27 January 2010

Creativity is at the Center of all Media…even junk

But here’s an unusual and unexpected bit of creativity…

Kseniya Siminova is a sand artist. Her work is quite beautiful and unexpected… and comes to us by way of Mass Communication. She produces a form of art I’ve never seen before, but 1.3 million other people have. I found her work by accident but for a reason, which will be the subject of this class.

Background — The Nazi’s invade the Ukraine, a region in what was then the East-Central Soviet Union in 1941, Eastern Europe today. This is a story of the ruthless attack against civilians — told in sand, painted in sand, and animated in sand, right before your eyes — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=518XP8prwZo&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dollarshort.org%2F&feature=player_embedded#t=13

An interesting commentary, and digression — First, is there additional symbolism in working in sand? What do we mean by castles in the sand?

Here…. This guy thinks the schools kill it…

Now, each of you will take out a piece of paper and a pencil…. and do sas this man says…



You must set up a google email account — and you must provide me with your name.

You must work from google docs


You must learn to use webspiration…

at first I will drill down one level

then, later, randomly, I will drill down a second level….

Here’s where you will do your homework

All of you will blog, and one blog each day will be selected and discussed for grading and improvement.


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