama has created an app called “One Second Everyday” This new form of digital art allows the user to record one second of everyday, eventually creating a unique collage-like movie.

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Readings:

Paulo Freire was a Brazilian educator who started out with a law degree, but eventually developed a philosophical and revolutionary method of educating people throughout the Great Depression and onwards throughout the 20th century. He believed it was essential to change the way student and teachers interacted. Freire thought the relationship should be based more off of dialogue rather than representing a figure of oppression and the oppressed, similar to his tough upbringing as a poor child.

The overall intention is to initiate a transformation by having community meetings and stray away from lecturing and telling, and go towards discussing and thinking critically. He goes on to describe the process in a transcribed interview in which he relates institutions to oppression and middle class as the oppressed.

In the Christine Paul reading, the combination of art and technology is discussed, especially in the sense that during recent years, the world of digital art has exploded with the advancement of various technologies.

However, Nancy Burson seemed to catch my eye. She utilized early forms of digital imaging to layer the faces of various famous celebrities into one. This technique was called composite imagery. It reminds me of the early stages of photoshopping and perceptions of beauty using digital art.

S #6 By Mike Harris

By Mike Harris

BALTIMORE — Each year, September brings a new school year. Students move into their dorm rooms, classes begin, and daily college life returns to normal. Additionally, the beginning of the school year also means the beginning of Loyola intramural sports competition. Each year, over 100 Loyola Greyhounds face off in intramural basketball competition.

Teams comprised of roughly ten students of all four grade levels sign up with one goal in mind, an intramural title.

The prize? A highly coveted Loyola Intramural Champion t-shirt.

Last year’s title was awarded to the cleverly named team, “TBD”. Captain Carl Gatzendorfer and his team entered the 2016 season with their eyes on another title. The task seemed difficult as the squad lost senior standout RJ Williams to graduation. However, the team added two freshman, along with junior Paul Meara to bolster the roster.

TBD did not find the regular season success that they desired entering the 2016 campaign. The squad finished with a record of 2-2, and skidded into the playoffs with their only hope for another title coming in the form of a miraculous title run.

Senior center Charlie Carita said, “We were not where we wanted to be in the standings. We needed to turn around our season, and do it fast. Playoffs are one-and-done, so we had to rally.”

And rally did they ever. TBD stormed into the playoffs led by Gatzendorfer and Carita, and came out on top of their first three games. The victories earned the team a spot in the championship game.

TBD entered Reitz Arena for the championship game with a chip on its shoulder. From the first tip, the passion and drive of the group was clear. Through crisp passing and sharp shooting from senior forward Greg Vorvolakos, TBD got out to an early lead in the first half.

The rest is history. TBD ran away with the game in the second half, which reflected in the score when the finally buzzer sounded.

The group had done it. The entourage etched their names in the Loyola Intramural Basketball record books with their second consecutive title.

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Photo Carl Gatzendorfer

After the game, captain Carl Gatzendorfer said, “I can’t really describe it. To get out here, and win our second title is nothing short of remarkable. I love these guys and it is a great moment for us.”

S #6 by Taylor Caldwell

By Taylor Caldwell

Loyola women’s basketball team’s recent 79-60 loss to University of Maryland has continued their rocky start to the season.  The Hounds, who made it to the Patriot League Championship final last year, hope to improve their current record from (4-6).

The women have competed against tough opponents, facing losses against Cornell, Fairfield, Pittsburgh, Columbia, Delaware and Maryland.  Even though they have a losing record, the women have also been victorious against Lipscomb, St. Francis Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s and UMBC.

Avid fan and student, Sabrina Tabasso explained how important Junior Bri-Betz White has been for the team in her leadership and contribution. “She is the smallest player on the

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Junior, Bri Betz-White

team, but she never gives up – she always gives the reason for the team to stay motivated,” she said.  “Bri has incredible ball handling skills and drive, which is what allows her to shift through tough defenses so easily.”

Betz-White who has been the high scorer for Loyola in half of their games thus far, also was the only Loyola player named to the five-member Preseason All-Patriot League Team.  Seniors Lisa Mirarchi and Lauren Daugherty are also key leaders on the team.  Mirarchi currently leads the team in steals, while Daugherty leads in both blocked shots and defensive rebounds.

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Senior, Lisa Mirarchi

The team recently added five Freshman to the roster and Tabasso explained how impactful they have been even though it is sometimes difficult establish and identify on a team.  “The team has a strong foundation and I believe if the freshmen continue to improve it will lead them to a Patriot League Championship again,” she said.

Freshmen, Alexis Gray and Stephanie Karcz have already begun to show how they can improve the momentum of the team.  Gray currently leads the team in 3-point field goals made, while Karcz leads in total rebounds, rebound average and offensive rebounds.

The women will continue their journey towards a Patriot League Championship on Friday, Dec. 23 against George Washington at the Charles E. Smith Center at 12:00p.m.

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Practice, condition, lift, repeat. The daily schedule of a college student athlete is tedious and exhausting, but is something that can easily be taken advantage of when a player is suddenly unable to do any of it due to injury.

Injuries occur in every sport, and vary in severity and recovery time. One injury that all athletes hope to avoid is the tearing of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, or ACL. With at least a nine month recovery period, this injury becomes season-ending for an athlete.

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Katrina Geiger

Katrina Geiger, red-shirt junior on the Loyola Women’s Lacrosse team, explains how hard it is to stay motivated throughout the entire ACL recovery process. “Finding the motivation to keep working hard isn’t always easy,” she mentions,  “but your teammates surrounding you makes the whole process a lot easier.”

 

Geiger, who tore her ACL in the fall of her sophomore year, was expected to be a standout player for the Greyhounds. The injury prevented her from playing during season, which she recalls as being very hard. Geiger worked to look past the negatives and find the positives, which for her was, “knowing that getting through it was going to make her a stronger person.”

Although the injury is tough, athletes continue to recover and come back stronger than ever. Sabrina Tabasso, red-shirt sophomore on the Loyola Women’s Lacrosse team, proves that ACL recovery is possible by being a member of the winning indoor team for the Loyola Indoor Lax Battle this November.

Geiger also proved that the effort put into the recovery is worth it by coming back stronger and faster than ever. For her, “knowing that [she] would get to the light at the end of the tunnel,” motivated her to keep pushing forward.

“Looking back,” Geiger states, “I am so grateful and thankful that I never gave up.”