Questions related to Visual Culture
It is just something like reimagining of one’s childhood and personhood, like a re-engagement with the ‘shadow child’ within, in the face of the disturbing ephemerality of self alongside the destabilising onset of modernity. What is your opinion?
I am planning a research about environmental education, and I would like to make children draw mind maps and analyse their perception of space, favourite areas, and hope to be able to withdraw some conclusions from these drawing. However if another project already exist it could be useful to see its methodology.
With respect to “public art,” an examination of the state of the question points to at least two ways in which that concept may be defined, two “circles” within which it may fall: It may be related either to the space the art object is to occupy (which might be called a “public space”) or to the art object itself (which might then be called “public art”). Here, we might pose several questions that seem either to make it easier to understand the public art/ public space duality, or to make such an understanding impossible. We might, for example, ask questions about:
Legitimacy (Is the work an art object?)
The constitution of the cultural imaginary with respect to what a “public space” is and what “public art” is (Does the work reflect my identity?)
Ownership of the space and the work (Who owns what?)
Authorship (Is the work created by an individual with personal title to it, or is it created on behalf of a collectivity?)
Decency and decorum (Is the art appropriate to the space it occupies or will occupy, and is it suitable for being seen by men, women, and children?)
Preservation and conservation (Who shall assume the ownership of the patrimonial work and be responsible for its explanation and esteem, defense, custody, maintenance, restoration, and permanence?)
Each of these issues raises a debate, implicit in the very existence of the public-art object, and each debate may be different. And each potential controversy suggests its own “public,” in the sense of audience or interest group, each with its own defining expectations. Below a polemical article I wrote about a country-wide public art project:
What is left of the project's website: http://www.artepublicopr.com/html_espanol/ambitos/1492_1898/portacoeli/fase3.htm#
I am busy completing a masters degree at DUT on shadow in photography in the field of children's magazine covers. I need ti cite what other researches have written about it.
I'm very interesting on digital ethnography and visual methods. We have a laboratory on digital visual cultures at my univerisity and we are developing experimental research within a postgraduate course using those technologies and methods, mainly on urban subjects (gentrification, minorities, public space, social movements)
I'm looking for examples where social representations embodied in visual cultural products were studied. I found very few examples. Does anyone know some work that help me to study social representations in images? Is someone doing a research of this kind?
I'm currently winding down my data collection and at the conclusion I will have roughly 2100 images and 300 .txt surveys to analyze. Currently I have folders with each participant's 7 images (drawings) along with their survey.txt file. I'm looking at NVivo and MAXQDA at the moment and trying to figure them out. I'm curious to know what software others have used with this type of data and what their experience was with organizing and tagging the data? Any info on making my thesis project go faster and more efficiently would be appreciated!
Since there are no topics that address Visual Literacy I thought it was overdue. So how do you define these literacies and what goals should we set at each level of development to educate students on the consumption and production of images?
How can we help develop/ instill a critical approach to visual culture where students thoughtfully question the motivations and sites of production of the imagery they encounter on a daily basis?
Looking at the recent release of National Core Arts Standards (in the US) http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/ does it do enough to address visual and media literacies? What competencies or components might you add?
Should the teaching of such literacies be restricted to the arts? What other subjects areas do you see these literacies playing an important role in?
In some developed countries, functional illiteracy continues to be a very serious problem, partly due to their crisis in education.. Do you think digital technologies might influence an increase in the level of literacy - particularly among children. In countries where illiteracy has historically been a persistent problem, Book publishers have been making efforts to give their books away to poorer children who have access to the internet because they believe that by introducing children to online stories these children will eventually be encouraged to read 'classical' books.