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A Series of Performance Events

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This was an exceptionally intriguing project, because it definitely highlights the documenter and the power that that person has. For my documentation process, I used my iPhone to record the events (except Noah's for some reason -- I think I messed up and forgot to actually record, much to my infinite frustration), then I decided to alter the color of each event and I edited the actual performance, cutting out down the event to either key moments or simply cutting out parts of the event. In this way, I imposed meaning on each performance piece - an audience member then consumes the art not as a performance piece based on the subjectivity of the performance artist. Rather, the performance artist becomes the object of my subjectivity/camera, which is hella invasive. Here's the video:


Again, I wish that I had the video that I took of Noah's piece, but all I had was a single image. Even that has specific implications about how I as the creator of the film felt about the piece,…

greeting card event

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My project, "greeting card event", was just a joy to plan, create, and stage. I set out to explore the relationship that people have with greeting cards and their own image. As I stated in my proposal, when people consume greeting cards, the anonymous subjects tend to take on a universal quality which allows people to connect to them. When I made my friends the subjects of the greeting cards, I had hoped to illicit a response that would be similar to greeting cards, but also change the way in which they consumed the cards. What actually happened had a very different energy which I personally associate more with Christmas. The act of gathering for gift giving (sometimes with cards) is a constructed event with certain unspoken rules or conventions that were very much present during the greeting card event.

My process: 
I made the greeting cards on Zazzle, an easy-to-use platform that I think most people use to make personalized wedding invitations or other stuff of that sort. 

Tyanna J. Buie

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I found Tyanna's pieces to be very engaging and freshly unique in a variety of ways. Frequently, I find myself questioning the utility of "meaningless" art devoid of any human associations. I value art that questions or makes a statement about an issue, or can be utilized for change, or just generally used as a tool. While I can see the value in shifting expectations (like the simple selection of an aesthetically interesting object like the bottle holder in the interview we watched for class), I find that the human connection imbued within a piece is much more meaningful.

This is why I found Tyanna's art so engaging, because behind every image and every choice, we can see a rich history that she invites us to experience with her. For example, this image illustrates her desire to re-imagine her relatives:


I found this piece incredibly beautiful. Her decision to use mug shots, and then change them into portraits that completely change the way the subject is presented i…