Why IMA?


Interest in IMA program:

While my journalistic and musical background are strong, I’m missing the expertise I need in sound studies to develop some ideas and multiplatform projects that come to my mind. I think that’s the main reason why I started studying at the IMA program. Sound. With Hunter’s new technologies, and access to diverse media makers, I also aim to expand my collaborative and research-based practice and continue my work interrogating the traditional form of non-fiction storytelling and documentary making. What I learn at the IMA program will help me meet my ultimate goal of producing multimedia work that challenges dominant narratives and uplifts alternative and oppressed histories.


Some projects I have online (two of them ongoing and need an update):

Chuecxs: www.lfavorite.net/chuecxs

24 hours project: www.lfavorite.net/24hourproject

Blackout: www.lfavorite.net/blackout


Some groups and artists working in documentary/storytelling:

Laundromat Project: Artists and neighbors working together in communities of color to create societal change. They have 2 fellowships. www.laundromatproject.org/create-change/

Meerkat Media: Founded as an informal arts collective in 2005, they have grown to include a cooperatively-owned production company and a collective of artists in residence working in non-fiction storytelling. www.meerkatmedia.org

Union Docs: Is a non-profit Center for Documentary Art that presents, produces, publishes, and educates. They are showing to irk of independent filmmakers working in non-fiction storytelling and they also have workshops related to video and audio documentary. www.uniondocs.org/about/


Create Three Photos

Canon 5D — 24-105 lens — f/4.0 — ISO 3200 — 5760 x 3240

I opened the image with Camera Raw and just modified clarity and temperature. I liked the result so just used Photoshop to improve brown colors (wood).


Canon 5D — 24-105 lens — f/4.0 — ISO 3200 — 5760 x 3240

I opened the image with Photoshop and used the crop tool to have a better frame. Then I made adjustments using color balance and hue/saturation. Then I used the dodge tool to lighten the snow over the wood but didn’t like the result too much.


Canon 5D — 24-105 lens — f/22.0 — ISO 3200 — 5760 x 3240

I opened the image with Photoshop and used the crop tool to have a better frame. Then I made adjustments using the lasso tool to select the building area. On the selected area, I used hue/saturation to get a red brick wall and then I used the dodge tool to lighten the windows.


Pick Up an Artist: Josh Azzarella

Josh Azzarella, Untitled #6 (W.T.P.2), 2004

Josh Azzarella, Untitled #6 (W.T.P.2), 2004

Josh Azzarella


What I really like about Josh Azzarella’s work is the connection between collective memory, history, and authorship. By the alteration of popular and universally recognizable images, he complicates the intersection between personal and collective memory and questions our notions of reality.

The images and videos he modifies are in direct connection with relevant political events. By interfering our notions of reality through the removal and/or modification of subjects and situations, he provides us to new alternatives to decontextualize history.

His work is a direct reference for what I want to do for my final project since I’m interested in working with images/videos of Latin American dictators sponsored by the US.


Glitch && Human/Computer Interaction

What are some of the key distinctions the author is making about glitch art?

  • For me, the most powerful statement provided by the author about Glitch art is that we can understand it as a study of the dialog between us (humans) and machines, how we relate to logical systems, and an exploration on what happens in the breakdown between human thought and computer logic.

Are there cultural or technical reasons why you feel giving up control of the final output is important to these artists? And are there reasons you would or would not want to do this in your own work?

  • As the author points out, artists give up (or share) control of the final output with the machine in a way to confront logical systems and challenge the human mind. I feel very interested in integrating sonification to my practice, I never thought that I could transform visual data using audio tools. The possibilities that Generative art and Algorithm art open for artists and media makers are particularly exciting for me to start learning through the IMA program.


Photoshop basics


What are some differences between .JPEG and .PSD files? What are some some reasons you would use each?

  • JPEG is a compressed single layer image; PSD is Photoshop file with editing layers saved on it. JPEG files are small and can be read on many devices quickly, PSD files are bigger but quality of the files are not compromised.

What is Adobe Bridge and what does it enable you to do?

  • Adobe Bridge is a separate application that can be downloaded and installed as part of creative cloud. Bridge allows you to navigate different folders and images easily, move images between folders, create new folders, see different information about files from the metadata window, etc.

What key is a shortcut to having Photoshop take up the entire screen on your computer?

  • F key

What are the keyboard shortcuts to view your image at 100% and ‘fit to screen’?

  • Command + 1

  • Command + 0

How do you pan around a document without clicking on the Tools panel?

  • H key