Though the lyrics are quite shallow and possibly ironic I am hoping I will feel like singing this on the steps of the Met next weekend. While stirring my yoghurt like Blair Waldorf.
Today I saw a man feeding the squirrels and have concluded he may be the most hated man in the USA because of what he has encouraged those rodents to now expect.
Week 6 Response Jack Higgs
In Zanker’s third chapter, Reader or Viewer Supplementation, he explores how artists of the Hellenistic age created single-figure images to be fleshed-out by the viewer, through encouraging them to project what they were used to seeing - for example, a full battle scene. Zanker distinguishes between viewer-supplementation and viewer-integration, with the integration of the viewer being termed a Roman invention, with the author citing the Dying Gaul’s as an example.
After reading this piece, it came to mind that it may be applied to the example of Hellenistic coinage portraiture, including that of the Ptolemaic dynasty. Though perhaps not a deliberate invention, viewer-supplementation and viewer-integration could be discussed in relation to these coins, in a more abstracted sense than in the example of sculpture, painting or literature.
Pollitt discusses how as Alexander the Great’s career progressed, so too did the motifs of him as Herakles and Zeus Ammon become furthered on the coins of the Empire - they went from likening Alexander to Herakles to propagating him as Herakles or the son of Zues, as became policy. With these ‘meanings’ discussed, it becomes apparent that a certain visual literacy was assumed in the Macedonian Empire. These coins were created as propoganda, as Pollitt suggests, and thus for the image to do its job, there must have been some implementation of viewer-supplementation. This, of course, is not in the sense of the viewer expanding upon the image already present, but rather expanding and filling out its meaning.
From this, the coins also operate under a viewer-integration model as though people who were using and viewing the coins were literally Alexander’s subjects, the images on the coins didactically announce this - the lay-person is no longer simply a subject, but also becomes the character of a mortal compared to the Hero-like Alexander who is now directly connected to the divine. Their function therefore becomes compounded into operating as currency and propaganda, but also integrating the viewer into a specific role in the Empire.
I actually cannot win at life. It is so cold here, yet I went on some cardio machines at the gym today and ended up getting sunburned because the sun was coming in directly through the window in front of me.
I should not need to be considering sunblock right now, but apparently I have to. Even in a North American winter.
Here you may observe Lottie’s collection of cereal (ridiculous in my opinion), and my preferred American meal (read cherry pie with Vanilla Hagan Dazs ice cream).
Here are some photos from around campus including the Fischer Fine Arts Library, Harnwell College House, and the School of Design.
Spot the Alexander Calder and Alexander Liberman sculptures.
America the Beautiful.
Basically I’ve moved to a university of stalkers. This particular post, we have found, is about Euan, a nursing student from the UK.
You know where to find him.