Georgetown houses Homeless ArtBy CORTNEY THORN
Upon entering the Anne Wright Wilson Gallery space last Thursday, Jan. 26, visitors were confronted with two distinct things: first, a lot of people milling around artwork; and second, a sense that this art had a different meaning behind it than most of the art in shows hosted by Georgetown College. This show was, in fact, different. Essentially, the homeless population of Louisville produced the multiple media works with help from the Jefferson St. Baptist Center. As a viewer made his or her way around the gallery, he or she could view different types of art that were produced. There were large-scale photographs, taken by the homeless men and women with a disposable cameras given to them to document their lives.
Also on display were drawings, made with marker on plain printer paper, of common Louisville landmarks made by Mark Anthony Mulligans. In addition there were photographs of four homeless people with chalk drawings and finally a large bright red box, among others. As the accompanying lecture began, the viewers found out so much more about the meanings behind these works of art. Of the 25 cameras that were passed out for the documentary-style photographs, only 12 were handed back in. As students listened they were told a story of people that were not entirely unlike themselves.
The many paper drawings, the audience found out, were all made by a man with a severe mental disorder as he sat in Kinko’s for up to 16 hours a day. The four photographs were taken along with the help of an artist to represent where each of these people would like to be in five years. The last piece of art in the show was a large red box. This installation work was meant to give people an idea of what it feels like to be homeless. Inside is a single chair, a light bulb and a broken mirror. As an observer sits down on the chair, they are confronted with the noises that a homeless person would have to deal with everyday. This piece was made by Jessie Eubanks from the Jefferson St. Baptist Center, who came to share his account of the men and women he works with everyday.
Through this exhibit, students are shown that homelessness is not too far from their own backyards, but also that these people have the same ability to feel the same way that we do. Accompanying the opening was a lecture with a description of the works and a discussion involving Georgetown College students’ own experiences with a homeless simulation they experienced this previous fall.
Apple releases bigger iPhone- The iPad
By EVAN HARRELL
At a Jan. 27 press conference, Apple announced their newest product. The iPad, Apple’s first attempt at a tablet computer, is built for surfing the web, watching movies, listening to music, and with Apple’s new iBooks store, buying and reading books similar to Amazon’s Kindle. Running a newer version of Apple’s iPhone operating system equipped with Wi-Fi, the iPad is arguably a larger version of the iPhone, especially if purchased with 3G capability provided through AT&T.
Many Apple fans had hoped the iPad would be closer to a tablet Mac- Book but running a multi-touch version of Snow Leopard. One reason for this is that the iPhone OS would have noticeable limitations. Adobe’s Flash Player still cannot run on the OS, leaving many websites not viewable on the iPad. No third party software can be installed onto the device. This means no one could type a paper on “Pages” or create a song on “GarageBand.” The only applications the device will be able to run are the “Applications” made famous with the iPhone. These Apps can run either in their original iPhone size centered on the screen or zoomed in to fill the entirety of the screen. App Developers will also be able to create Apps tailored to iPad specifications, including the size of the display.
The iPad comes with no connection port such as USB. An iPad owner would have to buy a camera connection kit to connect through USB, which is strange because the device has no camera, a design feature which many consumers expected. Therefore, many critics strongly suggest not purchasing an iPad for use as an independent or even a secondary computer. Other names considered for the iPad were iSlate and iTablet. The iPad is roughly 10 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide—just smaller than a sheet of paper—and half an inch thick. A 16GB iPad will cost consumers $499, a strikingly low price for a brand new Apple product. More memory and optional 3G capabilities will bring additional cost, along with a month-to- month payment plan through AT&T for the coverage. The Federal Communications Commission has not yet authorized the iPad, but the device with Wi-Fi is scheduled to be released worldwide toward the end of March and with Wi-Fi and 3G capabilities in the U.S. only by the end of April.
Movies in theatres
“The storyline was good but it wasn’t a typical Sherlock Holmes movie.”
– Nathan Waddle
The Book of Eli
“The cinematic elements were seamlessly woven together and the result was a masterpiece.”