Media Theory for the 21st Century

February 4, 2008

Week 5 apĂ©rtif: Finding the Focus in Poundstone’s *Project for Tachistoscope*

Filed under: Discussion,New media art — P.J. @ 4:11 pm
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While I, too, prepare to regale you with a more sophisticated post for this week’s other presentation, I encourage you to review William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope [Bottomless Pit], which you can find through this CD-ROM or this website.

The relative brevity of our seminar tomorrow will prevent me from engaging this work over a prolonged period, so I ask you to spend some time with this before class, and humor me with the following exercise.

Spend as much time with it as you can stand. Seriously. While viewing, I’d like you to think about the following:

What changes or shifts in your attention do you notice as you view this work?
Do you discover yourself watching more passively, more actively, alternating between the two, or deploying these two viewing strategies some other way?
Do you feel any affective or physical discomfort while viewing this? Try to describe your response as specifically as you can.
Finally, record how long you did view this work, summarize what your best guess is of what you saw, and consider why you spent the amount of time you did with it.

More to follow…

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