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I’d like to get a sense of how you are all feeling about these series of investigations into space and perception. Please take a moment to complete this form.

5.2 Discuss Flatland, Part I, Sections 3-7 & 8-12

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Let’s talk about Flatland, Part I, Sections 3-12. In sections 3-7, the inhabitants of Flatland are described (e.g., women as lines, generational development), lower polygons and methods for “feeling”, sight recognition, and the need to eradicate irregular figures. Sections 8-12 continue to describe Flatland and activities such as painting, the color bill, chromatic sedition, and the circle priests.

  • In your small groups, talk about something that surprised/confused/angered/etc you. After discussing in small groups, pick a spokesperson to share out with the class.

Capturing & Representing Space

5.3 Mediating Technologies

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Space (in an astrological sense) and all the objects occupying it have guided many explorers and farmers since the beginning of mankind. The Earth is so large in comparison to us (remember Space, The Sun, The Earth, and Us). The relative size of the Earth and the way the sun appears to travel east to west could cause the conclusion that the Earth is at the center with an orbiting sun. However, Galileo was able to show that the sun is actually at the center of our solar system by using a mediating technology, the telescope. Let’s take a look at some mediating technologies and come up with other technologies that may mediate our perception of space.

5.4 Lenses and Filters

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Lenses and filters alter the way we both capture and see objects in space. Some lenses, such as a fisheye lens actually distorts objects – both hiding and revealing. Let’s explore some cases with lenses and filters. If we have time, we should experiment with apps and cameras outside to see what we can capture for each other.

5.5 Light

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Light infiltrates our space and gives us the ability to see objects. However, light is directional (meaning it shines from a source). In the photo of the Austin Mini Copper above, you can see how taking a photo into the light actually captures the direction of the suns rays. The sun was setting at this point (on the west side of the mini). The cases below examine light with a collection of great stories from the Nikon camera site. In addition, more photos of the sun from various angles are shown in Pat/Simon and Sun.

5.6 Art, Photography, Videography Techniques

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Upon first meeting my husband, Pat, I knew that I would need to enjoy hockey if the relationship was going to work – becoming a Red Wings fan the year they won the Stanley Cup made this possible. What I didn’t foresee was the amount of racing we’d be watching together (motorcycle, car, dirt track, demolition derby – you name it). What I’ve realized in being a spectator (live and on TV) is that techniques for capturing the motion of a game or race have been advancing rapidly. The 2013 Super Bowl game was inundated with announcements for the “fan cam” – did any of you watch this? Below are some cases in the art, photography, and videography world where techniques are employed to help you see more (and less) – from multiple angles – and even adjustments to speed.

5.7 Games

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Have any of you played Mario Brothers? You know how the worlds/levels are denoted by 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, etc. Let’s take some time to contemplate a Mario Brothers of world 1-1/line creature in lineland, world 3-4/space creature in hyperland), etc. Would this be possible to design? Let’s take a moment now and sketch out some possible ideas. Feel free to use Power Point or a pad of paper to help. If you guys are up for it, we could form teams and each take on a particular world/level.

5.8 Photographing Space Activity

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Last time we met, I asked you all to bring cameras and even filters or apps you’d like to try out. Let’s take some time to walk around the school experimenting with our cameras. Try to play around with settings, zoom, speed, aperture, filters, multiple exposures – anything. Let’s plan to meet up in 20 minutes. At that time, we can upload these to our blog sites and post them for everyone to view.

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I’d like for us to continue investigating space and perspective together – especially contemplating invisible and hidden spaces, such as optical illusions, etc. Although we don’t have a definite date scheduled, try to post on your blog in the next week (more if you feel the urge). I’ll send an email to you all soon to let you know our future plans.

Reading

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Flatland, Part II, Sections 13-17: These sections describe A. Square’s dream of Lineland and also introduces a visitor from the third dimension. Think about how the book is similar to and/or different from Flatland: The Movie.

Photographing Space Follow-Up

Finish uploading your photos to your blog site. You may add more later if you’d like. It would be cool to have a page dedicated to your photos – maybe this is a start. Over the next week, write a reflection woven with your photos. Be as creative as you like and be sure to check out your classmates’ pages. This would be a great time to practice creating digital communities and extending your social presence beyond Facebook or Twitter. Blogs are a great way to collect your thoughts and ideas, even displaying your creative acts with others. It would be wonderful to continue commenting on classmates postings that you find engaging – let them know what you think.

Blog Prompt (choose or come up with your own):

  • Take photographs of an object from multiple points of view and post these on your blog. What varies/stays the same in your photos? Is there a point of view you wanted to capture that you couldn’t – describe?
  • Search for skateboard photos that use a fisheye lens. Describe your perspective of the skater and landscape.
  • Search for Internet photos of objects in space (moon, planets, stars). How is this image different from what you are able to see without the lens? What is your natural sight able to capture that the photo doesn’t?
  • What happens if you roll the surface of a tic-tac-toe game into a tube (torus)? How does the game change? This “torus” effect is evident in older video games, like Asteroids. Look this game up and write about how this is similar or different from the rolled up tic-tac-toe game.
  • What sorts of perspectives do video games allow? Try looking up some older games and reflecting on more modern games you’ve played.

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