Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Week 4:Medicine+Technology+Art

This week, I learned that medicine is a huge part in the art world when it comes to the technology within medicine that is mostly known to be in hospitals. Professor Vesna explains in the lecture videos how there are medical technologies used for human dissection(goes back to the ancient Greeks, and ancient Egyptians) and in order to know where to cut they use modern day technologies such as X-Rays, MRIs, Cat Scans, etc. to figure out what is wrong with the patient in order to know what to do. Also explained in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as MIrror and Portrait: MRI Configurations between Science and the Arts, Casini explains that MRI is more than just a picture and should be seen as some kind of art(almost as a portrait of the individual) because it serves as an interpretation to the viewer, patient, etc. Gromala, in her video, explains how there are different types of images of the body and how that it is more than just pictures because they evoke emotions and feelings such as medical technologies do with X-Rays, etc. when the patient sees it or doctor or any other images fall under human body. Technologies that come up and help are such as the ones I mentioned, virtual reality goggles that could help relieve pain, microscopes to help see inside the human body, and very much more technologies to view this art of the human body. In Ingber's, Architecture of Life, he explains how complex the design of organ structure and body parts including cells and tissues which could all be seen through these microscopes that give the ability to see inside the body without having to cut open anything.

Another thing I would want to discuss learning about is the topic of plastic surgery that comes up in the lecture videos and how many plastic surgeries Orlan had to go through. Orlan wanted to show herself as beautiful with these surgeries, but I feel like it is disrupting the whole art take on it by messing with natural causes to display something you're not. That is how I feel because people who usually intake a lot of plastic surgery usually end up looking fake and just horrible in my opinion and it does not look like any type of art to me. I understand it is what they want to do and I respect that. but to use these medical technologies to change their whole face structure is just wrong for me and not artistic, it is just them trying to stand out in society. Other than that, I highly respect and appreciate the work the doctor/craftsman puts into creating something different to someones face. 


Casini, Silvia. “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as Mirror and Portrait: MRI Configurations Between Science and Arts.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 26 Oct. 2012.

Gromala, Diane, perf. Curative Powers of Wet, Raw Beauty. 2011. Video. 26 Oct 2012. <–Pw>.

Ingber, Donald E. "Architecture of Life." (1998): n. pag. Print.

Orlan – Carnal Art (2001) Documentary. Dir. St├ęphan Oriach. Perf. Orlan. N.d. Film. YouTube. Web. 26 Oct. 2012. <

 Vesna, Victoria. “Http://” Lecture. Medicine pt1 . Youtube, 21 Apr. 2012. Web. 25 Oct. 2012. <>.

Vesna, Victoria. “Http://” Lecture. Medicine pt3. Youtube, 22 Apr. 2012. Web. 25 Oct. 2012. <>.

Vesna, Victoria. “Http://” Lecture. Medicine pt2 . Youtube, 21 Apr. 2012. Web. 25 Oct. 2012. <>.



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Week 3: Art+Robotics

In this weeks topic about art and robotics, I would like to bring up and discuss some topics about robotics and art. I would first like to bring up subject that was brought up in the lecture videos part one and two, which bring up the upcoming of industrial revolution technologies such as the printing press(explained in the, as well) and the world changing automobiles. They were seen as "a sign of beauty, the beauty of speed" which is crazy and incredible to think about considering that cars are the revolutionary way of transportation that we still use to this day and has advanced to others such as the plane, subway, etc, that all use robotic/electronic engines that are seen as high-quality technology to create this art form we call a car. I could see that technology is advancing from the very begin that we first started using technology to build things and now we are at very high levels, for example, on the line of building artificial intelligence which are human-like robots that could think for themselves, and end up either helping our world or slowly destroy it. We see this example from the video of Robotics by Machiko Kusahara, which explains these cyborg like robots who could help maybe rescue people when in trouble or even make jobs easier for people(an example used in the video of Astroboy who was a symbol of robotics in Japan and pop culture who was a human-like robot). Robots in the future could be beneficial, but at the same time could destroy things such as taking away jobs or maybe even taking over the world due to computers being able to think all on their own. I don't want to think of the negatives, but I like to think positively and hope these advanced robotics used for these artforms will help out this world. At the end of the day, these robotics have been influenced by art and art influenced by robotics giving everyone the ability to create art with robotics such as the examples of cars, the printing press, design art on computers, etc.

Another example or arts and robotics is Walter Benjamins, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, where he talks about how films and there is no place like a movie scene
that is being shot that has an illusionary nature is that of the second degree which is cutting. The studio uses mechanical equipment to create the shot that is this art of film to cut scenes to create a movie story line. For example, the Terminator and how he is a human-like robot that protects a human from a invasion and taking over of the world. Another example of this, is Douglas Davis, The Work of Art.., and how he explains that a photograph could be photoshopped and chopped up nowadays to where someone uses robotics to create art. Art influences technology and technology influences art.

 Benjamin, Walter. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. London: Penguin, 2008. Print.

 Davis, Douglas. “The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction.” The MIT Press, 1995. Web. 19 Oct. 2012. <>.

Kusahara, Machiko. "Professor Machiko Kusahara on japanese robotics". Cole UC online. Youtube, 9 April 2012. Web. 19 Oct. 2013. <>

Vesna,Victoria. “Lecutre Part 1.” Math + Art. 12 Oct. 2012. Lecture.

Vesna,Victoria. “Lecutre Part 2.” Math + Art. 12 Oct. 2012. Lecture.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Week 2:Math+Art

In this weeks lesson, I have learned that mathematics influences art and science through the readings and lecture. For example, In the lecture notes I learned the roots of mathematics and how it came about in order to influence art and science. Professor Vesna explains in the lecture video how the great artist, Leonardo DaVinci, uses mathematics in his art by using pyramid lines, studies geometry perspective to use in his art to create a reality to see with the eyes. I actually just took an Modern Art history course last quarter and I learned all about Noe-classicism and how geometry shapes were used to create perspective and reality(three-dimensional figures or objects). For example, I learned about Piet Mondrian and all about his use of squares and geometric shapes to create his art in relation to mathematics influencing art and science.

In relation to  "The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art" by Henderson, L.Preview the document  he explains how those who subscribed to fourth-dimension art are those who were under cubism and worked to distrust visual reality and create total abstract works. An artist that came to mind was Pablo Picasso and his devotion to cubism and using geometrical shapes(squares/cubes) to create abstract figure/objects falling into the fourth-dimension. This falls into the passage, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott., and how he talks about how we are able to perceive things differently in other perspectives and expands our minds in what we can actually see.  We can inspect art works through a different perspective and dimension which creates the whole fourth dimension that helps with this topic and mathematics used to create art relating to art and science. Here, The girl with the mandolin, by Picasso shows how he uses cubism to show shapes to create art so it is in relation to using mathematics with art and science.
  I learned this week that learned this week that mathematics is used in more art than what we imagined, for example, in Leonardo DaVinci's painting of Vitruvian Man uses mathematics to show how art and science are related and intertwined within each other. Every artist uses mathematics in some sort of way using lines or shapes, that is all math using geometric shapes to create. In Math and Art:The Good, the bad, and the pretty , Annalisa Crannell explains how, "Most realistic art aims to depict a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional canvas." creating realistic images to the eyes with geometric shapes. Mathematics, art and science are intertwined to create art and it is all in the roots to start reality painting and it is in the arts whether you like it or not.

 Abbott, Edwin. “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.” N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2012. <>.

Henderson, Linda Dalrymple. “The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art: Conclusion.” Leonardo. 17.3 (1984): 205-210. Print.

Vesna, Victoria. “” Cole UC online. Youtube, 9 April 2012. Web. 11 Oct. 2012. <>