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  1. Feb 2018
    1. Michael Baxandall has noted: “We do not explain pictures: we explain remarks about pictures-or rather, we explain pictures only in so far as we have considered them under some verbal description or specification . . .

      There is no limit to how one could make a description. Descriptions are as much as you make them to be. A machete can be viewed in many perspectives and because of that there can be more than one description of this object. A person could start off a description with the physical features and slowly work their way towards describing it's capabilities and it's purpose.

    2. Thoroughly describe this object, paying careful attention, as relevant, to all of its aspects-material, spatial, and temporal. Be attentive to details (for which a technical vocabulary will almost certainly prove useful), but ever keep an eye on the big picture.

      The more words you use in your description, the more visible the image in your head becomes. Describing an object can be done in a few sentences or as many as maybe two pages according to Ms. Rose. One could start off by stating the more obvious and as the obvious slims down you must then go into more depth and look at little details people may not see at first glance. With a machete one could say that it's a large steal object with knife-like qualities and could be used as a tool or weapon.

    3. s the list of objects studied over the course of time in a single university seminar attests, the possibilities are virtually limitless-especially considering that no two individuals will read a given object in the same way.

      When people look at objects it is very unlikely for someone to have the same thoughts as another person. They may be very similar but at one point will have a difference. As a class we have put this into practice and have brought objects in ourselves and let our partner make assumptions. Some guesses were right but often times they were wrong and when the story behind the object was revealed it often times surprised us.

  2. Jan 2018
    1. This simple object is imbued with enormous symbolic political power, because its practical value can never be isolated from its violent potential.

      A machete can never just be viewed as only a tool. It's a yard tool that can quickly transform into weapon within seconds. Because of this, many people would consider a machete to be more of a weapon rather than a yard tool. This is why it can't be consider only a tool or only a weapon. It's a two in one thing.