Reading Response 1-Haltman

John Oduor



Kenneth Haltman communicates the idea of using imagination and how we should integrate ourselves within material to understand the context or meaning behind an object.Imagination gives us a ground to  attack interpretation, It allows space to contemplate what material is, Imagination grants the one interpreting  dominance to what they choose to observe. Haltman stands on the position of being attentive to detail and the use of exquisite vocabulary when going into depth of what material is, We must see our own way to make it easily interpretable to our own eye. When Haltman mentions rendering and sketching out what material is he’s basically telling the audience to think of our thoughts as a rough draft to the finished product of what our interpretation could become.

“Just describe what you see” (Haltman), Haltman wants us to allow our imagination space to run, we must let our imagination space for us to be lead to the bigger picture of meaning. Haltman want’s us to enjoy the benefits of exploring material, our motive is to be amused and immersed into what we find interesting to what we try to understand we should think with curiosity and consciousness.”Think creatively about what research would be necessary to test your interpretive hypotheses”(Haltman) Haltman suggests that creativity gives us a drive to fully flesh out in research we must treat creativity as a working engine to fuel engagement, to be creative you  research and dig dip deep into what you’re analyzing. With research being done we should be granted the ability to perceive what is in front of us more clearly, Research gives us the benefits of being less clouded when we evaluate.

While reading the article “What is a Machete anyways?” the author fully immersed himself into what makes a machete perceived as a violent weapon and the history behind the Machete, He then form his own interpretation of the object by experience and research. He learns that It can be a tool and also a deadly weapon that creates a negative connotation of the way people look at it. He experiences what a machete is capable of leading to when him an his friend he travels alongside encounters a stranger, His friend grabs for the machete when meeting the stranger, This situation made the author question his connection between him and the object. Through research he had learnt that machetes were used by ordinary people to revolt against higher ranked people in their government. The machete was not only a tool , it’s a symbol for freedom, and  a source of strength. John Cline followed Haltman’s way of discovering material by experience,developing an idea, and digesting the historical context behind the machete to get the idea of why a machete can be a tool and weapon.


1.“All objects signify; some signify more expressively than others”(Haltman)

-Objects are essential to the human being, they can represent culture,tradition, or a gift.

2. “Description provides the bridge between the realm of the material and that of concepts and ideas.” (Haltman)

-Material allows space for innovation and allows us to elaborate further on to new concepts and ideas along the lines.

3.  “The key to good description is a rich, nuanced vocabulary.” (Haltman)

-In order to accurately describe an object and its meaning effectively ad thoroughly you must obtain a variety of clear coherent vocabulary.

4. “The longer and harder one looks, the better one sees; the better one sees, the subtler the connections one finds oneself able to make.” (Haltman)

-When we place ourselves within an object and go further beyond standard research we began to grasp the true concept and meaning behind the object, it’s as if we’re placing ourselves in someone else’s shoe.

5. “The more self-conscious one becomes, the more complex one’s relationship to an object becomes, physically and ocularly as well as psychologically and experientially.” (Haltman)

-When we’re self conscious we’re able to take a look at a part of our own selves, once we’re able to do such a thing we’re able to condense ourselves into what makes an object important.

6.  “The point is to begin to recognize the ways in which the object has created its effect. ” (Haltman)

-We must be able to determine how an object effects or changes things or even people, we must see what is the link between an object and a person and why they may utilize it for beneficial use or needs.

7. “When we study an object, formalizing our observations in language, we generate a set of carefully selected nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and verbs which effectively determine the bounds of possible interpretation. “(Haltman)

-When utilizing adjectives.nouns,adverbs,prepositions, and verbs haltman is saying that it gives an opportunity to be able to penetrate the meaning and physical description behind the object.

8.  “The fruits of one’s research are not to be presented as somehow self-explanatory, but rather as evidence introduced in support of claims.”(Haltman)

-Evidence provided by claims allows space for further discussions and understanding of material.

9. “But interpretive hypotheses, or questions about meaning, will flow just as organically out of our process of deduction provided that we open our imagination to embrace, beyond its material facticity, an object’s thematic resonance. ” (Haltman)

– When we breakdown the significance of an object we’re able to layout what makes the material truly meaningful.

10. “Without pleasure taken in the work of the imagination, nothing of the sort is possible.”(Haltman)

-When we use our imagination we’re able to fabricate ideas we could’ve never imagined to create, these ideas allows us to expand our understandings of the meaning behind whatever we look into.