Known for their intelligence and underhanded cleverness, ravens are the subject of mysterious or scary texts. They evoke a sense of darkness. For our project, we will try to explore why they are perceived as such and how people’s view on ravens have changed throughout history.
Our project will focus on their symbology/history and we will use various mediums to show our research. A slideshow will be our primary medium. The photos will mainly consist of drawings crafted by local artists that we know personally. As a request, the pictures will be in black and white to follow the mysterious theme of ravens. Furthermore, we will work on a narration to play in the background of the slideshow. This narration will be a creative story but also influenced by a Native American story called Flying Wonder. To add more dimension, we will be writing our story with our own research in mind, much like the previous class project of taking a collective story and shaping it how we like.
Needing inspiration, we scoured the Web for stories about ravens. This is how stumbled upon Flying Wonder. We figured that a creative story will be told best in museum setting by using a slideshow. Doing so will help us evoke the dark tone of our theme. More importantly, using locally made art will complement the museum, where some paintings are made by Alaskan artists. Unfortunately, using a slideshow will be rather tedious because we must make sure that the tone is exactly how we want it. The narration will be a lot of work; compiling all the audio, art and research will prove to be tricky but if done well, it could be a success.
Having worked on the creative portion of the project, we know that we also need an academic component. We decided to individually work on a specific topic about ravens that we found interesting. Each of us has a responsibility of selecting a medium and relaying our research that way. Certainly, we will face the issue of trying to make all the mediums look cohesive in the Layar app. We have to make each of our mediums related but different enough that they’re not redundant. If it all works out, however, our whole project should be a great mix of group and individual work. Since our personalities are different, we should be able to create different mediums that would cater to a general audience.