28 Matching Annotations
  1. Nov 2018
    1. This reminds me of the saying a picture is worth a thousand words. It's true sometimes a picture, song, video, or skit can convey a message better than words themselves.

  2. Apr 2018
    1. “Visit with understanding and something almost tender those fading legends that come and go in this plaza like songs not clearly remembered,” Esmeralda said. “Oh, sometime and somewhere, let there be something to mean the word ‘honor’ again.”

      With this direct quote, this could be considered the use of a linguistic mode because it was taken directly from Esmeralda to understand the feeling they had felt

    2. That spoke to the dancers because an ending is also the starting point of a new journey. “A terminus is an intersection and meeting point of ideas,” said Lee. “It’s people coming together to create something new. And that’s us.”

      Looking through a linguistic mode point of view one could say that the word terminus has a definition with a meaning that was special to the group. Reasons why they chose that name for the group.

    3. SEPTEMBER 12, 2016: THE MEETING AT CHIC-FIL-A

      This article is organized almost like a timeline which would be categorized as linguistic and spatial modes. Here they marked this moment in time with the exact date and name of location. In the body of this section they elaborate on the importance of the location.

    4. “We were talking in the wee hours about things that we value, not just in the art, but in the leadership,” said Van Buskirk. “And we recognized we all had the same thoughts.”

      Gestural mode is when you see the connection that is made between people through movements or body language. With the connection that they have here, they are able to relate, communicate and compromise to one main gaol.

    5. where the five dancers planned and plotted strategy for their new dance company

      In a multimodal project, in order to have a nicely evaluated finished product you must plan everything out. This is considered spatial mode in a multimodal project. Likewise, for Terminus, in order to become a successful dance company, they need to plan and strategize accordingly to figure out how everything is going to work out.

    6. ohn Welker (Photo by Joseph Guay/Terminus.)

      This picture is an example of multimodal because it attracts the attention of the audience with it's dramatic black and white editing. This would be an example of visual mode. This in particular is a picture of John Welker looking off into the distance. The same thing has been done for every member of the group and is displayed throughout the article.

    7. First, there’s the star power of their five company dancers — perhaps the most recognizable faces in the Atlanta dance community from their tenures at Atlanta Ballet.

      Multimodal projects get their supporting details from other sources to make their purpose or claim better. Similarly, the Terminus is made up of gathered dancers from the Atlanta dance community coming together to make an even better dance group.

    8. Share via Email

      With this annotation, this is referring to the video that is provided in the beginning of this article. This video was a great way to engage the audiences really quick. With it being the first thing to view after reading the title, it made it seem more entertaining, informational and was a great introduction to what the article was going to elaborate on. This would be considered as a aural mode or a gestural mode.

    9. Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre.

      This would be considered multimodal because it is a redirection to another link . This new link informs the reader and elaborates on the topic of the Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre. This would be consider to be either a linguistic mode, spatial mode or a combination of the two. Linguistic because it develops on the idea of what Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre is and spatial because these words were arranged to be hyperlinked opening up a new page for further information.

    10. The inside story of Terminus, the new dance company by five ex-Atlanta Ballet dancers

      This is the link to the article " What are Multimodal Projects?" that I will be finding connections to.

  3. Mar 2018
    1. Languages evolve fast - the English of the 11th century bears scant resemblance to the English of the 21st - and places of human settlement also come and go, shaped by war, climate change and other forces.  Words not only change, they also die out. Today's dead languages include those that, in their halcyon days, belonged to the world's most advanced civilizations.  It took decades to unlock the meaning of Egyptian hieroglyphs only a few thousand years old, and Mayan symbols of even more recent vintage remain a mystery to this day.

      Conca is trying to reach a bigger demographic in this case, instead of identifying with just english user he gives an historical point to the mysteries and challenges that lie with every language. Not just for english users in the states but for the sake of every person in world communication and manner in which is presented is important to preserve.

  4. Feb 2018
    1. “I was certainly feeling emotional, but not necessarily sad,”

      Emotion is a great way of showing symbolism and being multimodal. Based entirely it can be interpreted as sadness, but with context and background info it becomes happiness.

    2. They liked its history; “Terminus” was one of Atlanta’s original names because the city grew around the terminus point of a railroad that linked Georgia to the Midwest. Terminus, literally, means “end of the line.”

      Here the name of the group is multimodal because it can be interpreted to have different meanings and is a symbol of what the group represents.

    3. None of them were happy with Atlanta Ballet’s new direction.

      What exactly about the Atlanta Ballet did they not agree with?

    4. John Welker (Photo by Joseph Guay/Terminus.)

      The photos like this one are very dramatic and convey a sense of confidence and awe. This helps to highlight that the members of Terminus are a big deal.

    5. The inside story of Terminus, the new dance company by five ex-Atlanta Ballet dancers

      The article is able to convey information in many different ways, using pictures, videos, and text.

    6. On April 26, we had our first rehearsal for a piece that, well, we don’t know what it is quite yet.

      Things don't always start with a meaning. A meaning can come from seeing it over and over (or experiencing it)and then interpreting what it means. This meaning can change from perspective to perspective.

    7. Lee and Gill worked to form a move that Lee had envisioned, then demonstrated it to Clark and Van Buskirk. At one point, it required Van Buskirk to fall back into the chest of Clark, like the trust game, where he was to grab her and lower her toward the ground. Instead, she slipped through his arms and, laughing, sprawled to the floor with the overdrawn panache of a silent film actress.

      Does this move have some sort of meaning is it symbolic of something? Is it trying to convey an idea?

    8. John Welker (principal male dancer for 21 years; retired last December), Christian Clark (15 years and the company’s principal leading man), Rachel Van Buskirk (10 seasons and star of the season opener Carmina Burana) and Heath Gill (seven seasons and the star of the season finale Camino Real).

      Lists the dancers and their ethos.

    9. Around her were some of the most recognizable faces of the company from the past decade

      This creates a symbolism(?) or creates an air about that shouts respectable and increases credibility of the group.

    10. The inside story of Terminus, the new dance company by five ex-Atlanta Ballet dancers

      The article uses a video to explain what the point of the article is in a way for people who don't want to read. This is an example of being multimodal. The viewer can either read or listen to the article.

  5. Oct 2017
    1. word choice

      The decision of Welker, Lee, Clark, Van Buskirk, and Gill to name their dance company Terminus was intentional and purposive. The name Terminus comprises multiple elements of symbolism through which meaning can be derived. Terminus was one of Atlanta’s original names, and it describes the former setting of the Southern city. Terminus means “end of the line,” which indicates the spirited growth of Atlanta around the railroad’s stopping point between Georgia and the Midwest. Not only is the name Terminus historically significant to the company’s homebase city, but it is also metaphorically significant.

      Photo of Tara Lee by Joseph Guay; Lee is a dancer for TMBT

      To the dancers of Terminus, the “end of the line” simultaneously serves as the origin point of a new journey. Their inception as a dance company flourished from their conclusion with Atlanta Ballet, a significant chapter in all of these dancers’ careers. Tara Lee describes a terminus as an “intersection and meeting point of ideas” in which “people [come] together to create something new” (Freeman). She believes that this definition describes the Terminus Modern Ballet Theater dancers well. The name Terminus is multimodal because it evokes specific imagery related to the railroad as well as a symbolic interpretation critical to understanding the motivations and origin story of this ballet company. As the text demonstrates, understanding the full message of even a single word requires a multimodal analysis.

      Questions one might ask:

      Are there images associated with the word?

      What is the word’s historical context?

      How is the word presented?

      Does it belong at the fore of the conversation?

      Does it compete with and/or complement another mode?

    2. Multimodal describes how we combine multiple different ways of communicating in everyday life.

      Photo by Felipe Barral: Terminus Modern Ballet Theater The dancers of Terminus Modern Ballet Theater have built illustrious careers dancing to the beats of other artists’ inspirations. For a long time, they have confined and defined themselves by the expression of other people’s work. Yet, once the Atlanta Ballet embarked on a path that was unfit for their individual artistry, the dancers of Terminus Ballet decided to tread their own path, away from the crossroads that had come to challenge their willingness to be brave. Though these dancers are terrified of the unknown that they have plunged into, they also feel excited and invigorated by the pressure they feel. Pushed by the prospect of failure, the Terminus Modern Ballet Theater dancers are characterized by their intense motivation to introduce new modes of expression into dance. As artists, these dancers hope to experiment with their image as it is presented in all of the contexts that a new company requires.

      These dancers, thus, have to be multimodal.

      Tara Lee, Heath Gill, John Welker, Rachel Van Buskirk, and Christian Clark don’t only dance; they also contribute to their company’s website, design company logos, contemplate appropriate studio and performance space design, and engage in business strategy sessions. Hoping to present to their audience contemporary modern dance fused with elements of classical ballet, the dancers of Terminus Modern Ballet Theater contain a diverse set of skills, not only in dance, but also in marketing and business. Just like their style of dance cannot be categorized into a specific genre, neither can the capabilities of these performers be categorized or limited by the traditional expectations of dancers. These dancers recognize their need for a multi-modal skill-set so that they can create visual art through both their dance and their digital webpage. They will appreciate the importance of the spatial mode as they block stages for their choreography, and finalize the design of their company logo. Working on multiple interfaces (at the physical, tangible level as well as the digital level) has bolstered this dance company’s intimacy with their creative expression. Their ability to fathom multiple modes is critical to their success.

    3. We can u-;e this mode to communicate representations of how something look~ or how someone is feeling, to instruct, to persuade, and to entertain, among other things.

      As page 9 notes, "audio can also have visual impacts." This quote demonstrates the multi-modality of singular objects and subjects, a fact that exhibits the importance of multidimensional analysis. One of the panels on the AIDS Quilt contains a patch of leather, which has both a visual connotation and a distinct aural context. Leather evokes the Danny Zuko stereotype by conjuring images of enigmatic characters and inviting the sounds of rumbling motorcycles.

      Cardiac monitoring, similarly, is a common image in popular media that also contains multiple influences and connotations. Cardiac monitoring is typically executed with electrocardiography, a machine that monitors a person’s cardiac rhythm. At its core, though, the sound of a heartbeat monitor relies on the heartbeat itself. Our pulse of life.

      Image result for heartbeat monitor

      The human heartbeat is primal and intrinsic to our humanity. It betrays our fear and reveals our desires. Its visual and aural modes are ingrained within us all, for it is both a familiar sight, and a calming sound. The following short film presents the significance of our heartbeat in finding our truths, facing our fears, and embracing love. Relying heavily on visual and aural modes to encapsulate a story of heartache and romance, "In a Heartbeat" communicates a tale of love by personifying a famed motif, the heart itself.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2REkk9SCRn0

    4. Although most of us arc used to hearing sound all around us every day, we don't often pay attention to how il signals information, including feelings, responses, or needed actions.

      One of the activities in our class textbook, Guide to First-Year Writing (6th Edition), asks us to “consider a song as an argument” (70). This activity (activity 2.12, found in chapter two) requires the participant to locate a song that appears to make an argument and answer the activity’s given questions. For this exercise, I chose the song “Love Is Dead” by Estonian musician Kerli.

      The title alone presents Kerli’s argument: love is dead. Answering the activity’s given questions, however, caused me to contemplate Kerli’s song as a complex communicative device; I soon realized that Kerli’s message is not as simplistic as the title implies. In my response, I hypothesize that Kerli is a mistress who has made the difficult decision to leave a secret relationship. By referencing lyrics that support my interpretation of the song’s argument, I was able to appreciate the narrative present in the song, and analyze its method of storytelling.

      Previously, I felt most drawn to the aural mode of “Love Is Dead,” however, this activity prompted my explicit admiration of the song’s linguistic mode as well. Through the following questions, I discuss how and why the linguistic mode of the song’s argument is supported by its aural mode:

      How would you describe the musical style of the song? In what ways does the style of singing and instrumentation help convey the rhetorical argument?

      Here is a snippet of my response:

      *The composition of the piece seems to describe the navigation of a dangerous path. It’s as if one has to look over one’s shoulder while listening to this song. By employing a sense of danger, the ballad mimics the traitorous and deceptive nature of Kerli’s secret relationship.

      In the song, Kerli’s vocals are slightly distorted. She sounds as if she is singing from behind a glass wall, showing that she is both unsure of the words she is singing to herself, and afraid of being honest about her doubt of the worthiness of her relationship. The instrumentation is forceful and almost overpowers Kerli’s voice at times. One is never unaware of the thematic orchestra scoring Kerli’s ascent through perilous territory. As the song advances, however, Kerli’s angelic voice increases in power. She continuously repeats and chants variations of “love is dead, love is gone, love don’t live here anymore,” alternating between singing these words, chanting them, and crying them to the audience.*

      As this article’s authors point out, the aural mode of media “signals information” even when we are not consciously aware of those signals.

      At first, I only appreciated the superficiality of the composition of “Love Is Dead,” and simply recognized that it sounded good to me. I now realize, however, that the aural mode of the song also performs the deeper, more complex function of storytelling. The sound of Kerli’s song influences the emotions that I feel upon listening, and the imagery I conjure in accordance with the music.

      Read the full response on my website, Postscript Reverie: My Analysis of "Love Is Dead"

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBDiHFS1TjY

  6. Dec 2016
    1. Vote for UniverCity!

      I've proposed a workshop to the Future Architecture platform, organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana. The idea is that the ideas arising from the UniverCity forum can be worked through in discussion about the possibility of a future form of architectural visualisation not tied down to images of completed buildings. Renderings of unpredictability, of occupation, of diverse public knowledges. Vote online: and browse the other projects too.

  7. Jul 2016
    1. Just posting here to share this content about academia and Twitter... some good links to further discussion of digital academia...

      'Digital platforms, from Twitter and personal blogs to e-journals and iterative monographs, are creating new ways to publish and new publishing opportunities. In this new model of academic publishing, Twitter interactions exist on the same spectrum of activity as peer-review and scholarly editing. But more importantly, new models for scholarly publication are creating new ways to engage in public scholarship beyond traditional publication, fundamentally blurring the boundaries between publication, conversation, and community.'

      http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/hybridped/beyond-academic-twitter/