Monday, 2 February 2009

What is a line?

Well, this is what Google thinks...

  • a formation of people or things one beside another; "the line of soldiers advanced with their bayonets fixed"; "they were arrayed in line of ...
  • a mark that is long relative to its width; "He drew a line on the chart"
  • a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
  • text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen; "the letter consisted of three short lines"; "there are six lines in every stanza"
  • a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
  • a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops); "they attacked the enemy's line"
  • argumentation: a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning; "I can't follow your line of reasoning"
  • cable: a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
  • course: a connected series of events or actions or developments; "the government took a firm course"; "historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available"
  • a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  • wrinkle: a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface; "his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
  • pipeline: a pipe used to transport liquids or gases; "a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport"
  • the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
  • telephone line: a telephone connection
  • acting in conformity; "in line with"; "he got out of line"; "toe the line"
  • lineage: the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"
  • something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; "a washing line"
  • occupation: the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business"
  • in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
  • channel: (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
  • a particular kind of product or merchandise; "a nice line of shoes"
  • a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
  • agate line: space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
  • credit line: the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
  • cover the interior of; "line the gloves"; "line a chimney"
  • tune: a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
  • trace: make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
  • persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress; "`let me show you my etchings' is a rather worn line"; "he has a smooth line but I didn't fall for it"; "that salesman must have practiced his fast line of talk"
  • mark with lines; "sorrow had lined his face"
  • note: a short personal letter; "drop me a line when you get there"
  • fill plentifully; "line one's pockets"
  • a conceptual separation or distinction; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
  • reinforce with fabric; "lined books are more enduring"
  • production line: mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it

From the brief I have chosen the starting point "A connected series of events, actions or developments" as asked. I thought about how people are connected via the internet and telephones, but I have to admit, any inspiration I had for this project disappeared along with my will to go back to college over Christmas. So I had a quick search on Google to find it again, and straight away I'm drawn back to this telephone idea...

Some of the older phones are really nice objects as they are.
This simple line drawing I think is visually quite striking on its own,
though it obvously has some purpose other than that.

I'll post more stuff as and when I find it, I'll get some of my own work up aswell soon.
Any sugesstions on how I can take this further would be helpful at this point!

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