This course, Looking at, describing and identifying objects, will enable you to practice and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret objects and work towards writing your own object life cycle. You will also work with, and understand artifact databases.
IntroductionThis OpenLearn course concentrates on describing objects. You will be reading and writing descriptions and considering why descriptions are important. Throughout the course, you will be exploring how things and words written about things are inextricably linked. You will focus on an object in isolation from the society which made it and works on developing the meaning of an unfamiliar object through the use of description. Next, you will focus on using observation as the basis for developing a model of an object life cycle (its production, consumption and afterlife) to structure an object biography.
This diagram shows three arrows each pointing clockwise. The arrow at the upper left is accompanied by the words 'Afterlife (recycling, museumisation, display and representation).' The arrow at upper right is accompanied by the words 'Production (procurement of raw materials, design and manufacture).' The arrow at the bottom is accompanied by the words 'Consumption (use, gifting, exchange and discard).'
Learning outcomesAfter studying this course, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate skills of observation and description of objects
- Interpret objects and work towards writing object life cycles
- Understand artefact databases.
- Meeting an Object 00:15:00
- Observation, Interpretation and Communication 00:15:00
- Life cycle Production and Consumption 00:15:00
- Life cycle Consumption 00:15:00
- Writing an Object Biography 00:20:00
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