Grade 9 Art The Tower of BabelPresentation Transcript
THE TOWER OF BABEL GRADE 9 INSTALLATION
THE TOWER OF BABEL MYTH The Tower of Babel, according to the Book of Genesis, was an enormous tower built at the city of Babylon, a city in ancient Mesopotamia, also called the "beginning" of Nimrod's kingdom. According to the biblical account, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, participated in the building. The people decided their city should have a tower so immense that it would have "its top in the heavens.” However, the Tower of Babel was not built for the worship and praise of God, but was instead dedicated to the glory of man, to "make a name" for the builders: "Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.'" (Genesis 11:4). The Book of Genesis then relates how God, displeased with the builders' intent, came down and confused their languages, so the builders would not understand each other, and scattered the people throughout the earth. The Tower of Babel, by Pieter Brueghel the Elder,1563.
OUR PROJECT The guiding question for the Spaces project is how internet influenced our lives. Our contemporary unit was Mesopotamian art, thus we explored the idea of the Tower of Babylon and it’s myth. We’ve been inspired by story of “mixed” language people used to communicate which enabled them to build the tower of Babel, a symbol of human vanity. Therefore, every student was to choose a word in their mother tongue, and use the universal computer language, binary code - a system of representing text or computer processor instructions by the use of the Binary number system's two-binary digits "0" and "1"- to write their word. The following is the alphabet in binary form:
BASED ON THE BINARY CODE WE MADE THE FOLLOWING WORDS. THEN WE CUT THEM OUT OF FOAMBOARD AND COLORED THEM SO THAT THE COLORE EMPHASYZES THE MEANING OF THE WORD Joey: vie= life = 01110110 01101001 01100101 Sava: DA= yes = 01000100 01000001 Aleks: goal = 01100111 01101111 01100001 01101100 Martin: Ja= me = 01001010 01100001 Luka: car= czar = 01001101101011101 Lana: malm= dreamer = 01101101 01100001 01101100 01101101 Una: volim= I love = 01110110 01101111 01101100 01101001 01101101 Anton: PC = 01010000 01000011 Alex: LOL (laugh out loud) = 01001100 01001111 01001100 Teodor: Mi= us = 01001101 01101001 Matija: NE= no = 01001110 01000101 Anna: ja= yes = 01101010 01100001 Dimitrije: KIT = whale = 01001011 01001011 01010100 Priyanka= Dosti=friendship= 01000100 01101111 01110011 01110100 01101001 COLORED NUMBERS
FOR THE FINAL CONSTRUCTION WE HAVE FOUND INSPIRATION IN: The Monument to the Third International, Vladimir Tatlin, 1920 Engraving, The Confusion of Tongues,Gustave Dore,1865