Augustine. "Time and Eternity."
Using whatever media you have available in class today (pen and paper, chalk and blackboard, laptop, smartphone, etc.), take 5-10 minutes to document the present moment in time. What do you see and hear around you? What is the "atmosphere" like? What are you thinking and feeling at this moment? When you have finished, we will reflect on similarities and differences between accounts, and consider how and to what effect various media are used to record or evoke the passing present.
|The Digital Present|
Mayer-Schonberger, Victor. "Of Power and Time - Consequences of the Demise of Forgetting." In Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age.
Bell, Gordon, and Gemmell, Jim. "Vision." In Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything.
Jameson, Fredric. "The End of Temporality."
|The Lyric Present|
Swift, Jonathan. "A Description of the Morning", "A Description of a City Shower", "The Progress of Beauty", "The Lady's Dressing Room", "A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed", "Strephon and Chloe".
Hunter, Paul J. "Journalism: The Commitment to Contemporaneity."
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. "Effusion XXXV", "Frost at Midnight", "The Nightingale", "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison", "Dejection: An Ode".
Wordsworth, William. "Lines, Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey."
Wordsworth, William. "Residence In London."
Keats, John. "Ode to Melancholy", "Ode to a Nightingale", "To Autumn".
|The Pictographic Present|
Sketches by Constantin Guys.
Baudelaire, Charles. "The Painter of Modern Life", "To a Passer-by".
Kern, Stephen. "The Present."
|The Photographic Present|
Images from Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey.
Braun, Marta. "The Expanded Present: Photographic Movement."
Canales, Jimena. "Introduction" and "Conclusion."
|8||Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography.|
|The Cinematic Present|
Edison, Thomas and Lumiere Bros. Landmarks of Early Film, Vol. 1.
Benjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility."
Gunning, Tom. "The Cinema of Attractions", "An Aesthetic of Astonishment: Early Film and the (In)Credulous Spectator".
Vertov, Dziga. The Man with the Movie Camera.
Charney, Leo. "In a Moment: Film and the Philosophy of Modernity."
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