Term 2 Written Text Brief

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 m.ingham@arts.ac.uk


PDF of the Brief: Who Do You Think You Are?


Who Do You Think You Are?/Don’t You Know Who I Am?

Your Characters: 

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


Ana Mendieta

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


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