Week 1 and 2 Recap with Spencer Roberts
19/10/2013 § Leave a comment
This week Spencer did a recap session on the previous lectures to make sure we were all up to speed with the task at hand. Here are my recap bullet points from the lecture:
- Visible Signs – David Crow (2010) He takes you through the patterns of association e.g. bird – wing – flight – butterfly – sky – plane
- Look at the connections of signs/symbols.
- Look up “Visual Culture” on google/amazon/library etc
- We are to establish our own position/perspective
- De-sign: cutting away/simplifying/streamlining things
- We are to choose a theorist who looks at imagery that you’re interested in – e.g surrealism – ask a lot of question & answers
- What is the reason to do it?
- Where is it going?
- What is it about?
- What makes it what it is?
- The qualities
- How practicers approach
- How they theorise while doing it
(If you’re thinking of using a practitioner they have to have theorised their work – why do people talk about them, why are they important?)
- Slavoj Zizek – combining aspects of marxis theory with aspects of pyscho-analytic theory. You can only put these together through their overlaps – what is the hidden structure?
- Freud – visual symptoms/impairments is a form of communication (by limping he’s telling us as a passer-by something)
- Marxism – values/morals/beliefs/conventions of society are in someway structured by a set of economic tensions. Things that we see as natural/normal justified this un-equal set of relationships.
- There are multiple voices in a perspective
- Critical turn is where images are no longer innocent
- Semiotic Theories (focus on linguistic orders and patterns of association)
- Ideological Theories (hidden political orders of things/ of the culture/ how we’re percieved)
- Physcho-analytical Theories (notion of the image as a symptom f the presence/working of a deeper psychological or political process)
- map the theorists in question – get a sense of their core ideas, the context in which their thought originated, lines of influence – concept map
- make the map mor playful – expressive – doodle – graffiti – add layers of meaning
- create the icon books adaptation/treatment that illustrates the core ideas, cotnext and influence
- produce a 2000 word text that provides a commentary to your design choices – why have you chosen to represent the concepts in a particular way)