THEORIES OF TIME and "BACKGROUND" BACK TO TOP
- --cyclical theory of time
- --mechanical theory of time
- --evolutionary/biological theory of time
- --chaos theory of time
VISUALIZING TIME -- How time is visually depicted
- --What are the visual clues to understanding each time theory?
- --What are the relationships of:
- --perimeters -- boundaries -- limitations to interiors?
- --sizes of individual elements?
- --shapes of elements?
- --parts to whole?
- --Is there a before and after?
- --What is the duration of the lived experience?
THE POSTMODERN IN A NUTSHELL
- --whose voices? --pluralism
- --who's listening--and interacting? --inclusion
- --what's the discourse?
- --what's the form of the discourse? --appropriation, fragmentation & pastiche
There will be three types of writing:
1. Informal interpretative writing including notes, models, questions, etc. -- A, B, C
Please include one question to ask of the seminar each week. This question should arise from the readings or from the readings in conjunction with previous discussions.
2. Short interpretative papers --1, 2, 3
Each writing (2 + pages) may be made of of several statements or it may be an integrated whole. Each paper should include new thoughts generated from the readings at hand. You may refer back to the theories of time and to the characteristics of time and how they bear on your current thoughts. Do not merely recapitulate the readings. In some cases you may choose to create a time model rather than writing a paper.
3. Long paper --10+ pages on a postmodern artwork(s)
WRITING #1 --2 + page interpretation paper discussing one of the floor figures and readings + ? (see first meeting handout)
--Include 1 question arising from your thoughts and readings
--"Telling Time and Seasons"
--Zeno of Elea's paradox of Achilles and the tortoise
--Zeno's arrow of time
--"Heraclitus Once" -- Heraclitus' river of time
--Heisenberg's principle of uncertainty
--2nd Law of Thermodynamics -- entropy
--Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity
--the anthropic principle
FOR WEEK 2
1. Writing #1 draft due. This will be shared with seminar members.
2. Question--What is the nature of before and after in your time model?
3. Informal writing--Look up your time topics (here on the left) and be prepared to explain them verbally or visually. Turn in this information at the end of the class day.
4. Sketch-collect--5 cards visualizing time
5. List--words or phrases having to do with time in your field of study
6. Look over the Innocent Eye Test and its questions and make notes for discussion.
7. Question--What is the dilemma encountered when depicting time and space in two dimensions? (Investigate images on this website.)
CHARACTERISTICS OF TIME (tools for engaging with artworks) BACK TO TOP
- --measurement (rate of recurrence, rhythm)
WAYS OF LOOKING AT TIME
- --cultural (situated in human activity)
SOME EARLY COMMENTATORS ON TIME
- --Zeno of Elea -- Achilles and the tortoise
- --Zeno of Elea -- arrow of time
- --Heraclitus -- the river of time
HOW TIME IS PUNCTUATED AND FRAMED -- 20th-21st century physics
- --2nd law of thermodynamics -- entropy
- --general & special theories of relativity -- Einstein
- --principle of uncertainty -- Heisenberg
- --Schroedinger's cat
HOW TIME IS PUNCTUATED AND FRAMED -- THE MODERN FRAME -- 20th-21st century art BACK TO TOP
- --the avant-garde
Time Transfixed, 1939 -- Rene Magritte
HOW TIME IS PUNCTUATED AND FRAMED -- THE POSTMODERN FRAME -- 20th-21st century social and economic dimensions of time
a. "Cyclic Worlds" (cyclical)
b. "The Clockwork Universe" (mechanical)
b." Newton's Time "
b." The Image of Progress "
c. "Fit to Rule" (evolutionary)
d." Information Universe" (chaos)
d. "Order by Chance"
d. "Does Chaos Rule the Cosmos?"
opt. "Einstein's Time" (relativity)
opt. Einstein/Space, Time, and Light "
opt. "Is the Universe Dying?" (entropy & arrow)
opt. "Clock in the Box" (uncertainty princ.)
WRITING #2 --Revisit your Writing #1 in light of discussion, readings (listed here on the left or internet or book selections you come upon) and viewings. If you wish, just skip a space and continue with a new section of your Writing #1 paper. Turn in your Writing #1-#2 under my office 348 door by Monday.
--Include 1 question arising from your thoughts and readings
Due Week 4--Revision of Writing #1- #2 if needed.
TIME AND MOTION IN THE ARTS (more tools for engaging with the arts) BACK TO TOP
- --implied movement
- --apparent movement
- --real/actual movement
- --linear and non-linear narrative
TEMPORAL ORGANIZATION IN FILM AND LITERATURE (still more tools for engaging with the arts)
- --film composition
- --film movement
- --action before the camera
- --camera movement
- --editing movement
- --special effects (within the camera and computer-generated)
- --viewer/reader/participant responses
- Modern Times
- Citizen Kane
See Writing #3 handout.
THE LATE 20th-21st CENTURY POSTMODERN FRAME -- the context of our times BACK TO TOP
THE TEMPORAL POSTMODERN CONTEXT IN ARTWORKS BACK TO TOP
- --pluralism and diverse voices in the discourse
- --multiple coding and inclusion of popular culture
- --appropriation of historical imagery and diverse styles
- --fragmentation and pastiche
- --viewer interaction
POMO (postmodern architecture)
POSTMODERN SOCIAL/POLITICAL COMMENTARY IN THE VISUAL ARTS BACK TO TOP
Due--informal writing A or notes: What are the characteristics of postmodern created works? What are possible underlying thematic contexts? Include a visual example as a handout for the seminar members.
Modern/Postmodern, 1980 -- Mark Tansey
POSTMODERN TEMPORAL MOVING ARTS
- --Kiss of the Spider Woman (120 minutes) BACK TO TOP
- --Kuykendall room # ________
DISCUSSION -- Kiss of the Spider Woman
Due--informal writing B (or time model) on Kiss as a postmodern film + ? See questions in film handout for possible directions. Turn in at the end of the class day.
- --Wings of Desire (130 minutes) BACK TO TOP
- --Kuykendall room # ___________
Due--informal writing C (or time model) on Wings as a postmodern film + ? See questions in the film handout for possible directions. Turn in at the end of the class day.
between Week 13 & 14
--deliver 1 copy of the draft to LR and 1 copy of the draft to your designated seminar member
DISCUSSION -- Wings of Desire, Kiss of the Spider Woman, POMO, pm visual arts, John Cage, etc. discussion based on questions and models
--return seminar member's draft with lots of comments and suggestions in margins and between the lines
between Week 14 & 15
June, 2007: in progress