Digital Visual Assemblage Assignment

Date Due
  February 11, 2010

  Read up on the definition of "Assemblage" in Wikipedia. Then follow by studying the examples given in class: non-rectangular framing by Baldessari; Surrealist compositions of Max Ernst; Dadaist visual narratives of Hannah Hoch; the political narratives of John Heartfield; mapping by David Hockney; the building interventions and photographic assemblages of Gordon Matta-Clark and the taxidermy (a form of aseembly) art project titled "misfits"by artist Thomas Grunfeld.

  After the review of these artists, begin and find images by other artists that could serve as a reference model for your project. Additionally, also look at assembled imagery from commercial, industrial, medical, scientific, etc. sources.

Project Description Create an assembled image consisting of non-rectangular segments from various other photographs. Prior to doing so, send me your reference image with a short description of what you plan to do.

Rules The assembled image must have a concept driving it that you will describe in class when we look at the work. The image can be an exploration of an idea, an event, a feeling, an exploration of visual rules and structures, something having to do with perception, the imaginary, etc. You decide based on what you have learned in the preliminary review above and your own personal interests.

There must be segments of images assembled using layers, masks, or any of the many ways by which to extrude sections out of other photographic images. MAke sure to do some research about this. If you find an interesting technique, and can share with the class, you will get bonus points for that.

Whatever images you will use, the final assembled image must be more interesting then your source material.