November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #3 RLE – cruise ships banned from Venice

Text: “Italy to ban mammoth cruise ships from Venice as of Aug. 1” “Declaring Venice’s waterways a “national monument,” Italy is banning mammoth cruise liners from sailing into the lagoon city, which risked being declared an imperiled world heritage site by the United Nations later this month.” https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/italy-ban-mammoth-cruise-ships-venice-aug-78823148 There are Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #6 RLE – beauty and self-portrait

Torstein Lerhol, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, had a set of photos taken to highlight the cultural obsession with beauty. This article provides some additional information on Lerhol including his political aspirations: http://www.nordiclabourjournal.org/i-fokus/in-focus-2019/inclusion/article.2019-05-24.9441024030 There are a number of different areas of certainty that could be explored in this RLE: The Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #5 RLE – Maus (WWII graphic novel)

Article” Why ‘Maus’ remains ‘the greatest graphic novel ever written,’ 30 years later. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2016/08/11/why-maus-remains-the-greatest-graphic-novel-ever-written-30-years-later/ Art Spiegelman’s WWII graphic novel Maus is important not just for its depiction of the Holocaust but also for the impact it had on views of graphic novels. Previous to Maus, graphic novels were often viewed as Read more…

November 2021 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #4 RLE – Russian sniper cartoon

The website Rejected Princesses focuses on underrepresented parts of history and uses a comic-style format: “”Well-behaved women seldom make history. Rejected Princesses celebrates those who did. Part art project, part standup routine, part book report, this site imagines what if we made animated musicals about the women of history and myth who refused to behave.” https://www.rejectedprincesses.com Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #1 RLE – traditional Japanese art (Kintsugi)

Article: Kintsugi: The Centuries-Old Art of Repairing Broken Pottery with Gold “Poetically translated to “golden joinery,” Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery. Rather than rejoin ceramic pieces with a camouflaged adhesive, the Kintsugi technique employs a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #4 RLE – digital art made with Excel

“77-year-old Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi chooses to work with Microsoft Excel to produce his beautiful works of art. His “paintings” are remarkably intricate works that mimic traditional Japanese paintings that offer scenic views of natural landscapes rich with cultural motifs.” https://mymodernmet.com/tatsuo-horiuchi-excel-spreadsheet-paintings/ Despite stereotypes to the contrary, art quite often makes use Read more…

November 2021 TOK essay prescribed title #2 RLE –article on traditional Okinawan tattoos

Text: Noah Oskow “Hajichi: the Banned Traditional Tattoos of Okinawa”Unseen Japan. https://unseenjapan.com/hajichi-the-banned-traditional-tattoos-of-okinawa/ Excerpt from the above article: “I actually learned about hajichi before I began my work in body art,” the Okinawa native told Unseen Japan in a recent interview. “It was around 2012, and I was working as an occupational therapist Read more…