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University of Toronto St. George
St. Michael's College Courses
Steve Hoselton

26/01/11 Lecture 6 XEROX pg 31-40  Intensity of a particular product leads to opposite of original intension (when something good becomes bad)  “There is nothing new under the sun” – we have revivals/re-issues/etc all the time.  “To everything there is a season” – as we renew our own life, we find something totally new, recurring in a cyclical event.  When we talk about language, we speak in “collective” terms. But when language turns into “WRITTEN” form, it needs other media. Pg. 31: The first paragraph (Understandin Media 64)  Medium is something that translates, it gives it another dimension.  Medium as a translator – into a human reality. Ex) piece of wood – a moment that wood becomes a table, it is translated into a human reality. Nature  Human Reality  To be human nature is creative. Pg. 31-32 Nature & Art  Moment the nature is touched by men, it becomes human nature. And human nature brings ART into nature.  ART is a short form of artificial (man-made). What is man made is always an extension of our senses.  Art is conscious experience The Notion of Recording - pg.32  Clay tablets, papyrus, waxed tabliets, etc. on text  Wax tablet Support: piece of wood (small tablet that’s immersed in hot liquid wax and dried. The wax becomes like a page to write on.  The short poems that express feelings of individuals with respect to loved ones became the large part of literature. – on waxtablet Imagine writing in stone/bronze… like a plaque. Pg 32-33 Pg 33 – Parchment  The surface where something is written – when it becomes not relevant anymore, it’s erased – it is scraped with knife. This simple operation created the PALIMPSESTS. Pg. 33-34 – Papyrus Scrolls  Transportation of info: until 1820, there was no faster way to communicate in distance than a horse. There was no faster way then moving the recorded the 26/01/11 medium from one place to another. Unlike today, where we transfer info with telegraph (simultaneous transportation)  When we talk about culture, we have to see which one of the medium of communication/transporation fits best in the society  Roman Empire questioned: What would it be without communication?  There is a need to communicate.  Most common use of papyrus was administrative – this was common u ntil papyrus became scarce.  What destroyed roman empire? The destructio
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