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Can We Separate the Artwork from the Artist?

Do Now: Art and Popular Culture | February 11, 2014 | 126 Comments

Can We Separate the Artwork from the Artist?

Artists are people, and sometimes people make bad choices or behave despicably. For example, Picasso was thought to be a womanizer, and Jackson Pollock was known to be abusive due to his struggle with alcoholism. Can you still appreciate a work of art even if you don’t like the artist as a person?

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Does Reality TV Make Us More Comfortable with Surveillance?

Do Now | January 28, 2014 | 126 Comments

Does Reality TV Make Us More Comfortable with Surveillance?

Andy Warhol famously (and fairly accurately) predicted that, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” With easy access to video documentation and sharing tools online, and the advent and increased popularity of reality television, which broadcasts “regular” folks’ dramas and activities, it is true that fame is attainable for a broader range of people in today’s media-saturated society. Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy?

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What Will Your Legacy Be?

Do Now | January 14, 2014 | 62 Comments

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Art School-featured artist Ala Ebtekar created a project in collaboration with students at the Asian Art Museum on the occasion of the Cyrus Cylinder exhibition. If you were king or queen of the Universe, what message would you leave behind that would become your legacy for centuries to come? What are some of the major accomplishments you hope to achieve? What will you do to make the world better?

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Is Pop Music Good or Do We Just Learn to Love it?

Do Now: Art and Popular Culture | December 5, 2013 | 41 Comments

Is Pop Music Good or Do We Just Learn to Love it?

The latest episode of Idea Channel explores the business side of pop music and asks how music becomes meaningful to you, “Love or hate pop music, it’s pretty hard to escape. From Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, pop songs are recorded, packaged, and sold down a well worn pipeline, designed to make you, the listener, LOVE THIS SONG! But do you really?”

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Is Zeega a New Art Form?

Do Now | October 22, 2013 | 33 Comments

Is Zeega a New Art Form?

Technology and media introduce new ways to share art and new additions to the artist’s toolbox. Zeega is an online platform for creating and remixing media to create stories, montages and digital collages that express emotion. Zeegas are interactive videos made with combinations and layers of animated GIFs, images, and audio tracks. Zeegas can convey emotion or sentiment, illustrate text, and tell stories. They are mash-ups of original content and existing moments or images from the Internet and pop culture.

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Can Art Change Your Perspective on Important Issues?

Do Now | September 24, 2013 | 43 Comments

Can Art Change Your Perspective on Important Issues?

Street artist Olek works in the medium of crochet, covering landmarks, cars, people, and even freight trains a colorful camouflage pattern that is often infused with strong statements, sometimes of a political nature. I met Olek recently, when she was creating new work in San Francisco, and when I asked her what she stands for, she replied quickly, “Anything that is right.”

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Can Artful Video Games Enhance Your Gaming Experience?

Do Now | June 25, 2013 | 23 Comments

Can Artful Video Games Enhance Your Gaming Experience?

Even if you’re not a dedicated gamer, you’ve probably interacted with video games at some point in recent years. In early 2013, the Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture and Design collection acquired 14 video games including classics like Pac-Man and Tetris. Senior curator at the museum, Paola Antonelli shared in a Ted Talk that the acquisition, “caused hows of outrage to echo through the museum’s hallowed halls, as aggrieved critics tore out their hair at the disrespect implicitly being show to artistic heroes such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.”

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Do Now #76: What’s Your Illustrated Story?

Arts | April 23, 2013 | 46 Comments

Do Now #76: What’s Your Illustrated Story?

Artists often use true stories to inspire their artwork. Which of your personal stories would you illustrate? What is a story from your life that would make a compelling series of illustrations? Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton creates her own “drawn journalism” by embedding herself in communities, talking to people, and drawing images based on their personal stories.

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Do Now #66: What Have You Learned from YouTube?

Arts | February 28, 2013 | 64 Comments

Do Now #66: What Have You Learned from YouTube?

YouTube has plenty of videos of crazy cats and Harlem shakers, but it’s also a great place to learn new skills and information. What specific things have you learned from watching YouTube videos?

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Do Now #59: Is it Art?

Arts | January 22, 2013 | 28 Comments

Do Now #59: Is it Art?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #KQEDDoNow For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now Take a look at Wes Naman’s portraits of his friends faces distorted with tape. Do you […]

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