Visual Studies Seminar Blog Post #11

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The first faculty member to present was Bob, who is very much into gaming. He started off by telling us about his favorite kind of video games, such as pinball. He also spoke about how he got involved with his first E3 gaming event. which made him realize how big the gaming community actually was, instead of viewing it from a consumer’s point of view. He also spoke about his first video game console as well.
The second faculty member to present was Alex Robinson, who teaches painting and visual studies I. She spoke about how she’s created gifs out of the photographs that her daughters have taken. She said that she enjoys them because there’s repetition followed by disruption.
The third faculty member to present was Joe Vitone, who also teaches visual studies I along with professor Robinson. He spoke about how he enjoys taking photographs of different families in Ohio. He also spoke about his own family, and of the histories of some of the people in said photographs. (Such as drug addiction.)

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Overall, I enjoyed the course. I feel as though I could’ve enjoyed it better if there was more interaction between the students and the actual professors. I felt that it was much more presentations than anything hands-on.

Visual Studies Seminar Blog #10

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The visitors who came to speak with us were Nate Austin and Annie Austin. They’re a married couple who worked together to create their own video game company (and video game.) Nate is a programmer and Annie is an artist. The rest of their team work part-time, while they work full-time in finalizing their game. Nate made it very clear that you shouldn’t invest in something like creating a company unless you have the financial resources to do so. They wanted their game (called Wildermyth) to have a fantasy setting, along with tactical combat. They also wanted to randomly generate characters within the game, to make each story unique. Annie mentioned that “ideas are cheap,” and that you shouldn’t feel bad about throwing them away and coming up with new ones.

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What’s the one thing that you hope we take away from college?


This video was really interesting to watch because you knew that it was all a series of events leading from one to another. The different sounds made it even more intriguing to watch, and I wonder if whoever was filming got tired at any point, since it was 30 minutes long. The way in which they set up this sort of “domino” effect is really cool, and I wonder what the inspiration for this setup was. What would it would have been like if everything didn’t go so smoothly, would they have stopped recording and started over? Who knows. I think that the fire may have been a symbol of something, since it was used more than once in this piece. I wonder if it has negative or positive connotations, or if it was just used for the “badass” effect. The ending was super interesting because everything just collapsed, and everything filled with smoke, a very calming ending.


I think that the idea that time “hates” art is really interesting. It’s true when you think about it, because as time passes, civilizations, memories, etc. get erased. It seems as though art is always hidden under dried up paint, that there’s more than meets the eye – this could be seen as a metaphor for life, reminding us that not everything is what it seems.  I really want to see and touch the sculpture that they’re talking about now, it’s amazing to think that it’s not going to be done for another hundred years. Time is such an interesting concept, even though it’s man-made. The only reason it exists because humans needed something to call it. After listening to this podcast, I’m definitely going to try to appreciate the time I spend on this earth a lot more.

Visual Studies Seminar Blog Post #9

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The first alumni to present was Alejandro, a 2009 graduate. He works with Southwest Gaming, and loves gaming, He mentioned that one of the things they’re trying to do is understand how to engage their audiences. He also said that passion and craft is important as well. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, then you shouldn’t be doing it at all. He also spoke about immersion, and how you need to immerse yourself in the space that you’re playing in. His work was inspiring, and showed me that it’s worth it to get out of your comfort zone.
The second alumni to present was Anthony M. Zubia, a 2014 graduate. He’s worked with student life, and wanted to work with the Testicular Cancer Foundation. (TCF)
The last alumni was Edith Valle, a 2016 graduate. She’s a graphic designer, and said that her family influenced most of her work.  Her family immigrated from Mexico, and she was born in Austin. She grew up in a traditional mexican family also. Edith inspired me a lot, and showed me that whatever you do, whether its freelance or for a company, has to be driven by a passion.
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The first question that popped into my head was “WHO would ever want to be buried alive, and why?” David Blaine is definitely someone who I’d want to meet, and ask so many questions about his journey as a young magician.  The re-breather scene freaked me out a little bit, how did he not freak out with a long tube going down his throat? So many unanswered questions here. I did end up learning that you shouldn’t move while you’re holding your breath, which I thought was really interesting. Blaine is crazy for attempting any of this, but I respect him for choosing to pursue his dreams.

Visual Studies Seminar Blog Post #8

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Kim Garza
Kim spoke about her and her husband working on a play, and how she decided to make her own play based on the music her husband created.
Bill Kennedy 
Bill didn’t really speak much, other than during his Q and A session. He mentioned the general process of his work, how he takes a photograph of an object, and edits it to the point where it’s unrecognizable.
Tuan spoke about the risograph lab here on campus, and how it’s a very handy tool that’s open to all design students. He also showed us his different projects, such as posters and different zines that he’s made over the years. For example, he made Trump and Hillary stickers which were pretty great.
Jimmy Luu
Jimmy also spoke about the risograph lab, and opened with a pretty cool drawing of his face on the first slide.

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The first year after I graduate from St. Edward’s, I would like to either be in the process of getting a paid internship or already be in one that has the potential to turn into a full-time job.

The second year after college, I want to have either a part or full-time job so I can begin thinking about what message I want to give with the work that I’m doing. I’m really interested with working with the young Latinx communities in and around Texas, so that might give me a starting point.

By the fourth and fifth year after college, I want to be living on my own, and have a stable full-time job that has some design element included. Whether that be advertising or creating different items for a company to sell, I want to love what I’m doing and still have that passion.

In order to accomplish this combination of short and long-term goals, I should work on acquiring the following things:
– better time management skills.
– the ability to work in high-pressure situations.
– a better understanding of Graphic Design and its elements to make my projects good.
– constantly practice my English and Spanish so that by the end of college, I’m fluent in both languages more so than I already am.


Carla Martinez Mendez
Visual Studies I

The video Rythmus 21 starts off with multiple white rectangles in a black dimension. By the end of the video clip, the colors of the composition switch and it becomes black rectangles moving around a white space. In terms of transitions, Richter made it seem that transitions are ones that happen very quickly and come in many forms. There were shapes that went up and down, left to right, diagonally, etc. There were some scenes where the shapes seemed to blink repeatedly and then stop. My eyes followed the shapes, when I didn’t take into consideration that there wasn’t any sound either.


Carla Martinez Mendez
Visual Studies I

In the film Pulp Fiction, the use of time is interesting. The film begins with the two main characters, Vincent and Jules on their way to kill someone on behalf of their boss, Marsellus. However, every scene after that seems to follow the lives of each character independently and cohesively. We see the relationship that Vincent eventually develops with Marsellus’ wife, Mia Wallace. Then, we see a glimpse of Butch’s childhood as we learn that his father was in the Vietnam war and is given his watch. Then the film jumps to Butch as an adult, and how he’s on the run for killing a boxer. By the end, we jump back to the moment Vincent and Jules bust the young teenage boys for drugs. However, we see it from a different perspective: another guy hiding in the bathroom with a gun. Which doesn’t make a lot of sense considering that at some point in the movie, Vincent gets shot dead – but I guess that’s what the director was going for. The different point of views that we see throughout the movie makes us realize that not everything is told consecutively in terms of time, which makes it more creative.

Visual Studies Seminar Blog Post #7

  1. Freshman year:
    for my first semester of freshman year, I’m taking the following classes:
    First year seminar in visual studies
    Drawing I
    Visual Studies I
    Chicana activism: women’s studies in a global context
    Global engagement LLC seminar
    Understand/appreciate: contemporary art – experiments in storytelling

    Freshman year:
    Typography I
    Rhetoric and composition II
    Foundation art and design
    Oral communication
    Mathematics for liberal arts

    Sophomore year:
    (1st semester)
    American experience
    religious studies/philosophy
    graphic design I
    image methodology

    (2nd semester)
    American dilemmas
    Computational skills
    science in depth
    graphic design II
    sophomore portfolio review

    Junior year:
    (1st semester)
    History and evolution of global processes
    History of graphic design
    Advanced issues in typography
    Grammar and composition I (spanish)
    Spanish elective

    (2nd semester)
    Graphic design III
    Interaction design
    Junior Studio
    Junior portfolio review
    Grammar and composition II (spanish)

    Senior year:
    (1st semester)
    topics in graphic design
    Senior studio
    Literature and human experience
    Science in perspective
    capstone course

    (2nd semester)
    Contemporary world issues
    Social design
    Senior exhibition and portfolio review

    2. I’m planning on minoring in Spanish as well. I think that this is a beneficial choice because many employers tend to prefer hiring individuals who are bilingual. It’s better to be able to translate when it’s necessary and to bring in as many customers or clients as possible without a language barrier.