PostCard Assignment Instructions Pt3
Week One : Students will watch a brief introduction video by Justin Lincoln that will outline inspirations/influences on this project, how the project will work, and expectations for the project.
This video will also be seen in reference to a video about the work of artist Ray Johnson.
After the video introduction the classes should meet to discuss how they will proceed with the project. Break the classes into breakout rooms that don’t include exchange partners. Encourage them to discuss their work together before sending the postcards. Use this postcard to introduce yourselves and to start a conversation.
PostCard Assignment Instructions Pt 2 Before the semester starts students should either order blank postcards or create postcard materials that they will mail over the course of the semester. For blank but standardized postcards students may look here:
The minimum number of postcards from each student will be 12 but students are invited to send more and build on this framework… Let’s see where this experiment goes. Send the postcard by Monday of the following week. Before you send the postcard take a photo or scan of both sides. Keep these on your computer and we encourage you to post them somewhere online. Discuss this with your instructor and class.
It is important that that each student create the postcards. You should schedule @ 20 minutes per week to create your postcard. If a student uses pre-made postcards they need to modify or alter them in some way. Think in terms of text, images, design, and series over time. if there are an odd number of students in the class instructors are encouraged to participate.
PostCard Assignment Instructions Pt 1
This ongoing project serves as a kind of scaffolding or frame for the course theme of Thinking Together/ Thinking Apart. We can use this structure to shape questions connected to other course material. This medium of postcards also comes with some of its own very interesting questions. For example:
What does it mean to write to a stranger in this place and time in which we are each living? How might it allow us to get to know each other?
What can a postcard be in terms of form, content, and context?
How have people historically, creatively, and socially thought about writing, making, sending, and receiving postcards?
What makes a postcard more than junk mail…more than an assignment…maybe even art?
How does time and distance and materiality function with the mail versus online?
How might we treat these postcards as data, as portraits of relationships, as social objects or as artifacts in an archive?