Each group is to design a project that involves quantity production of a SYMBOLIC OBJECT and it's distribution to (or through) an institution or community outside of our class. Your proposal will need to describe what "community" (or communities) you are addressing with your proposed project, and consider how your project fulfills needs of the community (or communities) that receive it. The proposal should also consider how community support might be engaged in order to facilitate the project, and how you might raise any extra funds needed for all of its aspects.The project should be designed to be practically produced within our budget of $150 for each group. The projects are for final review at the end of the semester. The important caveat: the project has to make sense as a presentation in an ART MUSEUM.
Preliminary proposals need to include:
A description of the object to be produced
Diagrams of how the object might look
Diagrams of how and where a report on the final project might be presented and demonstrated visually in a public "display"
A description of the production methods to be used to produce the object
A description of how the budget will be spent
A description of what "community" (or communities) you are addressing with your proposed project
A description of how your project benefits or fulfills needs of the community (or communities) that receive it (i.e., "meaning")
A description of how community support might be engaged in order to facilitate the project
A list of possible institutions or groups to approach for involvement
A description of a public relations plan (i.e., how to make the project known)
A description of how the group plans to delegate the tasks amongst itself
Once the final projects are completed, we will install two displays to present them to the public, to be completed on December 7th, 2004. Each group will make final presentations to the other, on the final site of the display; if passers-by join in, all the better. These reports should outline the scope of the project, the successes and failures, tell stories about the interactions that took place, discuss the destiny of the project, answer questions, etc. This report should then be given to me in written form for a "permanent record." I would like to post the final project descriptions online, in the form of a website; digital photos would be great.
And: Everything we do in some way recapitulates personal drama. Write a one page (at least) PERSONAL STATEMENT testifying on how the group project you participated in traversed areas and issues in your own life history, i.e., what meanings do you find in the project? We can discuss these after the "public" presentation.