January 28, 2008
Doors and Windows
I feel that the thought of a door vs a window is a very interesting one, and the example of a translation creates an excellent analogy. For example: say a piece was written in Greek, and your native language was English; a window would be a translation of a paragraph, an excerpt made available to you; whereas the door would be providing you with access to a translator, or translation of the piece, to 'let you in.' I examined in several posts in my 240 blog the idea of an authors intended purpose and the resulting reaction that the audience has. One of these such posts can be accessed here. Finally being an author of a piece of work myself, I think I have gained a slightly different perspective on this interaction. Last semester, the class was asked to examine and make a mapping of one of two poems. The poem I choose, "The Lightning is a yellow Fork," was transformed into my mapping which can be found, and explained here. Looking back, I now realize that my target audience, and who I was tailoring my mapping towards was myself. I don't think during any part of my mapping I considered 'what will other people think if I did this?' My mapping was specifically based around how I could best express what I felt the poem meant to me, but the mapping was aimed toward someone that understands things the way that I do. As we were sharing our 3D Maps, I can remember showing the Map, and then entertaining questions about why I included different pictures, and how I modeled the presentation of my map. Since my purpose, at the time, was to try to convey what I thought through site and sound, not the attached description, I feel as though I failed miserably in attaining my goal, but still succeeded in opening up a new understanding of an authors struggles, and providing ideas for new places to retool this. I can think of several ideas immediately of ways to modify my video to try and get closer to my goal of expressing what the poem means to me through the 3D Map. More to come soon . . .
Posted by ndjames at January 28, 2008 07:06 PM