Sam Van Horn – Unit 8 Post 2

POST by Monday night a few sentences about the relationship between reality (what happened) and the paintings as representation of especially Ulrike Meinhof’s life and experience. What’s consistent? How? Why? For whom?

In order to get at “representation”, I find that it’s best to take the word for what it is: presenting something again. Meaning… not the original. Not the first. Not… the ‘real’ thing. In acknowledging this, I think it helps me better understand what exactly Kurt is getting at in these paintings. Yes, it’s technically a “remake” or the “Remake” if you will. First, it must be captured in time with the snap of a camera, then once it’s preserved, it can be transformed into another medium, like painting. I like to think that Kurt’s perspective on reality was untouched by others, as he spent his youth contemplating his surroundings with positive influences like Aunt Elizabeth.

As for Ulrike Meinhof, her consistent way of life was not enough. Perhaps her choice of medium to “represent” were her articles. Just as Kurt knew his form of medium and lacked the purpose, Meinhof similarly found a new way of life in following the RAF.

Posing a question in relation to Aunt Elizabeth’s death and mental illness: How does the relationship between the ‘A’ above middle C translate for both instances of the buses? Does Kurt simply want to remember a piece of the past or does he find the same joy that Aunt Elizabeth had? I ask, additionally, because the A above middle C is known as the Stuttgart Pitch, which is a city in Western Germany. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, though I’ve been pondering a possible relation.

Sam Van Horn – Akhmatova Post + !?

During our meeting, our group discussed the styles that each of the translators had. We found that Anderson took it upon himself to not only translate, but poetically frame his translations so that it rhymed in english as well. This is evident in most, if not all of his translated poems. His thoroughness in this process, we argued, took away from the true meaning of the poems originally written in Russian. For example the very first poem disregards some of the context needed to understand that was illustrated in Thomas’ work. However, we found that Anderson’s process makes the words not only flow with ease, but more comprehensible in describing the situation at hand. Thomas includes many Russian references, but in doing this makes it difficult for someone without proper background to interpret his work. Personally, I enjoyed Anderson’s more due to his stylistic choices and easy-going interpretation.

!- Just as in 1984 and Animal Farm, I believe there are multiple hidden symbolisms in Sofia Petrovna that we might’ve missed.

? – What might be the repercussions if the Silver Age did not occur?

Unit 6 Post 2 – Sam Van Horn

“Most of our fellow human beings, for instance, are underfed and die before their time. In the crudest terms, that is the social condition” (Snow, 6).

? – Do you think C.P. Snow would value our inclusion of science in the Humanities course?

! – I feel that C.P. Snow’s writing is destructive for his readers as they are left with existential thoughts rather than a comprehensive message. Additionally, he talks a bit about ‘literary comprehensibility’ in relation to Dickens’ works, though he then talks about ‘valued writers’ and why this literary culture is held in high regard to society.

Top 10 Revolutionary Scientific Theories Recognized

  • Game Theory
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Theory of Relativity
  • Evolution of Natural Selection
  • Theory of Heliocentrism

Top 10 Science Experiments Recognized

  • Mendel and his peas
  • Marie Curie and Radioactivity
  • Pavlovian Conditioning

Unit 5 Post 1 – Sam Van Horn


“Even in our postmodern times, the Romantic, or modernist, ideology of the magnum opus as the peak of a creative process that is otherwise immaterial to it, has kept its grip on the way we think about art.” (Page 3)

Question: Who are we, as viewers, to decide what the “magnum opus” of an artist’s career is compared to what the artists believes it to be?

Exclamation: Taking advantage of certain historical landmarks as a means to profit off of them is wrong, especially when there is little connection between said events and profiteer.


“Such statements assume that memory can not be housed in a body and remain, and thus that oral story telling, live recitation, repeated gesture, and ritual enactment are not practices of telling or writing history.” (Page 3)

Question: How might dance or performance arts’ reputability and popularity be elevated in today’s society, specifically among the younger generations who have grown up without the experiences that the older generations came to appreciate in their youth?

Exclamation: Movement is not a capable form of storytelling in today’s society due to the necessary means of visual experience. Moreover, misinterpretation limits the overall message of performance through the body due to cultural and regional differences.

Sam Van Horn – Quillen Lecture Commentary

Alongside concepts covered in the lecture the afternoon before, Professor Quillen delved into the idea of story telling in our humanity’s past. I’ll start by saying I very much so enjoyed this lecture due to the thought processes I was able to follow as the lecture went on. It opened up new ideas for me and how we can take communication to new levels. A key point in her lecture surrounded the idea of using stories as a means instead of the concepts of liberalism. Professor Quillen additionally discussed exiting our current political state of affairs by absorbing other’s stories. I contemplated this idea and I have to say it’s strong in theory, but it would be difficult to take it further than just the story and acknowledging the other side. How might we progress after we listen? Is it just a means to further or knowledge? To check our privilege? I would be worried that these stories would come to a generalized stereotype amongst certain racial groups, and that our individual stories would be for nought. Despite the uncertainty of the answers to these questions, Professor Quillen gave us all an important idea to consider, and one that is hopefully utilized in our daily lives: listening.