Read Rebecca Solnit's "World in a Cup" + JG Ballard's "Subliminal Man". One is a brief essay on the complex realities that undergird something as simple as a cup of coffee, the other is a 20th century sci-fi short story that is a prototypical narrative of suggestive advertising and conspiratorial capitalism. For Thursday, create a list of five or more potential subjects for our "Visualizing the Invisible" project. Remember, subjects should be able to be investigated through empirical means.
In preparation for work on the next assignment ("Near/Far"), read the text "Quiet Fires of All Degrees" by artist Kristin Schimik. Post a short response to your Tumblr, specifically addressing how Schimik develops a narrative that uses scale and time. How might you trace or map some of the experiences of scale that she describes? For example, we could start with her description of automobiles rusting from exposure to salt then transition to the salt covering extensive road networks across Northern Michigan (or the entire northern part of North America) which then takes us back in time to the geologic era in which the salt originated from a (then) much larger sea. Or her vast comparison between a pellet of iron ore and a distant star, connected by chemical processes. What objects from your own experience (in the past or present) might function in a similar way?
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
For Thursday, October 27
Readings: Paglen: "Seeing-machines"Bridle: New Aesthetic.
Trevor Paglen's description of "seeing machines" argues that intentional, camera-based photography, as it has commonly been understood, is increasingly a minor contributor to the vast number of images produced in the world. Likewise, James Bridle's notion of a "new aesthetic" asserts that digital technologies have altered our visual culture in ways that might provide evidence of deeper, non-visual changes.
Post a short response to these texts to your Tumblr. Specifically, consider the following:
What pictures do you encounter (regularly, occasionally, or even one time) that don't have an easily identifiable author? What perspectives (points-of-view) do these pictures seem to represent?
Thursday, October 20, 2016
For completing Project 3
Your team should create 2-4 prints (at least 11x17 in) containing pictures and text. One poster should focus on your subject and site pre-intervention (research), the other should present your proposal.
Poster 1: Description of your subject and chosen location. Use images that describe your subject and photographs of the chosen site + written descriptions. This should communicate what your site is and some basic context*.
* All writing should be addressed to the class as the audience for your proposals and should be edited for spelling, grammar and clarity.
** Remember to consider your final output when photographing your site. Photographs should be able to be printed at 300 ppi
Monday, October 10, 2016
Hidden Histories campus tours
Since we're working on stories about local places/people/events, check this out:
This tour is a project of a "research cluster" on public history, funded by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and convened by students and faculty from a range of departments at UIUC and history practitioners from the broader community. We are inspired to explore the forms of public meaning-making that shape our own campus spaces, and that shape the relationship between our university and the publics it was founded to serve. Our goal is to explore, document, and promote hidden and forgotten stories and persons connected to our campus and the wider Champaign-Urbana community. Sites include the School of Labor and Employment Relations, the original site of La Cultural Latina, Coble Hall, Illini Union, The Quad, the Main Library an the Cultural Centers on Nevada Street.
All tours start from the Quad side of Henry Admin building. Tours will take place at the following days and times:
How do ideas of identity and site merge to form what we think of as "place"? Are there examples of a site in which you belonged (in your own estimation) that was altered in some way that caused you to feel excluded or rejected? Or, how about a site where its community changes over some period of time? Have you ever participated in an intervention in, or defense of, a site?
Thursday, September 22, 2016
For Tuesday, September 27
Make sure you understand the parameters of part 2 of the assignment by reviewing the description and viewing the examples linked from the project page of the course website. What you need for class on Tuesday:
1. Read the article by Mushon Zer-Aviv on "Disinformation Visualization," and post a brief response to your tumblr. One thing to consider: How does Mushon's analysis of infographics relate to Erol Morris's discussion of photographs and truth?
2. You should have your 2-4 data points that you will work with. Remember, these should be sets of data about yourself that, when brought together, tell us something about you that none of them do on their own. These data sets can be collected from already existing archives of your activity (Google's record of your activities, for example), as well as being logged by you as time passes (e.g. how many cups of coffee you drink per day).
3. Have some ideas for appropriate visual strategies to visually represent your data.