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Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

“Thank you for DogStarNYC, in general. The site speaks to so many kinds of interests; it discerns which qualities will appeal to many different tastes in a tremendous number of activities. I love how it encourages young people to pay attention to the unusual.

In New York we let so many teens walk around the periphery, mildly shell-shocked by life, while the information that they need to make sense of their world sits in the center of the room. DogStarNYC welcomes them into the middle of the room; the blog tells them how to walk there. ” - Stacy L.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New YOU Year!


Hello Journalism Class:

As you LOOK BACK OVER YOUR SHOULDER at 2008, while 2009 charges forward - consider the ways you can make this a New YOU Year in our journalism program:

1. Take more initiative: Ask yourself, am I taking steps I already know I should take or am I waiting for someone to tell me?

2. Share your talents: Ask yourself, is there something I know how to do - and love practicing it - that I can share with readers of the Bergtraum Voice? What talents and skills can I offer to the class?

3. Get more involved: Ask yourself, am I doing the minimum and passing or is there some more I could do to have a richer experience with the class, the content and the publication? Be more of a team member rather than a spectator on the sidelines!

4. Tell people, "Thank you," it means a lot: Ask yourself, who can I thank in my life who gives me what I need and what I want each day I make it out into the world? Count your blessings, too - chances are you have many to be thankful for in these times!

5. Wake Up! You either "Get it or you don't": Make an effort to be on time, always; make an effort to show others you care; show that you know why you are here (in school) and that you know fully and complete fully what has to be done to be successful. This isn't only about grades, though. You either GET IT OR YOU DON'T in the ways you treat other people and the attitudes you have every day!

So, here's wishing you and your family many blessings for the new year!

By the way, that is KING JAMES looking over his shoulder as 2008 and MOSES charging forward as 2009!

See you next week!

- Mr. Gagnon

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Open Eyes: Taino Traditions



You don't have to be Puerto Rican to learn more about Taino
(pronounced like Tie-eeeno) indians, the indigenous people
of the Caribbean islands. Learning about other cultures,
especially those different from your own, gives a chance to
understand how other people live, think, believe and love.

Learning about another culture, one connected to how you
live now, is especially important: it's an opportunity to
discover how family who came before you - even hundreds of
years before you - lived with traditions and beliefs.


CLICK HERE FOR AN INSPIRING LOOK AT TEENAGERS IN
PUERTO RICO LEARNING ABOUT THEIR TAINO HERITAGE

Friday, December 26, 2008

Go see new film "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"


It's about being a teenager. It's about being in love. It's about never giving up hope.

I saw the film today and want to spread the news- it's playing around the city
but I know most of you will know the AMC Empire on 42nd Street - it's playing
there now! Check MovieFone for other locations!

CLICK HERE FOR THE YOUTUBE TRAILER

News from the U.K.! America isn't only place with a diploma problem!

White pupils most likely to leave school at 16

The Observer, Sunday 14 December 2008

White children are far keener to leave school at the earliest opportunity than those from any other ethnic group, according to the Centre for Market and Public Organisation, which analysed data from a survey of more than 14,000 14-year-olds in England.

While many white pupils want to leave school at 16 to find jobs, children from ethnic minorities see further education as a gateway to university and better jobs, the research shows.

Among girls, 85 per cent of white pupils want to stay on at 16, compared with 94 per cent of ethnic Pakistani and Bangladeshi pupils, 95 per cent of ethnic Indian and black Caribbean pupils, and 99 per cent of black African pupils.

Among boys, only 73 per cent of white pupils want to stay on after 16, compared with 81 per cent of black Caribbean pupils and more than 90 per cent among south Asians and black Africans.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cheap & Free Things to Do During Vacation

Planning a movie?
Playing more video games?
How about something completely different?

Please, leave a comment below if you DO go to any of these events!

These activities are recommendations, in most cases you may be able to do the suggested activities on other day with different hours and admissions. Be sure to check a site’s web page for information BEFORE YOU GO!

Friday – Dec. 26
See: STREET ART STREET LIFE: from the 1950s to Now
If you have any interest in NYC street culture this exhibit has much
to offer with photos, videos and original artwork!
Bronx Museum
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE

Saturday – Dec. 27
Hear / Dance: FREE reggae/latin concert in Williamsburg
Band: Baye Kouyate et Les Tougarakes
Zebulon Club – 10:00pm – Go with family members and friends!
258 Wythe Ave (between Metropolitan Ave and North 3rd St)
718-218-6934
Subway: L to Bedford Ave
CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE

Sunday – Dec. 28
See: NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith and the swimming pool you can walk under! and be beneath the pool’s water! (Seriously!)
Students pay $2.00
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 784-2084

CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE


REALLY EASY TO GET TO!
Directions:
E/V Train: Get off at the 23rd St./Ely Ave. stop. While still in the station, follow signs underground to the 7 train to exit onto Jackson Avenue. Turn right and walk one block to 46th Avenue. If you should exit onto 21st Street, turn left and walk three blocks, then left onto 46th Avenue. The entrance to P.S.1 is located at the corner of 46th and Jackson Avenues.

7 Train: Get off at the 45th Rd./Courthouse Square stop. Exit onto Jackson Avenue and walk right one block to 46th Avenue.

G Train: Get off at the 21st St./Van Alst stop. P.S.1 is the large brick building on the left side of Jackson Avenue. Our main entrance is located on Jackson Avenue.

Monday – Dec. 29

See: The Annual Christmas Tree in Medieval Hall, One-of-a-Kind
Jewelry by Sculptor Alexander Calder (wild stuff!) and exhibit “Art & Love in Renaissance Italy”
Metropolitan Museum of Art
(82nd Street & 5th Ave. Manhattan)
Pay $1.00 for everybody – 9:30am-5:30pm
CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE

Tuesday – Dec. 30

If you could not go to the Metropolitan on Monday, try it today!

Wednesday – Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve – Make your own party with the people in your life!

Thursday – Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day!)

See: POUR YOUR BODY OUT – a classroom-sized sofa
in a space with 25 foot high projections for a fascinating place
to chill with friends!
Museum of Modern Art
West 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
Free admission to 16 and under (if asked, say you are 16 and show Bergtraum ID)
Hours on New Year’s Day: 9:30am-6:30pm
CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE

Friday – Jan. 2
See: Alexander Calder exhibit – you have never seen anything
like his wire portraits and his miniature circus!
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
Get on line outside the museum by 5:30 to pay $1.00
from 6-9pm
CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE

Saturday – Jan. 3

See / Dance / Hear: Target First Saturdays
at Brooklyn Museum
2/3 trains to Eastern Parkway
Starts at 5pm and goes to 11pm – FREE dance, art
and entertainment – if you have younger family members
there will be activities for kids, too!
One of the current exhibits is THE BLACK LIST – 25 large scale photos
of prominent blacks in America
Many teenagers show up for the packed (I mean hundreds!)
9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Chicago House Dance Party
DJ Quentin Harris spins Chicago house—a funky mix of
house, electronica, soul, and deep groove rhythms.
CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE

Sunday – Jan. 4
See: Barkley Hendricks, Painter
See cool portraits of black folks from the 1970s – when
being cool meant more than bling – it meant you had some style!
Studio Museum of Harlem
(125th Street Manhattan)
Free admission from 12-6pm
CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bring in Pix for Monday Dec. 22

Homework Assignment - Real simple stuff!
At home, go through old magazines and newspapers and cut out
photographs and bring them to class.

How many?
Bring in 10-25 pictures for use by you and your classmates!

What should I bring in?
-Can be black/white OR color
-Best size is 4 X 6 up to 8 X 10
-No text, captions or typeface at all on the photo
-Pictures from advertisement are fine as long as you have
cut the picture OUT OF THE AD (so no text is included with the pic)

Why?
We'll be doing an activity called "Found Photo Essay" (no, you won't
have to write an essay!) to conclude our photojournalism unit.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Class Update for This Week and Next Week


Announcement:


Need a photographer (Luis? Ray? Alberto?) to take photos in room 117 on Tuesday Dec. 23 at 7:30am. Black Student Union has agreed to respond to a Q & A with pix on Obama's election and its impact/meaning. Mr. G will treat a breakfast to the volunteer.

Thursday - Dec. 18
Our Village Voice mentor, Chloe Hilliard, visits for coaching sessions with Ray (Hot Spots article), Ashley (profile of Chloe), Atta (very rough draft of Obama Mania), and Alberto (DiPs finished article)

Mr. G will meet with students in small groups to plan potential "packages" for Spring issues. Goal: A monthly digital magazine that aims to engage students in school life and activities.

Friday - Dec. 19

MEET IN ROOM 209
You will bring your Learning Journal and type an edited version (corrections, adding/deleting details) of your in-class response from Weds. 12/17. This written portion is to be printed 12 pt. times roman, double spaced, 1 inch margins. To be handed in at end of the period on Friday. It will be stapled to the Photojournalism exam (Test #6) on Monday.

Monday - Dec. 22

Test #6 on photojournalism

Tuesday - Dec. 23

Test #6 on photojournalism - Photo essay activity

January issue to be available on January 6.

We will need packages for next FIVE months for monthly magazine:
February - Reasons to Love Bergtraum / Open
March - OPEN / Movie-Lover's Issue - Best Old Movies?
April - GO GREEN / EARTH DAY / ENVIRONMENT
May - Music package / "Faces of Leadership" Package (details later)
June - Typically devoted to seniors or graduation - fresh ideas?



LET ME KNOW YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS HERE!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New Plans for Publishing the School Newspaper


Budget limitations will keep us from printing the traditional school newspaper, at least for the next few months. This has presented a terrific opportunity for us to explore digital options for publishing the very best of our student journalism in a printable and readable format!

Next week you will see layout and design for the new magazine-style publication, still called BVX - for Bergtraum Voice Exchange - which will be posted online as a PDF file.

As you know, PDF files are created using Adobe Acrobat and it allows documents to be downloaded and printed at any computer.


Advantages of this new format:


Cover and all photos inside can all be presented in COLOR.

No limitation, generally, on the number of pages for each issue. We should plan to publish anywhere from 8-24 pages each issue.

While we can use color inside, pages will be designed to be PRINTER-FRIENDLY so that anybody can print ONLY the stories they want to read offline!

PLEASE DO LEAVE COMMENTS AND LET'S BEGIN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW TO MAKE OUR DIGITAL MAGAZINE A MUST-READ FOR THE BERGTRAUM COMMUNITY!

ESTATE PLANNING PROJECT-Update!

On Wednesday, December 10 we will work with Ms. Ashley to put the finishing touches on the Estate Planning Project. This means everyone comes to class prepared with the following:

1. Written component (if you have not turned it in already)
2. Collage component - bring to class cut-outs from magazines to represent your material or
spiritual items to be left to your heirs
3. Sketch for completing the drawing component

At end of period 5 we will meet in lobby for departure to the show "Dividing the Estate."

On Thursday Chloe will return to meet with staff writers on their drafts.
On Friday we we will discuss the photojournalism responses and pictures by Susan Meiselas.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Prop 8 - The Musical

This past Election Day, Obama's victory was joined by another, less joyful, win by those who seek to deny all citizens their civil rights. California voters (90% of those who voted FOR Obama, voted FOR Prop 8) passed Proposition 8. This campaign against civil rights was funded by the Mormon Church in Utah.

This law makes it illegal for lesbians and gays to be married in the state. A group of Hollywood actors has created a response to this sad event with a new musical number starring Jack Black (as Jesus), John C. Reilly, Margaret Cho, and Maya Randolph from Saturday Night Live.

While creating a musical number itself won't change the law, the creators hope that it will bring attention to this civil rights issue and raise awareness. Check it out here, it is very funny!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Written Component for Estate Planning Project

Please hand-write or type the written piece to go with the Estate Planning project for Monday. Here it is again for those of you have not done it:

Object #1: Written component - may be typed and printed and glued to a 5 X 7 card, may be placed inside a long, white envelope or may be something we can read by looking inside the envelope. Forms this might take: a letter to your heirs, diary or journal entries, original poetry, a statement about how the estate is to be divided or a letter to be read in public either in the company of family, employees or both.

Concerned Photographer (ICP Field Trip)

Cornell Capa, the founder of the ICP, coined the term "concerned photographer" to describe the work and atittude of professional photographers who approach their subjects with compassion, a a desire to tell the truth and to share the world with other people.

In your LEARNING JOURNAL, create an entry in the Table of Contents and on a new page (Concerned Photographer-ICP). For each photo below, copy the information and answer the questions in your Leanring Journal. We will use the photos, your experience/reaction to them and your responses as part of our discussion on photojournalism. This will also help prepare us for our visit to the ICP on Tuesday, December 16.

Photo #1 - Susan Meiselas


Susan Meiselas

Sandenistas at the walls of the Esteli National Guard

Headquarters, Esteli, Nicaragua, 1978


In this photo, a young man is seen throwing a "molotov cocktail" toward the army base. This photo was taken in Nicaragua the night before the Somoza family - Nicaragua's dictatorial dynasty - fled the country ceding control to the revolutionary forces.


1. What do you notice about his facial expression?

2. What do you notice about his surroundings?

3. What do you think happened after this photo was taken?

4. What do you think you might hear or smell if you were there?


*Susan Meiselas returned to Nicaragua many years later and found the young man. While his material life had not changed much, he said, "The revolutionary spirit is in my blood." Susan has also seen this photo widely copied and used for various things such as advertisements, political posters and re-printed in magazines and newspapers. What do you think it does to the image for it to be used in these different ways?


Now, compare this photo to Photo #2 below.

Photo #2 - Susan Meiselas


Susan Meiselas
Returning home, Mesaya, Nicaragua
September 1978


In this photo, residents return home after
fighting ceased between Nicaraguan forces and the oppressive Somoza regime.



1. What impression do you get of this situation?
2. How has the fighting affected this family?
3. What are your feelings towards this scene?
4. What questions do you have about the photo?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

REMINDERS FOR FRIDAY, DEC. 5

1. Permission Slip - Get parent signature and teachers' signatures. Trip slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis: students who get it in first get to go!
2. Written Component - project called "estate Planning" requires a written piece to accompany the packet. Please have a draft of this piece for tomorrow, Dec. 5!
3. Photojournalism Unit - Please have the pages completed - Friday, Dec. 5 last day for the photography books in class - they have to go back to the library!
4. Spend time with links on the left under PHOTOJOURNALISM UNIT - our field trip on Dec. 16 to International Center of Photography includes photos by Susan Meiselas, W. Eugene Smith and Cornell Capa!

Upcoming dates:
Monday: "Concerned Photographer" concept for field trip to ICP
Tuesday: Brigitte returns for pre-show visit
Wednesday: "Dividing the Estate" field trip
Thursday: Chloe returns for coaching on feature writing
Friday: Test #5 on Photojournalism

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Estate Planning Update

You will need to scroll down and find BLOG ARCHIVE. The click on November. Then click on ESTATE PLANNING.

DUE FOR FRIDAY - WRITTEN COMPONENT!

One component of the "Estate Planning" project is the written piece. I have re-named the link (scroll down to the far left) so that it now says "Estate Planning." Please see the link to the assignment for more on what to do. Bring your completed written component to class on Friday, December 5!