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Y Upload your interpretive project documentation to Assignment 9
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Y Upload your final mapping documentation to Assignment 8
12/04/2012, 1:39 pm

As a first step to your last assignment in Making Meaning, write a formal analysis of the film we watched today, Modern Times. A formal analysis is a “purely visual description of the work irrespective of cultural context, history, or artistic motivation.” A formal analysis is a tool to deconstruct the visual (or sensoral) decisions made by an artist. It should identify the modes of communication (how and by what means) used to reveal relationships, identities, values, points-ofview. These formal decisions either conflict or support an artwork’s themes, context or storyline.

Your formal analysis may be fairly specific, focusing on light, camera angles, or use of sound. It should be between one and two “pages” and posted to the website in a post and categorized to Assignment 7. Everyone should attach a screen capture (or more) from the film that acts as support for your writing.

If you are having difficulty with the assignment, make a list of formal terms that you see during the film and making a list or a notebook with these terms. Note patterns and relationships between the formal terms.

Your making assignment will derive itself from this interpretive analysis.


Using today’s lecture as inspiration, create a map of your site, place or journey. Your map may serve as analysis and research that leads to a future project, or be a work unto itself. The amount of voice and subjectivity that enters into the map is your choice — as is the format of the map itself.

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Read the Georges Perec reading posted to the site.

Chose a place or take a journey. Using Perec as an inspiration, work towards making an objective map of your site. What form is appropriate for what you’re trying to say about the site. What phenomena are you mapping? Temperature, color, space, sound, history? Geographical mapping is only one route.

Your Tuesday, you will be presenting your research findings as a presentation. Still photographs, sounds, sketches, tied together with your voice. I advise that you string together your visual research into a pdf or keynote that you can lead us through.

You will then have one week to produce an objective map. Consider a format and a scope that makes sense for the relatively short amount of time that you have.

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Mapping notation, symbol, icon and typography — all elements of map making — are forms of visual shorthand. They are all signs, or “stand-ins” for something else. Moving through any landscape or environment one encounters enormous amounts of sensory stimuli. When describing a place or a journey, it becomes necessary to omit much of reality in favor of short hand or representation.

As “storytellers” you are being asked to describe the story of a prescribed place (much in the way a map functions) using various visual “sign vehicles.” The place is your choice, either constituting a journey, a small area, or a connected number of locations. Choosing the place is not unimportant, but almost any place will do.

This unit asks you to be observant, to come up with some opinion or conclusion about the place, and to execute a series of projects on the place.

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Date Title Presenter
Tu Sept. 18 Signs/Representation Wedell
Th Sept. 20 Narrative 1 Hammett
Tu Sept. 25 Connotation/Denotation Spencer
Th Sept. 27 WORKSHOP Mitch Goldstein
Tu Oct. 2 WORKSHOP Mitch Goldstein
Th Oct. 4 Narrative 2 Hammett
Tu Oct. 9 TBD Dylan
Th Oct. 11 The Frame Wedell
Tu Oct. 16 Sound+Story Andrew
Th Oct. 18 Metaphor+Mise-en-scene Hammett
Tu Oct. 23 Film Grammar Wedell
Th Oct. 25 TBD Ewa & Tarja
Tu Oct. 30 Metaphor, Polish Posters Jacek
Th Nov. 1 Simplifying, Abstracting John
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