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Metaphors & Machines

1 : a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money); broadly : figurative language

2 : an object, activity, or idea treated as a metaphor

1 : A simple machine is a device that simply transforms the direction or magnitude of a force, but a large number of more complex machines exist. Examples include vehicles, electronic systems, molecular machines, computers, television, and radio.

1. Object: Select an object that you can carry, consider the metaphors contained within the object itself, and the physical material from which it is made.

2. Machine: Create a machine that moves this object across the room. This machine should also create sounds. What is YOUR definition of a machine?

3. Score: Write a score of your live art performance. The methodology you use should make sense for you and your machines capabilites. The score should be clearly written so that anyone can operate your machine/performance.

4. Performance: You will move your object across the room using your machine.

5. Documentation: You will present your working machine in class. Document this live art performance. Your documentation and score should be uploaded to your blog. You will be graded on the aesthetics of your object, machine, performance, written score and documentation.

You will be graded on the aesthetics of your object, machine, performance, written score and documentation.

Duration: How long does it take to move the object. Does the movement start and stop, or is it one continuous motion? Does it start slowly and then move faster? How does duration relate to the design of the machine and/or the object?

Sound: How does your machine make sounds? Are you controlling the sound, or are the sounds randomly produced? What is the relationship of the sound to the movement, or to silence?

Process: Is the machine a gradual process that you only need to start, such as a pendulum? Does the machine start and stop based on your actions, such as a pulley?

Material: What are the materials that make up your object and machine? What are some of the metaphors of these materials? Are they made of many materials? Does this combination of materials change the meanings and metaphors of your live art performance?

Space: How does your machine interact with it's environment? Does the moving object change our experience of space or time?

Event Beginning and End: How does this performance begin? How does it end?