I had decided I wished to create a film piece for my CURA300 studio practice and had already established that I wished to use the plimsolls and Newton’s Cradle in my work.
For me, the plimsolls had reminded me of my school days and as mentioned in previous posts, religion had played a part in how my experience affected me in a negative way. I thought about another visual I could use to create a further semiotic meaning to the viewer which may hint toward the idea of religion.
As I already had two visuals which were somewhat pendulum based in composition – I thought about using an apple hanging from a tree which could be comparable to the metal spheres of the Newton’s Cradle. The apple can have many symbolic meanings including:
- Religion i.e. Garden of Eden > Eve > Temptation > Original Sin > Tree of Knowledge
- Education i.e. the act of giving your teacher an apple – thought to have perhaps originated in early America when families would give apples to frontier teachers as part of their responsibility for looking after the teachers who taught their children – (Children’s Museum, 2013)
- Physics – Gravity i.e. the story of how Sir Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravitation on witnessing a falling apple (Tiner, p28) – (this also links into my use of the Newton’s Cradle)
There are possibly many other meanings the apple can have, but I am happy for the audience to interpret the addition of an apple depending on how they personally perceive it.
Tiner, J. (2006). Exploring the world of physics. 1st ed. Green Forest, AR: Master Books.
Children’s Museum (2013). Why Do Teachers Like Apples? – Children’s Museum | The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. [online] Childrensmuseum.org. Available at: http://www.childrensmuseum.org/blog/childrens-museum/why-do-teachers-like-apples [Accessed 4 Jun. 2014].