Thursday, December 15, 2016

Touch Assignment Guidelines

"Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. "Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in."--The New York Times.

A copy of the book is on reserve in the Proctor Library. 
Touch chapter from the book A Natural History of The Senses by Diane Ackerman. 

The chapter is divided into several sections:
The Feeling Bubble
Speaking of Touch
First Touches
What Is A Touch? 
The Code Senders
The Inner Climate
The Skin Has Eyes
Adventures In The Touch Dome
The Point of Pain
The Hand
Professional Touchers
Subliminal Touch

After reading the entire chapter, select two sections of the reading - except for the Tattoo section. 

Create "something" in response to the ideas highlighted in the sections you selected.

This “something” can be a small drawing done on any surface with any medium. 
Or a small sculpture (made from nature, found objects, any material(s)).
Or you can “stage” a photo shoot and produce a digital image. 
Or a short, 30 second to 1 minute video. 
Or you can produce a sound recording. 

What to put on your blog:

  • Post the two responses on your blog for this class.
  • For each post, quote a section of the reading that inspired you. 
  • Write a brief explanation of your process/idea for each response. 

Innovative and thoughtful solutions are expected.

  • Unacceptable solutions include - images of people holding hands and/or of hands, images of your tattoo (or a friend's). 
  • If photography is your chosen medium for this assignment, make sure photos are thoughtfully developed formally and conceptually. Random photos are not acceptable. 
Due Date
  • Due date announced in class. 
  • This assignment is one of two that will need to be posted on your blog during the semester. 
  • All other postings due end of semester. 


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