Rt, Science and Technology ( A Cabinet of Curiosities )
1. Object List (One page.) Begin by identifying the objects. Write one or two sentences per item. Identify the object and give a brief explanation of what it is. Note its location on campus.
2. Thematic Analysis (Two full pages.) Identify two themes in your collection, and explain how each of those themes pertains to five objects from the collection. Be specific about how the two themes relate to your objects. The challenge here is to find ways of thinking that allow you to address a variety of objects from different spaces and fields of knowledge. You will need to think outside the customary categories: do not say that all your objects simply reflect a?artistica?
concerns, or that they all reflect a?scientifica? concerns. After all, the very idea behind this course is to question the stability of such categories. You need to find suggestive themes that are not too simplistic and that can lead you (in the next section of the paper) into more substantive
discussion. For example, simply saying that five of your objects are brown and five of them are small will not do, since these are extremely basic observations that tell you very little about the function and meaning of the objects. If your collection includes a stuffed turtle from the Bell Museum, an elaborate dress displayed at the Goldstein Museum of Design, and an owl from the
Raptor Center, then you might address the way each of these objects/specimens involves a
different kind of outer protection (shell, clothing, feathers). See the third page of the assignment for a sample of what a thematic analysis of these items might look like.
3. Comparison. (Two full pages) For this part of paper, select two items from your collection that are from different campus locations. Here you will offer a more in-depth discussion of these two items in relation to one of the themes you described in the previous part of your paper. Develop a comparative analysis of these items that considers them in relation to key ideas we have
addressed in the course (such as the relationship between art and nature, between hand and mind, practice and theory, instrumental knowledge, imitation and deception, etc.). In order to talk
intelligently and substantively about these objects, it is likely that you will need to learn more about them. You are therefore encouraged (but not required) to go to the library and do further research. Provide proper footnote citations in your paper for any ideas that are not your own. If you rely upon a web source, make sure it is an authoritative source (in other words, the source must list an author who has credentials in the relevant field; Wikipedia does not provide such information and is therefore not an authoritative source, although it may be helpful for leading you to an authoritative source).
4. Visual materials. (Up to three pages) Include your photographs and/or drawings of all the
objects in no more than three pages of visual material at the end of your paper. It is up to you tofind the best way to organize your pictures so they fit within three pages or fewer.