Project Spring 2000
In groups of two or three students, construct a web site that displays
the picturesque aesthetic and its discontents by responding to the following
Site DesignImages: Take snap shots that you think meet Burke and/or Gilpin's aesthetic and are in line with Kodak's guidelines for taking pictures. Scan these images and put them on your web site along side your verbal text. You can also include images from the Romantic period (or any other images you find) that fit this aesthetic. Then, in working against the picturesque, show photos that don't match the Gilpin and Kodak's aesthetic. Explain why the images defy the picturesque.
Links: Think of the links as part of your argument. Use multiple links per page--some links complementing the picturesque and others working against it. For example, a singular word "overview" at the top of the web page with a link to an overview would comply with Cartesian Perspectivalism. A link at the bottom of the page that promises "a closer look" might lead to an anti-picturesque page. The word "motion" could lead to a blurred image and a discussion of the singular point in time system used by Descartes, Burke, and Gilpin.
Text: The font color, placement of text, and font style all contribute to your argument. You can shift between formal and informal fonts or use different colors to designate different discourses (aesthetic vs. anti-aesthetic) or different speakers (Burke, Gilpin, Jay, Labbe, you). You can use different background colors to designate different optical perspectives (overview as blue, eye level as green, ground view as brown) or different opinions.
Length: Your project web site should be 1,500-2,000 words with at least ten images (some contemporary, including ones you've taken yourself, and some by "classical" artists) distributed over 12-18 documents.
Due Dates: Class discussion and due date Feb. 16th