Tuesday
Aug302016

Training structure research flow map

Monday
Aug152016

Incendiary Traces: Pt. Mugu

Pictures taken in June, 2016 on a hike to Pt. Mugu with Incendiary Traces a project developed by Hillary Mushkin and Jena Lee. From the Incendiary Traces website: "Incendiary Traces is a conceptually driven, collectively generated art and research project that explores the political facets of representing landscape. Incendiary Traces hosts a series of outdoor drawing events in different locations starting in Southern California, from the border between the U.S. and Mexico to San Clemente Island and beyond."

I used the opportunity to test out using a spotting scope rig that I'm figuring out how to use in my photography. For those who care about such things, it's a Celestron C70 Mini Mak Spotting Scope mounted to a Sony a6000 mirrorless body with a bunch of adapters. It's a set-up frequently called "digiscoping" in the birding community but which is technically known as afocal photography.

These photographs are in fact each composites of two photographs taken from the same position at different focus points.


For more on my work with Incendiary Traces, also read my 2015 article for KCET's Artbound, "Machines for Training: Military Performance and Embodied Knowledge". For more digiscoping, see some of my other tests.
Friday
Jul292016

List of training structures

Context

These notes relate to my 2015 article for KCET's Artbound, "Machines for Training: Military Performance and Embodied Knowledge". I'm thinking of some kind of follow up piece that looks at the architecture of training structures, and I'm thinking that one way into that piece might be to focus on the structures themselves. As a part of this I am compiling a list of structures from my other research. I'm experimenting with doing this and including a link to the active Google Doc Spreadhseet.

Notes

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Monday
Jul252016

Obstacle course manuals

Context

These notes relate to my 2015 article for KCET's Artbound, "Machines for Training: Military Performance and Embodied Knowledge". I'm thinking of some kind of follow up piece that looks at the architecture of training structures, and I'm thinking that one way into that piece might be to focus on the structures themselves. As a part of this I am compiling manuals and job guides for using these structures.

Notes

Leadership (also known as Leaders' or Leader's) Reaction Course
[CAMP W.G. WILLIAMS] LEADERS’ REACTION COURSE (?)
[JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD] THE FIELD LEADER'S REACTION COURSE (2012)
TECHNICAL REPORT ON THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY'S LEADERSHIP REACTION COURSE (NOVEMBER 1996)
Monday
Jul252016

Structure and task manuals


Body rappel (also and originally known as a Dülfersitz rappel, figure 2-6 from U.S. Army Training Circular TC 21-24 Rappelling (JULY 2008).

Context

These notes relate to my 2015 article for KCET's Artbound, "Machines for Training: Military Performance and Embodied Knowledge". I'm thinking of some kind of follow up piece that looks at the architecture of training structures, and I'm thinking that one way into that piece might be to focus on the structures themselves. As a part of this I am compiling manuals and job guides for using these structures. I actually had collected these and a number of other rappelling manuals for another project, but they seem to go here.

One of the things that I find interesting is that these training structures, unlike most other kinds of structures that I can think oh, have operating manuals, as thought they were machines. In my Artbound piece I mention Le Corbusier's famous dictum that "a house is a machine for living," but even if this is true these machines rarely come with operating manuals. Instead their forms dictate function. The "Frankfurt kitchen", developed in the 1930s, is an example that comes to mind. It's structure dictated a certain kind of cooking practice, but this was a practice that the homemaker had to intuit from her cooking knowledge and her interpretation of what the space meant based on that knowledge.

Not so training structures, which have defined procedures that are captured in manuals and other policy documents.

Notes

Rappelling
U.S. Army Training Circular TC 21-24 Rappelling (JULY 2008)

Rappel Master standard operating procedures
[ARMY NATIONAL GUARD WARRIOR TRAINING CENTER, FORT BENNING] RAPPEL MASTER HANDBOOK (2013)

Rappel tower standard operating procedures
Eastern Shore Regional Fire Training Center Rappel Tower Standard Operating Procedures (MARCH 2014)
[NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE] STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE RAPPEL TOWER FACILITIES (JULY 2013)
[FORT RICHARDSON] RAPPEL TOWER AND INCLINED WALL STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (APRIL 2010)
CAMP SMITH POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ANNEX 2A – RAPPEL TOWER SOP (JULY 2009)
[MARSEILLES TRAINING CENTER] STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE RAPPEL FACILITIES (MARCH 2004)