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Topic of the Week: Constitutive Theory:
Identity and Infrastructure Are Interdependent

July 8, 2004

Last week I told you about David Harvey and Chin-Tao Wu, but with all the indexes and templates for Fall, I didn't have time to get back. Along the way, I cleaned up one of our files on Guelin, China. It took a very long time. My mother sat quietly on my shoulder insisting that I could get much more done if I'd just stop musing over Guelin, to which I had gone the previous year. But shush, mother; I'm retired now. Get to enjoy some of what I'm doing. And Guelin I did enjoy. On that same file was the first version of the painting above, taken from a book cover, of Chinese Stories. China Gallery: Guelin

What's an activist teacher? One who goes out and waves signs in protests, one who rarely leaves the computer, one who supports causes he/she perceives as making the world better? What do I have to do to be "activist?" I think that's just another way to ask about answerability. There are things that matter to me. Do I answer, and make my voice heard on the things that matter to me? Governance dicourse matters enormously to me. And, judging by my own experience and that of many of my colleagues, governance dicourse matters little to the academy. This afternoon, I think I'll go back to David Harvey's book on geography of time and space, and Chin-Tao Wu's Privatization of Culture. I discovered some thoughts in there the other day I think might help in this discussion.

More very soon . . . jeanne

This is great! I've got to share it with you. Nevermind the language. Just look at the painting of the girl's face.Voir (Seeing) I cant put up a sample of the Flash art work for you, but go to the link. I stared and stared and wanted to open the young woman's eyes. Then I noticed the little arrow in the lower right hand corner of the picture, and clicked, and HER EYES OPENED. I've got to try that for one of our hypertext poems, if I ever finish the site indexes, that is. I happened upon this site while searching for an article on green criminology in Australia. I'm sorry, you'll have to read it in French. I'll put up a translation. jeanne

This is what I thought of as the eyes opened on Voir.
This painting is from PhotoVoice.

And lo and behold, as I wandered from PhotoVoice I found a German site that led me even deeper into ghosts and spectators and actors and Others. See the statement of Spektators 04: "Fiction or reality? What is true, what is a fake?" Now that doesn't mean we're caught up in worries about Casper the Ghost. But we do need to consider that part of our reality is nebulous, not determined, flexible, changing as circumstances and Others change around us. That was a piece of what I was trying to say by titling the painting Merging. We merge with others, we may very well become transparent.

As I recall Catherine Ludwig's site, there was a visual example of that, just before the piece on Spektators 04: It was on Page 22 of the pdf file.

"ENTERface is a dynamically computed interactive installation for LED using the display as an intervention inside the space of the Zwanziger Haus. Using live camera footage of viewers in the exhibition and real time analysis, a virtual space is created extending the real space seamlessly into an imaginary domain whose properties depend upon gestures of the viewer. This virtual space - encountered as a visual rupture of the exhibition - examines the nature of the passive reflecting and distorting structures previously explored by Graham and the architectural interventions of Matta Clarke. Extending these with interaction based upon notions of priviledged (sic) viewing position, the work creates an environment in which the terrestrial behaviour of light, concerns with presence and the role of the viewer all become prominent."

Now what that means, as I understand it, is that new visual technology allows the artist/architect to project a virtual column in the midst of the exhibit area, as we see in the photo. And that virtual column is altered in its appearance by the gestures of the viewers cught up in the live camera footage which enters the production of the virtual image of the comlumn. You can see through the column to the outside, and the column changes with whether you are there or not, with the gestures and movements you make, with where you are poistioned, etc. I like the phrase "terrestrial behaviour of light." Would these same effects not be possible on Mars? At this point, I'd like to know more about them on earth. Who cares whether they'd be different on Mars. Our transit system doesn't go that far yet.

NEWS and Announcements:

  • EVENT:

    Amnesty International announces one of their live chats, where you can ask questions and have discourse with those who are knowledgeable about the topic: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Urgent Actions, But Were Afraid To Ask
    July 7, 2004.

    "Question Submitted by Jeanne:

    Is it effective to place several signatures on one letter, or is it more effective for us to provide samples and ask our students to each write his/her own? A university teacher.

    UAN Staff answers:

    "Who knows what is more effective? This is what my experience indicates to me: it can be very effective to have a 6-week global Urgent Action campaign which results in appeals arriving in different languages and different formats. So, a letter-petition - a letter signed by many people- can be a strong statement of concern. Many letters, based on sample texts and those that are written individually are also great ways to express concern. The idea is that the mix of kinds of appeals will likely be effective. Also, practically speaking, there are times when you know it is more likely that you will get 20 students to sign a letter which has already been written than to get those 20 students to sit down with blank sheets of paper and write their own appeals. We would love it if they did, but it doesn't always happen. So you have to go with what produces something that can be sent to an official, even if it is only one letter. -Scott"

  • Doing Something About Human Rights with Amnesty International and the Naked Space.

  • Tilting at Windbags: A Crusade Against Rank By Julie Salamon. NY Times. Published: July 10, 2004. Backup.

    Stephen F. Hayes
    Cover illustration of "Somebodies and Nobodies" by Robert W. Fuller.

    Fuller's book is called populist theory, meaning that it doesn't have the sanction of the academy. Notice particularly the last paragraph of the article:

    "When he spoke at Mount Holyoke College last September, Andrea Ayvazian, dean of religious life, was surprised to see how mixed the audience was: students, faculty members, administrators, staff members and campus workers. "Bob's analysis freed people who considered themselves low in the hierarchy to tell their stories," said Dr. Ayvazian, who was a student of Mr. Fuller's 30 years earlier. "I saw this had struck a chord in unpredictable circles."
  • Child Photographers Show Lives of Hardship and Hope By Julie Salamon. NY Times. Published: July 10, 2004. Backup

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The picture on the left was taken by Nguyen Chau Thuy Trang/Street Vision, for PhotoVoice. The picture on the right is on the Denise Bibro Fine Art site for the exhibit of Photovoice: Photography Subjects Speak Out Jun 10 - Jul 17, 2004.

PhotoVoice Home

Debriefing the Naked Space Exhibit

Summer 2004 Project

This IS A Hypertext Project Map
For The Naked Space Exhibit "Freeing the Feminine Other" in May 2004
Link on Section Titles for Hypertext Poem and Contents.

Academic Support

  • SquiggleFinding Internet Resources

  • SquiggleEvaluating Internet Resources

    • Evaluating Hoax Email with samples, including an old one about charging for email that's going around again. Link updated March 29, 2004.
    • Evaluating Internet Resources Library Site at University of North Carolina. Don't forget to question. This is a good detailed source. Link checked March 29, 2004.
  • Using Academic Language and Visuals Effectively

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

    Today's Word: From the Word.A.Day Site

    Dictionary of Critical Sociology
    Maintained by Robert E. Mazur, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Sociology.

    Words of Art: Front Page
    Wonderful Fine Arts dictionary at Okanagan University College in Canada.
    Will cover many of the terms social theory shares with literary theory.

    Citation Styles Citing Internet Sources for Social Science Papers: A Quick Note.

    APA Style Style sheet for Psychology. Good reference for proper rules of citation.

    Twenty-five Easy Steps Toward a Correctly-Formatted Paper or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love MLA by Keith O'Neill. Style sheet for humanities.

    Internet Mission Photography Archive

    and Careers

    • Job Potential:

    • Resumes:

    • Letters of Recommendation:

      • Letters of Recommendation: How to get me to respond to your request. Many of you need letters. If you will follow this format, I can do them quickly and make them good.
      • Dog Letters If you do not give me adequate information, but do manage to get my attention, you may end up with a dog letter. That is a letter that says that you work well with people, that you are enthusiastic, that you persist at getting things done, and that everyone likes you. Of course, my dog gets along well with people, brings his ball to them, is enthusiastic, and persists at getting them to take his ball. Everyone likes my dog. That's a dog letter. It's so general it could be about my dog. jeanne

    • Reports and Studies on Employment and the Job Market


    • Steve Schalchlin's Diary Held Over

      Jim Brochu, Steve Schalchlin
      Writer/Performers of The Big Voice: God or Merman?

      Photo credit:Bruce Bennett/Stages Repertory Theatre

    Who to TakeWho To Take:

    Don't forget to add your comments for next year's students. jeanne

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