August 24: Welcome to Seminar Fall 2011 !


This week we will have the introduction to Seminar, announcements, and a presentation by Richard Weinberg. Following the Seminar, we will have a Pizza Party on the 3rd floor for everyone in DADA.

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39 comments on “August 24: Welcome to Seminar Fall 2011 !

  1. Ryan Gillis says:

    I’m not sure if this seminar requires an entry, but better safe than sorry:
    Class consisted of another round of introductions and then Dr. Weinberg gave us a look at his work.
    I know a lot of artists that have an interest in science, but I always find it pretty exciting to meet scientists who have an interest in art. Partly because they often approach their work in a way that is very different to what I’m used to, and partly because the methods they use to produce work are very different than what I’m capable of.
    I’d never really seen amoebas projected theater size before, but I’m pretty conscious of what the micro world looks like, so I was surprised with how affected I was when the movie finally started to play. The level of detail was incredible. I could see the digestive tracts of all the tiny organisms while they were eating other tiny organisms. One of my favorites was a large wormy-looking fella with tiny eye spots that made him look like a sock-puppet, but his mouth would pop out like the creature from alien. The second thing I found most impactful was that flagella, in mass, look like a bizarre trick of light rather than flicking tails.
    In the interest of making my animations more accomplishable, I’ve been trying to make sets smaller and smaller. The scope of short-films that Dr. Weinberg showed us really reinforced my feeling that environments can still be grand with the scale being miniscule. It makes me want to try and go even smaller than I was thinking previously. As an added benefit, it seems like the smaller you go the more alien everything starts to look. Overall I found the seminar pretty exciting.

  2. Seminar was good, very good. We had the opportunity to witness the tiniest things blown up to the size of a cow (at least) and what’s more, we got to see them digest things also, which has to be of interest to anyone even mildly interested in bodily fluids and function.

    Getting to experience those creatures moving at such a scale was unforgettable, suddenly a previously unseen world has sprung to life, freed from the constraints of peeking through a microscope (bound to give anyone a headache) and more importantly presented in an highly entertaining and enjoyable way.

    I found the music to be a very interesting component, synthesizers have on many occasions been used for their “futuristic” sound and it is fitting that Weinberg chose to use them for his film for the otherworldly quality of those creatures, when made so big and displayed in such detail, remind me more than anything else of space creatures.

    The fact that we also got to see silent footage of the creatures provided an interesting contrast, the focus shifts and while we lose the somewhat otherworldly quality the synthesizers bring, we are able to enjoy the creatures in a different way and the experience becomes more relaxing, if a little less engaging.

    A great evening.

  3. Dan Wilson says:

    As someone suggested in class, I too was imagining the creatures and crystals in an animation context. The little skewed “cities” would be a perfect setting for an animation. It’s a style that could be used in very attractive ways. I think the rounded edges but still distinctly-2D nature of them are what reminded me of the backgrounds in Super Mario World. I would love to be able to see some of these images projected in true 4k

    As for the pizza, I don’t have a problem with Papa John’s like many do. However, I wish there had been more universal choices such as plain cheese or solo pepperoni. If I am mistaken, and these choices were available, they were placed in a location too obscure or were left unlabeled. Pizza is designed for lazy people — people too lazy to hunt for their food. Pizza is designed to be enjoyed by even the pickiest of eaters — so long as the toppings chosen are minimal or traditional. In conclusion, the people who needed pizza the most were able to enjoy it the least.

    • I would love to see you, Dan, projected in true 4K.

    • Laura Cechanowicz says:

      I found the pizza most delectable, although a plain cheese or solo pepperoni would have been nice. Point well taken Dan.

      Oh and more importantly, I too, would love to see the micro-organisms interact with cities built specifically for them.

  4. Lisa Chung says:

    I’ve always been fascinated with mixing science and art, whether it is using science as a source of inspiration for art or conveying a science topic through art. So when I learned of Richard Weinberg’s background last year, I was eager to see his work. He showed me “MicrOrganisms” and I was instantly absorbed by the world he captured. These microscopic creatures were doing more than just breathing. They had personality. They were eating, maneuvering, preying, exploring and poking…all activities I had not expected to see. Watching the same film at seminar, my reaction had not changed. I was still fascinated by their every move. With the addition of the bigger screen, I was able to appreciate their patterns, colors and even smaller microscopic friends. It was easy to forget that these microorganisms are not viewable with the naked eye because of their strong physical resemblance to the nature we can see, such as sand crabs, earthworms, slugs, bees and calla lilies. Even their actions were similar such as the scene with the swarming of tiny microorganisms over a larger and deceased one. The original score was equally impressive. Richard’s choice of beat and timing not only set a tone for the film but help direct our attention to a subtle movement which other wise would have been missed. I see the two microorganisms films as a great reference and inspiration for character/ background design and creating organic-like animation. Thanks Richard for sharing such a unique project.

  5. Gregory Jones says:

    I had a great time in Seminar this week. Revealing things that are otherwise hidden has always been a fascinating way to re-examine the world that we live in. While I found the discoveries from Dr. Weinberg’s work appealing, I think the notion of the imagery being real and “filmed” is far more compelling than just the pictures themselves. It’s very possible to get talented digital arts to replicate what we saw, but it doesn’t carry the same weight. I would be very curious to see if there are new ways to photograph under the microscope that would allow not just apparent “top-down” views, but also over-the-shoulder and even first-person views as well. It may mean inventing a new microscope or a different approach to what already exists, but I would love to see what could happen if microscopy could move beyond observing and start engaging something more manipulative. In other words, gaining the ability to more deliberately and predictably design what will happen under the camera.

    Something else that stuck out to me was how a lot of the real-life creatures and forms we saw looked very much like a lot of our most extreme designs in science fiction. While I don’t know if those designers were inspired by some of the things we saw in seminar, the idea that even our wildest dreams are still present in the natural world is quite intriguing. I also wonder what would happen if we are introduced to something that is truly unlike anything present in this world. Hmm…

  6. As an animator I was really in a daze while witnessing the subtle motion in the micro-organic world. After that, I realized that I wasn’t watching some beautiful abstract film, but watching the tiny organisms of nature in a screen so big.

    For me this is one of the greatest achievements made by Professor Weinberg and the Cinegrid organization. To allow people not in the scientific field, to access this images previously confined to a laboratory.

    In Microorganisms, Mr. Weinberg goes beyond the technological fetish of having the greatest equipment available, and makes a meaningful use of it by presenting a movie that makes us reflect about our world by means of a paradox of sizes (subject vs. format).

    It uses very precise music and sound effects to help people connect with it, and at one time It made me think about the fractal qualities of nature when some microscopic images seemed to resemble space images taken by the Hubble, but that’s just me.

    The project, however, didn’t stop with the esthetic exploration or the entertainment value of it. The possibilities of improving education by streaming, interaction and the use of telepresence at those speeds of bandwidth, may give us tool to the spread knowledge in a wider sense. We can only hope this protocols will be standard some day and we can sort out the barriers that still impede the easy distribution of information all over the world.

    Mr. Weinberg’s work is another example of how art and technology have been in a symbiotic relation, inspiring each other, since the beginning of cinema. But not only that, It’s a great example for us artists to see the fields, even though microscopic, and the technologies that are being opened to us for exploration and to address the vicissitudes of our society today.

    Thanks

  7. A.W. Gammill says:

    I’m really looking forward to seminar this semester. Dr. Weinberg’s presentation for our first class was fascinating. It is great to imagine all the applications that technology can have for both art and science. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and many other blockbusters have been shot on the RED, but Dr. Weinberg and others have found other, equally valuable ways to take advantage of such high resolution footage.

    I hope that Dr. Weinberg is able to film a time lapse of the crystallization of the ocean water soon so that he can share it with us.

    Here’s to another semester of seminar!

  8. Clea Waite says:

    8.24.11 – presentation by Richard Weinberg.

    Our course leader, Dr. Richard Weinberg, opened the seminar by introducing himself and presenting his own artistic work: studies in high-resolution, 4K macroscopic photography and cinematography which complement his technical research on computing for high speed optical networks.

    The first of these works was photo-montage film entitled “24 Flowers per Second”, for which he also composed the music. This is a playful film composed from macrophotographic closeups of luscious flowers, varying the rhythm of the image presentation until we reach full speed, seeing a new flower each frame, ie at a 24th of a second. At the end we were “tested” in a memory game as to what we’d seen, applauding as we go!

    Dr. Weinberg also presented of brief survey of other projects he’s involved in that take advantage of the “Cine-Grid”, high speed network, including the “Alternate Endings” interactive project, and the “Yokai” ghosts with his students in Japan. He also presented a time-capsule project, “Imagine 2050” which is appropriately buried under Eadweard Muybridge’s statue.

    The highlights of the evening were film clips of 0.5mm microorganisms shot through various microscopes onto a 4K RED camera. These stunning images of pond and sea micro-fauna were accompanied by a witty sound design that lent these scientific recordings a narrative element, creating action and emphasizing details the casual observer might otherwise miss. Prof. Weinberg has a knack not only for showing off these beautiful little monsters to their best visual advantage, but also for bringing out their individual characters and even making them funny at times! The macro photography of salt crystal residue was equally impressive. The films were inspiring to all present, leaving us wishing to see more and/or to create our own. I hope to see them bigger, projected in their full, 4K glory!

    I look forward with anticipation to the next project, “I, Butterfly”.

  9. Ruthie Williams says:

    Last week’s weminar got off to a great start with Richard Weinberg’s short films, created footage of microscopic organisms. What I found most interesting about these films, especially the most recent titled ‘Microorganisms,’ was how much character and emotion everyone was seeing from the tiny animals on the screen. Just a touch of the right sounds, and we were all able to recognize and empathize with the plight (and humor) of one particularly pudgy critter efforts to escape a tight space. It is really inspirational to consider that in a couple drops of water, there is a whole world of colorful, strange, and beautiful settings and creatures. It was also great to hear the variety of ideas and questions coming from my classmates. I am really looking forward to the discussions that will be generated in this course.

  10. Eric Tortora Pato says:

    As others have noted, it was a truly awesome experience to see these gigantic, blown up, cinematic quality images of the things in our world that are normally to small to be seen with the naked eye. To me, it is even more amazing ton see then gigantic crystal forms if things like salt, sugar, and ice (although I believe all the crystals we looked at were salt, but someone correct me if I am wrong on that) than it is to see either the sculpted shapes of a close up on a man-made artifact (like the quarter) or then small dramas in the lives of microorganisms. This is not because these things aren’t truly extraordinary to see, but rather because they make an odd kind of sense, an instinctual sense. Even at the early levels of magnification we can see and identify what something like a quarter is, even though it’s radically enlarged from our usual perspective of it, and the organisms, although in many ways foreign to us, resemble monsters and beasts of both our real world and our imagination, and immediately scream at our base ideas of what life is. The crystals on the other hand, at such an extreme scale of enlargement, are mindbogglingly, and the reason is simple: they seem, at that scale like they were made or designed rather than grown. I believe it was Dan who mentioned them as being like citadels of some fantastic world, and I find that to be a perfect description. The point that these straight, angular, often even pixelate structures occur of no knowing hand’s accord constantly in nature is so supremely against the view of the world we get on our own scale that it is a moment of pure energy and expansion every time I see them. I’d like to take an opportunity on that note to segue into the similar awe that the opposite can inspire. After the class, discussing synthesizers and the iPad, Richard turned me towards and amazing program called treesketch2, an astounding 3D model app designed to do one thing very fast and very well: allow the model and generation of large plant life rapidly and intuitively in 3D. Anyone who’s spent even a minute amount of time working in cgi modeling can tell you this: organic forms are hard to model well, and even harder to model quickly. This program, however, allows you to do both of those things, and makes it a joy to do. It then allows you to export to FBX format to bring it into Maya and other programs. Best of all, it’s free. Thanks again for letting me know about it, Richard! I’m already putting it to heavy use.

  11. Jay Kim says:

    I like to play games because they challenge me and make me happy at the same time. Currently my favorite games include golf, beirut, and WordFeud (challenge me…if you dare). Now I can add one more game to my current faves — Professor Weinberg’s flower game from his film “24 Flowers Per Second”. I thought it was a true delight to end a photographically-gorgeous film with a memory-stirring game which left me fidgeting left and right while blurting out half-syllables of the words YES and NO [in case you were wondering I was 10/10 (in effort)]. Aside from the game, I found Professor Weinberg’s intelligent use of microscopes to be bold and beautiful. While marveling at the bacterial dance I, too, shimmied a shoulder or two whilst in my seat thanks in large part to the suspenseful sound art. It is always remarkable when art and technology combine to create unseen worlds and imaginations.

  12. Yang Liu says:

    It was very interesting to have Richard talking about his artistic approach towards science. I was amazed by how powerful the RED camera is for making video of the tiny little creatures, and the HD video was absolutely stunning when being shown on a big screen. Richard’s curiosity and passion of seeing the tiny little bacteria is very inspiring to me. Without the technology, human’s eyes are very limited. And Richard’s idea of combining the science and art is visually effective in terms of presenting the interesting aspect of technology and the scientific way artists may use to express their understanding of nature.
    The creativity sometimes comes from what we observe in our life, and Richard’s research has deeply reinforced this truth, both on practical and artistic aspect. Richard’s observation and his method of finding another perspective of seeing lives, nature and existence is truly impressive, and I would be more than excited to see something more in the future.
    The videos that Richards edited are also very charming and It just simply grasps everyone’s attention. It is very successful use of RED camera and great choice of research subject.

  13. Joseph Yeh says:

    Mother Nature is the best artist. Dr. Weinberg’s presentation namely his focus on microorganisms sheds light on Mother Nature’s impeccable ability to design and create the world’s creatures. From whales to plankton, beauty and art lie within all living creations. No wonder so many artists use photographs as reference over other artist’s work. The presentation of detailed crystallized water was also quite awesome. The shiny, yet desaturated colors of the organisms and crystallized pieces really gave a stylistic feeling and artistic scheme to the presentation. The pieces were also supplemented by funky music that added eeriness to the pieces, which is also evident in their weird repetitive movements. It was so cute that little kids appreciated Dr. Weinberg’s work. I guess it might be because the microorganisms represent life in its purest simplest form all peaceful and cute.
    I’ve always had a fascination with time capsules. Hehe, I recall just recently I wrote a letter to myself about 1 year ago to my future self to open in 2020 or something. I really didn’t know what to say except, hey what’s up and some motivational words. If I was from the future I wouldn’t really know what I’d want from the past either because I’d probably have access to it all. I feel that the main things to focus on that happen over time are our perspectives and technology. Anyways, I hope the IBM project goes well and good luck!

  14. Linda Jules says:

    This week’s seminar was a fantastic introduction to the semester that lies ahead. The thing that makes seminar so interesting is we get to experience a new perspective on faculty members that we have been familiar with within the department, as well as new introductions to people within the industry. Dr. Weinberg presented us with an interesting look into the work that he has been developing and continues to develop within his lab here at USC.

    What makes his work so interesting (and cool) is it stimulates your brain and leaves you asking questions that no other work can. Things like, was that amoeba annoyed when she couldn’t get past that bacteria group? Actually, was the amoeba a boy or a girl? Does it even have a sex? The small everyday organisms become characters in a show through this unusual perspective. Looking forward to seeing more of these fascinating little creatures.

  15. Robert Anthony Calcagno says:

    The seminar featuring our own personal instructor, Richard Weinberg, was a great demonstration of what’s possible with digital technology and the latest scale of resolution. Many people seem to have this animosity towards technology, in particular in its usage in art and film. However, I’m of the mindset that technology, as it stands now, is allowing people to not only create work that simply wasn’t possible in the past, but allow that technology to explore mediums and subject matters that were out of our reach just a few years back.

    Micro Organisms, shot with the RED ONE camera at a 4K resolution, shows an assortment of bacteria and amoeba as is; the sheer clarity of the film and of the specimens bring these things to a personal level of understanding. Yet the curiosity of it all is that the specimens in question are of such a tiny scale one might not even consider them relevant. However, we see them act in fear, a sense of curiousness, actions based on the most primordial understanding of sense and reaction.

    Do these creatures even have brains or circulatory systems? The mere application of personality and depth to microorganisms is a considerable notion. It calls to mind that even at a fundamental level of life, there is the will to live.

    Both equally scientifically encouraging and visually stunning, I’d pay a good penny to see a film like this on an IMAX screen; to be completely enveloped in this respective micro-universe.

  16. Laura Cechanowicz says:

    It was truly a pleasure to see Dr. Weinberg’s work this last week. As many others have mentioned, it was captivating to see how the micro-organisms had so much personality. Even their instinctual movements had such character to them.

    The invisibility of these life forms suddenly made visible propelled me to critically examine the way I experience everyday movement. I’ve been thinking a lot about the play between what an artist reveals and doesn’t reveal, and how even simple line or shape can convey so much. On the one hand, simple lines can make things easier to understand and see; and on the other hand, in combination with Dr. Weinberg’s work, they seem to imply how much of the world we are not always able to see or understand.

    Dr. Weinberg’s work masterfully unearths and represents the invisible in such a way that it almost seems natural for us to be viewing the micro-organisms. His pieces, including the flower piece, made me investigate my surroundings more intensively, and I kept wondering what I was missing.

    What little creatures are crawling on my desk, or on my keyboard, right now. And what sort of fascinating life do they lead that I am not privy to? I was enthralled by the way Dr. Weinberg’s work made me re-examine my everyday experiences.

  17. Amy Lee Ketchum says:

    The aspect that stood out to me the most about Dr. Weinberg’s presentation was the way micro-organisms move. Theire movements are so beautifully subtle and playful. They achieve a level of gracefulness by virture of simplicity that I could never achieve, being a clumsy human. As I watched many of the films and projects I wondered about the role of the camera and the role of the artist. What is the difference between recording beauty and making a beautiful piece of artwork? These are questions born with the camera. Dr. Weinberg’s work refreshes this conversation with new technology and images.

  18. Louis Morton says:

    It was very exciting to finally see some of Dr. Weinberg’s work. His presentation illustrated the intersection of art and technology that we are so fortunate to be in the cross-hairs of here at USC. Because of the technology of the RED camera these microscopic worlds could be viewed, and because of Dr. Weinberg’s artistic eye, these worlds became entertaining and engrossing. What I found especially intriguing were the different methods of conveying this information to the public. The live microscope stream was fascinating, and made me ponder what other ways could science be shared spontaneously with the masses. In another slide, If I remember correctly, the organism films were displayed on multiple TV screens, so the creatures were blown to even larger proportions. It made me wonder what would happen if these organisms were even larger, projected onto a building or other environment.

  19. Dr. Weinberg’s work has always been interesting to me. There is a unique quality to his areas of exploration. It seems that there are not a lot of people pursuing the same line of inquiry as him. He’s combined technology combined with art in a unique way. It may be an understatement to say that he works in new areas of exploration. Attaching a 4k camera to a microscope offers some interesting and tantalizing insight into a largely unexplored world. I am curious about the choices made in equipment. I do not think, or mean to second guess, the choices of technology made. I just wonder about the reason behind them. As in, why a red camera? Is it because of its modular nature, or because of its cost? Also, why does he choose the subjects he does? Those are a couple questions I thought of after the seminar and was considering since then.

  20. Di Gu says:

    Through watching movie of microscopic life, I’m surprised by those amazing images under the microscopes because I never imagine that before. Also, I consider that maybe there will have some advanced progress through some particular way, making video more attractive. For example, add some special elements, so that the cell might appear the new chemistry reaction, or the life under the microscopes changes its regulation. If those amazing images add more dramatic plot, I think it would be easier to catch audiences’ hearts soon.

    And how to integrate the microscopic video with animation, become a truly combination, that’s the field I particular focus on. First, I think microscopic life show the brand-new world we never imagine that would be. Reference these incredible images and videos, it’s easy to stimulate animation worker’s creativity, release the boundary of creativity. Second, give us a huge amount of resources to research microscopic life’s active regulation and principle. With sustained observing, it’s convenient to allow designer to depict this scene,which is hard to use eyes to catch. The third is making experimental animation using microscope. Because of people’s lack of this field knowledge, most person would be curious about this field and were appeared naturally. Even recorded activities, already let the audience fell amazing and unbelievable. So, why not use some development technology into producing this kind of movie. Especially animation, using changeable edit way to make a funny video, with a dramatic plot. Because I think one 15 minutes and even more lengths experimental animation without any plot, it’s easy to let audience feel tedious.

    So, that’s my own opinion of last week’s seminar.

  21. Dr. Richard Weinberg’s presented a body of work that came to fruition through the use of digital and optical tenchologies. The RED camera captured HD video though a microscope to observe creatures and landscapes just beyond our perception. The once unseeable to the naked eye is magnified to a colossal size onto the big screen.

    We observed amoebae interacting with their microscopic environment. Their actions, although primitive, can be personified through how they choose to interact with what is around them. Their pattern’s make up faint individual personalities as if their onscreen presence was a collection of character studies.

  22. LaMar Ford says:

    Last week’s seminar was interesting. The high resolution footage of microscopic organisms impressed me, and the method of capturing footage with the Red One camera is fascinating. In addition to the unique visuals, I like the sound design in Richard’s “Micro Organism”, especially when it is used to accent the organism’s jarring movements.
    After watching the shorts, I think the footage can be great use for artistic. For example, the 4K footage of crystalized salt water is excellent for compositing for an animated video. It’s great to see the enthusiasm and hear the input from others during the seminar.

  23. Chen Huang says:

    Dr. Weinberg’s work is amazing. I like it and I am going to keep looking for his work since now on. By the way, the pizza is delicious!!!

  24. Larry Lai says:

    Stay natural, stay beautiful. When looking through Richard Weinberg’s films on flowers and microorganism, I was greatly fascinated with the natural creatures we’ve often ignored. The showcasing and the movement of those organisms do perform like professional actors. They act “naturally.” No matter how ugly they are, they do attract your attention. It’s the magic conducted by filmmakers, who have the power to make everything possible on screen. The characters should be arranged well to the extent that the audience can really believe what the play is going on and give feedback. Therefore, though the microorganism did not behave exactly what the viewers were thinking, they somehow showed us their story through Richard Weinberg’s magical hands. They are beautiful, for they act well and give us thoughts.

  25. Rachel Jaffe says:

    Straddling the ever-amorphous divide between art and science, the work showcased in Dr. Weinberg’s presentation last Wednesday evidenced not only his intellectual prowess as a researcher and developer of -ware both hard and soft, but also his redoubtable aesthetic acumen. Ranging from large-scale installations (such as the gallery screening of “MicrOrganisms”) to interactive pieces (namely, the “pick your own adventure” cine-experiment and, to a lesser degree, the visual madrigal of “24 Flowers per Second”), the films and other projects Dr. Weinberg elected to show upheld his reputation as an aesthetician both aided and influenced by the very technology he had helped devise.

    Whether plumbing the visual potential of microscopy, combing through footage of improbably graceful water crystallizations, or simply snapping phtoographs of scenic gardenry, Dr. Weinberg displays both an indefatigable enthusiam for cinematic exploration as well as an exhaustive wealth of technical expertise and conceptual cognizance. As a proponent of direct theory*, I very much enjoyed last week’s seminar — thanks, Dr. Weinberg, for sharing your work with the class!

    *A term coined a decade or three back to indicate the often undervalued ability of applied theory (largely in project-centric trials) to reinforce (or dismantle) the very precepts that had spawned it.

  26. Meng Chia (Emily) Chung says:

    The “MicrOrganisms” is totally blowing my mind in Seminar last Wednesday. I never think the microorganisms can be this fantastic before. It’s just not only seeing how cool they are actually moving, breathing and eating but also they have creating this wonderful visual effect, which I think is amazing. In fact, it does remind me of some art work from Gustav Klimt who is also one of my favorite artists. In Klimt’s art work, it is really easy to see the beautiful details of the pattern. Most of the common pattern of Klimt’s work is made from lots of circles with the magnificent details. The microorganisms are also having the circle or ellipse body shape and the transparent ways to see through inside the details of the microorganisms. It is interesting to find out how similar they look alike.
    I had a really fantastic time in the Seminar class. It was great to have a class that we can meet most of the animation MFA people, and also having some great guest speaker coming to our class this semester. I am really looking forward to it.

  27. Cecilia De Jesus says:

    Dr. Weinberg’s research and films are really fascinating to me. Though his flower photographs were very beautiful, I thought his microorganisms film was especially interesting. It’s amazing to see these tiny worlds with characters so full life and personality. I think he should really focus on these organisms in their struggles and interactions with other organisms and their environment around them. Scale and context will obviously make a huge impact on how this work affects its audience. I loved the suggestion of projecting in a dome setting. I think it would be really amazing to be fully surrounded by these organisms that are usually never even seen. I think that will make not only a visual impact, but could also really raise issues of the human existence and other deeper thoughts. I would also to see the water crystals being incorporated more into the films. Cutting and perhaps overlaying images might be really interesting as well.

  28. Javier Barboza says:

    A true invasion the visual spectacle. Today’s digital technology is unveiling the curtain from our eyes and reveling the monsters that is microorganisms. We are witnessing events never before seen to humans. A freighting detail, and size, documentation of microorganism. Dr. Weinberg perspectives in animation is unique and very different from the world of animation I’m used too, I’m expecting and fanatic seminar this semester.

  29. Lanzhu Jian says:

    I had an amazing time last Wednesday night, with the amazing film from Dr.Weinberg’s presentation. I was surprised by the Micro Organisms film he made with the Red One camera. It is a pioneer movement in my opinion. These bacteria change my view of the world. There are so many things we see in the real life but we just ignore them or never try to find the beauty inside of them. Dr.Weinberg showed us the world with a unique perspective from the animator and artist point of view. In the presentation, I found the beautiful color of Egon Schiele’s painting. I also found the perfect composition style of Gustav Klimt’s drawing. Oh, how does nature create such intriguing creatures! The pictures of the water inspired me to come up with that experiments that explore human emotion.
    After the class, I also had the question: Did God create all of this? From the presentation, I felt that God if not involved in the world. It has probably nothing to do with the class, but it just brought me to this thinking.
    Anyway, this seems like an really exciting course, it captured my entire attention during the class. I’m looking forward to absorbing more innovative ideals and exciting films.

  30. Brandon Lake says:

    It was very interesting to finally see some of Dr. Weinberg’s work in class last week. His ability to find the beauty in the science of studying natural forms. Whether it be the static beauty of the salt crystals in the drying water or the microorganisms interacting in their own worlds, it was an intriguing introduction to a foreign world that was adeptly amplified by the atmospheric soundtrack that gave the piece more life. Overall it took what could have been a possibly bland feature on a nature channel show and fully pushed it into the world of art. I find myself looking forward to the upcoming seminar classes.

  31. Andrew Malek says:

    I found Richard Wienberg’s footage of microscopic organisms shot through the Red Camera to be absolutely mesmerizing. The crisp detail of the video footage was quite different from my memories of straining my eyes to look at amoebas through a microscope. In this instance I was able to relax my eyes and focus on individual parts of the organisms. Most astonishingly I also found that the amoeba made me think of Gustav Klimt’s painting with all of the shining baubles on his figures. Since two people have mentioned it now, it must be true.

    In addition to the resemblance to the abstract, I also found myself empathizing with the small critters. It’s amazing to think that one could emotionally connect with a single cell, but when we saw the little protozoa try and squeeze between two pieces of debris it was obvious that there are certain characteristics of life that are inherent in all creatures. This anthropomorphization was enhanced by Weinberg’s use of sound, but I still think it was a cunning use of cinema to bring about that connection.

    Overall, Weinberg’s presentation was an interesting experience. He is someone not working in the traditional vein of cinema, but coupling it with science and pushing the frontiers of our creative palette.

  32. I have to admit, microbes blown up thousands of times their actual size and projected on enormous screens are not the first thing that pop into mind when speaking of animation and digital art; but what a pleasant surprise indeed. Exploring hybrid animations that fuse multiple areas of human enterprise, namely science and art, is a source of great curiosity for me. Professor Weinberg paves way for further exploration into this breakthrough medium of education that is laced with aesthetic appeal; beautifully orchestrated through various techniques and tools. I think the most intriguing part of his tapes reflect a distinct familiarity in the behavior microbes exhibit and the way humans often time behave. Concepts like trial and error and the basic principle of capitalism (consumption) seemed to be reoccurring themes.

    Thank you for a great introduction and I am looking forward to hearing from our guest speakers in the weeks ensuing.

    All the best,
    Nesli

  33. Simo Liu says:

    This is my first time taking part in a seminar. Before the seminar, I didn’t know much about it, especially with regards to animation. However, after Richard Weinberg’s first presentation, I found it was very interesting. As he went on with his speech, he showed his recent works including the video of the flowers, the film “Shooting a movie with Red camera”, the film “High speed option fiber to the world” and so on.
    As for me, the most impressive film was the “Microorganisms” which combined science and art together and used the Red camera to observe microbes under the microscope and applied them to animation. It was really fantastic and amazing because of the colors. Looking from the screen, the Red camera displayed images of microbes people never imagined. Besides, even if the whole film was based on shots of the microorganisms, it still had an interesting plot. In addition, music made the film perfect. Sound cooperated with the atmosphere of the whole film. For example, when some microorganisms were moving, it cooperated with the pleasant music, which gave the film and added sense of humor. I really like this piece.

  34. chaoqi zhang says:

    What a fantastic microscopic world of microorganisms! The tiny creatures are amazing; within such small spaces, they consisted of a complete alien-like society which is unseen but still all around us. They are different shapes and they have vivid and inspiring movements that work in ways that allow the viewer an easy way to figure out their features. I wish I knew more about their characters and their relationships. So I can create a Hamlet or a Microscopic Fantasia story with these microorganism characters in the smallest stage under the Microscope.

    This class has opened my eyes to a new world, Thanks!

  35. Miguel Jiron says:

    It was a treat to see Richard Weinberg’s incredible work. It’s really interesting to see more and more art that is heavily paired with Science. I think it’s a bit of natural response to the rapidly changing landscape of artistic tools that defines this day of age. It can be argued that in this day of age, it is the revolution of technology, rather than ideological content or political ideas, that is redefining art. Weinberg’s incredible films is a testament to his idea, unveiling a previously mysterious and hidden world onto the moving image and illuminating a fascinating new world. I have played with my father’s microscope many times when I was younger, so I personally got a thrill in looking at these amazing and evocative shapes and patterns moving in beautiful, pristine resolution. Can’t wait to see it in 4K.

  36. chaoqi zhang says:

    It’s quite a precious experience that to be a volunteer of PIKA PIKA in SCA , which gives me the chance to see the Japanese artists working progress. Actually, this is my first time to know PIKA PIKA, which is a new art form using light to create fun animations in darkness. From the pictures and videos, I can see many very cool transient neon light figures changing frame by frame, then there is an interesting animation. And how can they do that, to catch the light in such a good shape? I thought it must be made from some particular high-tech animation technique.
    But to my big surprise, this cool art style is just made with a low-tech animation technique. All they use are flashlights, a camera, a computer, and the dark night to shine their light. However, PIKA PIKA inspires me to consider that a good idea and creative thought is much more than tech.
    When I participated in the PIKA PIKA show with other 200 members as part of the ‘audience,’ I became a part of the animation by drawing it immediately with a flashlight. It’s really a cool way to make your work to be interactive with the audience. For example, the people of hair group saw it was not good looking on screen standing as the artist told them to, so then they gathered together spontaneously and departed while the camera was shooting. By this way, we got a very cute palm tree hair style. That’s why I enjoyed PIKA PIKA. Hope to see more works in the future.

  37. unnamed says:

    wow! super!

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