Timeline Reflection

  The timeline project represents a chronological exposition of this brass compact unearthed during MARTA rail construction. The actual history of this particular compact may never be fully known, but a chronology can be composed. I wanted the timeline to tell a story of the sublime nature of the compact, to juxtapose the fanciful fashion accessory with the deadly nature of seeking beauty. My timeline shows a collection of images throughout history that are all in some way connected with the creation of this compact. From the Ovid’s Myth of Narcissus to brass metallurgy and ammunition, the sublime edge between beauty and danger is contained in this one little pocket mirror discarded in Atlanta’s west end. I used the Timeline JS tool to display images and links to tell the story I saw embodied by the compact. I knew the history I wanted to present, but capturing it in the timeline format was a new and challenging experience. My classmates and professor all shared their experience and support, and I eventually was able to describe this artifact in a way that I had never considered possible.    ...

Twitter Essay Reflection

I rarely tweet. The proposition of writing a Twitter essay confused and intimidated me. How could I express a complete thesis in 140 characters? How would I even begin much less finish? This project, though, was my favorite from the whole semester. The process was pure poetry in technological slam format. Short word punches in a digital dimension changed the way I thought about communication.  This Tweet hopefully expresses how objects possess us, that we are the commodities being bought and sold.   Taking a bite out of the apple. Image Credit: http://www.everypainterpaintshimself.com/article/cranachs_animals_in_adam_and_eves_1509-1533 Original Document Twitter Essay 1/26/2015 Jane Allison Gunn @jagunn · 3h3 hours ago #WhoAmI Objects/Belongings/Possessions-My stuff reflects a version of ME determined by YOU. I am slave to possessions. #needsvwants #GSUres   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hcaqMvMgRJbQqov9lqpHF7qq9cP3I2xItJjXJwqFT6E/edit Gotta have it. #needsvwants Do #objects facilitate #creation? Am I #buyer or #sellout #Apple #uservused #GSUres Slave to possessions. #sold     The cable had been on the fritz for awhile, but when it got so bad that I couldn’t watch the Australian Open I broke down and made the appointment for repair. I was sitting on the couch staring at my computer and fretting over the twitter essay prompt, “what do objects say about us,” when the cable guy asked me if I was a mac person. Apparently my objects were saying something about me. Swilling my morning coffee from my “reincarnate” mug, I mumbled a pre-caffeinated, “I don’t know,” in a barely human leave-me-alone snarl, but I had the creative insight I needed to tweet. When I think about a mac person I envision a hipster graphic arts designer creating websites...
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