Archive for the ‘Visual Culture’ Category

Tree Change Dolls artist transforms, improves Bratz dolls

April 6, 2015 1 comment

Artist and mother Sonia Singh of Tree Change Dolls in Australia has made a big impact by recycling and altering Bratz fashion dolls for girls. The hand altered dolls are being hailed as more natural looking and less sexualized than the mass market dolls and I agree. See the short seven minute documentary video on her concepts and process below. She has how-to tutorial videos online that describe her methods and invites others to participate.

Forensic Artist Video

This is a short three minute video about personal image concepts and women brought about by Dove as a part of their Campaign For Real Beauty.  I am treating this as a short documentary about an art experiment.  It is very poignant in it’s message and expression.

Categories: Video, Visual Culture

Visual Culture: Dove Advertisement Comparison

February 7, 2013 Leave a comment

This comparison image has the same impact as the Katya Zharkova anorexia in modeling PMM advertising campaign.  I have not been able to find the source of the original publication.  It has gone viral all over the place.  The Dove / Unilever corporation has not responded to any of my questions about the origin of the image.   Were these separate images that were pulled together by a third party?  Did the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty create the combined image and release it, shooting their photograph in imitation of the Victoria Secret advert.  Only god, and maybe a few people in marketing departments, know the truth.


Dove ad comparison 2012

Collected online from Facebook, 2012

Categories: Visual Culture

Uncanny Valley Achieved

Character sculpts from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts of Beavis & Butthead as they would look in real life.  This definitely trips the Uncanny Valley for me.  It also reaffirms an old joke I had with my sister-in law because the likenesses match up: I divorced Beavis, she divorced Butthead.

Categories: Visual Culture

Geek Parody Videos Rule

If anything renews my urge to live, it’s the endless amount of geek internet fan and parody videos available.  People keep upping the production values and the turn around time keeps getting faster.  This is the balance of popular culture shifting in favor of the masses having creative control.  Also, they are hilarious.  Here are three recent favorites that have recently popped up.

Can I get a ROFLcopter now?

Categories: Video, Visual Culture

SwingSets by Kevin Bolander


SwingSets by Kevin Bolander is a simulated physics game that can be played with a variable soundtrack for as long as the player wants to continue.  It has many different types of music from Classical themed to Hip Hop.  It caught my attention because I have been noticing a trend with students developing video games that are non-violent / non-confrontational but still have absorbing objectives.  Basically, they are relaxing video games.

I just got around to editing the video for SwingSets which was also featured at the same time as the Artemis game demo; both were featured last May during Manifest Urban Arts Festival at Columbia College.  These games are extensions from ones I saw at Art of Play 4 in 2011 such as 10:15 to Clerkenwell, described by one of its creators as “a point, non-click relaxation adventure” scrolling video game which first appears at just after the four minute mark in the video with a preview and interview at the seven minute mark of the video.

Movie Trailer: MissRepresentation

February 7, 2012 2 comments

A lot of my favorite authors, scholars and media study people are represented in this trailer.  Parents and teachers – must see.


Meanwhile, not directly related to the film trailer, I just found this: