Researches on My Artefacts

1.       Spectacle

 Online dictionary shows us the word “spectacle”: something exhibited to view as unusual, notable, or entertaining; especially, an eye-catching or dramatic public display by an object of curiosity or contempt.

 

This is the online dictionary’s explaining of the theme. “Exhibit”, “unusual”, “notable” etc. are the key means of spectacle. And at the first time of my first artifact I want to show my idea about it using pictures because pictures can exhibit something directly and I should use some photos in unusually, notably, eye-catchingly and the subject should be public display. Therefore, my opinion is that show something not very usual or common. However, for a foreigner, the best pictures are not common and usual which must be our country’s society or views.

 

Through another module 300MC, I learned a famous people – Debord (1967) made out one famous theory – spectacle of society and published the book of the society of the spectacle. He was a Marxist theorist, French writer; also as a filmmaker, he made six films between 1952 and 1978, and one of them named On the Passage of a Few Persons (Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time). He points out that “People can see nothing around them that is not their own image; everything speaks to them of themselves.”

 

I think Debord’s respective tells us if people do not see anything around them they cannot image the spectacle in their own image. So I want to show the pictures which are not every Chinese people see them before and these are the original spectacle of China. For me, the trip of Tibet is very valuable so that it is a spectacle of china and fantastic views. Back to the first sentence, the sights of Tibet itself is a kind of public display; actually, using the pictures can show the basic spectacle in my opinion.

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2.      Memory

 On this theme, I am mainly researching on two films. One is a disaster film which we saw it in seminar group named Cloverfield; another is an old movie titled Face Off as this one is very close on “changing memories”.

 

Mollon (2003) mentions about memory in the journal of The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, says that “a person’s life were all recorded accurately somewhere in the mind, like a continual video-recording, ready to be accessed if only the memories could be released from repression.”

 

In other words, people in the real life records all the time in their minds included everything good or bad. Then, film as a media form just likes the “repression” as the catalyst to recall the memory of people’s recordings in mind.

 

My Firstly opinion is that, I choose Cloverfield (2008) as my research subject because the film made me recall something happened in my homeland, the earthquake, and this film talks about something unknown attacked New York City and the sense is very truthful because the director Matt Reeves use the home camera to shoot this film and made it in a truth way. And the frightened people, the Brooklyn Bridge collapsing and the destroyed Statue of Liberty just like the “repression” to make me memory the earthquake in China.

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I got an official number of the earthquake of Sichuan causes 69,197 people to die in an accident and 18,222 people are missing, totally, the number is 87,419 people. (http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2008-07-21/170415971186.shtml)

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And this is a picture about the girl didn’t want a Chinese student embraces and farewell with the Russian counselor before leaving. [The picture comes from Xinhua Agency]

 

Therefore, one of my opinions is show the memory of the Earthquake in China. I think it is a worth topic to make. But it is a hard to finish without sources.

 

My second opinion is from researching the film of Face Off (1997) directed by John Woo and played by John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. This film is very enjoyable but easy understanding, it just talks about two men change the face and continuing their story, and makes them change identities. In other words, for other people, they have the other side’s memory.

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Therefore, I think changing memory is an easy story to shoot and edit in my artifact of memory.

 

3.      Power

 First research is about the day of IDDP (International Day of Disabled Persons) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Disabled_Persons].

It is international disabled person day on annual December 3. On October 14, 1992, the 47th United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution, confirmed December 3 of every year as International Day of Disabled Persons. The day of this year is coming soon, in addition, I saw a disabled man on YouTube and this is a TV program in Korea so that there just is a brief clip on it, but it is enough to prove how powerful of him. (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv1gCa5Us7Q&eurl=https://chy55223.wordpress.com/)

 

The second research I want to focus on dream, as according to Freud (1976) in Chapter – The Dream As Wishi-fulfilment of The Interpretation of Dreams, he indicates that “the wish-fulfilment in dreams is often undisguised and easy to recognize, so that one may wonder why the language of dreams has not long since been understood.” Which means dream can dream something you wish in the real life and it will happen in your dream. In my view, Freud tells us this is the power of the dream.

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Therefore, I think I will link the two opinions together and make a story about a disabled person can run in his dream.

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