[arcadia_group] Re: Video Quest and Related Others

  • From: William Robinson <wrobin3@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: arcadia_group@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2009 23:20:41 -0400

I'm liking the table idea too guys, that'll give a good physical
representation of the themes of the play! as far as the poster goes, I think
the windows are a good idea, and i don't think they'd need to be a
photoshopped picture. i think we can go the cut-and-paste route if it's

On Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 1:11 PM, R NOEMER <kevinnoemer@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hey, if you guys want to use the College Park video, I definitely run up
> there and grab it. I'll be up there at some point this week, so I could
> definitely stop at the library and pick it up.
> Also, I really like the table idea. I think it will really drive one of the
> big themes of the play home for the rest of the class as they figure out
> what the table is all about.
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> Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 17:11:16 -0400
> Subject: [arcadia_group] Video Quest and Related Others
> From: dsince1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: arcadia_group@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> All;
> Dan here.  I've been locating some Arcadia videos, only trouble is most are
> at out-of-state libraries (as far as free copies are concerned.)  There is
> one located in College Park, in case we want to pursue that.
> Not that we necessarily need another idea, but just to throw one into the
> mix - if we want more of a physical presence for the video idea, this is
> from an article titled "Science in Hapgood and Arcadia" by Paul Edwards in
> the Cambridge Companion to Tom Stoppard (Hapgood is another of Stoppard's
> plays):
> "At the end of the play, the table has accumulated a variety of objects
> that, if one saw them without having seen the play, would seem completely
> random and disordered. Entropy is high. But if one has seen the play, one
> has full information about the objects and the hidden 'order' of their
> arrangement, brought about by the performance itself. Entropy is low; this
> can be proved by reflecting that tomorrow night's performance of the play
> will finish with the table in a virtually identical 'disorder'—which
> therefore cannot really be disorder at all."
> So, the table symbolizes an underlying theme, one of chaos/order (and
> touches on the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics).  I thought IF we go through with
> the video, and we are able to coordinate some of these things, the items on
> the table (tortoise, apple, book, etc) can act as segues to the video.  Or,
> if the video does not come to fruition, use the table as a stand alone.  I
> figure this could be an easy addition or perhaps a contingency.  I'll work
> on creating something a bit more concrete.
> Finally, here are a few websites with decent references should you
> want/need them:
> Arcadia - Tom Stoppard
> Eden Prairie High School: Arcadia Web Contents
> How is everything coming with everyone else?
> Dan
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