Who Do You Think You Are?/Don’t You Know Who I Am?
For this written text you will become the interviewer/storyteller/narrator of a fictional event. You will create a scenario where the person from the 19th/early 20th centuries that you have already been assigned to research/become will meet a “post-modernist” designer/artist/thinker and if you so wish one or two other characters of your own choice.
You will be assigned a producer or critic of post-modern culture to begin with. You will then be able to choose another person from a list of people from the later modernist period and/or someone of your own choosing, who you may already know something about or are a fan of theirs and their work. They could be a; musician, fashion designer, artist, filmmaker, poet, etc.
This brief is about being able to ask the right questions when writing a text. These questions will have to be based on extensive research of your characters and the worlds they inhabit(ed). Without high quality research your questions will lack the depth for you to elicit quality answers. (You will of course be answering your questions on the behave of your characters.)
The first thing you will need to decide if you are going to stick with a three way correspondence/conversation or go for the more complicated but possibly more rewarding four or five way debate.
So your options are:
1. You + Your Person from Modernity + Your Given Post-modernist.
= 3 people in the conversation.
2. You + Your Person from Modernity + Your Given Post-modernist + A Modernist from the given list OR and person of your choice.
= 4 people in the conversation.
3. You + Your Person from Modernity + Your Given Post-modernist + A Modernist from the given list AND and person of your choice.
= 5 people in the conversation.
Once you have decided on which option you want to pursue, you then have to think about a scenario where they might all might meet up or correspond with each other. This will be a fictional event or process and it is much more than likely that they never met in real life. Will you invent a machine that sends you back in time and collect all your characters for a Radio/TV special on their lives? Will it be a ‘This is Your Life’ type event? You may wish to have them casually bump into each other in a coffee shop/bar/swimming pool and start up a conversation. You may want to do all the correspondence between your characters by post-card/letter/e-mail/twitter/SMS. You could create a fictitious play where they all appear in. You can be as creative as you wish with this element and take them to Mars if you fancy….
You will be the person you initiates the first questions to your characters and you will have to introduce them to each other. From then onwards you will be the narrator/interviewer and they will also want to speak to each other. This might then start a debate about the merits of modernism/post-modernism or any other issue the may have a bee in their bonnet or issue with.
You must start investigating and researching into your characters straight away, as this will be what you will base your questions on and will help you create and exciting and dynamic story. It is a flight of fantasy and is not real but will be based of the facts, works and words of your characters lives. You will create an extensive bibliography, which will be attached to this written text, as you WILL look for as many books/websites/films/journals articles about your characters and their lives and the worlds they lived in.
You MUST include in text referencing in this work. So you would say: (YOU) Dear Marcel Duchamp many thanks for being here today in is a great honour and pleasure. My first question is that, according to your friend and writer, Pierre Cabanne (1987) in his fascinating book Dialogues With Marcel Duchamp he asks you what your greatest regret was? Can you remember what you said” (MD) Yes of course I can remember as if it was yesterday day, I said, ‘I don’t have any. I’ve missed nothing.’ (Cabanne 1987 p15)
You must find a way of incorporating as many images of your characters work as possible into your chosen scenario and therefore the written text. If you are sending postcards for instance, send them images of your own work and they will then send you and each other images of their work. If in a café/bar they may have their portfolio/smart phone with them and they can introduce themselves through their work. They and you can then critique this work and a heated debate might arise. These images also must be referenced in full in a list, which can go wherever you like in this text. Your scenario might end up in an argument and one of your characters flouncing out in a huff.
The elements of this text will be:
1. A title. It should be a hook and make the reader want to read your story.
2. An Introduction by yourself to the scenario you have imaginatively chosen for you people to come together and converse and a short introduction to these people and their lives.
3. The main text written as a continuous narrated dialogue between you are your characters and between each other, whether in the form of a script, letters, novel dialogue. As the narrator you are the questioner/interviewer/referee and the person who describes what is happening.
4. A conclusion where you sum up what happened and your thoughts on the events that have just ensued. A good ending is always important.
5. A list of illustrations which tells the reader exactly who took/made the image the date it was made where you got it from and when you accessed it, if in was from and on-line source.
6. A bibliography, which has FULL references for each source of information, you have used or looked at during your research. You MUST not just include an URL, there should be an author, date, title, site, URL, when access information included.
If in doubt look at: Guide to the Harvard System of Referencing http://bit.ly/12eP1Wt
You will be graded using the Undergraduate Marking Criteria Matrix: http://bit.ly/Z9L58o
HAND IN DATE: Wednesday 24 April 2013 by 4pm.
You will hand in a hard copy to the Student Office in E-Block AND email me a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org
PDF of the Brief: Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?/Don’t You Know Who I Am?
|You + Your Modernity Character||Your Post Modernist Character||Your Other Choices|
|Akemi Nagaya = Florence Nightingale||Stefan Sagmeister|
|Alexandra Compton = Suzanne Valadon||Neville Brody|
|Andrew Morris = Richard Wagner||April Greiman|
|Anna Gordon = Hubert Henry Harrison||Paula Scher|
|Alex Heron = Julia Margaret Cameron||Robert Mapplethorpe|
|Alice Lees = Charles Darwin||Jean-Michel Basquiat|
|Akshitha Victor = Peter Behrens||Marian Bantjes|
|Alexandra Joan Whiting = Alice Meynell||Wolfgang Weingart|
|Benjamin Brookes = Pablo Picasso||Janet Allinger|
|Benjamin Greehy = Dorothy Richardson||Jeffrey Keedy|
|Carl Bresnahan = Marcel Duchamp||Cady Noland|
|Celeste Morton = Natalie Barney||Dan Friedman|
|Callum Pepper = Jeanne Paquin||Willi Kunz|
|Charlotte Pruce = Guillaume Apollinaire||Ellen Lupton|
|Cassia Soper = Sonia Delaunay||Andy Worhol|
|Danielle Field = ?||Valentina Grego|
|Derrelle Goodhall = ?||Peter Saville|
|Elvn Seet Seet = Emily Carr||Malcolm Garret|
|Emily Hicks = Édouard Manet||Kara Walker|
|Emma Williams = Max Ernst||Kristen Nikosey|
|Florence Fairweather = Käthe Kollwitz||Barney Bubbles|
|Francine Oliver = ‘Nella’ Larsen||Jamie Reid|
|Declan Farrell = Jan Zrzavý||Louise Fili|
|Georgia Coleman = Berthe Morisot||David Lachapelle|
|Georgina Marot = John Ruskin||Louise Bourgeois|
|George Selwyn-Brace = Gertrude Stein||Cliff Roman|
|George Farrell = Francis Picabia||Tracy Emin|
|Grace Arnott-Hayes = Xul Solar||Deborah Sussman|
|Grant Schofield = Charles Baudelaire||Rachel Whiteread|
|Harriet Leyden = Stéphane Mallarmé||Katherine McCoy|
|Henry Lloyd = Friedrich Nietzsche||Liz McQusiton|
|Hannah Wadham = “Coco” Chanel||Edward Fella|
|Hannah Williams = Nadezhda Udaltsova||Jonathan Barnbrook|
|Isabella Campbell-Pepe = Natalia Goncharova||Rick Valicenti|
|Imogen Farrell = Vanessa Bell||Tibor Kalan|
|Imogen Stanley = Mary Jane Seacole||David Carson|
|Irina Wang = Charles Rennie Mackintosh||J. Abbot Miller|
|Jasmine Bradley = László Moholy-Nagy||Sophie Calle|
|Jackson Griggs = Henri Bergson||Yayoi Kusama|
|Jingwen Zhu = Paul Gauguin||Marina Abramović|
|Joshua Kwan = Sigmund Freud||Teal Triggs|
|Kentaro Takeda = Nina Genke-Meller||Jake Tilson|
|Kimberleigh Phillips-Page = Madeleine Chéruit||Robert Rauschenberg|
|Joyce Wang = El Lissitzky||Jenny Holzer|
|Jay Joo Kim = Henry Van de Velde||Cindy Sherman|
|Lily Biswell = Giorgio de Chirico||Yoko Ono|
|Louie Isaaman-Jones = Carl Jung||Annette Messager|
|Louise Nyborg = Edward Johnston||Annie Leibovitz|
|Lingna Yuwen = Jean Rhys||Bruce Nuaman|
|Marilyn Baker = Georgia O’Keeffe||Keith Haring|
|Mika Shahabudin = Henrik Ibsen||Barbara Kruger|
|Miranda Bene = Pan Yuliang||Judy Chicago|
|Rosa Min Jung Kang = Rosa Luxemburg||Francis Alÿs|
|Nanna Goransson = Lou Andreas-Salomé||Gabriel Orozco|
|Natalie Ridge = Eric Gill||Sarah Lucas|
|Penny Whitehouse = Marie Curie||Joseph Beuys|
|Phoebe Willison = Harriet Powers||Jasper Johns|
|Richard Sanderson = Karl Marx||Janet Cardiff|
|Roman Cadafalch = Albert Einstein||Vanessa Beecroft|
|Riona Moore = Ada Lovelace||Dan Graham|
|Rachel Tweedy = Hannah Höch||Robert Smithson|
|Sophie Bosworth = Georges Seurat||Mariko Mori|
|Sophie Cliffe = Elsie de Wolfe||Christo|
|Stella Murphy = Virginia Woolf||Nam June Paik|
|Stacey Tianyi Ran = William H. Bradley||Eva Hesse|
|Veronika Cesalova = William Morris
Viicke Biggs + Olga + Paul Macarthy
|William Horne = Ogura Yuki||Lothar Baumgarten|
|Woosung Um = Mary Cassatt||Ed Kienholz|
Modernists you may also choose from and anybody else you wish
Marcel Breuer, Serge Chermayeff, Theo van Doesburg, Naum Gabo, Hannes Meyer, László Moholy-Nagy, Anna Akhmatova, Mário de Andrade, Ivan Cankar, Constantine P. Cavafy, Joseph Conrad, Alfred Döblin, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster, Ernest Hemingway, Max Jacob, James Joyce Franz Kafka.D. H. Lawrence, Wyndham Lewis, Thomas Mann, Eugene O’Neill, Fernando Pessoa, Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Ezra Pound, Marcel Proust, Rainer Maria Rilke, Wallace Stevens, Paul Valéry, Frank Wedekind, Virginia Woolf, W. B. Yeats, Billy Apple, Evelyne Axell, Sir Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Pauline Boty, Patrick Caulfield, Jim Dine, Rosalyn Drexler, James Gill, Richard Hamilton, Jann Haworth, David Hockney, Dorothy Iannone, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Allen Jones, Alex Katz, Corita Kent, Kiki Kogelnik, Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Marta Minujin, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Claes Oldenburg, Julian Opie, Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Phillips, Sigmar Polke, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Niki de Saint Phalle, Peter Saul, George Segal, Colin Self, Marjorie Strider, Aya Takano, Tom Wesselmann