Seeing the Past in the Present Tense

This article challenged me to think about monuments are commemoratives in a way that I have never viewed them before. I have always just thought of them as ways to show people who weren’t present for the event to gain more knowledge about history but they do much more, or less, depending on the monument.

Paula Levine introduces monuments as a way to activate us because they require us to think about something that has already passed, we then associate the past with the present. Depending on the monument,  it can either educate us about a complex history and help people to see the past and move forward, or they can take away the responsibility of our memory. Commemorating a person or an event from history has a way of taking away various details of history by only showing one part of history. She uses the Emancipation monument as an example of the lack of reflection on the complex struggles for freedom.

Monuments serve as a way to trigger our memory by association. One monument that forces us to think of the past in raw form is Maya Lin’s Vietnam war Memorial, which holds the names of American’s that died in the war. With a monument, there is a question of how to articulate burdens of parts of history and give the public a true understanding of the events that took place. A successful way of doing this is a monument that is designed to encourage support or fight against such things as racism or fascism, like the Monument Against War, Fascism, War, and Violence– and for Peace and Human Rights that encourage our participation.

Ultimately, monuments and commemoratives force us to remember based on how the monument was designed and for what purpose. It forces us to remember the past and incorporate it into the present. Some monuments give us a true understanding of history and the burdens or brutalities. while others sugar-coat it. Monuments and commemoratives reintroduce ideological foundations into our life.

Radical Cartography Final

I made my radical cartography project personal to me and my experiences with art. Art has been the most influential thing in my life and I wanted to track where I began my journey with art, starting as far back as I can remember as a child and ending with present day. Even though my project is personal to me, I made my map easy to use for others to read. I also made a key that allows the viewer to better understand what each location means to me and my journey. the white dots are the locations that aren’t the most influential  to my journey but still very important. The red dots are what I consider to be influential to my journey. The purple dots are the most influential. I wanted to put the locations in order from where I started to where I finished so I numbered them from 1 to 14. Also, I deconstructed the maps so that they are closer together, because each of these locations have made my interest in art stronger.

This is the list of locations I have included:

1st- Hutchinson Kansas- my house in Hutchinson (art with dad)

2nd- Hutchinson, Kansas- Candy Lane Preschool (art at school)

3rd- Hutchinson, Kansas- Main Street (artwork displayed at the Art Center)

4th- Hutchinson, Kansas- Kansas State Fairgrounds (art displayed at fairgrounds)

5th- Hutchinson, Kansas- Graber Elementary (art classes)

6th- Hutchinson, Kansas- Hutchinson Middle School (7th and 8th grade center art classes)

7th- Hutchinson, KS- Hutchinson High School (art classes and art shows)

8th- Hutchinson, KS- Fairgrounds

9th- Manhattan, KS- visiting campus for architecture (junior year)

10th- Hutchinson, KS- Hutchinson High School (art scholarship)

11th- Manhattan, KS- enrollment at Kansas State University art program

12th-Lawrence, KS

13th- Nashville Tennessee- (various studios visited)

14th- KC- studios visited

This is the final product:

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Radical Cartography

A List of places that I will include on my map:

1st- Hutchinson Kansas- my house in Hutchinson (Just the street because I don’t want my address online.)

2nd- Hutchinson, Kansas- Candy Lane Preschool

3rd- Hutchinson, Kansas- Main Street

4th- Hutchinson, Kansas- Kansas State Fairgrounds

5th- Hutchinson, Kansas- Graber Elementary

6th- Hutchinson, Kansas- Hutchinson Middle School (7th and 8th grade center)

7th- Hutchinson, KS- Hutchinson High School

8th- Hutchinson, KS- Fairgrounds

9th- Manhattan, KS- visiting campus for architecture (junior year)

10th- Hutchinson, KS- Hutchinson High School (art scholarship)

11th- Manhattan, KS- enrollment at Kansas State University

12th- Manhattan, KS- Willard Hall

13th-Manhattan, KS- Moore Hall

14th- Manhattan, KS- Kimball Ave Apt

15th- Manhattan, KS- Fremont St.

16th-Lawrence, KS

17th- Nashville Tennessee- (various studios visited)

18th- KC- studios visited

Exercise 4 Low Tech Communication

I worked with Shea and Laura on this project. We came up with an idea that uses no form of verbal communication or noise but instead our sense of touch and sight. We demonstrated this exercise at a much closer distance than 600 yards to show just how it works.

We created two boards that attached 5 colored strings. Each string designated several letters of the alphabet:

Red string: A-E

Yellow string: F-J

Green string: K-O

Blue string: P-T

Purple string: U-Z

The sender plucks the string that corresponds with the message they want to send. The strings are color coordinated to make it easier for both parties to decode the message. For example, if the sender wanted to say “Hi” they would first pluck the yellow string three times and the yellow string again four times. Since these two letters are on the same string the sender would have to take a slight pause in between the “H” and the “I”.

This sort of long distance communication requires a lot of concentration from both parties to obtain complete accuracy. It is important the sender plucks at a speed that the receiver can accurately see. It is also crucial that the receiver pays very close attention to ensure that they receive all the signals. A third person is available on the receiving end to write down messages as they are being received.

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Radical Cartography

I am part of a family of artists. My dad and all of my older siblings are “right brained” and access their creativity on a daily basis. I believe that this is how I got my artistic ability and my love for the arts. For me this project is personal and involves my journey to get where I am today in the arts at K-State and where I will end up in the future. I made a list as far back as I can remember of how I became interested in art.

Home (art with dad)

Preschool (art as favorite subject)

Gradeschool (art classes, art camps)

Gradeschool-highschool-trips to art museums, art featured in State Fair shows

High school art classes

College tours to choose the best art program (high school)

College- freshman, sophomore, junior year art classes

Scholarships won from artwork

Graphic design studio tour visits to figure out where I want to end up (Nashville, KC)

Where do I want to end up?

Essentially, this map will be a deconstructed map of my journey with the arts. I am originally from Hutchinson Kansas but my art has taken me to different parts of state and even out of state. I will deconstruct the maps of these different areas that art has taken me and place them in order with where my journey started all the way up until the present.

Logo Heist

I looked into the cultural values of different companies and wanted to expose companies that practiced poor labor laws and/or health risks to humans and the environment. I found several companies that weren’t ecologically efficient as well as many that had poor labor practices. I have been familiar with companies like as Nike that have low wages for their overseas employees, both young and old, but I wanted to dig deeper. I found that companies like Nestle, Walmart, and Hanes all have this unfortunate practice.

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I also looked into Monsanto, an agricultural company that uses GMO’s and lies about the effects. The pesticides that Monsanto produces can cause cancers, skin disorders, spontaneous abortions, premature births, and damage to the gastrointestinal and nervous systems.  I illustrated this by making the logo say “Must Say No” because it has the same number of syllables as Monsanto and I played with the plant they have in their logo to look like it is taking over as a genetically modified vegetable would.

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Cultural Jamming: Hacking, Slashing, and Sniping in the Empire of Signs Review

I was unaware of what exactly cultural jamming was before reading this article by Mark Dery. I read this article. I also looked up images of what this looks like today and I realized that I see it quite often, people defacing ads to expose what a company is really about and/or who they take advantage of. I found it interesting that the article discussed the effects that television have on us, essentially brainwashing us into seeing what they want us to believe to be true.

The article discussed the Reagan years and the manipulation of images to create something that they wanted the people to see. The article also mentioned the lack of information that is fed to us if it is damning to the government. For example, he mentioned a filmmaker that brought back distressing images of Iraq under U.S. bombardment. He was fired and the footage never aired and people voted for the right not to know. This is what people thought of it in a pole done by The New York Times: “Given a choice between increasing military control over information or leaving it to news organizations to make most decisions about reporting on the war, 57 per cent of those responding said they would favor greater military control.”

Mark goes into detail about how the public should take action in controlling the message and its multiple ways of interpretation. In other words, as the audience, we have the ability to expose an underlying message that something might have. He also explains what it means to be a cultural jammer: “Culture jammers answer to that name. “Jamming” is CB slang for the illegal practice of interrupting radio broadcasts or conversations between fellow hams with lip farts, obscenities, and other equally jejune hijinx.” Mark went into detail about how cultural jamming has inserted itself into our culture today for example, “Outlaw computer hacking with the intent of exposing institutional or corporate wrongdoing is one example; “slashing,” or textual poaching, is another.” these are just a couple ways that cultural jamming is at work.

After reading this article I looked into cultural jamming more and found out just how much can be exposed about a business just from a few damning words slapped on alongside a companies logo. It challenges the audience to look into what a business is all about. This article was interesting because I didn’t realize how wide spread it was today. I now know to keep an eye out for more signs of cultural jamming.

Exercise 2 Postcards/Mail Art

I made two postcards for this project based on things that I enjoy. I love biking so I thought of the biggest biking event in the world. I based this first postcard on the Tour De France because it is something I would enjoy watching. The second postcard is a quiet, tranquil setting because when I vacation I like to go to places with a lot of air and room to breathe. This image made me think of tranquility the most. I wanted to make my postcards unique from what you would normally see on a drug store shelf. Overall this was a fun project and I enjoyed getting creative with it.

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