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Reviews of Measuring Time and Inducing Memory:

  • Eithon Michael Cadag

    While I found a lot of this talk to be eerie at times (especially the compression of the movie on nuclear war), it was still very engaging and interesting. Besides, I think the eerieness added to the atmosphere.

    Overall though, it was a bit too abstract for me, and while I can appreciate the message she was trying to convey, it did seem too much of an "art for art's sake" type motif.

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  • Gregory Nathaniel Heasley

    I felt that this presentation was pretty disturbing. I have never been a fan of film for arts sake. It has always been too abstract and too random for me to appreciate. I felt the same about this presentation of Claudia's work. I personally feel that while exploration of psycological trauma through art can lend fascinating results (i.e. Munch's "The Scream") this video, on the other hand, was just too over the top and never drew me in to even try and appreciate it.

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  • John Hilgeman

    I am traumatized. However, I really appreciate Claudia's investigation and her willingness to publicly explore her own and others responses to traumatic events. I am especially happy to see that she is building the website that may become a forum for traumatic memory discussion. I feel that Claudia has at least one foot in psychology and the other in art. I feel that her work would be very valuable to psychologists who study the effects of trauma. Her projects are an effective catalog of responses to and memories of trauma. Her earlier projects are interesting studies on perception. Responses of the public to these projects may provide valuable information to psychologists studying lighting effects and perception.

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  • Ethan Hilleary Whitesell

    I must have missed this presentation, which I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing. I surely do not want to be traumatized, but I was very intrigued about her work after reading some of the reviews. However, it seems that her presentation was much to complex to be able to comment on any further.

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  • John Christopher Mayfield

    I found some of Claudia's work intriguing. The projection of candles onto a wall-grid creating the illusion of alcoves, was interesting. My own perceptions of "The Day After" gave me some insight as to the functioning of my own memory and subconcious--specifically, the way my perceptions of scene-flashes changed after having seen them slowed down. And the projects combining paint and projection showed promise.

    Unfortunately, a great deal of her other work struck me as...irritating.

    The footage of "Operation Doorstop" interspliced with the footage of open heart surgery bothered me. While each separate film was (or would have been) interesting on it's own, the way it cut back and forth kept me from following either. I failed to see any reason for the intermixing of these aparently totally unrelated scenes.

    192 was probably the most irritating piece. After the fourth or fifth scene, the audio became a pulsing drone that continued for the rest of the time. The video was small, of poor quality, and for obvious reasons it became quite repetitive. As a result, neither the audio or video managed to convey any information, or invoke any emotion besides irritation.

    In The Dream of the Planet (The Day After) was somewhat interesting from the standpoint of perception and memory, which I mentioned earlier, but it was terribly hard on the eyes.

    If I actually knew anything about art, I would advise making pieces that are a bit easier on the viewer. I'm not saying go back to pretty candles--the subject matter is fine, it deserves to be explored. I would think, though, that you would want that subject matter to be the thing illicting an emotional response from the viewer. As it is, I can barely consider the subject matter through your means of presenting it.

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  • Scott Brandon McDonald

    Im not quite sure if I'd describe what I saw as innovative or irritating. On the one hand, she was depicting events that induced certain memories, but the way it was done in some of the examples was distasteful. The footage of open heart surgery was not traumatic; the rapid change of visuals made me sick, not the content. The one I did like was the candles projected on the wall. Maybe just because it was calmer, but more because it was more creative than the others.

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  • Rosanne Weiling Chien

    This was a very interesting talk, coming from a psychology major. Granted that I don't know much about art, I think it is neat to try to bring our pasts (especially tramatic events) and display them through artistic notions. I believe everyone has something in their past, something bad and tramatic, that they supress. And this continual suppression can cause many emotional problems in the future. Art is a save way to express and relieve this anxiety. Even though this is a very disturbing topic, I'd rather have people express themselves through art rather than through other means, like violence. As long as what you are doing does not hurt another, I'm okay with it. And though the art may be disturbing, people at least have the option of looking away.

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  • Ann Marie Sager

    Claudia's art and design was hit or miss with me. The images of the candles projected on the squares was beautiful and evoked the same ambience one feels in a cathedral's candle/prayer room. The optical illusion created was fantastic, intended or not.
    The 192 atomic bombs countdown wasn't inspiring, wasn't visually stimulating, wasn't relevant, wasn't emotionally striking, wasn't anything but annoying. I think that calculating the arrangement of art has its merits but we need to recognize when it fails. The piece was too long, too repetitive, too much. The fast forward 6x of the movie didn't resonate with me, either. With both of these pieces, I could imagine a variety of ways to deliver the message in a more coherent and stimulating manner.
    Neither the Cold War nor the 9-11 attacks have given me nightmares. I simply don't live in fear and maybe because of that, Claudia's art doesn't carry a great deal of weight with me.

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  • Ferdinand Laurino

    Art - the conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements.

    Claudia¡¯s range of projects was visually intriguing. Especially the projected candle video to the wall has a hypnotizing affect on me. I like the way how she integrated video technology to enhance the 2d aspect of a piece. By adding the video medium of the presentation made the whole art piece alive and visually playful rather than having a static piece. I can see this new art form be the new language in presenting art in the future.

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  • Diana P Ayala

    I thought her presentation was interesting becuase of mixing art with other fields, music, dance, heart operation. Once, she showed the heart operation with the mix of her dream and turned it into a little video. I thought it was interested, but I really don't like to watch any operations because I can't deal with the blood. But, as a artist, it was creative and eye catching. It also reminded me of a movie call Ring. The candle instaillation with the red wall and something on the side I believe it was a blue little TV. I thought that was more invating then the heart operation because of the red wall just grabs peoples attention. Also with the candle giving it a little more push into it.

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  • Julie Dawn Pravitz

    Even though I am studying architecture (a creative and abstract field of study), I had a difficult time appreciating and/or grasping the purpose of Claudia's various projects. I also understand that it is good to acknowledge horrible things that might have happened in the past, but I would chose to fill up my mind with more possitive, less depressing sounds and images. Her dark fascination with death that draws her to those horrible images and continuous disturbing sounds is something that I do not share. I realize that the possibility of another nuclear explosion does exist but I'd rather live a life not filled with fear.

    I've seen art before that looks like a child had painted it and I've wondered why people enjoy it so much. The presentation mirrored this statement due to the fact that "a piece" was merely a fast-forwarded movie that slowed at different points and watched for SIX MINUTES! I thought I was going to go crazy. There were many times I had to look away just for my own sanity- not because the content was touching me in any way. This was definately true for the "piece" that was a grid of images of a nuclear explosion that winded around the screen- portraying the "end of the world".

    I just feel as though that there are much better and more effective ways to go about presenting this topic and I don't even care for the subject to begin with so that makes it twice and disappointing.

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