4/17 Class Notes

Museum of Jurassic Technology Museums have ethos of being accurate, but the Museum of Jurassic Technology presents information that is knowingly false What is the line between skepticism and conspiracy theorist? What motivates this line? What does it mean to have healthy skepticism? The internet and the ease of access for people wanting to publish something decreases credibility of information The aesthetic of an information source adds to the credibility of the source, whether it should or not Are we reading into the Museum of Jurassic Technology as a rhetorical act more than it was intended to be read...

3/22 Notes

Walter Benjamin, Unpacking My Library Starts off by saying he will discuss the relationship between objects and their collectors – books and their collectors, specifically. Benjamin is a Marxist – concerned with it in a philosophical sense, not necessarily an economic standpoint. Interested in how the economy can influence our being, how we’re able to exist, how the society is constructed. One way to acquire books – write them yourself. You can love objects for reasons that are very different from their practical use – objects separated from the concept of a commodity. Auction description – doing work and having someone else benefit from it – is labor alienation. Making a profit for someone else, making a product that you can’t use or afford. Capitalizing on the work someone else...

Class Notes (2/15/17) Wed

Link to the notes we took as a class: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lOQINRiHIxngJoXOVLUava5jop7-R-ez1z0f9ev8etU/edit Discussion on Peter Elbow’s Some Thoughts on Expressive Discourse Is a review by Elbow of a book that is highly critical of expressive discourse, which is Peter Elbow’s field of study. Elbow is a famous thought leader in the field of composition studies (now and at the time of writing the work), while Harris is a relative new-comer (at the time she wrote the book). However, Elbow was very intellectually generous with Harris’ work. Expressivism: field of composition where writing begins with personal experience and knowledge and then branches out from there.    A critique that Elbow had of Harris is that she oversimplified some periods/fields of study which can insult the possible audience of scholars of these periods. Elbow likes that she wants to scrap expressivism as a term because it is too vague and likes that she offers more specific terms. Elbow likes the idea of breaking down genres.  Harris says that composition is not about boxes/labels but a continuum between multiple polarities such as pragmatic vs aesthetic and experience-based vs information based (someone in class brought up qualitative vs quantitative). What differentiates the two sides of these kind of continuums is the purpose of the text. Object description project tips: Think about the form of your text and the form of your object. How can you make connections between parts of the object and object as a whole? Have an organized way of describing your object, for example, you can describe the object top to bottom, interior to exterior, or front to back. Note to self:...

Class Notes (2/13/17) Mon

Reading discussion Belk- Different categories of the extended self. The self perhaps exists in hierarchies. Body parts, mind processes, and personal identifiers and attributes rank the highest on the “self” hierarchy  as the most self expressive objects. There is a connection between who we are and what we do and what we create. There is interdisciplinary work that talks about how all a person is an assemblage of objects. And how the physical and biological processes in our bodies tie together all the objects that we are. We see people as a part of our extended self which is proof that we do not consciously control everything in our identity. Understanding we don’t have total control is important, especially so we can use this in a way  that is psychologically productive. The True Cost– documentary on how clothes are made. May be interesting to watch. Externality (according to google): ECONOMICS a side effect or consequence of an industrial or commercial activity that affects other parties without this being reflected in the cost of the goods or services involved, such as the pollination of surrounding crops by bees kept for honey.   PHILOSOPHY the fact of existing outside the perceiving subject. Good Idea: post the notes you take on the readings on your...

Class Notes (2/8/17) Wed

Setting: the CURVE Today we picked our objects for our analysis and 3D modeling project. I chose a bottle of Dr. Thacher’s Liver & Blood Syrup (blurrily pictured below in my hand): Tips for taking pics of the object For the pictures put a piece of paper with scribbles below the object, this will help PhotoScan align the pictures later. Try to level your camera/phone with the object. Make sure to take pictures all around it (360 degrees) Maybe save the pics on Google Drive. We will use the pics of our objects to create 3D models in PhotoScan You might have to take different photos if they do not come out well enough in the PhotoScan mesh. To edit/make a 3D model with PhotoScan: Upload pics to PhotoScan Click the workflow button to add photos Align photos, PhotoScan looks at every pixel in each photo and puts them together like a puzzle and builds a point cloud using this information. Using the point cloud, Photoscan will create a mesh (a first draft 3D model), it can have some good detail, but it might look a little rough at first. You can select and edit out what is not a part of your model.You select all the way back so you want to make sure you do not delete something important by accident. Also, you can mess with the quality....

Class Notes (2/6/17) Mon

Setting:  the CURVE Object Description/ 3D Model project For the project, we will turn in a model and a written analysis of the object. Get started on the 3D model soon but know that the primary thing you will be evaluated on is the text description. Before any major construction on federal land, the city has to document and preserve any items of historical importance, which is why the Phoenix Collection artifacts were recovered. They are mostly trashed/abandoned items so tracing them back to an owner would be impossible, we mostly want to see what we can find out about them in a broader sense. A lot of the objects in the phoenix project have already been documented. So we will mostly be adding to the work other people have already done. We will put our projects online using Omeka, which is like WordPress but is for cataloguing things rather than blogging. For the timeline of the object for the project we use a google spreadsheet and a JavaScript plugin. atlantaartifacts.net has the past work from the phoenix project. No need to do secondary research. We just do primary research on the object, like how does it appear to the senses (for example, what does it weigh, how tall is it, etc.) We will use the 123D catch app (available) on phones to take scans of our objects to model them. It is free and you can get a good model. We might use PhotoScan to get a better 3D model. Can get a 30-day trial. Only disadvantage: Processor intensive so  it might take you a lot of hours...
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