Pre-Class Exercise for February 12th

For my Visual Rhetoric class, we were tasked with making a visual argument. I decided to make a collage.

Human

Images taken from: 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/peshawar-school-attack-pakistan-mourns-as-the-funerals-of-victims-of-taliban-massacre-are-held-9929982.html

http://deliveringhappiness.com/reasons-for-living-spontaneity/

http://affordablecremations.tumblr.com/post/100565543033/how-to-get-excellent-funeral-services

http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-history

http://www.tutufoundationusa.org/2012/10/war-for-peace-the-moral-and-legal-case-for-intervention-in-syria-2/

http://www.ibtimes.com/field-dreams-7-reasons-why-you-dont-want-be-farmer-china-1394965

http://www.workandwellness.com/speakers/menshealth.htm

http://www.ibtimes.com/indian-women-get-back-work-faster-western-japanese-counterparts-report-1152053

https://hcih.wordpress.com/category/regions/middle-east/

http://contemporarycondition.blogspot.com/2012_09_01_archive.html

http://wanderdownunder.com/nz/maori.html

Because no collage should be without background music:

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7 Responses to Pre-Class Exercise for February 12th

  1. Julia says:

    I look forward to the discussion on this and how the aural matches the visual. This is nidely done.

  2. Julia says:

    That was supposed to be “nicely.”

  3. Maury says:

    I can see your argument as being one about humanity, with DaVinci’s man in the center and various aspects radiating out from it. There is a lot of loss, oppression, and toil in this collage, but the images to the right of the center are smiling and joyful. I would say that it is an argument about PERSEVERANCE.

  4. Megan McKittrick says:

    I love that you included background music! This visual argument appears to show the range of human actions and emotions: death, war, anger, learning, work, play, and joy. It covers the spectrum from sadness and rage to neutral contemplation to happiness. It seems to argue that humanity involves ups and downs, the painful and ugly, the beautiful and comforting.

  5. Laurie says:

    I don’t know exactly what the argument is, but I think it has to do the richness of human experience, about how even though we all live in different places and have differences of class, race, gender, age, and so on, we are united by our humanity.

  6. jmoor090 says:

    The first thing that occurs to me as I view the visual argument is that the photographs come from a number of places throughout the world. Some depict turmoil, while others do not. The central image is the human (male) anatomy by Leonardo Da Vinci. Surrounding this image, there are images of depicting tragedy of war, protests, funerals, children playing, and children and young people in educational settings. The central image makes me feel that the argument is making a statement about the human condition. It seems to me that this visual argument is making a statement about our connectedness as human beings, that we all experience loss, tragedy, turmoil, joy, and success. Perhaps also the argument is asking us to consider ourselves a part of the larger global culture and that we should engage globally to solve problems together.

  7. smung001 says:

    Wow Summer. This was awesome! The first word that came to my mind when I saw this was “humanity”. We fight, we love, we die, we commit atrocities, we experience love. I think your image shows that all of these things are a part and parcel of the human experience, no matter what country we hail from.

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