Engl 706 Project Idea

For some reason my earlier post did not save, so I am attempting to put this up again (fingers crossed!). Since I am interesting in pursuing a career in journalism, I would like to approach my project in an editorial or reporting standpoint (video). The effects recent budget cuts will have on our National Parks, NASA, and the environment concern me greatly and I would like to shed light on how current political figures (cough cough) are going to have a severe impact on science and on the planet as a whole. The pictures posted below are from a recent trip I took to Chincoteague and Assateague, two islands that have been close to heart since my time growing up in Onancock. The islands represent many honorable pursuits, from cleaning up and preserving the Chesapeake Bay and the roughly 3,600 species that live there to the incredible discoveries made possible by the Wallops Flight Center. All of the above in are great danger right now because there is a large push right now to ignore them. I would like alert the peninsula how close this problems really are to home and how important it is to preserve these areas and the environmental science that goes on here.  Education is also at stake here, as Wallops and the park rangers in charge of the islands work hard to involve the community, particularly school children, in learning about and supporting our planet.


Visual Rhetoric & Art

The major theme for this week’s readings seems to be focused on perception and art; what the artist wants us to see and what we actually see. While choosing an artifact for this week originally seemed difficult, I instantly knew what I wanted to present after reading Anne Wysocki’s text. She points out in her conclusion that the two CD-ROMs had very different approaches for guiding the audience. The Barnes CD focused on art as something to collect and left little to the imagination, while the Maeght CD focused on art as a temporal process and afforded much more creativity for the audience. While reading her preference for the Maeght CD’s approach, I could not help but think of Matthieu Robert-Ortis‘s wire sculpture in Paris. While I haven’t seen this amazing sculpture in person (although I hope to make it to Paris someday), videos and pictures of the piece have been circulating social media for months.


Look familiar? No? Maybe you remember it this way:



If you haven’t seen the sculpture yet, you may think I’ve accidentally included the wrong photograph. Trust me, it’s no mistake. Robert-Ortis creates optical illusion sculptures, like this one, using a 3d printer to create sculpture that changes depending on the way you view it. In order to see the “other side” one must walk around the sculpture before the other animal/s  can be seen. I’ve included a video below so you can get the full effect.


It is interesting how cropping a picture or viewing a statue from a different angle can change the rhetorical message the piece presents, like our discussion of the Mona Lisa from last class. I realize too, that I have altered the “conversation” myself simply by how I chose to show you the sculpture. Your perception is slightly different depending on how you see the sculpture first. If you only see photographs, you might think that there are two wire sculptures of different animals. But if you see the video, or better yet the sculpture in person, you are able to get the full effect of the piece.