Assignments

READING ASSIGNMENT

Why We Fight by Vito Russo (1988)

Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic by Sonja Mackenzie
Chapter 1. Storying Sexuality with Black AIDS Epidemic

Could Zika be the Next HIV? by Laurie Garrett, CNN Opinion (July 15, 2016)


Respond with a written essay in which you state the thesis of each article and then create a synthesis—from your perspective—that combines their arguments. What are the arguments made in each, and what new arguments come out of their combination? You should take a stand and be clear about what is at stake (always). Include at least one creative project of your own finding to relate to this work. Be sure to link any images, videos, web pages, or other material to supplement your claims. Your response should be at least 500 words. Post your response to the class site (along with linked materials).
If you have trouble posting to the class site, bring a printed version to class on 8/29.
due: EMAIL TO MATT no later than 5pm on Sunday, Aug. 28.


WIHS BROOKLYN PROCESS / PROJECTS


Textual Analysis
Each student is assigned one woman’s oral history transcript. Read the text closely and identify the following:

_3 themes that carry or extend from the woman’s personal narrative: For each theme, identify the individual statements (full paragraphs or a segment of a sentence) that define or relate to that theme in the woman’s words.
_Specific locational information: Note any specific locations such as neighborhoods, streets, intersections, clinics, churches, or more general locations such as “mom’s house.”
_Specific time-based information: Note any mention to time such as a date, year, decade, or “when I was little” or “during the war days.”
_Personal Identifiers: Language the woman uses to describe herself or her life, feelings, actions, &c.
_Environmental Identifiers: Language the woman uses to describe other people in her life, the places she’s lived or been, the experiences she’s had, any significant objects or items in her life, the city itself, or specific neighborhoods/blocks she mentions.

Print/Present your 3 themes along with specific quotes from the transcript. Main focus. Adjacent to this, include listings of Locations, Times, Personal, & Environmental Identifiers. due: 8/29


Secondary Research
Pick two themes from Textual Analysis and conduct secondary research (looking at existing sources) to become a mini-expert on the topics. Find 2 articles, source documents, or creative projects FOR EACH of your 2 themes. Ideally, these articles would also relate to the 3 inter-disciplinary areas of this project:

Public Health (generally) or HIV/AIDS (specifically),
Public History,
Civically-engaged creative practice

For example, if you chose “addiction” as a theme, you might find an article about contemporary (2016) addiction, health, and public well-being; on novel or experimental health initiatives to deal with addiction; or you might find creative art/design projects that incorporate issues of addiction into their process, materials, or audience.

_Write a “thesis” statement for each of your 4 articles (2 each for 2 themes). Write a “synthesis” statement for each of your 2 themes. Also, cite any specific statistical or geographic data contained in your 4 articles.
_Present your findings to the class in 5 min. presentation. Share links to all articles on class site. due: 9/07


Project Proposals
Using Insights from your research as guides, propose 3 distinct concepts that combine the WIHS Brooklyn materials plus content developed through your topical research. Remember: We have audio, text, and images from the WIHS Brooklyn interviews. All are posted in the class folder on box.

Please pay particular attention to developing Design Criteria for each project. Design Criteria consider the specific Objective + Audience to determine how best to proceed. These Criteria set the metrics for your project’s success and should be directly informed by your research. All remaining decisions (content, medium, context, tone, form…) must answer to the Criteria.

Each project proposal should include:
+ Title (helps to focus)
+ Objective: What do you hope it will achieve or do?
+ Audience: Who is it for? (may include Primary & Secondary audiences)
+ Design Criteria: What does it need to do to achieve your Objective(s) for your Audience?

+ Content: What information will be included? From what sources?
+ Media/Medium: What media forms will it take?
+ Context/Location: Where (and why) or when (and how) is it deployed?
+ Tone of Voice: How does it speak to the audience?
+ Form / Sketches: What might it look like? (we will iterate on this)

Present to the class via PDF. due: 10/12

 



 INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT

Narrative Mapping
Format is 18″ x 18″ print (tiled sheets okay).


step 1: Informational Map

Create a map of your daily routine, or an important journey in your life. Consider both locations (i.e., home, school, work, and/or social routines) and the transitions between (i.e., walking, bus, driving),  to map their spatial and temporal relationships. Use visual cues to indicate place, space, time, duration, and different kinds of movement.

Temporal cues: Where do you start and when? How long is the journey? How long do you spend at each place? How do you get from one place to another?

Spatial cues: How far apart are the destinations? How big are they? What movements do you make within one space (i.e., school, home, work)? due (in-progress): 8/31


step 2: Subjective Experience (Qualitative) Map

Add significant qualities of the different places, events, or routes on your map. Is the place or route: safe, scary, warm, friendly, fast, calm, &c.? How did you feel? What was your emotional state? What were you thinking? Convey these qualities and subjective experiences visually. Consider what you need to “add” to your existing information structure vs. how you might modify the structure? How does the structure tell the narrative? How do the visual elements tell the qualities? due: 10/05


step 3: Abstraction

Blend aspects of previous steps to create a compelling visual abstraction of your journey and experience. Leave behind concerns about ACTUAL locations or times and focus on the qualitative & emotional relationships of time, space, and emotions in your journey. Your final composition should express the narrative, the rhythms and patterns of your activities of the day, as well as your emotional experience—from the first read down to the details. due 10/31