PAGES 2011-12

Visual Arts

Key terms/Concepts

Alexis Rockman

Artistic medium: composition, scale, background, foreground

Content: science and art, timeline, inventory, futuristic, iconography

Paula Hayes

Artistic medium: casting, installation, terrarium, craft, fragile, dome

Content: organic, biosphere, self-sustaining, landscape, therapeutic, ecosystem, public vs. private

Elliot Hundley

Artistic medium: repurpose/recycle, found materials, 2D vs. 3D, urban material, man-made, surfaces, panels, montage

Content: billboard, mythology, storytelling, tragedy, imaginary environments, ornamentation, nostalgia

Alexis Rockman:

Official website

Collection of images of his artwork

Paula Hayes:

Official website

Official website for her terrarium works

Three-minute video that contains an interview with Paula Hayes as well as footage of her working on her terrariums

Elliot Huntley:

Saatchi Gallery website provides biography, articles, and images of his work

Further resources/topics of interest:

Art and Science in a small world

Real vs. Virtual: Examining works of art online


Performing Arts

The Builders Association:
т€œFounded in 1994 and directed by Marianne Weems, The Builders Association is a New York-based performance and media company that creates original productions based on stories drawn from contemporary life. The company uses the richness of new and old tools to extend the boundaries of theater. Based on innovative collaborations, Buildersт€™ productions blend stage performance, text, video, sound, and architecture to tell stories about human experience in the 21st century. From BAM to Bogata, Singapore to Melbourne, Minneapolis and Los Angeles to Budapest, The Builders Associationт€™s OBIE award-winning shows have toured to major venues the world over.
The Builders have collaborated on ten large-scale theater projects: MASTER BUILDER (1994), THE WHITE ALBUM (1995), IMPERIAL MOTEL (FAUST) (1996), JUMP CUT (FAUST) (1997), JET LAG (1998) with Diller + Scofidio, XTRAVAGANZA (2000), ALLADEEN (2003) with motiroti , AVANTI (2003), SUPER VISION (2005) with dbox, and CONTINUOUS CITY (2008). The Builders Association is currently one of the most active international touring experimental theater companies in America. Their work has also been presented at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2003, 2005, and 2008.т€ From:

The Mortgage Crisis:
Summary of the financial crisis in question-and-answer format

Graph of Home Foreclosures and Repossessions, 2005-2010

The Mortgage Crisis Timelines:

Living with Less: The Human Side of the Global Recession

CATCO Grapes of Wrath reference page:

Further Reading/Viewing:

John Steinbeck, biography:

The Grapes of Wrath (film), directed by John Ford (1940)


Media Arts

Resources for Persepolis

View trailer at this site

Key terms/concepts

Artistic Medium
Comics/graphic narrative, Media literacy, Coming-of-age story (Bildungsroman), Perspective/point of view, subjective narrative, Creative nonfiction, cel, inking, storyboard

The Iranian (Islamic) Revolution, the veil, Shah, Ayatollah, Communism/Marxism, propaganda, feminism, strife, individualism


1. Why is the film mostly in black and white?

2. What would be different (or the same) if the film had been made as a live-action movie?

3. Is the story told differently in the film as compared to the graphic novel? How so?


1. How does Marjane Satrapiт€™s story relate to an American teenagerт€™s life?

2. What parts of the film might be embellished? What may have been omitted from the storyline?

Film reviews

In a Flat World, a Rebel with a Cause
Review by A.O. Scott of the New York Times on December 25, 2007.

Review by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times on January 17, 2008.

Interviews with writer/director Marjane Satrapi

MovieWeb exclusive interview

Powellт€™s Books Author Interview with Dave Welch

Interview with Simon Hattenstone of The Guardian

Literature on Media Literacy and Graphic Novels

Expanding Literacies through Graphic Novels
Gretchen Schwarz, University of Oklahoma professor, discusses the use of graphic novels in high school English classes.

CIA fact sheet: Iran


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