Jake Sherman, studio class

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1. what's your individual perspective on experimentation? (eg. working against being deliberate? working toward spontaneity/improvisation or working outside or your area of expertise/ comfort?) The way that I see experimentation is anything new that I havent tried before. I look at it as a very personal thing, where I try a new way or working or a new way of putting together creative works. Experimental works will obviously fall outside of the lines in which I usually work, such as regular narrative film and that type of thing. I think the most important thing for me, when it comes to making an 'experimental piece' is that I really try and think of doing something that no one else has ever done either. Working with Materials and concrete objects and concepts that are unconventional are some of the ways that I approach experimental work.

2. experimental practice (is this term an oxymoron?)

Semantically this may be an oxymoron yes, but I don't see it that way. Experimenting means doing something new that you have never done before, and Practice means trying something over and over again to get better at it. But in this case in a school setting, to me, it means that we will just be experimenting over and over again or trying new things and if they don't work, then try it another way.

3. What is the significance of experimental work at this particular point in time (considering our global general social/ political/ environmental milieu: social interactions, art practices, art business, politics, social movements, social networking etc.)

Nowadays I think experimentation is very important and relevant because of the easy access to all the technology that everybody has. In this new age of technology, almost anybody can get a decent camera, or some editing software and make art the type of art that they are into and publish all on their own. I think the challenge now for up and coming artists is to find new and interesting ways to express themselves that sets you apart from the rest of the crowd. So experimentation is a good way to do this, try new things, think outside of the normal constraints of your medium and try to find a new way to use the tools available to us.

4. when experimental process(es) become canons: a. using UBU.com as a resource, research and identify an experimental work that interests you (tell us why). Include a link to this work in your paragraph.


I picked a sound peice called Jesus Blood Never Failed Me by Gavin Bryars. I was very drawn to this piece for a number of reasons, but mainly because it was created by found footage. It was a peice of footage that he shot while working on a film about people living in a rough part of town in London. He shot this man singing this song, and didn't use it in the film, but when he played it back he realized that the mans voice was in tune with his piano. He played a simple accompaniment to it and realized that when he looped it, it would repeat in unpredictable ways. He ended up making a very long sound peice where it starts with this simple loop of one mans voice and it grows and grows and grows over a long period of time into this beautiful wall of sound accompanying this one mans voice. I find it really interesting how Bryars uses time and sound in this piece. He plays with the way that we hear things, and how we hear progression. If you listen to the entire thing, you barely notice that this accompaniment is even happening. It's very subtle growth that really creeps into the song. If you skip from the beginning to the middle of the track, its a huge difference, but if you listen to it all the way through, it really doesn't seem like such a big shift in sound. I also am drawn to the fact that its just a simple loop from the cutting room floor and that he took this little snippet of a regular mans expression and turned it into a beautiful piece of sound.

b. using UBU.com, find one example of an experimental artwork (can be sound, film, performance, sculpture, or any other medium/media) that was so influential that it is now part of a canon/tradition/technique.Include a link to this work in your paragraph.

This is a sound piece by Philip Glass. He was influential because his one of the first people to have very minimalist and repetitive music. He is considered one of the pioneers of art music and one of the people who brought art music to be more popular. Here is an example of one of his more minimalist repetitive pieces.