Class Example .. Although the media has portrayed the disco as an hedonistic community only focused on sex and substance abuse, I contend that it offered a space of communication and safety for subcultures. Although X is true Y is not true.
A Man’s Life Described by His Panel; Mark Murphy Bearrentine;
The NAMES project is not very well known of, and at first glance, portrayed as just a quilt with the names of people who have died from HIV/AIDS. Although this statement is true that it does have the names of people who lost their lives, there is so much more to it than just that. It is about remembering those who lost their lives and also bringing awareness to the disease so important people who can possibly make a change can see that.
The NAMES project is a quilt created to memorialize those who have lost their lives due to Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). The AIDS Quilt, with its blocks and panels memorializing those lost to the disease, offers a glimpse of the diverse communities and individuals affected by this terrible disease. It is not as known about as it should be. It consists of thousands upon thousand of blocks which contain 8 separate panels and stretches for miles. The quilt continues to grow day by day. My goal for my project was to describe my chosen panel in the best and most accurate way possible while also informing those who are unbeknownst and ignorant to the NAMES project as a whole.
History of the NAMES project;
NAMES project as a whole;
Mark Murphy Bearrentine;
The NAMES project continues to grow day by day. Thousands of panels have been made into blocks since it was first created. The fact that I was able to get to do interact with actual pieces of the quilt was super exciting. This project had multiple levels and it was so full of many different ways that you could go about the project as a whole.
When given a bag full of objects and tasked with making something random and creative, my partner and I were both like huh. We went through the bag and observed each object and begin to brainstorm . Inside the bag we received was an empty sugar box, cotton, thin line of red cloth, a red color pencil, a safety pin, and a small colorful bouncy ball. We were very confused as to what exactly we could make from this. There were other materials available on the desk to help with our creation, so we went through those as well. What we saw were thick colored paper, scissors, and tape. I grabbed one sheet of construction paper, black duct tape, and scissors and we got to work.
We sat there and voiced our different thoughts as to what we could possibly make from the stuff provided, and we both decided a purse would be a good idea. We used the box as the purse, we covered it in gray colored paper. Then we taped the red line of fabric as the strap of the purse. We decided to put an “MK” logo onto the purse as decor, and we also decided to add an intricate design.
We used all of the obvious objects provided that we thought about using. But little did we know there were so many more things that could have been used. For example, the plastic bag we were given that held the objects. We did not even think of that. I feel the main aspect was to teach us that you can use any and everything to create your masterpiece and make it a work of art. We do not have to settle using just the obvious basics.
The Aids Quilt displays names of the many people who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. It is meant to document the lives that many people feared would just be forgotten about. The main goal was to create a memorial for those lives that were lost. The Quilt was such a great unique and interesting way to create a memory. It is so unlike any other memorial due to the fact that it is like a moving and growing memorial. It continues to grow and grow and grow. It is honestly nothing I have seen before. I had never heard of such a thing. When I think of memorial I usually would think of a museum or statue or something of that nature. This idea of a quilt seemed preposterous to me at first, but as I read about it and watched videos, I began to understand and see how special this was. It is honestly such a beautiful idea with a beautiful purpose behind it. The different patches with the different images and the story behind each patch continues to draw me in. Hearing the stories from people who have lost friends and family really gave me a feeling of somber for them. That is no average quilt. It is full of emotion and art.
In the Haltman reading, it discussed something called the “Prownian Analysis”. This concept was very neat. It was like a breakdown of how to observe an object deeper. To find out its “material culture”. A quote that stuck out to me was “We have to seek its cultural significance”. I feel thinking about an object on a much deeper level and not only describing it in writing will make writing ten times better. It sounds difficult but it makes a lot of sense. If a person can give more than a description and actually connect to the object on an intense and intellectual level it adds more depth to the work done. “It is important to pay attention to all aspects, be attentive for detail but keep an eye on the big picture” was another quote that stuck out to me. Writing is about painting a picture for the readers. It needs to be more than just descriptive work. You have to dig deep and find the significance of its material culture. That adds that extra that a person needs when reading about an object. It allows for a person to picture the object in their mind and where the object came from and what time period the object came out of. Paying close attention when observing is key. The prown method is now the perfect analytic tool for “student learning”. More students should definitely learn about this method because it will take them a long way. This reading really made me think. It really informed me on a lot. I am super excited to apply these methods to my future endeavors. https://hyp.is/QI-jrAJdEeiDRneiQZO5eg/hypothes.is/users/dniyahhbook
The article “50 years in photos”was extremely interesting! I am a fan of history. I love artifacts and looking at old pictures. The picture of the South Vietnamese General, chief of the national police, firing his pistol, and executing suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem on February 1, 1968, early in the Tet Offensive really pulled on my heart strings. There were so many emotions brought up from looking at that particular picture. Not only was the article full of sadness, there were some highly weird and interesting pictures as well. For example, the picture of the man in the leopard outfit was very strange yet very interesting at the same time, in my opinion. I find that the fashion in 1968 was very .. what is the word.. different than how things are now. As I continued to scroll through the images I came across a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and as I read the caption it said it was one of the last pictures of him. That made the picture more interesting. I recently went to visit MLK’s museums and church and that made me very emotional. It was so beautiful and a great honor to be able to visit where he once was or see the house where he lived. I also ran across a picture of his widow, Loretta Scott King, and it was her leading 10,000 people in a memorial march for her slain husband Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I love seeing people come together and become one with one purpose in mind. https://via.hypothes.is/https://hypothes.is/welcome/9f6ca43e73881ad2 https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/01/50-years-ago-in-photos-a-look-back-at-1968/550208/