Part 4, Project 2 (It’s about time) – Aleksandra Mir

I've watched and read Aleksandra Mir's project First Woman on the Moon (1999). I found it very clever, sarcastic and profound. It was amusing (in a good way) to watch her dramatic video of the process of transforming a Dutch beach into the moon, especially when she parallels the sound of a spacecraft's take-off to… Continue reading Part 4, Project 2 (It’s about time) – Aleksandra Mir

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction' (1936) by Walter Benjamin Notes & points of interest 'The result was that one could expect it not only to exploit the proletariat with increasing intensity, but ultimately to create conditions which would make it possible to abolish capitalism itself.' (Preface) Methods of mechanical reproduction: woodcut, printing, engraving,… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Read Gareth Dent’s article 'Dealing with the flood...' Dent has cited a quote by Robert Frank that I've found really interesting: 'There are too many images, too many cameras now. We’re all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if all action is meaningful. Nothing is really all that special. It’s just life. If… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Read ‘Context as a Determinant of Photographic Meaning’ by John A. Walker Notes & points of interest Infinite amount of interpretations vs. consensus about connotation and denotation Reception theory (ideal readers), reception history (actual readers over time) 'But if an image had so many meanings, did this not render it meaningless?' (Introduction) 'We cannot directly share… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

The Pencil of Nature (Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art)

The Pencil of Nature: Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art, p. 3-13 I found Talbot's book so interesting that I've decided to keep reading and making notes of it. I'll be using the version of the book with images found in Project Gutenberg. Notes & points of interest Camera Lucida '...the inimitable beauty of the… Continue reading The Pencil of Nature (Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art)

Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

The Pencil of Nature by William Henry Fox Talbot Photography, mechanical or creative, or both? It's so interesting to read about how photography was perceived in its early days. There is a lot of emphasis on how different it is from plates and drawings, which require the 'united skill of the Artist and the Engraver'. These Photogenic Drawings are described as impressed by… Continue reading Part 4, Project 1 (Photography – art or science?) – Research point

Project 3 (Reading visual communications) – Room Three: Fantastic

Room Three: Fantastic (p.80-82) Signifier and signified in crop circle photograph. In this case, the signifier (the form of a sign) is the crop circle while the signified (the concept of a sign) is the existence of paranormal or extra-terrestrial forces. It seems that one of the reasons why crop circles are linked with these unknown… Continue reading Project 3 (Reading visual communications) – Room Three: Fantastic

Research point – Postmodernism

Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction. Chapter 1 'The rise of postmodernism', (p.1-12) Points of interest '...postmodernists often follow Marx. They claim to be peculiarly aware of the unique state of contemporary society, immured as it is in what they call ‘the postmodern condition’.' (p.2-3) 'They have a distinct way of seeing the world as a whole,… Continue reading Research point – Postmodernism

Project 2 (The hero’s journey)- Research point

Think about something you’ve read recently. How did it make use of Aristotle’s first four elements? Did one element seem to predominate over the others? Which one? Why? Plot Character Thought (theme) Diction (expression of meaning) The last novel I read was 'Papi' (Spanish word for Daddy) by the Dominican author and singer/songwriter Rita Indiana. It is about a little… Continue reading Project 2 (The hero’s journey)- Research point

Project 1 (The craft of writing) – Research point

Read Hazel Smith’s essay, ‘Creative Writing and New Media’ in The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing (p.102–17) Points of interest 'In new media writing...the screen replaces the page.' (p.102) '...the French group Oulipo developed writing techniques which applied constraints...' (p.102) 'Creative writing in new media means working with computer code as well as language, and… Continue reading Project 1 (The craft of writing) – Research point