Project 5 reading: narrative notes


Kurt Vonnegut video on the Shapes of Stories

Director Alfred Hitchcock on the ‘Kuleshov Effect

Barbara Probst, photographer

An essay about Probst by curator, Karen Irvine: BARBARA PROBST

Christian Marclay, The Clock

Trapped in an Elevator for 41 Hours

(above) Art Spiegelman, A Day at the Circuits, 1975

Edward Tufte, statistician and professor of political science, describes  the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by Maya Lin, as micro/macro narratives—readings that are detailed stories that make up larger coherent stories. ‘Simplicity of reading,’ he writes, ‘derives from the context of detailed and complex information properly arranged.’ The success of the design is in part based on the chronological rather than alphabetic arrangement of the names of the 58, 000 dead American soldiers. Jan Scruggs and Joel Swerdlow write in To Heal a Nation, that “chronological listing was essential to Lin’s design. War veterans would find their story told, and their friends remembered, in the panel that corresponded to their tour of duty…. Locating the names would be like finding bodies on a battlefield.”