Monday, June 28, 2010

Project Status as of June 26


YOICHI, SHIN: The BLUE Project- what is so special about the color blue? Associations with color blue, visible rays, exploration of relationship between curvature of retina, curvature of sky and visual sensitization.

GINGER, LUKE: Making the Invisible Visible… Investigation electromagnetic fields

KRISTA, LUKE, GINGER, YOICHI: Need info re: invisible influences on the mind…

DORI, MEG, CHING, MEI: ? Need info…


A.M: Visual preference, surveillance gone mad, induce feeling of hyper sureveillance with cameras, signs, labels, warnings, barcodes... Large-scale photos, mug-shot style with labels.... Choosing favorite painting of “favorite shapes”

CHING: Synesthesia, perceptual relationship of color spaces or experiencing self as first person in space

GLYNNIS: Exploring boundaries of our subjective experiences, how we create experience, looking inward, outward, layering, juxtaposing images or video to have multiple perspectives in a scene, possibly using stand-in.

KRISTA: 2-D, 3-D perception, inner imagination, internal workings of brain mimicked through outer world, lines from 2-D to 3-D, possible sound element.

MEI: Target words + iconic images- perception of how we “read” “view” art, where eyes move within a frame, perception of iconic image edited and recontextualized or chemistry of different emotional states

SIRI: Solo piece, prisms, perception, how pictures make us think and read images, maybe a box or device changing orientation / splitting vision

Monday, June 21, 2010

"SEE THROUGH" meeting at Gallery 825 6.19.10

SEE-THROUGH Meeting Minutes – 6/19/10 taken by Jade

·       Going forward w/ sound project
·       Driving through the city, photographing power lines
o   When power lines get dry, they make noise
·       Project is about “making the unseen seen”
·       Sound piece w/ a visual component

·       Took a triple exposure in infrared of a power line
o   Turned a flashlight on the image and took a picture of that – the light showed 3 or 4 rings à depicts magnetic field

Elizabeth à Ginger:
·       Is there an element of toxicity to it?

·       2 elements to power:
o   we need it, it’s very useful; useful in TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)
o   toxic – depending on how it’s used
§  Example: Dams provide electricity and/or reserve water for us; however, if a dam breaks, it’s toxic to that environment.
·       Effects of electromagnetic radiation may be toxic to some, but not necessarily to all à requires further exploration

·       Book: Electric Universe
o   Reading about how electricity permeates our universe, even our bodies
·       Photography project – how to incorporate the duality of brain energy and the gallery…
·       Everything is connect through energy fields
·       In space, you can see different colors through gases

·       Like invisible networks?

·       Yes, like our brain.

·       Concerned about time constraints…

·       Today is just to hear where everyone is at.  There doesn’t seem to be any collaborations as yet.

·       Loved the blog and getting to read up on everyone’s proposals
·       Open to collaboration
·       Would love to do an installation with light and color
·       Likes the approach of this project as a way to not just make objects
·       Interested in the pure color experience – something involving stimulation of the retina, rods, cones
·       Idea of a sound cocoon w/ visual stimulation à whole body experience

·       Interested in perceptual differences between people, especially people w/ psychiatric illnesses, exploring the odd/unique
·       How do we define what’s normal/abnormal in perception?
·       Interested in surveillance – mentioned the NSA surveillance

Shana à Glynnis:
·       Mentioned experiment on detecting abnormal behavior in the public domain

Glynnis à Shana:
·       Using cameras or people?

Shana à Glynnis:
·       Using people, but will research and get back

Peter à Glynnis:
·       Ann-Marie mentioned interest in surveillance, so that may be a good collaboration

·       Yes, interested in Ann-Marie’s and Ching’s ideas
·       Very interested in the investigation of notions of normal vs. abnormal

·       Really interested in visual hallucinations especially w/ people who lost their sight
o   Charles Bonnet Syndrome
o   Was identified around 1730 that blind people hallucinate
·       Shin mentioned trying out a pair of glasses that make sounds
·       Interested in braking up a main image into its different components
o   Combining photos and Braille on a triangle (3-D?) and hanging from ceiling
o   Pieces would be sequential but the sequence doesn’t matter
o   Sort of like a puzzle – taking all the details to make the whole

·       Loved blog
·       To Dori: likes idea of hanging different photos that make up a whole

·       RE ideas on surveillance: WWII Mass Ob. (observation)
o   Citizens would go around recording what people did

·       Whole idea of using appropriated surveillance footage is cool
·       Interested in memory deterioration and the “after image”
o   Take an iconic object and photograph it in different ways to produce the after image
·       Shin mentioned Frederick Bartlett
·       12 target words – photographing some of the images/symbols associated with the target words and trying to get people to think of the word
·       Cameron Jamie – picture of him is passed along among several other artists to paint and each artist produces a different image (different interpretation)

·       Likes the idea of how we perceive the iconic image

·       How we perceive “comfort objects” – like iconic ones?

·       The back room could have the sound/light installation
·       Middle room could have the installation w/ strings
·       Installation w/ the most simple pictures of body parts and viewer would come out at the end and think “body”

·       Interested in disjunctive-ness with the image plane
·       Likes the idea of making people think about their expectations when presented w/ an image à target words
o   The image is an abstraction of what they see but not the actual object

·       Discusses an eye-tracking experiment:
o   Subject’s head is fixed and looks at a monitor in front of them which shows one image after another
o   Machine tracks and records eye movements
o   Shows what parts we look at first
o   Eye Drawing – very difficult

·       When we look at the image of a human face we usually focus on the mouth, nose and eye areas.
·       In experiment - when watching a movie sequence:
o   “normal” people – follow storyline and focus on appropriate faces in emotional scenes
o   people with Asperger syndrome or Autism – look elsewhere i.e. a vase even during emotional scenes
·       Interested in the chemical make-up of our synapses
·       Interested in the Fortress of Solitude from Superman – light rays
·       Book: The Invisible Gorilla
·       Describes experiment from book:
o   2 basketball teams – black uniforms/white uniforms.  The subjects were asked to count the number of passes in the game.  During the game, a person in a gorilla suit walks onto the court.
o   ½ the subjects didn’t see the gorilla à intentional blindness
o   Entire game was recorded – subjects who missed the gorilla didn’t believe it until they watched the video
o   In terms of level of intellect/attentiveness to detail, no commonality between people who saw the gorilla – they just did
o   Blindness w/ eyes wide open
o   Why so many motorcyclists are hit – we don’t see them because we aren’t used to seeing them
·       Meg’s proposal was about memory:
o   What we think we see/know
o   Memories can be changed i.e. children who have negative memories of their father because they remember their mother saying so when the reality may have been very different

Mei à Ann-Marie:
·       This can happen on a mass scale i.e. memories of wars à propaganda

·       RE what Glynnis was saying about surveillance:
o   Surveillance is becoming such a part of our lives
o   Being watched all the time – what is the psychological effect?  How does it affect our behavior?
·       Has been photographing phone poles and wires around the world (China, Mexico)
o   It’s incredible to see how different countries do it
o   They are lines of communication that are going away
§  Technology is changing, becoming wireless
§  They’re being put underground

·       Described construction of phone/power posts:
o   Helicopters strung posts together with power lines
o   Workers saw visual phenomenon – when they were close to the electromagnetic coils used to dampen the wires, they were induced by TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

·       Book: Vision & Art – The Biology of Seeing
·       Interested in color and sound – different colors get different sounds
o   Maybe creating a color song
o   Different wavelengths of color à different lengths of notes

·       Possibly related: Matisse and contour drawing – the fewest lines needed for brain to recognize a 3D image

·       There are also different temperatures and frequencies of colors

·       Likes opportunity to use the raw scientific data, rather than just creating a piece that’s inspired by it
·       Even if you do it in an anecdotal way, use/represent the data

Shana à Glynnis:
·       Will definitely research the surveillance stuff

·       Art is the expression of human scale; Science is the expression of the micro/macro scales

·       RE the installation with the lines, invisible lines could be replicated w/ just light.

·       Use the physicality/constraints of the space to the fullest

Elizabeth à Siri:
·       You can create something with the floor using color – change veiwer’s perception, feeling of gravity
·       Irwin
o   subtle, low-tech
o   used controlled shafts of light to alter perception

Siri à Elizabeth:
·       Goes back to my interest in our place in the universe

·       Next meeting is next Saturday, 11:00 at Icon

·       Feel free to contact each other directly; take it upon yourselves to explore these smaller groups for collaboration

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ginger and Luke Van Hook Collaboration - Original Proposal

Ginger Van Hook and Luke Van Hook Collaboration
Photographer and Painter work together to create new images.
CalTech/Gallery 825-LAAA
SEE-THROUGH- An Investigation of Photography, Perception and Brain Science
May 25, 2010
The Ghost of my Sister Else (23" x 42")
Traditional Darkroom Photography, Negative Sandwich
Artists: Ginger Van Hook, Luke Van Hook, Luis Ingels, (photographer and Dad) 
Original negative image taken in 1965 by Luis Ingels, 
Power lines image taken in 2010 and merged in the darkroom by 
Ginger Van Hook and Luke Van Hook.
Location: SouthGate, California. Southern & Dudlext street across from SouthGate Park. 
Photograph image of Original Power Towers that we lived under as a family
 between 1964-1966

            My work in photography investigates how to make the invisible, visible.
Electromagnetic Fields are an invisible force on our planet that is created from the generation of electricity through high voltage power lines just to cite a particular example. So too, this force exists in smaller quantities in microwave ovens, TV’s, computers and electrical appliances. At first this type of radiation was not well understood, nor how it affected the human psyche, the brain or the body. I began investigating the issue of High Voltage Power Lines at first because of its unique visual relationship to me. In 1964-1966 when my family arrived in Los Angeles from Argentina, we lived in Southgate, California and we rented an apartment about a few feet from a row of high voltage power lines. I always thought these enormous power structures were beautiful; an elegant testament to man’s ambition to conquer the night.
            Later, I found new reasons to investigate the issue as I began to learn of the powerful electromagnetic fields that were associated with this technology. The issue is also personal as my sister had developed Leukemia and died in 1975, but no known cause was ever attributed to her death.  When I learned of the connection between High Voltage Power Lines and childhood Leukemia I started investigating this issue with even deeper conviction, photographing Power Towers between California and up into Oregon.
            The question of how electromagnetic fields affects the brain, the body and the psyche are the subject of now a lifelong study looking for my own personal answers.  I seek to demonstrate to the public, the art world and to my family that an invisible force is still active, even when it cannot be seen or perceived by the human eye. Just as I had worked in the radio business for 15 years and learned sound waves were able to be captured and heard on a receiver to broadcast music, so too, I wish to explore the visual impact of electromagnetic radiation as it applies to the perception of the public mind, the brain, the body and the psyche.
            I believe my work would be of particular interest to Prof. Shinsuke Shimojo of Caltech because I too seek the connections between hidden links in my photographic work. I too study the associations to my childhood memories, how the public perceives these issues and the emotional states that are a result of invisible forces in our environment.
            In my work I also wish to acknowledge the collaboration with my husband and Gallery 825 --Los Angeles Art Association Member, fine arts painter, Luke Van Hook with his assistance on road trips, support with equipment and creative consultation through several states to obtain the extensive collections of Power Tower and Power Lines photographs as well as the generosity of my father, inventor, Luis Ingels for allowing me the use of our childhood negatives for me to cut up and create images of double exposed negative sandwiches resulting in powerful views of High Voltage Power Lines seen through the lens of my childhood memories. My work involves darkroom techniques with double negatives sandwiched together like the work of Jerry Uelsmann including double and triple exposures as well as digital imagery created on the computer.
            I have an Masters in Fine Arts in writing and photography from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism from The Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Luke Van Hook has a Bachelor's degree from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles in Fine Arts Painting. The focus of Luke Van Hook's current work is the exploration of the circle in all its diverse manifestations. Luke Van Hook mixes all his own paints to create unique color combinations on canvases and panels. His work may be viewed on his website:

(Scientists from the Jiao Tong University School of Medicine in Shanghai announced the results of their research that finally explains just how EMF radiation causes childhood leukemia.  Xiaoming Shen and his colleagues determined that the distribution of leukemia among children living under high voltage power lines or transformers is not random; rather, it affects children carrying a certain genetic variant, that is, the ability to repair DNA breaks vastly more often. This simple sounding finding has huge implications. Researchers have long thought that EMF radiation caused DNA breaks, but could not figure out how. Shena’s research points to a different mechanism; the EMF radiation doesn’t cause the breaks, but inhibits DNA repair, particularly in children that have a weakened repair mechanism to begin with.)

Strolling Through Power Lines (39.5" x 25.5")
Traditional Darkroom Photography, Negative Sandwich, Triple Exposures
Artists: Ginger Van Hook, Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels, photographer (and Dad)

Bridge Over Troubled Power (A Tiny Voice From the Grave) (27" x 41")
Traditional Darkroom Photography, Negative Sandwich
Artists: Ginger Van Hook, Luke Van Hook, Luis Ingels photographer (and Dad)

Exposed to Power (22" x 40")
Traditional Darkroom Photography, Negative Sandwich
Artists: Ginger Van Hook, Luke Van Hook, Luis Ingels, photographer (and Dad)
In the original image taken in 1965, there is my mother Martha Ingels, my father Luis Ingels, 
and my middle sister Else Ingels depicting the family celebrating Else's first birthday. 
Else was born in 1964 and died of Leukemia in 1975.
Southgate, California. Southern & Dudlext streets, across from SouthGate Park.1965.
The images of powerlines in the background are taken in Los Angeles, California 
over the downtown freeways in 2003 and this final image was created in the darkroom using two negatives in April 2010.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Distempered Statement

Elizabeth Tobias


These images emerge by fusing and layering fragments of my brain signals into saturated photo panels that evoke the title of the series- distempered. Arising from my contemplation of the delicate and all too fragile balance of the mind, the traces of wave signals spill downward in broad strokes, uncontrolled yet precise, expressing the contrast between worldly and unconscious instincts. Each image was blended purposefully rendering raw thought pulsations into inimitable objects.

 Voltage frequencies and electrical currents are intrinsically vibrant and here they are employed within the larger context of perceptual psychology and neuroscience. The prints simultaneously engage the viewer in observing color fields while exposing my mind engaged in the same activity, creating a visual feedback loop between the audience and myself. Moreover, viewing the images for a sustained period of time modifies photoreceptors, which can induce an afterimage effect. 

Elizabeth Tobias- The Distempered Series

images from krista's proposal and stuff

Krista's proposal

This is my original proposal for the show - thanks for all patience, I was out of town 'til last night. I would appreciate any comments. I will also now read through all blog posts from everyone - so exciting! :o)

I propose a photographic exhibit/installation using black and white photographs of environmental telephone and electrical wires. This is a project I’ve been creating for 2 years. It will present in a fascinating context, the human brain and it’s functions in regards to the combination of our inner worlds and our external environment. Using “photo” from the word “light” and “graph” from the origin of “write” I want to show the effective possibilities of our vision both physically and imagined. Where does our vision actually begin and end? Only light makes all this possible. These images give the viewer something to contemplate. The paper images created in the darkroom have extended lines drawn by hand with ink onto the paper landscape which is a reference to invisible space, the conundrum of the visible and invisibility of the sky. There are many subliminal references to brain activity within the imagery and medium in which they are created (chemical, light, electricity). This exhibit would allow me to make the photographs interact with the viewers by extending the ink lines beyond the paper, onto the wall. From here, imagine a point where an actual wire would come out from the wall and criss-cross across the wall and into the room. It would be like taking the wires from the street and putting them into the gallery and having an organized tangle for the public to maneuver through. This would cause an awareness of the presence and dependence of these wires/lines and our reliance upon them in our every day lives and how they mimic the “wiring” of our brains. Below is a glimpse into my thought process in regards to this photographic creation and idea.
What do these line photographs suggest? What prompted me to make them?
Peripheral vision; where vision physically starts and ends versus where it ends in our minds or imagination. The window of our vision while traveling along in life, like when you're riding in a car or train, looking out a window, walking down a city street or country road. Internal landscapes.
Intersections: multiplicity of meaning(s) - what is being intersected, what is crossing? Telephone wires; they are connecting people, conversations, communication over long distances, but we cannot see the sound. Electric lines; energy supplies for people to live their lives and carry on with daily activities, including communication – again energy we cannot see but rely on for living. This is a visual metaphor for what goes on in our brains. There are infinite connections happening every moment in our brains to keep us functioning internally, and outside, these telephone and electrical lines (like brain/neural connectors) also keep us functioning in our external world.
Space vs. Ground: Our environment with human traces of connecting - what's being connected or communicated in these lines? (invisible life activity) These lines and wires that look like giant strings across the sky in our city and urban environment is that they are like a giant web. We have made these things to keep ourselves connected. Yet these strings, lines, wires, connective and active creations decorate our environment like the electric lights on Christmas trees, or keep us confined like the currents in an electric fence...yet these lines are not decorative. They are obscene - they are not pretty. They can be messy, chaotic and beautiful at the same time, like our minds. Sometimes they almost disappear from our vision - we forget they are there, until we want to take a pretty picture. Then they are in the way - a nuisance, a visual annoyance, like a barking dog in the quiet of dawn.
Reality vs. Imagination: brain functions, duality of the two hemispheres connected, consciousness, neurotransmitters, electrical/chemical synapses. This connects reality to the imagination, visually and physically via photographic process.
Time and Space: involves timelines, time-space continuity, quantum physics, mystery in our universe throughout history in the human mind, an attempt to find answers to these questions.