Wednesday, 28 January 2009
- The Messenians revolted against their Spartan rulers.
- Beginning of the second Messenian war.
- The town of Abdera was founded in Thrace by colonists from clazomena.
- Babylonia under the rule of Shamash-shuma-ukin rises in revolt against the Assyrians
- The first pyramid of the Teotihuacan culture was built in Cholula.
Cypselus becomes the first tyrant of Corinth
- Zhou Xiang Wang becomes King of the Zhou dynasty of China.
- In Greece it was the age of the tyrants.
- The Chinese licensed lady lovers. This is considered as the 1st example of legalized prostitution.
- Ancient Greeks started using large diameter punches to imprint images and designs onto coins and tokens.
- Evidence of writing systems appear is Oaxaca
- Duns and Brochs first use in Scotland
- Iron tools being produced
- Greece began using the drachma for currency.
- Jade artifacts are traded in as far as southern central America
- Ball courts, used in ball game of central American civilizations, found in Olmec centuries
- Peraca culture develops in south Peru
- Ceremonial complex built in Chiripa, Lake Titicaca
- Hillforts begin to be constructed in the southwest
- An early Mayan classic temple in Copan was closed and covered.
- Ritual items of flint knives and stingray spines was later discovered.
- Civil strife occurred during this time, which followed about 30 years of drought. This led to the demise of the Moche civilization.
- The Khazars’ aggressive territorial expansion drove some Bulgars westward.
- The Bulgars soon founded a kingdom in the southeastern Balkans that is now known as Bulgaria.
- In Mexico the Teotihuacan culture began declining.
- Arabs introduced Islam to Afghanistan.
- A Saxon monk founded St. Botolph’s Town in England.
- Japanese emperor Kotoku unites Japan and issues Taika Reform Edicts.
- Byzantine empire retakes alexandria
- Construction on the Dome of the Rock begins
- First Shinto shrines built in Japan
- Kallikinos invents Greek fire in Constantinople
- Traders from Arabia established Islamic settlements on the coast
- Buddhism reaches Tibet
- Buddhism replaced by Confucianism as a state religion in Japan.
- Mosque built in Kerala
- Monastery built on the isle of Lindisfame
- Pope Martin I is arrested by the exarch and taken to Constantinople
- Slavs establish established independent bohemian kingdom
- Hawaii islands are colonized from the Marquesas islands
- Kingdom of Nobatia is incorporated into Makuria
In this chair project we were asked to design a chair using only ninety degree angles and chip board. We had a very specific amount of material that was available to us. This was to be a space for someone to use for several different purposes, such as a desk, a counter, a shelf, many different things, so it had to be multi-purposed and functional.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
The word "story" was one of the easiest words to write about. Keeping the word in mind i was able to think about the stories behind the items that i drew, the life behind each object. When reading the Grimm's tale "The Willow Wren" i thought more about how stories are created and for what purpose. I came up with these reasons; to teach lessons, to record history, and to entertain.
Translation was a more difficult word to comprehend. It got me thinking about how stories translate over time. Their meanings, along with the meaning behind architecture, or any other art form change over time. Human perspectives change, therefore people will see things differently at different points in time. For example, the world trade centers once represented a place where people from all over the world come and work together. But after September 11, 2001 these buildings mark a devastating point in American history.
The word cycle, especially at this point in my life while i build new relationships and try to hold on to old one's , made me think of my friends and family. Any relationship is a learning process. Whether it be best friends or boyfriends, you learn from each other, and work off of each other's wants and needs. Any relationship teaches you a lot about yourself as well. What your wants are, what your expectations are, and how you react to different situations. There is a very intense cycle of emotions with any relationship. But in the end you learn, you learn from every new experience. The cycle of life.