Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Today in class John told me that my current title, Extend and Project, is too vague — perhaps even a little boring. I’m not sure if I agree with him or not.

My plan is to give each individual project throughout the semester its own respective title (or untitle), which further discusses/explores the work, but the title Extend and Project is meant to envelop it all. I suppose it is more like a title for my thought process and my core concepts, not for the work itself.

The Oxford American dictionary lists the following definitions for “extension” and “projection”:

EXTENSION – A part that is added to something to enlarge or prolong it; a continuation : the railroad’s southern extension.

PROJECTION – A mental image viewed as reality : monsters can be understood as mental projections of mankind’s fears.

My thought is that my work this semester will be both an extension of myself (a literal extension of the body, work that adorns and decorates, enhances or inhibits, empowers or makes vulnerable), and a projection of my inner thoughts/visions/emotions onto a three dimensional object.

So, in fewer words, my intent is to extend and project.

I’m still curious, though, to see how others feel about this title. Is it accessible? Does it really need to be? Please visit the poll on my blog, and let me know what you think.


  1. Title is not boring.
    Does it best reflect your intentions, or are you responding to the title?
    Continue the interesting work.

  2. John,

    I feel that it reflects my intentions, not vice versa. I specifically remember sitting down and trying to summarize what I wanted to accomplish this semester. I had a list of projects I wanted to work on, and tried to think deeply about what these projects meant to me.

    I'm still curious to see how everyone else feels about the title, though. As my instructor, it's your job to question my ideas. I want to hear the reactions of my peers.