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Truth & Perception

Senior Seminar Week 5

lauren elbert

on 30 April 2013

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Transcript of Truth & Perception

By Andrew & Lauren Truth & Perception Chapter 1 from Ways of Seeing by John Berger "Omit the Unimportant"
by Dieter Rams John Berger "Language, Thought, and Reality"
By Benjamin Whorf Educational:
Ph.D Musicology, 1973
M.M Musicology, 1969
B.A Music, English Literature, 1966
B.A German Literature, 1966 "When Games Invade Real Life"
By Jesse Schell "Truth & the Sterotype"
by EH Gombrich His Marxist humanism and his strongly stated opinions on modern art made him a controversial figure early in his career In 1972 the BBC broadcast his television series Ways of Seeings and published its companion text, an introduction to the study of images.

Is an English art critic, novelist, painter, poet and author. His novel won the 1972 Booker Prize. John Berger "Every images embodies a way of see. Even a photograph, for photographs are not, as is often assumed, a mechanical record. Every time we took at a photograph, we are, however slighty, of the photographer selecting that slight from an infinity of other possible sights." Your perspective limits you from the entire truth because you cannot be in many places at once. Seeing holds more truth then what word can say "But in either case the uniqueness of the original now lies in it being the original of a reproduction. It is no longer what its image shows that strikes one as unique; its first meaning is no longer to be found in what it says, but in what it is." Do you if this statement to be true? Story Vs. Artwork John Berger
Ways of Seeing Dieter Rams Is good design, less design? Art and the committed Eye The Trobriand In 1955, he was recruited to Braun as an architect and an interior designer. He became cheif of design at Braun in 1961, and kept the position until 1995. Rams introduced the idea of sustainable development and of obsolescence being a crime in design in the 1970s. Every consumer expects something for product, it must be predictable on what it does, finding a good balance of design and usefulness is important so you get more of an emotional response to better sell the product "Good design means as little design as possible" Less More The Trobriand held concept of the value of the pattern was more important then the value of the item If the item has no meaning, therefore it has no value. Language and Thought
are separated Language: is created from society
grammar shapes our ideas
Thoughts influence the demand of language Thought: Thoughts create your ideals
No one is truly impartial because your thoughts influence the way you see. Published 10 books and received 12 Awards Leppert's work is concentrated on the relations of music and imagery to social and cultural construction. Lived 1909 to 2001
Austrian born art historian who spent most of his life in the UK
Studied at the University of Austria
Author of 'Story of Art' which is considered one of the most accessible introductions to the visual arts In Truth & the Stereotype Gombrich presents the question "Why is it that different ages and different nations have represented the visible world in such different ways?" The answer given is that the artist is already molded to the 'style' of that era or culture (the schema). The schema is the idea that the artist begins not with a visual impression but with an idea or concept. The artist adjusts this schema to fit whatever he is rendering.The more images a culture has, the larger the schema and thus an artist in 'modern day' will be adherent to the schema of objects as opposed to an artist that is restrained from imagery and scenery. (50sec - 2min, 2:40-5:10) The Day Pictures
were Born Interview with
Ernst Gombrich (end 5:10) The idea Susan Sontag brings is that in spite of claims that non-image based understanding of reality is possible, our culture is now more dependent on images that ever before and this can be attributed to photography. Photography creates an ‘image world’. A world where knowledge can be provided without experience and can be stored in our memories. A photograph is a direct link to the real and can let us see something and familiarize ourselves with that something without ever seeing it. "The Image-World"
By Susan Sontag Lived from 1933 to 2004
Was a critical essayist, cultural analyst, novelist and filmmaker.
First gained attention with her essay, "Notes on Camp" (1964)
She wrote On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, The Volcano Lover and In America. The child was so sad that she fell down Image has the ability to show what is intangible with the use of words. Facebook is an 'image world' thinking you have a real understanding and knowledge of a person based on their images without meeting in reality. You imagine how a person sounds, acts, and is based on imagery. Examples:
Club Penguin
Mafia Wars
Guitar Hero
Webkins Jesse Schell has taught Game Design and led research projects at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center since 2002. Jesse is also the CEO of Pittsburgh’s largest video game studio, Schell Games, and the former chairman of the International Game Developers Association. In 2004, . Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, he was the Creative Director of the Disney Virtual Reality Studio start 7:55 start 20:35 Jesse points out that the line between the virtual world and reality is disappearing, however we are losing touch with nature and authenticity. We live in a fake bubble and thus there is a new demand for 'reality' and the real world. The End
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