Response 10 Due Thursday, April 2 Tuesday, Mar 31 2009 

In class on Tuesday, we watched Bruce Conner’s Report. Write a couple of paragraphs responding to your viewing. In the first paragraph, write about what materials you noticed being used. What was on the sound track? What images from the JFK assassination were used and what else was included?

report11In the second paragraph, write about how the images from the assassination were used in connection with the other TV images and abstract images along with the reports on the soundtrack. Describe any compositional techniques you noticed in how he organized the various images with the soundtrack.


Project Part 3 due Tuesday, April 14 Tuesday, Mar 31 2009 

I’ve posted the Project Part 3 prompt. Please ask questions in the comments. The comments are also a space for posting project ideas and getting feedback on them.

Assignment 5 Due Tuesday March 31 Friday, Mar 27 2009 

I’ve posted the prompt for Assignment 5.  Please complete the assignment on your websites and ask questions about the assignment in comments.

Response 9 Due Thursday, March 26 / Transformations Contest Tuesday, Mar 24 2009 

In class on Tuesday, we practiced doing some transformations in the style of Raymond Queneau. Post the transformations we did in class (see Text Book pgs. 157-161). First, post the one that you wrote on your own and the transformation of your partner’s into a different style.  Then, read the other transformations and vote on them using two categories: most consistent to the stylistic principle and the most creative use of the stylistic principle. Send your votes to me in an e-mail <>. You must vote in order to receive full credit for the response. The winners of each category (“Most Consistent” and “Most Creative”) will receive bonus points.

Response 8 Due Saturday, March 21 Thursday, Mar 19 2009 

For response 8, reflect on the learning process in project part 2 by using a literary figure as an icon for you learning. You’ll want to achieve the same intertextual effect as the Nike ad from Text Book page 156 (a feat of impossible strength) but without the same intent (to sell shoes). Rather, you’ll use your literary figure to stand in for your struggle with and completion of the project.

For example, I might say that working on and teaching the project is similar to the figure of bluesman Robert Johnson standing at the crossroads. crossroads-aboveThis figure has been used to convey the struggle with pursuing a passion over the constraints placed on the individual by society. Specifically, Johnson was thought to be waiting at the crossroads to sell his soul to the devil.  The image of the bluesman at the crossroads was used by the Coen Brothers in their film O Brother, Where Art Thou?,  giving me proof that assigning this project coming up with an example made sense. Because the film’s plot mirrors the historical event I used in coming up with the example–there is an election in the film between an entrenched corrupt governor and an populist but racist challenger–I’ve come to see that my reaction to the event can be evoked by the image of the bluesman at the crossroads.

In creating the example there was a certain amount of sadness in thinking about this election and indecision in pursuing it as material for the web site. Thinking about Robert Johnson at the crossroads helps me see that there is power in that sadness and that the indecision is part of finding a way to use the event to learn about my creative style.

Project Part 2 Due Tuesday, March 17 Tuesday, Mar 3 2009 

Project Part 2 description has been posted. We will have presentations in class on Tuesday, March 17. Please ask questions in the comments section.

I’ve also started working on an example to help you better understand what I’m expecting. The quality of th site reflects that I’m not expecting greatness, just a solid attempt to use the features of the web (color, pictures, layout, etc) to give your site the impression of a parody, sketch, or stand-up. While my site is not a parody of the Ford F-150 commercial, it’s using the logic of a parody (keeping the recognizable form but changing the content) to help present my metaphorical commentary. Check back to see how the site winds up.