Digital Media and the Bronze Age

One of my favorite things is bronze sculpture. I didn’t know that it would be one of my favorite things, having never seen any up close and personal until one year at Christmas. I was with my mom at the mall. We had been to see a movie and we were window shopping in the late evening, post holiday quiet. An art show occupied the empty space in the middle of the mall. I saw a sculpture that amazed me. A bronze table top piece of a hunter and a deer. The deer’s arched neck mirrored the curve of the hunter’s bow. The chase and, the death and the life frozen in bronze. My visceral gut reaction was primal. The chunk of earth transformed. The exotic flowing dance of being the most alive at the moment of death sculpted from a once raw piece of the earth. At the time I knew nothing of medium and the rhetorical message, but an artist had created a message that evoked in me a new and powerful feeling, one that I have never forgotten and still experience when I see bronze sculpture today. Socrates proposes that a painting or a sculpture is inherently a distortion of divine truth. “I cannot help feeling, Phaedrus, that writing is unfortunately like painting; for the creations of the painter have the attitude of life, and yet if you ask them a question they preserve a solemn silence” Socrates suggests that all of speech is rhetoric, and that preserving words in a solid form such as writing diminishes the truth of the message. Art can only feebly...

Syllabus and Course Info Quiz and Answers

What are the major projects? In a bulleted list, provide links to the project descriptions for each of them. Critical Thinking Through Writing (3) | 300-600 points Rhetoric and Composition Portfolio with Reflective Essay (1) | 250-500 points Career Review (1) | 200-400 points Digital Capstone Composition (1) | 250-500 points How will your final grade be calculated? A-/A: major projects complete + 2,250-2,500 points B-/B/B+: major projects complete + 2,000-2,249 points C/C+: major projects complete + 1,400-1,999 points Non-passing: one or more major projects incomplete, or fewer than 1,400 points total. What is the “submission form” and how do you use it? Embed the form below your answer (hint: Google “embed Google form” to find out how). I don’t know how to embed this form. I don’t know where it is in google forms. Here is a link to the submission form on the class website. Syllabus & Course Info Embed the course calendar and weekly overview below this...

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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