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Assignment: Device for Mapping

January 29, 2016

DeviceforMapping

 

ARTS 371 Intermediate Sculpture: Mixed Media / Mapping

Sp 16

Simons

 

ASSIGNMENT:

  1. MAKE A DEVICE THAT ASSISTS IN GATHERING INFORMATION.
  2. CREATE A MAP FROM (OR OF) THE INFORMATION THIS DEVICE ASSISTED IN COLLECTING.

 

Definition of a map from the slide talk yesterday:

A mediator between interior and exterior experience of the world/cosmos/ inner mental or outer physical realms.

We can accept that the map is such a mediator. Now, let’s back up one step. In order for a map to be conceived of, the SUBJECT of it must be clarified and information for the map must be collected. Remember: “a map is about THIS, not THAT” (Denis Wood). So, your assignment is to build a device that is specifically designed to gather the information you want on your map.

 

Our first two weeks of the semester will focus on fieldwork. You are being asked to heighten your observation abilities by taking walks and finding maps in day-to-day situations.  The goal is to bring your awareness up a few notches… first by asking you to collect found maps (the contest has begun: who can bring in the most amount of maps in 9 days?), and to create a photo bank consisting of things that remind you of, or could pass as, a map.  The lecture yesterday, “What is a Map?”, is the first in a series that will hopefully cause you to delimit your definition of a map as a purely functional tool for way-finding and broaden your thinking to include power, communication, memory, etc.

 

Begin this problem by recounting what you are thinking about maps and mapmaking. Draw, write, read, OBSERVE all that you can. Go through many ideas. Document them in your drawing journal. Don’t try to land an idea in its entirety. The first 10 ideas usually come from your logical conscious mind. Deepen this discipline by drilling down to other possibilities. It’s a good idea to think deeply, take a walk, let your mind wander, then come back to the drawing board. But, mainly, keep mapping in your mental vision and you will see it everywhere.

 

Next week we will use our class time to build (trial and error) these devices. I expect you to have all of your supplies for this. There are no kits. You’ll bring whatever you need… plus more. I will help you with processes, conceptualizing, craftsmanship, etc. The best way to prepare for this is to try out mini-tests over the weekend… some “what if’s”. This is the kind of fieldwork that will get you excited. Remember to ENJOY yourself with the process of thinking, challenges, and trial and error. “Luck comes to the prepared”.

 

Timeline:

January 28-February 8 ~ Conceive, test, and complete project

February 9 ~ present project: Device + Map.

 

ALSO DUE ON FEBRUARY 9: Collected maps contest. Whoever brings in the most wins the Japanese map. This is a graded project. Your grade is based on the amount of maps you collect, the amazingness of the collection, creative solutions to collecting, and mind-opening definitions of a map.

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