As a way to think about the images that have been collected (or at least linked to) during the semester, we'll do a short exercise in applying an analytical filter to them as a set. In short, you'll produce a meta image that uses a singular criterion to produce an understanding of the image set through a process of juxtaposition and comparison.
A few things we'll look at and discuss related to images created/placed in the public that became the object of physical disapproval and eventually the subject of community discussion.
A short documentary about Mark Swanson's "Fits & Starts" sculpture at DePauw University
Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds' "Beyond the Chief" on our own campus
[One response to the vandalism of Heap of Birds' work
An older, but famous, case that is quite different than the two above: Richard Serra's "Tilted Arc."
In this case, a work wasn't damaged by its public (it was a massive steel wall inches thick, after all!), but was effectively destroyed by the same government agency that commissioned it in the first place.
Image above by Sharon Irish.
In case anyone was interested in how the discussions around this campaign have played out in educational and artistic forums, I just came across this blog post
by a high school teacher that engaged her class in a related project. She also posted links to various iterations of the debate.
Also, this link by innovative documentarians for PBS, POV, have this post
that discusses the follow up video to the original.
Use this image
as a base, then find an image of an animal to produce a compound shape out of the 2. Keep the spatial integrity of the illusion of space in the architectural drawing. Post as a jpg or png to your tumblr.
To give your proposals a little more substance, each person or team will prepare a short presentation. See instructions below.
With your chosen site as a starting point, locate references according to the following criteria.
1) Sources related directly to your site (collect at least 3 sources):
1a. Historical primary documents (personal accounts of events/things, maps, research data, artifacts, etc)
1b. Journalistic or other secondary sources
2) Supplementary sources that may, or may not, pertain directly to your site, but DO provide a way to understand it. These should start to explain the "lens" through which you are viewing the site. (collect at least 2 from either or both options)
2a. Literary or pop-cultural source (literature, film, television, art, music, other cultural references)
2b. Theoretical ideas (philosophies, aesthetic concepts, analytical theories)
3) Picture research
3a. Pictures of your site from at least 2 perspectives*
3b. Pictures of your site that show a change (can show changes over long or short periods of time)*
* These can be taken by you or sourced
** All sources must be thoroughly documented
Using these sources, produce a 5-10 image narrated slideshow presentation (powerpoint-style) that presents background on your site and explains the theoretical and/or aesthetic ideas you are using in your proposal.
No bullet points, or otherwise blocks of text are to be used on their own in these presentations. Your slides should be composed mostly of images, with limited bulleted points and titles. You should provide the context through narration.
So your presentation should follow this basic outline (although not necessarily in this order):
1. My site is _
2. Some background on the site
3. My proposal will deal with the site in this way, and this is where my ideas come from.
The following examples show this method in practice, even though they are not proposal for image-based project in the same manner.
THESE ARE DUE MONDAY, APRIL 23.
Some other resources:
Bring in your algorithms for creating a picture set, on paper. See Assignment 6 on the project page
Bring in schematics for your human-nonhuman communication scenario. These can be simple diagrams or sketches. Also, have some plans for taking pictures that can be used to create or inform your instructional graphics.
The theme for the picture of the week (for next Monday) is "empathy".