Week 4: 2/14
“Atlases are systematic compilations of working objects. They are the dictionaries of the science of the eye”
“Atlas makers create one sliver of the world anew in images—skeletons, stellar spectra, bacteris. Atlas users become the people of a book, which teaches them how to make sense of their sliver-worls and hoe to communicate with each other about it.” (Daston, Lorraine, and Peter Galison. Objectivity. Zone Books, 2018, p27.)
1. Observations & Working Objects
In small groups, students will discuss the outcome of last week’s observations. You will also deconstruct the role of your working object (Highmore) and decide if you will move forward with it.
3. For next week
(1) Develop an Observation Score based on the practice of a specific artist/designer or scientist (Example: Gerstner). It can also be inspired by a general practice coming out of one of the disciplines. As always, make sure it includes a visual documentation. Enact the Observation and bring the visuals & the Observation Score to class
(2) Prototype your Scientific Atlas / Visual Archive. How will you collect and circulate the images coming out of your observations. How do you label them?