Exercise 1: Implications of the Textual Revolution

In the fifteenth century the printing press was invented and meant that stories that were traditionally passed on orally could be written down. Information, ideas and news reached a wider audience and the tradition of oral storytelling began to decline. What happens to a story when you take it from its source, make it permanent … Continue reading Exercise 1: Implications of the Textual Revolution

Exercise 1 – Place. London: Thames and Hudson by Dean, T. and Millar, J. (2005)

My notes on this textbook can be found on this page. Here I will outline my thoughts on the opening essay 'Place - The First of All Things'. One of the key ideas in this essay is that of place as an ephemeral construct that is impossible to pin down. The authors suggest that it is … Continue reading Exercise 1 – Place. London: Thames and Hudson by Dean, T. and Millar, J. (2005)

Exercise 2 – Interpreting Video Art

Sam Taylor-Wood's Still Life (2001), 35mm film, single screen projection. Initial response: The still life set of this video is strongly influenced by classical still life paintings. The colour of the background, the lighting, the wooden table and even the fruits chosen (pears, apples and peaches) seem very classical. The only item that makes it clear … Continue reading Exercise 2 – Interpreting Video Art