Instructions for Reconstruction Presentation

Read the The Orestia by Aeschylus.

Our project is to reconstruct a production of the play as it might have been seen either in its own time or in a period represented in the image collection. To help you bridge the gap between your experience of this text and the experience of an ancient Greek audience, imagine that you have uncovered a wealth of evidence (the image collection) from some period of time closer than your own to the initial performance of the play. Your first task is to choose among this evidence those pieces which you think accurately describe the look of your production. Your second task is to justify your conclusions.

The directions to this project are intentionally vague so that you will utilize your imagination and your skill at using various historical concepts to help you to visualize an event from the past.

This is a group project, so get together and share your conclusion. Ideally your group will offer a unififed opinion at the class presentation of your work - but there again, you may never agree on a "correct" answer, or even on what criterion (groupings for example) should be used for an answer.

Please do not consult art history books or BU art historians. Our pedagogical intention is to develop inductively working categories in our study of Greek theatre history.

From the images page, group together in your mind those pieces of evidence that might have a common function or material. Separate those categories into smaller groupings with similar "artistic" or "chronological" features.

To assemble your project - click on any image. The full-sized image will appear on your screen. To copy it, click on it and hold down the mouse button. A pop-up menu will appear. Select "Copy this Image". Now click on the Apple icon and from the menu select the Scrapbook.

With the Scrapbook open paste the image into the Scrapbook. Continue do this until you have all the images you wish to use in your presentation. Don't worry about the order as you can do that in the ASTOUND presentation.

NOTE:If you have any problems putting the images in the SCRAPBOOK - "don't worry" just do the following. Open Astound & Netscape and copy the images straight to Astound. You can jump back and forth between Astound and Netscape with both open and copy in Netscape and Paste in Astound - if that doesn't work then use the SAVE IMAGE AS.. in Netscape and save the image to the MAC desktop. You can then use IMPORT in Astound (under the file menu) and choose picture and it will read the file into your presentation.

Close Netscape, and open the ASTOUND application. Use the Scrapbook to paste the images into your presentation in the order you desire. Your ASTOUND Specialist will help you assemble the images into a presentation

When you are finished you may store your presentation on the coral file server. From the "Chooser" select ACAD and then choose Theatre&Dance. Then open Theatre & Dance and open Open-Access Folder. You may put your program in there to store.