Heidi Kumao

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A&D Associate Professor

Heidi Kumao is an interdisciplinary artist who creates video, machine art, and installations to explore ordinary social interactions and their psychological undercurrents. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design. Heidi created this blog as a visual resource for students in her classes, "Tools, Materials, Processes: Time" and "Animation for Broadcast."

Posts by Heidi Kumao

Journalism in the Age of Data: Documentary

One of my favorite pet subjects: Data Visualization! And now Geoff McGee has made a nice documentary about it and journalism. This from the incredible website: Information Aesthetics.
We are increasingly surrounded by and are drowning in mountains and mountains of data which would necessitate having artists and designers on board for any project involving data, no? SOMEONE needs to make the data coherent and give it a visible/physical representation, no?




Visualizing Sound Using New Technologies

This looks and seems pretty techy - a sound wave is made physical through lots of processing and tools.

When the light beam goes over the otherwise abstract bunch of carved bumps, a soundwave form/line drawing becomes visible. There is an odd connection made between the still physical object and changing sounds/music.



Early Animation

Selections from the archives

Winsor McKay, comic artist turned animator, 1911

Nice construction of "how it was made." The transformation of his comic "Little Nemo in Slumberland" (a gorgeously illustrated dreamworld) into an animation is dramatized here. It's a fun one to watch. Why don't we dress in suits to draw and animate?

Lotte Reiniger, silhouette animation, 1926, Germany

One of the few women mentioned in the history of animation. Invented her own form: silhouette films, that were imitated by many. Her work was featured in the 2010 Site Santa Fe exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Ladislaw Starewicz - animating insects, 1912, Russia

One of his more famous works:

Emile Cohl - 1908!

Early hand drawn- to look like chalkboard drawings.

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