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Visible: Cornell

22 Apr

Visibility, in terms of Cornell and the composition of a blox, in my mind centers around the imagination and the mind’s role in filling in the gaps of this story.  For me, the process of gathering images or icons to include in the blox for the quality of visible is simply a reflection upon what I have thought about in the process of reading The Giving Tree.

The Giving Tree is visible because of the careful craftsmanship with which Silverstein composes this story. I like to think that this story is visible through a kaleidoscope- it becomes a mixture of wonderful colors, even in its black and white illustrations, and is a constantly moving story, like that of a kaleidoscope. Also included in my blox for visibility will be a magnifying glass. Not only is a magnifying glass used to see things more closely and clearly, but I have personal memories involving magnifying glasses that relate to my childhood. I was always fascinated with them and often played with them outside trying to capture the sun and use it to further illuminate whatever was around. A picture of an eye is also appropriate. Not only for obvious reasons, but I am including it in the sense that it represents the mind’s eye- the eye with which we are allowed to see what the imagination fabricates for us. I am a visual learner and also have tendencies toward a photographic memory. Therefore, everything I see I can remember very well, and things that I do not see, I create mental images that help me to remember them. In that sense, my mind is also a sketch pad because it creates what it does not see explicitly.

All of these things come together to make a blox that is colorful and filled with things that represent images that are visible and that represent the ability to see them- visibility.

Visible: Adaptation

22 Apr

An adaptation of The Giving Tree in terms of visibility will be easy to achieve. Although there is not much to be seen on the pages of the book in terms of text or extremely detailed images, the imagination works to fill in these gaps. Seger’s recommendation is to keep the story simple when adapting, and this book is no challenge in terms of simplicity. The movement of the story arcs and specific dialogue of the characters allow for a great sense of visibility in the mind of the reader. In an adaptation, however, more background information will need to be filled in as an explicit demonstration of the beginnings of the boy and tree’s relationship. Because a book allows for the mind of the reader to wander, there is no explanation needed. However, in terms of a blox or short film, a visual foundation is required for the audience to understand the significance of their interaction.

According to Seger, the stories that are the most realistic are those that are most easily adaptable- or in this case easily visible. Because we can relate to the boy and his playful actions as a child, his experiences as a teenager, and his desires for a house and a family, we not only can relate, but can visualize the way these paths of his life would go over the course of a film. We can envision the conversations, the dates he goes on, the construction of his house and the development of his family, all because we relate as human beings. For these reasons, an adaptation would not be much of a challenge in the way of story development, it would just be a matter of translating the ideas of whoever is directing, to match and be approved by those who may also be working on this project of adaptation.

Analogy

28 Feb

The analogy I chose to explain Visibility is the sense of relief felt when the airplane breaks through the clouds on decent and the ground is visible again after a flight.

 

When riding on an airplane, even though the length and relative smoothness of the ride almost allows passengers to forget that they are thousands of feet in the air, it is almost inevitable that upon descent a great sense of relief is felt when the plane breaks through the clouds and the ground is visible. In my mind, the Visibility of the ground is one of the greatest senses of relief, especially for those who have a fear of heights. Visibility in this sense provides a feeling of safety and comfort. It is something familiar and therefore welcoming.

This analogy not only represents Visibility in the literal sense because of the ability to see the ground, but also represents excitement in the span of colors that is newly visible, different from the vastness of blue, white or black that are the sole colors in sight when flying. I have previously mentioned that I feel as though Visibility can be equated in a way with excitement or stimulation and because of this, I feel the excitement of knowing that one is close to their destination and close to the ground for others is attributed to this Visibility of the ground.

Emblem

28 Feb

The emblem I chose to explain Visibility is a rainbow.

A rainbow exemplifies Visibility because of obvious reasons having to do with color, but also because of its distinctive and circumstantial appearances.

To draw on the graphical element of color that I have chosen to represent Visibility, and simply put, there is no Visibility without color, especially in the physical world. A rainbow is characterized by color, it is what we base our color wheel on and is the presentation of our visible spectrum of light in its natural form. A rainbow is color, and that certain combination and order of colors are a rainbow.

In regards to the circumstantial appearance of rainbows, its Visibility requires specific meteorological conditions, a certain combination of precipitation or saturation in the air through which light shines to reveal the rainbow at certain angles. Rainbows are not visible unless these conditions are present, and even still a specific angle is required for Visibility of the scientific phenomenon.

While rainbows are relatively common and can be explained scientifically, they are still unique enough to be appreciated for their phenomenalism and are recognized by humans as a reminder to appreciate the beauty and Visibility of nature and all its colorful glory.

Graphics

28 Feb

The graphical element I chose to best represent Visibility is color.

Color is a part of our lives that many of us take for granted. It is how we perceive the world around us, it defines, instructs and differentiates all of the things that we use or come into contact with every day. Without color, our lives would be bland, like a neutral palate of colors- much like a black and white movie.

While color does not define the Visibility of objects, it does enhance our aesthetic experiences and vivify our individual worlds. As a generation having grown up with color TV, watching black and white movies or television creates almost a sense of anxiety, like we are deprived of something. I know personally, I can only stand to watch something black and white for a few minutes, without reaching for the remote to change the channel, no matter how engaging the story is.

Color was then a luxury, it is now a “necessity” and to imagine life without color, especially in the film entertainment sense, is to imagine life with no excitement or spontaneity. I feel as though Visibility can be equated with excitement and therefore I would like to draw a comparison to say that without color, there is no Visibility in our lives.

Calvino’s Visibility

28 Feb

The fourth quality that Calvino introduces is that of Visibility.

He begins by introducing Purgatorio in which Dante is presented with scenes that act as representations or quotations of examples of sins and virtues. First they are revealed as “bas-reliefs” that appear to move and speak, then they appear as visions projected before his eyes, then as voices in his ear and finally as purely mental images. (pg. 81)

Calvino uses this example as a representation of the imaginative process, of which he says there are two types: (pg. 83)

1) the one that starts with the word and arrives at the visual image

2) the one that starts with the visual image and arrives at its verbal expression

The first of these processes, Calvino says, is what happens when we read normally. “We are brought to witness the scene as if it were taking place before our eyes….” He calls this the “mental cinema.” He is focusing on what happens to the reader when they experience literature. It is just that, an experience. The mind works in such a way that it paints such vivid pictures, that the reader is moved in some emotional fashion, be it to action or just contemplation. It is rare that we do not watch a movie, or even television show that we are not inspired or piqued in some way that a reaction is not elicited. In a day when we have an essentially free method of communication at our fingertips through social media and the internet, we are more inclined than ever to share our thoughts, feelings and reactions to works that exercise our imaginations and emotions.

Independent of, yet relative to Calvino’s second example of Visibility, Ejercicios espirituales, the book of Revelation in the Bible is a strong example of Visibility that elicits an emotional and cognitive reaction, regardless of religious belief.

In Revelation chapter 1, verses 12-16, John is explaining his experience to the Seven Churches. He says, “When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze  refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.”

With a parallel to Dante’s Purgatorio, John is relaying a message and describing in the greatest of detail what he has seen. Interwoven into this description are, what I feel to be, his feelings of overwhelmedness and awe. He explicitly states that he “sees” these things, and therefore this cannot but translate into the reader’s imagination as an image or picture.

No matter the piece of work, Visibility is a quality that is inherent in literature. Albeit that some provide more vividness than others, the beauty of literature is just that- its ability to vividly describe a scene and therefore project an experience upon the reader.

I feel as though I share John’s sense of overwhelmedness and awe. Both he and Dante describe their experiences in an awesome way- in the literal meaning of the word- and I cannot help, as a visual learner, having a stronger inclination for an experience when I can use all of my senses to do so because of the Visibility of the work at hand.

E-Lit Example

22 Feb

The E-Lit example I chose to demonstrate Visibility is “Entre Ville” by J.R. Carpenter.

This short narration is about what is assumed to be a group of children who live next toand play in an alleyway and have done so for eight and a half years. They own a dog who sniffs his way up and down the alley, chasing after and retrieving an orange ball. The way in which the story is told is through the most vivid of details to the point where a great sense of Visibility is achieved.

For example:

“Let’s say our dog walk us up and down this alleyway three times a day. That’s eight-and-a-half years up and eight-and-a-half years down. Nine thousand three hundred laps of toenails clicking on the cracked concrete. Tail zigzagging, long tail wagging, long tongue lolling, dog tags clacking. Ears open, eyes darting, nose to the ground.”

Just within this short excerpt the reader gets a sense for what this dog does every day, how he does it and what he looks like doing it. Almost every sense is employed by the reader because of the implied and explicit details. The smell of the ally, the sound of the dog’s nails clicking and tags clacking, the prance of the dog, and one can almost feel the wind blowing through the ally.

The aesthetic I feel from this piece of E-Lit is almost a sense of nostalgia. Memories can be so vivid that clothes, places, patterns, colors, scents, weather and any  number of other elements can be remembered because they are ingrained into our memories through their vivid presence and therefore represent Visibility in our mind’s eye or imagination.

http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/carpenter_entreville/index.html