Session 8 Alternative #BTF task – Reflection

Session 8 Alternative #BTF task – Reflection

This is the fourth and final 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.

 

Task

Source an image of the Coventry blitz. Ask yourself “how would this have been presented in today’s social and multi media environment? In what ways would it difffer? Is it better or worse?”.

Blog a 250 word reflective account.

 

ForTheRemix

Alan Levine and I reared this one for 12 months before setting it free. You’re going to have to bring all of your Remix skilz to the table as well as your big brain contextual understanding – you’re going to need to read Cory’s books and find out what the hell is grinding his gears.

A portrait of Cory Doctorow painted by Paul Wright from a photograph by Jonathan Worth. 

 

This week we’ve heard all about how Photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale’s collaborates in order to re-imagine his work and reach new audiences via new and unexplored channels, well that’s where we’re headed with this task. After you’ve read Cory and read about Cory you’ll use someone else’s images (mine) to hack,remix and transform into something awesome and for this Alan has rustled up a little space all of its own with some house rules and further instruction.

Don’t let me down. Lets go to work.

#BTF Creative Task: Framing For The Future

Session 6 Alternative #BTF task – Framing For The Future

This is the third and penultimate 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.

 

“Framing for the Future” Make a series of images covering different events / locations / environments over a week for which you record all possible factual data alongside (names/dates/location/weather etc, keep the data clinical – facts only). At the same time make a separate sets of notes on how you felt personally when making the images (your mood, physical state of being etc), use Chapter 1 of Bending the Frame for inspiration.

Additional: Share the images with other people, once with the facts and once with the your feelings and ask people to describe how this information changes their experience of the work. Reflect and blog your thoughts . . . → Read More: #BTF Creative Task: Framing For The Future

Alternative Task: From Shahidul Alam

Photographer and founder of the Pathshala Institute in Bangladesh, Shahidul Alam sets an alternative task for #phonar this week, one that turned into a life’s work for him.

You have 7 days. Go.

Use images to identify an inequality within your own space (could be your geographic or your social space – your street or your family album for example), having done so work out a mechanism through which you can transform it.

 

You can hear Shahidul’s original talk below:

 

 

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 🙂

 

 

. . . → Read More: Creative Task: Transformative storytelling.

Creative Task : “Spoken narrative”

Record a personal story to share with the group.

You should speak your story in person and it’s telling should last approx. 2 minutes (if you prefer to record and publish in advance, that’s fine, otherwise it’s delivered live in session and stays within the closed group).

You should especially consider your choice of story/subject, your audience and your verbal delivery – in terms of your script, language, pace and intonation. No accompanying soundscape.

No pictures. Just a story.

In preparation for this week’s task which which will involve preparing to tell your own story, we have embedded a talk below from Lisa Potts. Lisa was awarded the George Medal after confronting paranoid schizophrenic Horrett Campbell who wielded a machete in a brutal attack on children under Potts’ care at a nursery in Wolverhampton, 1996.

Here, Pott’s talks off the attack as well as her treatment by the media since the attack. Lisa Potts Talk #phonar by mjohnstonmedia

If you choose to, your audio should be uploaded to Soundcloud, YouTube or Archive.org (depending on how you like your Terms of Service) and tagged#phonar

Other links:

(10.49) Embedded Video at http://johnesimpson.com/blog/2009/02/ira-glasss-half-hour-master-class-in-storytelling/

http://audioboo.fm/boos/197617-beyond-the-blitz-michael-logan-s-story

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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/

. . . → Read More: Workshop: “Unphotographable Phiction” (sic)

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

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