A Million Faces of “House of Leaves”
When I first thought about this assignment, I can admit that I wasn’t that thrilled. I mean, the book was (and still is) so confusing to me and I didn’t really enjoy the read because it frustrated me most of the time. But, as I began to make my ‘objects’ and begin to think about connections within the book as well as look at the A Million Blue Pages site, I think I started to enjoy it, if only a little.
My experience with the site that we worked together with the other class from Emory University was something that I’ve never really done before. First off, I’ve never really been a part of something collectively that houses so many different ideas and images/videos/gifs that really interact well with others’ works. I mean yes, I’ve dealt with the Cloud Commons site before and written blog posts that others can comment on, but it’s not really the same.
I loved that we were able to see others’ works, even if they weren’t in our class, and be able to compare and contrast by each page of the book and see what ideas/concepts were sparked by others while they read the same material. The one thing that I didn’t really like was that some people didn’t explain their thoughts behind their ‘objects’ which left me a little confused and caused me to skim past their ‘object’ or get frustrated with it and think a little too long on it (needed curation?).
But that’s the other thing, was that there wasn’t really a way to comment on their objects. I mean of course there was if you had a Twitter or Tumblr account (which I don’t have) so I just wish there were some other way that I would have been able to interact with the creators of those ‘objects’ more.
My personal experience with the objects though was that I enjoyed being able to connect and post things on the AMBP website (although I felt most comfortable making things that weren’t very technical…unlike the ‘gif’ where I had to use my worst enemy, Photoshop) and be able to explain my thoughts for others to read and delve deeper into. I think that this project helped me to see what I want and don’t want for my final project, so it was a good pre-project experience.
The things that I enjoyed about the site, again, were that you were able to comment on others’ works as well as being able to search by different pages and tags (although they were limited), which is why I felt so strongly for our Omeka page that we, as a class, decided on tags to give to our ‘objects’ so that if I wanted to search for a certain category, I could.
For example, throughout the book I was fascinated and paid much more attention to the stories that incorporated this ‘monster’ figure that haunted Johnny Truant and the Navidson’s house. So I would want to be able to search for every ‘object’ that incorporated this ‘monster’ to either compare them with my thoughts of what the ‘monster’ was or what it looked like, or just simply out of curiosity.
So really all-in-all, I enjoyed this project that we embarked as a class on, and I hope that in future classes I will be able to connect with my classmates more like this and be able to delve deeper into the book by not so ordinary means.