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Final Post on Vancouver Locative Work

November 3, 2008
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As of last Wednesday we had all the pages, images, videos, and links working.  It looks really nice, it’s all in the correct format, and flows well too.  Part of the assignment is to give ourselves grades.  I’m going with 9 out of 10.  We got the teamwork going, completed everything (well, the final URLs may not be done yet), just not on time.  I still have to present the final work to Susan at the Museum, which I plan to do this week.


Yet More on Vancouver Locative Work

October 29, 2008
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We – Matt, Tony, and I – made progress on Monday when we worked together.  We got some pages built in Dream Weaver (with an assist from Will), and got pictures and text on them that should display on the iPhone.  The next challenge is to get the video right – Matt is compressing it to the correct specs, then we can try adding an image link for it.  After that, it’s clean up time, getting everything in the right sequence,  linked, and posted to the web site.

Vancouver Locative Work Continued

October 27, 2008
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We – Tony, Matt, and I divided up the work. Tony is building the web pages, Matt is composing the video, doing the audio, and doing some of the sites, and I am doing some of the sites. On Thursday I sent Matt some text for voice over, and on Friday I sent him a set of 50 or 60 photos of the Sculpture Garden, the Historical Museum, and Kiggins Theater. We’ve settled on the theme of Hidden Vancouver, with things that you don’t see when you’re just passing by. The walk will start at the Farmers Market site and end at the Historical Museum, and be connected by “cookie crumbs” – video and text clues to get you to the next site. The most challenging part of the project is the narrative, finding what will pull the subject/participant to the next site, finding just what it is that will involve them.

More on Vancouver Locative Work

October 22, 2008
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We got some sites nailed down yesterday and Matt plotted the points on a Google map. Tony joined the project and will work on some of the sites. I’m working on the sculpture garden, the Chkalov mural, and the tree I found with the telegraph pole in it.
Spoke with Susan today – she’s the executive director of the Historical Society. She thinks its fine if we can work the project into the museum somehow. She directed me to a PDF on the web of another locative project done for the museum – a scavenger hunt.

Vancouver Locative Work

October 20, 2008
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Well, things got rolling last Monday when Matt and I teamed up to create a work that we hope will be used by the Clark County Historical Society.  He is working on locations and I’m working on contacting the executive director of the Historical Society.  I called her on Monday and sent her an email on Tuesday.  I hadn’t heard from her as of yesterday, so I called again.  The receptionist took another message for her, and told me she will be there next Tuesday, and that she’s been very busy.

On Wednesday, after class, I went downtown and drifted for a while after eating my sack dinner on a bench at a bus stop.  There was this tree that grew around what looks like a telegraph pole – it’s shorter than a telephone pole.  The tree is outside a bed-and-breakfast, so I’m going to go ask the owners about it.  There is a distinct division at 11th St between the newer, southern Vancouver with modern, somewhat soulless buildings, and the older, mellower northern Vancouver.

Brett, my instructor for DTS338, told me that the Columbian newspaper has a huge archive of historical photographs.  I need to get in touch with the curator.  I also read somewhere that the Clark County Historical Museum has a large photo archive.

Comments on “Walking in the City” by Michel de Certeau

October 1, 2008
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What in the world is this guy talking about?  I think it’s about walking, but it’s hard to be sure when every sentence contains words I’ve never seen; I even suspect him of making some of them up.  He obviously wasn’t writing for me; perhaps he’s writing for himself in some bizarre language known only to him and perhaps a group of devotees.

It makes me a little sad, because I want to know what he’s talking about.  The stuff about being in a skyscraper and the differences between the view from there and the view from the street went on a little long, but the beginnings of a linguistics of walking almost made sense.  But there were those weird words again!  So what if the average person has a vocabulary of between 20,000 and 30,000 words.  I’m pretty sure it’s possible to get a concept across within a framework of 20,000 words!

Also, I couldn’t tell where he was going (or perhaps, like a random walk, he wasn’t going anywhere) with the comparison of language and walking.  He seems so enamoured with the notion that they share concepts, that most of the writing is about the similarities.  What I want to know is, OK, they have parallels, so what?