School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Class: Crossing Borders
Instructor: John Dobson
Software used: Photoshop and Illustrator.
For this assignment I decided to pick words that were as different from each other than I could find in this varied list. Something I could visualize. I have always been interested in making posters and I do not get the time to do so and this assignment was amazing because It allowed me the freedom to do just that.
1. Alterity : While this word was a MUST word I do relate to it, who doesn’t? At some point in our lives we have felt that we are different an “otherness”. The way I figured it out was that there are over 6 billion people on this planet, there is no more “Otherness”, we might be an other to a certain group of individuals but somewhere on this planet there is a community of people who are an other in the same way you are.
2. Enlightenment : this notion of enlightenment has been around for centuries. It’s a commendable goal to attain a sort of peace with the universe, unfortunately as a VFX student with many, many, MANY sleepless nights this goal is not really for me.
3. Surveillance : as a photographer what I do can be seen as a form of surveillance, the capturing of a moment in time can tell us a lot about a person, since most of our communication is done via body language capturing that language reveals more than what a person is saying. Also these days everywhere we go there is surveillance. There are very few places on the planet were we are truly blind, with the invention of satellites and the internet we can literally servile anything.
4. Slavery : is not a rampant problem like it used to be even a century ago. These days it’s not man owning man but more our slavery to objects. I for instance am a slave to the computer. It tells me what to do and I do its bidding. that is all. Every morning millions of people check facebook. We are all slaves.
5. Eugenics : The Nazis used this idea in the worst way possible. We are genetically engrained to multiply, to spread our seed. I personally believe that at some point we have to curb this. Unfortunately at the rate humans are multiplying and ravaging this planet it won’t be too long before procreation is curbed in some way. I believe the movie Idiocracy explained this well. Intelligent people have fewer children than “Less intelligent” people. If this continues statistically at some point Intelligent people will die out. Eugenics could help where genetics are taken into account as opposed to what the Nazis did and went on physical attributes of a small subset of Germans.
6. Diaspora : The spread of humanity is nothing short of amazing, given a finite space, we spread ourselves to the ends of the planet. There is a clear path we took to get to where we are today, we can all be traced back with this.
7. Cannibalism : There are fewer and fewer Hannibal Lectors in the world, however I believe that zombies are the new cannibals. While there is the post mortem aspect to them they are still none the less humans. (Subaltern humans maybe?) Humans eating Humans. The CDC has guidelines to follow incase zombies become rampant. http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies_blog.asp
8. Patriotism : To take pride in ones imagined state can be a good thing, It is when wars are fought over it that my trepidation begins. Our way of life is ever evolving, it is highly dynamic. look at the changes that have happened in the last decade. Sometimes it is necessary to push back when pushed but sometimes this patriotism is misconstrued and wars are fought to curb change. There is also the ignorance attached to this subject and sometimes a false sense of elitism.
9. Auction : I think there is a slight classicism attached to auctioning things off, a large wooden room a gavel.. going once, going twice. Unfortunately I just remembered Ebay and the modernization of this practice.
10. Anthropometry : Measuring humans has many uses, as art students however we use this the proportions the measurements to draw / create works of art. After taking anatomy and understanding each part of the human body, the thing that came to mind was Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.