Reading Response: Joseph Rosa

The architecture in a given scene of a movie can illustrate the household or users’ power status, family status or characteristics more than any words or descriptions. The architecture of buildings has a great influence on people, in the other way people also have a great influence on the architecture of the building. In many movies or TV series, without the access of any further information. We can easily distinguish between the protagonist, the antagonist, and also their personalities . For instance, in the movie Joker, Joker’s home is located in a compacted urban area, inside it usually has a

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[READING RESPONSE] PAMELA ROBERTSON WOJCIK

  This article identifies various features of the apartment plot as well as taking up numerous case studies through the panoptic spectrum of the apartment plot as a critical tool for analysis, evaluating the significance of the apartment plot associated with the different genres.   The writer believes that the apartment plot is not just merely a setting, instead, it configures the narrative in certain ways. It inspires me to have a contemplative thought in accordance with the role of the apartment plot. Not only can narrative be expressed via dialogue and verbal communication, but it also can utilize the

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Reading Response: Pamela Robertson Wojcik

The second reading of lecture 6 is actually an introduction of a book, it has mentioned the word genre really often during the chapter, which is the type of art that maybe used in the movie. In my opinion, it is able to give viewer a first sight of the movie, and can give some idea of what the director wants to present. A genre or architecture can somehow represent the film, characters, etc. For example, as the chapter mentioned, people living in penthouse are often strange, therefore sometimes the personality can be shown through the architecture, which is a

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Reading Response: Pamela Robertson Wojcik

I’m largely impressed by an element of the apartment plots that the author discussed in the reading material, which refers to the temporality of the apartment. I do think that every single character’s action will lead the film to various outcomes. For example, there is a plot that audiences may be familiar with in several cop films set in Hong Kong. Usually, in the climax of the films, the mate of the protagonist will decide to move out, because she can no longer stand the protagonist’s precarious living conditions. This action always marks the turning point of the movie and

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[READING RESPONSE: PAMELA WOJCIK]

“Apartment is a modern urban architecture form that can contain people with various identities together into a dense space. Therefore it also is a stage to represent the new types of social relationships in the present-day. People moving in and out, the social relationship is constantly changing (transience) in the modern world. As people’s private life intrigue, it developed interesting concepts of voyeurism and eavesdropping in the modern world, where the boundary of private and public become vague. One can understand this as a new form of “connection” in modern space, where people meet each other without “meeting” them. Furthermore,

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[Field-Homework 3] A Cage? A Home?

Synopsis: Online learning, home office, decreasing working days for the service industry, or just avoid going out for preventing oneself from being infected. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, citizens are staying more at home. As each family member used to have their own schedule, this is a rare chance of staying together for a longer time. In this documentary, the new ‘daily life’ under coronavirus are recorded. Even staying in the same flat, there is not much communication, on the other hand, conflicts are increasing when living closely together. What is the space home to us? Is it a

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[READING RESPONSE]: MICHEL DE CERTEAU

Although Michel de Certeau’s “The Practice of Everyday Life” was initially quite difficult to interpret, there were some aspects, upon further investigation, that I believe really encapsulated the overall message he attempted to convey.  His focus on the distinctions between space and place and his notion that “Stories thus carry out a labor that constantly transforms places into spaces or spaces into places.” was particularly intriguing.  De Certeau shows how an individuals narration can help to define a space or place and that these two are actually quite interchangeable and fluid (which is previously through his representation of existence and

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In Spatial Stories, Certeau considers everyday life as a narrative story, everyday space as a location, a stage of the story. “Every story is a travel story—- a spatial practice. ” Admittedly, there are many spatial practices run through a story, either in physical or ideological forms. Thus, Certeau distinguishes the two nouns that are “space” and “place”. To simplify, “place” as “geometrical space”( Merleau-Ponty, as cited in Certeau), it is related to the objective existence. While “space” refers to the experience of sites, it is more a sense than a matter, on which travelling and moving converge. As for

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Reading Response: Pamela Wojcik

An apartment in the film certainly plays an important role. Not only can it be the setting but also the plot. To me, it is definitely interesting that the apartment plot can be merging with other movie genres. Besides, the apartment in the film surely provides a new experience to the audience, like what the writer mentioned the apartment can primarily be a touristic space for most viewers. From the most basic building of architecture, the apartment, not only the viewers can clearly see the exterior and interior of the apartment itself but also the surroundings. Especially when the particular

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[Reading Response: Michel de Certeau]

In this reading, Michel uses an interesting comparison of everyday spaces and narratives. Similarly, both subjects involve certain aspects that are made up of our participation, either physical or imagination. Unlike a ‘place’, which has a more rigid structure, spaces are more fluid, meaning that one place could have multiple spaces, either coexisting or not. Based on this, there could be numerous narratives of one place at the same time, which gives the word ‘metaphor’ another meaning in reality. Metaphor is defined as a figure of speech that describes an entity not based on its appearance but to illustrate an

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