Visual Rhetorics 1

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my first media project for my visual rhetorics class

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Visual Rhetorics 1

  1. 1. How do we derive meaning from images?<br />
  2. 2. …Like pebbles, our perceptions are different<br />According to where we have been,<br />The memories we have gathered<br />What we have experienced,<br />And what we have seen…<br />
  3. 3. Meaning is derived from our own experiences in the world in which we live our lives.<br />Among other emotions and personal meanings…<br />“…One can draw supposition and dread only from what one comes to know, over the years…”<br />-Nadine Gordimer<br />
  4. 4. We react differently when we view art.<br />
  5. 5. What does this image, Miro’s “Bleu II,” mean to you?<br />
  6. 6. One interpretation I came across...<br />…is that the red streak is a knife….<br />…and the black dots are blood drops.<br />To me, the black dots are the monotony of life….<br />…and the knife is the exciting disruption of LOVE.<br />
  7. 7. Did<br />I<br />see<br />something<br />different<br />than<br />you?<br />
  8. 8. You might react differently to this stop sign…<br />Depending on how patriotic you are...<br />…Or how critical you are of your country…<br />
  9. 9. This mural of a Catholic school girl, in Derry, Northern Ireland, may seem confusing to someone from another country. <br />For those who experienced the Troubles, however, the mural is extremely moving and heartbreaking because it is in memory of an innocent girl who was killed.<br />The gun was painted as broken and the butterfly as finally colored when a ceasefire was issued.<br />
  10. 10. The environment in which we have lived our lives causes us to view things differently…<br />To view certain images with indifference or reverence…<br />To view signs as either normal…<br />…Or strange…<br />Or funny…<br />
  11. 11. Simple images can often communicate the same meaning to all sorts of people.<br />
  12. 12. To communicate direction, however, using text is very helpful.<br />
  13. 13. Many times in a few different languages!<br />…although signs can always be ignored…<br />
  14. 14. And sometimes it’s better without signs…..<br />So you can explore your own meanings in the images before you.<br />
  15. 15. Fin.<br />

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