Creative Task: Re-framing the Past #BTF

Session 4 Alternative #BTF task – Re-framing The Past

This is the first of our alternative tasks which have be set by Professor and Author of Bending The Frame, Fred Ritchin. If you missed Fred’s talks then you’ll want to go back to the lectures from the start of the class – they’re well worth it. This iteration of Phonar has been re-written to draw on Fred’s Bending the Frame so if you do these tasks then please use both of the #phonar and #BTF hashtags.

Alt task: “Reframing the Past” Tell the story of an historical news event. Use all of the available and appropriate “with hindsight” perspectives to make a version of the story which you feel is more accurate. Use sources that include witnesses from that moment in time.

Development: Make alternative versions of differing publications/ broadcast channels, which reflect nationally and or culturally diverse perspectives.

Creative Task: Transformative storytelling.

Session 4 task – Transformative Storytelling.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Watkins @ampersanddragon

Using only found images (ie images from family albums and local library archives, not published in magazines) research and construct a photo-artefact/story that weaves a narrative linking the people depicted within.

Development : Build and include a soundscape relevant to your story, you might include personal stories from the subjects depicted.

Inspiration:

William Burroughs (on cut-ups)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc2yU7OUMcI

http://www.openculture.com/2011/08/william_s_burroughs_on_the_art_of_cutup_writing.html

Joachim Schmidt

http://schmid.wordpress.com

http://www.lensculture.com/schmid.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3675573/Joachim-Schmid.html

http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/2007/05/joachim_schmid/

Tacita Dean

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/critic/feature/0,,728587,00.html

Kesselkramer

“In Almost Every Picture book series”

http://www.kesselskramerpublishing.com/ (c/o @davewyatt )

Corinne Vionnet

http://www.corinnevionnet.com/index.php?/photo-opportunities/ (c/o @foodforyoureyes )

Mishka Henner

http://mishkahenner.com/filter/works (c/o @foodforyoureyes )

Jason Lazarus

http://toohardtokeep.blogspot.com/ (c/o @foodforyoureyes )

Curtis Mann

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm6ouqUcLcA (c/o @LarissaLeclair )

 

PS. You don’t have to like all of these – nor do you have to agree or condone what they do – Matt and I argue about this stuff all the time ….. #phonar is the hashtag for the “discussion” but no SHOUTING 🙂

 

 

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Professor David Campbell on Narrative, Power and Responsibilty

 

This week’s Guest lecture is by Professor David Campbell, was recorded in 2010 and has become one of our touchstones. If you’re not already following David’s blog then it can be found here : http://www.david-campbell.org/ and he’s on Twitter at : http://twitter.com/davidc7

Please tweet and hashtag your notes/comments/questions (whenever it is that you get round to listening to this) #phonar and we’ll aggregate them into our global set of notes to be shared on Storify.

 

 

 

 

 

[View the story “#Phonar Power Narrative and Responsibility” on Storify]

From the Archive: Guest Lecture: Robbie Cooper – ‘Immersion’

We were joined in class today by photographer and video artist Robbie Cooper who well and truly immersed us in his work. The full talk Robbie gave looking through his first projects right up to his latest ideas to develop and further the ‘immersion’ project by directly involving participants in the media making process.

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Workshop: “Unphotographable Phiction” (sic)

Working alone, you should choose one of Michael David Murphy’s “Unphotographable” posts and create a multimedia narrative. You should use your own images, new or from your archive and you should create an accompanying soundscape.

http://www.unphotographable.com/

Please upload the pieces by next session to vimeo and tag it #phonar.

Thanks go to Michael for kindly allowing #phonar to use his work .

To see this in action the other way around see Fliction http://losowsky.com/portfolio/online/flicktion/ (“A new online genre involving taking images from the website Flickr, and writing fictional stories about the images.”)

To see a related market application of this see http://significantobjects.com/about/

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Creative Workshop 2: Alienated Sensory Mashup

Creative workshop task 2: Alienated senses

Working in pairs if possible name yourselves “Eyes” and “Ears”. Ears is equipped with sound recording equipment (your phone will be more than adequate) and blindfolded. Eyes will lead Ears on a guided journey through a range of different environments. Ears will dictate the pace of the journey and say when they want to stop and make dedicated “sound-mark” recordings.

If you have to work alone then perhaps consider choosing an environment in which you can remain motionless with your eyes closed for several minutes. As you do so your sense of hearing will improve and you will begin to focus in on sounds that previously you’d of missed. Now search out these sounds with your recorder and build up a sound-scape of them.

For the photography aspect investigate the same environment as a photographer, responding solely to what you see.

At the end of the journey Eyes repeats the route (wearing ear-defenders/plugs) responding to the visual stimuli.

You should end up with a landscape story and a soundscape story. This content should then be uploaded for everyone to share and mash-up. In next week’s session we’ll be combining soundscapes with image-based journeys and . . . → Read More: Creative Workshop 2: Alienated Sensory Mashup

Why Phonar? Lecture 1

This first lecture asks “Why Phonar?” and sets out the rational for the rest of the course. Please tweet your notes using the #phonar hashtag and if you Storify your own set of global-notes (by searching twitter) then please do put a link to it in the comments below.

(if the embed isn’t working follow this link to Archive.org )

This first session is quite dense with a lot of stuff in there so if you didn’t follow along , don’t worry because neither did half the class (they only pretended to because they knew you were listening). We can make opportunities for group discussions in Google Hangout if you’d like – we’ll post times on twitter.

 

Here are some more resources and reading bits as well as links to projects referred to in the lecture:

 

http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/blog/2011/oct/12/featured-fellow-basetrack-teru-kuwayama/

https://sites.google.com/site/transmediaresources/transmedia-storytelling

http://remotedevice.net/tag/transmedia/

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb10995922.htm

http://dotsinsights.com/2012/09/19/google-project-glass-the-future-of-transmedia-storytelling-in-3-points/

http://thenextweb.com/media/2012/08/19/the-future-storytelling-immersive-interactive-integrates-impacts-real-world/?awesm=tnw.to_a3cG

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/04/17/25-things-you-should-know-about-transmedia-storytelling/

Here’s a blog to follow:

http://blog.storyplanet.com/

 

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

As has become fairly standard operating procedure at this time of year #phonar enters a kind of pupa-like stasis. During this gestation period the onsite class decide how they’re going to emerge and how they’re going to transform some of the momentum they garnered during the live ten week iteration. Very exciting …

Meanwhile it’s time to hand out some tub-thumping praise to a few standout participants who really kicked all kinds of #phonar-ass in all kinds of beautiful ways. Big shout out to Suren Makkar aka #PhonarBangalore – we loved your work. Props to Julián PĂ©ter aka #PhonarBratislava and huge respect for (I think) being the first online participant and maritime student to “attend” every single session and complete every task #TopOfTheClass and a LinkedIn recommendation coming your way. A very warm slap on the shoulder to the mysterious wordsmith Mr Peter Wilson – we love your storytelling. And a special thank you to the Ms Priyanka Ghetia for inspiring us to push further, wider and younger with our open classes – we hope you get to go to the university of your choice and trust we’ll see much more of your work in the future because you #Rock.

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