I'm about to embark on My First Class in Grad School, and I'm awash in ideas for a final class project. Since I can't make up my mind, I thought I'd ask all y'all's thoughts.
But first, a sketch.
People, and breakfast, and ballpoint pens!
And now, if you're so moved, please read on about my ideas and feel free to weigh in.
The course I'm taking is called Liberal Arts Perspectives.
I could do a research project, but I'm drawn to the creative effort option.
Here's the bare-bones criteria:
The Creative Effort must add to a communal understanding of Time, and needs to be accompanied by an 8-10 minute presentation that furthers my classmates' understanding of the project and its relevance/significance regarding Time.
Some of the ideas I've spawned to date:
1. Building a Never-Ending Hourglass (Some sort of Klein Bottle turned into an hourglass)
2. Making ephemeral sheets of edible gelatin "printed" with edible inks and imagery related to Time (Time as something delicate, consumable; a slight parody of art photography's gelatin print technique)
3. Reconstructing a deliberately broken bottle, then inserting and launching trackable messages, possibly including a group's imagery from their typical day (Time in a bottle, adrift)
4. Creating an "ur-candle" by melting many different ritual candles -- church votives, used candles from the local Zen Center, synagogue Sabbath candles, etc. -- and reforming them into one super-large pile of enormous candle-ness
5. Temporal maps (Using a version of topographic maps -- "steep" contour lines where Time seems to move fast, "gentle" contour lines where Time seems to move slowly)
6. A Map of Timelessness (Using others' software, map the incidence of the word "timeless" across a period of time on specific Web sites)
7. A new Book of Hours (A hand-made book containing hand-written interviews with local religious practitioners on their daily practices, with accompanying sketches of the interviewees -- and of course a blog to make the work accessible to all those I interview)
8. A small group photo-project: facilitate others' responses via digital cameras or cell phone cameras to a short series of questions, all images of which must be photographed in one 24-hour period
9. Mystically-focused, time-paradoxical poem(s)
10. Short story -- Salvador Dali meets a watchmaker who makes wax timepieces
So far I'm most drawn to the possibilities within Idea 7.
That said...what do y'all think?