Humanities

Choose three artifacts, creators, and the reason of creating these artifacts

The artifact can take any form and can be from any physical modality (visual, aural, tactile, etc.) The key is that you choose a form of expression you might experience any day intrigues you and make you want to know more about it.

Consider the following questions before stating your selections. You do not need to answer all of these questions, but they may guide you in choosing potential artifacts and providing a rationale for your choices.

In your thinking about the disciplines of the humanities (visual arts, literature, philosophy, and the performing arts), is there are piece of art, music, architecture, or literature that you would be interested in learning more about?

  • Is there an object associated with one of the cultures you belong to that is particularly meaningful to you? Is the artifact created or worked on by a human being? (If you answered no, it is not an artifact.)
  • Does it have a primarily functional or practical purpose? (If you answered yes, it is not an artifact.)
  • Does it embody the creative expression of ideas? (If you answered yes, it is an artifact. If you answered no, it is not an artifact.)

In two to three sentences, provide a rationale for choosing the artifacts as potential options for your project.

  • Select one of the artifacts you choose and answer one of the following questions:
    1. Do you believe the creator was successful in achieving their purpose? OR
    2. How do you think the artifact and the culture in which it was created could have influenced each other?
  • choose one artifact from the three that you will plan to study further during this course. Being sure to answer each of the “five” questions below.
    1. Identify your chosen artifact.
    2. Describe the artifact in detail using any applicable senses mentioned in the overview.
    3. What are the elements of the artifact that you believe are most important to how you experience it? Does the choice of medium impact your experience?
    4. State your opinion on what you believe is the purpose of this artifact and the success of the creator in achieving the purpose.
    5. Discuss how the artifact reflects the culture (or context) in which it exists. Be sure to address what aspects of culture have relevance for this artifact: politics, history, religion, social perceptions, technology, media, education, and so on. In other words, how do the artifact and its culture inter relate?

Please provides a response to all five questions above and demonstrates basic understanding of humanistic artifact selected and thoughts in a short answer.


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