Design an A1 poster that includes:
- A selection of images
- A research question for your essay
We will start with the task of "self-exploration" through visual research. You are to compile a collection of around 40 images. Each session we will be discussing and analysing your expanding and mutating collection of images.
You carefully select images based on your semi-instinctive honest response to an image. You keep a journal of all images and your annotations to the images that provide reflection on your choices. Gradually, you start to see patterns and dominating themes/keywords in your collection. This exercise helps you to articulate your voice as a practitioner.
This is not a mood board exercise but a visual exploration of your personal inclinations. Honesty is key. Avoid stereotypical/"iconic" images unless they *actually* mean something to you.
Research question will lay foundation for your essay (section ii A text). A good research question is specific enough for you to be able to cover in a short essay. It is easier to start with something small and concrete. A good research question is also polemic. You want to start a debate around it. It is never neutral or vague. Consult the Yale guide on a good research question in the references.
- 16 Jan — 10 images collected, defining keywords, likes/dislikes
In session 1, each student receives feedback from the group in the form of three questions about the collection. Then, based on the 12 questions from the students (3qx4s), each student formulates a new set of questions for the updated and extended set of images.
- 23 Jan — 20 images collected, defining keywords, possible themes and essay questions
Exercise: revisit the texts from the previous semester. Reverse engineer any text of your choice: extract a research question from it.
- 30 Jan — 30 images collected, defining themes, keywords and essay questions, poster prototypes presented
- 06 Feb — 40 images collected, essay questions and posters final presentation