Thursday, December 15, 2016

Touch Assignment Guidelines (includes a reading handout and creative visual work)

"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.

Touch chapter from the book A Natural History of The Senses by Diane Ackerman. 
The handout is posted on Canvas. Be aware that any marks/notes in the scanned copy are not mine. I checked the book out of the library to scan. 

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. 

Create something in response to the ideas highlighted in each section. 

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. 

Post the two responses on your Digital Sketchbook. Write a brief explanation of your process/idea for each response. 

"Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses is an aphrodisiac for the sense receptors. Read a chapter, then step outside and voila: The sky is a deeper blue, the birds sing a sweeter song. How could the world seem otherwise, after feasting on such voluptuous prose?"
--Chicago Tribune


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