Tangible Things Class: How To See The World Differently
source: Maureen Didde
I am currently participating in a free, online class called Tangible Things. It is given by Harvard University and it is about truly seeing and understanding the objects around you.
We did a exercise today that I would like to share with you. The exercise consists of stretching your mind by looking at an object in your home in as many ways as possible.
For instance, a telephone is a form of communication, but it’s also an artifact of modern design, a scientific invention, a retail commodity, a method of relaxation, etc.
To do the exercise yourself, follow these instructions:
1. Watch the video called This Is Not a Chair located on Youtube.
2. Complete the template This is not a _________; it is a __________.
3. Photograph the object, if desired.
Here is my finished exercise
This in not a plate. It is a decorative object. It was purchased for the pleasure it brings to the eye.
This is not a plate. It is a method of eating. It allows the user a simple way of enjoying food away from the immediate area of the stove.
This is not a plate. It is a part of a cooking technique. Food is placed on the plate and then heated in a microwave oven.
This is not a plate. It is small bit of American culture. Corelle became popular about 35 years ago and is still sold today.
This is not a plate. It is an example of modern science. This plate is made from Vitrelle, a substance first invented in a lab.
If you decide to do the exercise, please send me your results. I would love to read them.