Our investigations into space, perspective, and dimension included sci-fi stories about a flat land, an attempt to see the fourth dimension with bubbles, creating blog posts that reflect on space and visualization possibilities, and many cases that attempted to problematize space (including capturing and representing spaces). This project is a way for you to focus on a specific concept you find intriguing. Then share it with all of us, hopefully getting us to all think more deeply about your ideas.

Description: Your project can literally be anything you want it to be – just as long as your project helps us become more flexible in our understanding of space, dimension, and perspective. We will take some time to brainstorm ideas next time we meet, but for now, here are a few possibilities I’ve come up with. What can you guys add to this list?

  • A series of blog postings reflecting on a particular idea that we’ve been investigating (or one we haven’t yet considered)
  • A video exploring some aspect of space, perspective, dimension (or again, any related idea you find interesting)
  • Math manipulatives (objects) or crafts that help someone investigate fractals, dimension, space, surface – any idea you find interesting.
  • Artwork that messes with or tries to convey perspective in a unique way (or a way you find interesting).
  • Re-invent a mathematics of space – you are not limited to Euclidean “flat” geometry.
  • Create a game/video/story/animation/painting
  • Design a 4D world
  • Collaborate with another classmate (or work alone) to create an investigation into space for others (collect your own set of “cases” examining an aspect of space that interests you)
  • Design an experiment and share the results in your choice of format. This could be something akin to the cymatics cases where vibrations of sound were shown through patterns in sand and liquid.
  • Create a YouTube video similar to Merleau-Ponty’s, where you philosophize about space, geometry, embodiment, perspective – anything you feel others may not be seeing the same way as you.
  • An in depth analysis of Flatland, the book, compared to the film.
  • Create your own bubble shape experiments like we did the first week. You can use straws and pipe cleaners. Take lots of photos and try to help us understand the patterns you are finding.

*Whatever you choose to do, please provide a brief description of your project (either as a blog post, a text document, a piece of paper). When you present in class, it will be helpful to use this as a guide. A blog post would be great because you could insert links and photos to your project if you are housing it online.

When creating your project, consider the following criteria:

Creativity: I’m not even going to attempt to define what this might mean for you. For me, creative endeavors seek to show others of possibilities they may not have contemplated. It requires risk and openness to alternate visions (ideas).

Communication: Any exchange of ideas necessarily happens in writing, speaking, art, dance, etc. For this project, try to communicate your ideas in multiple ways, or at least in a way you would find engaging.

Multiple Connections: This consideration has more to do with your concept for the project. Let’s say you’re interesting in music, sound – those invisible phenomena that become represented visually in space and on planes. Many connections to space, perspective, even dimensions relate. Make sure whatever form your project takes, these relationships are expressed to your audience.

Audience: Your audience is whoever you want it to be. Are you interested in creating visualization “toys” for 3 year olds? Do you want to post a video to YouTube – if so, the world is your audience. Either way, think about who you intend to engage with your project.

Post Project: It would be awesome if projects could be uploaded to the Space and Perspective site to add to the bank of cases/explorations for others. This may be something to keep in mind as you’re thinking about the format for your project.

Mathematization: In a manner similar to A. Square, the Monarch of Flatland, and Sphere, your project should attempt to “assert”, “prove”, use ”analogy”, or “ocular demonstration”. Basically, show us any mathematical connections either as models, charts, graphs – anything really that helps us understand the concept you are investigating.

Additional Considerations: We can create these next time we meet.

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