Archaeologies of the Unseen:
Correspondence between Bodies, Artefacts and Environments
Dr Martyn Woodward
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Sessions run until March 17th
3-5pm room 0.116 (management building)
2-3pm Group Tutorials, Heartspace
No Session in week 4 (18th Feb)
Academic writing skills workshops are available – check Moodle for dates
Formative assessment hand in – Thursday 5th May between 9-6
An academic text of around 2500 words (physical and digital)
PDP (reflective text) of 1000 words on your blog.
Each week there will be a key text for the session, posted on Moodle.
Things to bring each week:
A copy of the weekly reading to reference
Send Martyn your blog address
Key terms from this lecture:
Ocularcentrism – The belief that the sight is the most true and important of the senses.
Embodied knowledge – The way that we experience the world through our body and senses.
A visual way of knowing the world
Pallasmaa says that sight is seen in western culture as the most reliable sense and it is the way that we describe or think about the world.
Vision is a dominant power in our construction of the world
signs, images, guide us in our physical world
Knowledge is analogous to vision
We know the world through vision.
Light regarded as the metaphor of truth
‘I see what you mean’
‘Shed light on the problem’
Our knowledge of the world is primarily visual, because our method of investigation is.
19th – 20th century, study of the world as dominated by visual means
Microscope, telescope, x ray, all show the invisible visible, thus helping us learn about it.
Pallasmaa says we have privileged sight and sound over other ways of knowing. 2005, p.16
Vision; to know the world
Touch, taste, smell etc; to feel the world
We always know things through the body, we are just not as aware of it
An Embodied knowledge
Knowledge comes from the experience of your body in the world, it is not separate from you
Our experience comes from the relationship between our body, brain, and world
We are aware of what we see, but not of our seeing
Embodied meaning making starts with the movement and experience of the body.
Reflects on the body’s way of knowing
Write a word in uppercase and lowercase and pay attention to how it ‘feels’
compare the differences
Theory of all words being onomatopoeias-
Words for air and ground in different languages – sound softer and more flowing for air, harder for ground
Continuous and cursive consonants
The sounds of the words describe things in the way that we experience them bodily.
Lines express the kind of movement that makes them. In this way when we look at lines done in different ways we can feel how the lines were created.
The feeling value of lines. Nancy Aitken.
How different lines are automatically associated with certain emotive words.
McCloud, S Understanding Comics
Describes things with visual images (sour, spiky, cold etc)
What is drawing?
Pallasmaa – Observation and expression, receiving and giving.
Outwards and inwards.
What is a drawing?
A drawing records not just the tree but the way that it is being experienced.
Book: Ways of seeing, John Berger
Comparing 2 images of an olive tree, being looked at by a camera, and Van Gogh
Neither are objectively true.
Van Gogh painting – as is experienced through an embodied subject.
Photograph – Experienced through a technological subject.
Things to think about;
Experience and knowledge is more that visual, it is embodied.
We can reflect upon this embodied knowledge through focusing on our bodily movement and feeling.
Write a reflection on your blog about the word writing excersize (200 words approx)