November 20, 2007
ten properties of the fork
it has pointed tips
it is curved so that it can better become an extention of your body for eating
it has four tines
it is textured on the handle
there are slits of space between the tines
it is smooth on the part that one eats off
it can break
it is plastic
when you look at something through the clear plastic of the fork it distorts that object
all of these things help us realize what the fork is used for as well as what it is in the world or what it could represent. As professor moss expressed in class she doesnt like the spoon because it decieves us. There is the illustion that the spoon can be filled up that it has no holes or gaps, that the potential for lost substance does not exist with the spoon. The fork on the other hand has no illusion, it is honest with what it can and cannot do. When you use a fork you know that you can only scoop some things up and there is always the possibility of those things falling through the cracks between the tines.
To illuminate the fork means to see it in a new way or to add to what we know about that object or person. To illuminate something means to approach it with new knowledge. To illuminate something means to see it without expectation and if it is at all possibly to see it objectively with out its cultural conotations. How can we strip an object or more specifically a fork from its common use or cultural history?
THINK ABOUT LIGHT. HOW DOES IT CHANGE SPACE?
light makes space visible. it defines space, it creates barriers and includes and excludes certian areas that are either touched by light or not. Light changes space in that it creates deapth, it makes positive and negative space. Where light makes one thing bright it can make another thing dark. light can create conflict. Light can sometimes mean heat in a space. Light can sometimes imply darkness where it might not have been noticed in the complete absence of light in a space.
Posted by elihazle at November 20, 2007 06:48 PM