What can you learn from selecting that particular piece of art?
My choice in the piece of art that I selected shows that I appreciate handiwork in using it to express one is thoughts, views, dreams and aspirations. Coming up with successful art requires investment of time and resources. Passion helps in coming up with a successful form of art that the owner and others can appreciate.
How does your artifact display a human’s way of knowing, thinking or expressing?
My artifact was the Watts Tower, which has an art and cultural heritage value. I think that my artifact displays that human is know how far they have come from older generations that did not have technology like today. The lack of technology did not slow down the activities and creativity of human beings at the time. Individuals were innovative and used the resources that were locally available and thought process to express their ideas (Bartle, 115). I also think that my artifact shows that I appreciate other people’s hard work and patience to achieve things that mean a lot to people.
Were you surprised by the other artifacts that your classmates selected?
I was not surprised by other artifacts that my classmates selected. All people are different based on where they have grown up, how they were raised and what they value in life. Therefore, different things in their lives inspire different people. One contributor talked about simcity; a computer game whereby an individual creates a virtual city and stimulates life. Such a contribution shows the positive effects of technology whereby city planners, developers and manufacturers can come up with ideas on how to be more effective in their work (Brey, Briggle & Spence, 28).
Would your artifact be complimentary with another student artifact? If yes, describe why? If no, describe why not.
I think that my artifact would not be complementary with another student artifact. Most students, just like me, talked about artifacts that have a meaning to them based on where they come from, their interests, or the relationships that they value in their lives. One such student; Meredith Bower talked about the computer game whereby individuals come up with city and stimulate life through the items that they “build” in the city.. The final product is reflective of one’s thought process, dreams and creativity (Bennet, 3). Another student; Zoeleni Kamara talked about the seal of Liberia because it signifies where she comes from, and she is proud of her heritage. In another post by a different student, Melissa Woods talked about a rocking chair that reminded her about her grandfather who passed away when she was very young. However, she feels a deep connection to him based on what her father tells her, and the items that her grandfather made that are still around.
Does your artifact and analysis change your perspective of who you are as a student and learner?
My artifact and analysis changes my perspective of who I am as a student and learner. The “Watts Tower” and my analysis of it helps me see and appreciate how far I have come, and how far I still want to go in life and achieve my dreams. My analysis humbles me because I accept that there are some areas that I can improve on with the guidance of my teachers and colleagues, so as to achieve what I want; and assist me in achieving the goals of where I want to be in life. While most problems in the past were being solved using hands and minimal technology, current day problems are being solved using technology. As a student and a learner, I will continue to stay open minded so that I can accept and appreciate how much technology has contributed to bringing ease in the current world (Buchanan, 65).
Bartle, Richard, Designing Virtual worlds, USA: New Riders, 2004, Print.
Bennett, Jessica. Why Millions are living Virtual Lives Online. Newswire. 2010, Print.
Brey, Philip., Adam Briggle & Edward Spence. The Good Life in a Technological Age. New York: Routeledge, 2012, Print.
Buchanan, Allan. Better than Human: The Promise and Perils of Enhancing. Oxford: Oxford University press, 2011, Print.