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The Hox Zodiac Horse Event was the opportunity to hear stories of four individuals who are deemed horses as their Chinese zodiac animal and the connections they have noticed in their lives to their zodiac animal.
In honor of the zodiac animal, horse, some guest speakers share their experience with horses.
I really enjoyed the workshop and lecture by Xtine during week 8. I was grateful that we had such a collaborative process when creating our own poems. I had taken a poetry class last year with Professor Soto, which taught me how to look at poems in a different light. There are so many different aspects to poems and so many different media. They can include art, and other visual components or they can simply be spoken.
For my last event of the quarter, I decided to return to the Fowler Museum to look at a few of the other exhibitions they had on display. I originally passed by them during our initial trip to the Fowler when we had the presentation about the quipus, but I didn’t have enough time to go into much depth until I returned this time. One of the other exhibitions that I looked at was the exhibition entitled, “Reflecting Culture: The Francis E. Fowler, Jr.
A few days ago I had the opportunity to attend the HOX Zodiac event celebrating the Horse. This was extra exciting for me because I was born in the year of the horse. Admittedly, however, I don’t actually know much about the Chinese zodiac, so after the event I definitely wanted to read more about it.
This week I had the opportunity to hear a presentation from Toni Dove. Toni Dove is considered to be one of the pioneers of Interactive Cinema. She has been working with an interactive narrative style of art since 1990 where she works to blend different cinematic tropes of studio-age film noir with contemporary narrative trends in science fiction, cybernetics, and new media. Her work reminded me a lot of Nina Sobell’s presentation.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of attending a presentation by Nina Sobell. Nina Sobell is a digital artist who focuses on different experimental forms and how they interact with the performance. She is known for incorporating different tools into her art such as wireless EEG headbands, MIDI sound, webcasts, surveillance videos, etc. In the 1970s, she worked with closed-circuit videos to explore the relationship between artists and their audiences.
I enjoyed hearing the presenters speak about what the Hox zodiac meant to them and their own personal experiences with horses were. I am inexperienced with Hox zodiac dinners, so it was interesting to see one in action. I was interested in Linda Weintraub’s comment about how horses have a powerful role in mythology so I decided to look more into how horses are represented in different cultures.
For one of my events, I attended a talk by Jess Irish. I watched “This Moral Plastik” beforehand, so I was especially excited to hear from Irish. She started off the talk, talking about the concept of a lyrical essay, which is a term I’ve never heard of before. She explained it is a more personal and poetic approach to narrative writing. Irish then discussed legend, Rachel Carson.
During this week’s event, I had the opportunity of attending the Hox Zodiac event, which I found to be extremely interesting and enjoyable. This event, specifically, was designed to honor the Horse, which is the Chinese zodiac for individuals born in the years 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 and or 2026 (“Chinese Year of the Horse”).
I thoroughly enjoyed the Hox Zodiac event. It first started off with showing our gratitude to the animals that comfort us, feed us, and live on this Earth. The first speaker was Linda Weintraub. She confessed that she had no prior relationship with her zodiac sign, the horse. The Hox Zodiac event has let her explore the ways in which the horse plays into her life. In general, horses are powerful symbols in mythology, legends, and history.
I have attended both Hox Zodiac events now, and I have found both of them enjoyable. It seems that throughout human history, we have ascribed features or characteristics to specific animals, and as seen in Hox Zodiac, we ascribe those animals and those characteristics to ourselves. It is kind of ouroboros in a way as we ascribe human characteristics to animals and then ascribe those same animals to humans. It was mentioned throughout the discussion, but horses seem to differ from other animals.