University of Washington

Summer A Term 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Post Card Assignment

Regarding this week's postcard assignment, to recap:

1. Purchase a postcard of UW campus (or a place in Seattle). The postcard should be a relatively close view, not an aerial view, of a specific site, memorial, building, etc. 
2. Go to that site and observe. See what IS NOT reflected the postcard. What is missing from the postcard?
3. Take some time (I'd suggest 30 min at minimum of observation before you start writing) and keep all senses open. It is best to do this alone, but If you go with a friend, don't talk or text. Be silent and observe. 
4. Fill the postcard with your observations. Note time and space observations. Auditory, motion, visual. Totally fill the card. You might want to use small print. Again, what is missing from the picture on the postcard. What does your presence mean for the site (now being part of the site). Are people there? Animals? How are they interacting. Are they moving slow  or fast, or? Consider loud sounds, soft sounds, mixed sounds, visuals, and changing dynamics of the scene. 
5. Scan both sides of the card and post to your blog. 
6. Next step: reflect on the scanned postcard and write a short reflection that goes with the blogged postcard considering what you remember about writing the postcard at that location. What were you thinking of when you were in the process of doing this assignment? Now, remember one or two images from your time at the location and write a short narrative about your memory of these images. It might help to start the reflection with, "As I was writing down my observations for this postcard assignment at ______ location, I remember...".  The memory doesn't have to be literally about the site details. The memory might be a thought that was sparked by sitting down and doing this assignment. Be creative and take advantage of the freedom in this assignment. 

To get you started, please listen to these short TedTalks which will give you inspiration for this assignment. The first talk, FACE TO FACE French street artist, showcases art as a powerful tool to view the world and bring people together. The second talk is about taking "slow time" to observe your surroundings and your place within the world you inhabit:

Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out (this is excellent and showcases the Israel-Palestine FACE TO FACE installation: 

Slow Movement:

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