Blog Page Realities




So I happened  to be looking at one/two of my earlier posts, Observed Encounter Between Water &Rock and I took a screen shot. Inspired by Ashley’s post, Abstract Square #1, I started manipulating the textures using a polished stone effect and a detail-stylizer effect.  Ashley uses her camera-phone to take wonderful minimalist & surreal compositions of her surroundings, finding art in the odd corners of her environment.  I looked at the constructed reality of the blog page and reimagined it as a physical surface and then framed these surfaces within the context of old photographic processes – they became digital representations of older  types of photographs, that captured the constructed reality of digital images turning into a physical surface.

My screen-shot included icons from community members. Bloggers included  here are Nia(private blog), Photobooth Journal, Harrienijland, A Nomad in Cyberspace, Slippery Edge ( art magazine), Jennspoint, Ananya Learns to Julley , Herman van Bon Photography , A Certain Line,  – please note that there is one icon unidentified; I am unsure as to what blog is represented .

The whole process demonstrates the Mass Media Principle that I refer to as Necro-Media.  Mass Media consumes itself.  One form of Mass Media turns another into content. It may also attempt to imitate/emulate the codes & conventions of another medium.

Hope you found this experiment in re-combining Mass Media of interest.  Clicking the links will let you access the other blogs in a new browser tab. Clicking the images will let you see them in larger detail.



23 thoughts on “Blog Page Realities

    1. Thanks Hedy. Your use of text and images is very creative. They become visual poems bringing together the abstract and the concrete . 🙂

  1. Your reflections are always as interesting as your artworks. I was pondering that question of how mass media cannibalises newer influences, but not completely. It wears them like a mask, like the way some viruses use the hosts DNA to pass itself off as the real deal so it becomes accepted as normal. So outwardly it projects a pleasing surface while its intentions may reflect little to nothing of the original message. When things get to this stage, they become useles. Case in point most Hollywood movies. A particularly shitty example was the Ghostbusters movie that I saw recently, where they recreated (regurgitated) blow by blow, the original Ghostbusters movie but with women. I wasn’t expecting miracles, but all I can say is, glad I didn’t part with hard earned cash.

    1. Cinema and television are problematic forms of media. They require enormous amount of content to keep generating new material. Combine that with the costs, which demand large target audiences, and the production companies become desperate .

      As I pointed out in a comment below, cinema starts out borrowing content from Vaudeville/Music Halls. As the technology improves and the scale increases they then look to novels, plays & short stories to create content.

      What has happened is there have developed generational layers that become fractured by changes in technology. As an English teacher, I quickly realized that the large percentage of my students could not cope with most B&W movies. It was a separate medium from colour and they lacked experience in processing it. More recently, I noticed that my son’s generation can get really picky/bothered by different levels of CGI. The less sophisticated special effects/technology can be as disconcerting to them as the B & W movie/TV show could be to my students.

      1. Interesting. Attention spans are much shorter too. So it requires more technical gravitas to keep people interested. As a forty something Sci-fi Fan however I find my myself refreshingly intrigued by a solid, character driven plot. Which is rare these days. Whether that’s due to age, or the fact that I grew up on a steady diet of classic Sci-fi novels, I’m not sure. However on rare occasions I opt for some mindless, big budget Sci-fi schlock for a mindless thrill. I’m a huge fan of Luc Besson. His films, like the Fifth Element have the best of both worlds. I’m really looking forward to his new one Valerian. Big expectations there.

    1. Many thanks. By the last image I wanted to emphasize the texture & colour transformations, taking it as far from the original while still incorporating small recognizable elements. 🙂

      1. Yes, an apt image. They are all struggling and competing against each other like a hydra. 🙂

  2. Found it fascinating, Joseph! This is most thought provoking, “One form of Mass Media turns another into content. It may also attempt to imitate/emulate the codes & conventions of another medium”. So if a newspaper writes about film, that is one medium using another for content, but is it much broader than my simple example or broader than what you have done in the artworks, here? Could you give me an example of one medium using the codes or conventions of another?

    1. With the development of photography ( sorry pun), quickly followed with the new forms of Mass Media at the start of the 20th century the principle becomes much more dominant. As different forms of media jostle for dominance you can see a number of things happening.

      Photography in particular finds itself constantly shifting between being a medium and becoming content. Magazines, newspapers, and other print forms start including photographs as part of the content as soon as an inexpensive means of reproduction is achieved.

      Your movie review in the newspaper/magazine is an interesting example. Stills from the movie can be used as promotion. The stills become their own form, but they can be incorporated into a poster or movie review and become content and no longer functioning as an independent composition.

      Notice we do this in blogs. The images are now blog content and put into specific contexts .

      Cinema history shows a principle right from the beginning . What do you film ? Initially, many early bits for the Kinetoscope were vaudeville/music hall acts.

      Once longer narratives designed to watched on a screen by an audience were created, they first became part of the Vaudeville show and then supplanted . Needing content, they adapted novels, plays and any short stories they could get.

      Codes & conventions of one medium often get borrowed by another medium. Early photography attempts to create portraits & landscapes that emulate paintings. Early cinema used static theatre staging till it discovered the full range of movement and camera editing.

      Sorry for the lengthy response, hope the examples help sort things out. 🙂

      1. I love the long response! When I asked the question about codes and conventions I had in my head an example from archaeology. When clay vessels were first made they were fashioned in the same forms as the basketry they were gradually replacing, down to them being made with the same patterns and textures of baskets. It is a similar situation but less easy to perceive in modern media, as you have pointed out, there so many crossovers and interminglings of content.

      2. That is an excellent example. The medium changed, but the forms are maintained & emulated.
        Digital text/media are still trying to emulate print text, while figuring out how to best take advantage of the possibilities (codes & conventions) digital text. Part of the problem is type of digital device being used to access the media. That is what caused the kerfuffle when WordPress changed the layout for the Reader. The Reader layout was modified to better work with tablets & phones. That change impacts the the type of content being delivered. More images and text per post benefits, while text only and single ( less than four) images are disadvantaged.

      3. Ahhhh! So that is what it was with the reader.

        All this theory is slowly sinking in. As digital media is so complex, I keep reverting to less recent examples to help clarify things. I remember when vinyl album art was transferred without alteration to the CD format, how pathetically inadequate it was to the new format. It took a few years before artists either came up with designs more appropriate to the smaller format and took advantage of the jewell case creatively or maybe it took a while before the record companies allowed them that creative freedom.

        I wish I’d been one of your university students, Joseph. It would’ve been fun and challenging to have you as a teacher.

      4. Actually I was a humblish secondary school teacher. 😀

        The other thing was how CDs kept the code & convention of the number of tracks in an album. You can get many more tracks on a CD or DVD.

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