Category Archives: Week 1

Clearly I Wasn’t Destined to Be “The Next Great Author”


I’m Kasey Wilcox + oddly enough while I find a comfort and ease in writing, I find myself a complete wreck trying to write a bio of myself to appear on a blog directed towards classmates. I speak with heavy sarcasm and often too fast in an attempt to keep up with the thoughts in my head. I like to think I’m extra thoughtful and careful with my words, however I usually find that I sit back just trying to absorb what is going on around me- especially in an environment such as our class where several of the students have experience with both art and activism.

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A vagabond who’s allergic to avocados…

My name is Danielle Banh, I am an art school drop out in the midst of a quarter life crisis with a dark sense of humor. I was born and raised in Southern California (a little beach town called Huntington Beach) so naturally I have an affinity for salt water, ironic excessive positivity, and fad diets. I have the obnoxious tendency to speak about myself in the third person—but Danielle’s friends find it to be an endearing quality. The first concert I ever attended was Cher’s farewell tour, and I have since had a strange and unyielding fascination with decades I will never see. Thus my professional and academic pursuits usually include anything that necessitates unhindered nostalgia, curiosity, and the acceptance of ambiguities that arise from attempting to understand our past. I find the Internet to be as terrifying as it is beautiful; I suppose sublime is the proper adjective for that. I have a particular fondness for vulgarity, and paradoxes. I consider moral absolutism to be utter bullshit, yet speak exclusively in hyperbolic phrases. I am (at this moment) appalled with the ease it took me to compose multiple phrases beginning with the word “I”. So to conclude, this has been an introduction as well as my own exercise in concision and restraint.


Week 1/ Day 2: Homework -Paintings, Exhibitions, Installations, Murals, and Stills

Homework due printed on paper at the start of next class:

1. Read/Look at the following links:
Favela Painting Project Home
Can Paint Promote Social Change?
(Blog Article, Favela Paint Project, Brazil)

Links to Art, Installations, Exhibits, and Crafts attempting to promote/create positive social change

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Week 1: Photography (and one Animation) -Images/Links

One Animation:
I Met the Walrus -James Braithwaite

Dorothea Lange
| Gallery 2 | Japanese Americans
Migrant Mother Detail (Video)
Jacob Riis Gallery
Jacob Riis

13 Photos that Changed the World
Images that Changed the World

American Photography -Social Change


Homework Week 1: How to Start Blogging

Students in this course will be required to make weekly/bi-weekly blog posts on a range of topics.

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Week 1’s blog topic is to write a small biography about yourself and add a photo or drawing. These will be due online (on this blog) by 10:35AM, Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

Please get free access to the following online course by clicking here and then the “take this course” button in the upper right corner. Once you are in the course, please view lectures 77, 78, and 79 before making your first blog post.

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