We thought that Devon and Sam’s mis-guide was really engaging in terms of how it forced us think about and to search for explanations of few terms employed in the poems. For instance, the first poem talks about “the Smithsonian”; we actually had to go look for this word on the Internet in order to understand the idea behind its use. We realized that the relationship between the text and the image was important within their mis-guide; thus we believe that they succeeded to create a complementarity between them. Their mis-guide also forced us to engage not only with the space around us but also with socio-cultural forces in place on the campus. Although no concepts were implicitly addressed, we arrived at the conclusion that these ideas were indirectly brought up: heritage, cultural assimilation, colonialism, power structure, and control. Thus their work offered us an alternative way to think about different spaces at Loyola that are embodying important concepts. The poem that we liked the most was the one on CJLO, addressing power relationships among the media industry, because it relates to our field of study and we are therefore better equipped to think about this issue/concept.
We believe that one of the ways to make this project even more engaging and attractive would be to find an appropriate title for it. Also, we thought that by creating an interactive space where it would be possible to discuss about these visited spaces and poems – since we probably all have different interpretations of them – would definitely bring this mis-guide to the next level. Finally, maybe it would be worth a try to compose images that does not require any text, or texts that does not need any image to be interpreted, as a way to force people to engage even more with the surroundings of the campus.
The overall was great!
Nice job guys!
By Sarah Bibeau and Ana Patricia Bourgeois