Pop Quiz Paradox

blue book publication
performance
2015

RISD class 'Making Meaning' weekend workshop with visiting professor Matt Monk

Challenge: To do a project on Paradox

Outcome: A Blue Book imitating the actual test book, with appropriate marks, size, paper color and labels that communicates our understanding of the "Unexpected Hanging Paradox", or in our case, "Pop Quiz Paradox". The Paradox is about a person's expectations about the timing of a future event that he is told with occur at an unexpected time. The paradox is variously applied to a prisoner's hanging, or a surprise school test.


What is a paradox? In our Making Meaning class a weekend workshop was held by visiting design professor Matt Monk, where we were put into groups and told to do a project on a Paradox. With my team members, Byron, Qun, Polina, Tiayni, Hector and Maria, we decided to work on a paradox widely known as the "Unexpected Hanging Paradox" or in our case, "Pop Quiz Paradox". The Paradox is about a person's expectations about the timing of a future event that he is told will occur at an unexpected time. The paradox is variously applied to a prisoner's hanging, or a surprise school test.We created a Blue Book. Imitating the actual test book, we made all the proper marks, size, color of the paper and labels. It was pretty neat that we were able to replicate it so well! So we applied this to our fellow classmates, included Matt Monk in on our game, and tricked everyone into thinking that during the presentations Matt Monk would unexpectedly give everyone a pop quiz on one of the presentations, forcing them to pay close attention. He then told them that he would hand out "blue books" when the quiz was about to begin. When the moment came for the quiz to start, we handed out the blue books, and I must say that the greatest moment was how hardly anyone could tell that they were not real. Immediately most everyone put their names on the front cover and waited expectantly for instructions. When my team finally got on stage, we made the big reveal and showed everyone that they were in fact objects designed by us and were told to open up the blue cover. It was such a great experience when everything was concluded.