Mediated Intimacies

Mediated Intimacies

We were joined today by guest lecturer Dr Adrienne Evans, Principal Lecturer and convener on MA Media Communications at Coventry University who gave a lecture on mediated intimacies. She discussed gender representation and media intimacies, focusing on privacy, sexism and consent in a digital age. Listen to the audio recording of this session and check out the suggested supportive reading to add context to the lecture. Key words to think about: Gender – Representation – Visibility – Networked Intimacies The audio for the lecture can be found here:   This weeks task - 'A Dialogue with a Stranger'  Post on G+ community page by May 5 for peer to peer feedback
In preparation for next week’s session Visualising the ‘Other’, you are asked to record a dialogue with a stranger. This task needs to be practice-based but can be any lens-based media or an audio piece. It needs to represent and/or respond to the dialogue with the stranger. Experimentation is encouraged. What medium are you going to use? Colour, Black and White? What format are you going to use? What presentation may support the portrait? Do you need to make more than one image? How did you negotiate the story with the participant?
Suggested reading prior to next week's session:  Evans, A. (2015) Diversity in gender and visual representation: a commentary in the Journal of Gender studies. 24:4, 473-479 Routledge. Taylor & Francis Gill, R. (2009) Mediated intimacy and postfeminism: a discourse analytic examination of sex and relationships advice in a women’s magazine. Discourse & Communication. Vol 3 (4): 345-369 Sage Publications Gregg, M. (2011) The Break-Up: Hardtand Negri’s Politics of Love in Journal of Communication Inquiry. 35 (4) 395-402 Sage Publishing http://www.cost-ofliving.net/tubecrush-privacy-sexism-and-consent-in-the-digital-age/   Further references will be disseminated through @picbod and G+ community page    
Relationships and Intimacies

Relationships and Intimacies

This week focused on Relationships and Intimacies. We were joined by artist George Saxon who discussed his practice, specifically his body of work A record of Undying (2013), which was created in collaboration with his late partner D. John Briscoe and uses film and photography to depict death and dying and Saxon’s response to loss. Key words to think about:  Intimacy - Personal – Knowledge – Representation - Power – Authority – Performance – Privacy - Collaboration Audio from his talk can be found here: In preparation for Saxon’s talk the students were asked to research around the following artists: Tina Barney: (1983-87) Theatre of manners Larry Sultan: (1982-91) Pictures from home Elinor Carucci: (2004) Mother Emmet Gowan: (1970’s) Edith Richard Billingham: (1994) Rays a Laugh Nicholas Nixon: (1980) Family Pictures Sally Mann: (2010) Proud Flesh Ledare, L. (2009) The Mother Project Nan Golding (1986) The Ballard of Sexual Dependency Briony Campbell (2011) The Dad Project Belinda Whiting (1995) Sophie’s story   ...and answer the following questions in small groups, feedback to the group and using #picbod to tweet discussion points:
  1. What could be the benefits and drawbacks from an insider perspective?
  2. What could be the ethical issues when documenting your nearest and dearest?
  3. How could the choice of camera effect the kinds of images created?
  This week's task - A Familial Portrait  (Post on G+ community page by April 21 for class feedback)
In preparation for the artists talk today you were asked to research a number of artists who have made substantial bodies of work in collaboration with friends and family. You were asked to pose questions about the bodies of work in relation to ethics, benefits of working with someone you know and potential drawbacks of working with someone you know. In addition to which you were asked to consider the effects of the choice of camera may have on the final body of work. Your task is to create an image or series of images of someone you know well, either a family member, partner and close friend. The image needs to explore the space in the personal relationship. Consider how this could be visually illustrated? Experimentation is encouraged. What medium are you going to use? Colour? Black and White? What format are you going to use? Do you need to make more than one image? Whose image is it? How did you negotiate the story with the participant?
  and some further reading... Bright, S. (2013) Motherhood Family Politics (2015) Photoworks: Photography, Art & Visual Culture. Issue 20 Holland, P. Spence, J. (1992) Family Snaps: The meaning of Domestic Photography. Rose, G. (2012) Doing Family Photography: The Domestic, the Public and the Politics of Sentiment. Ashgate.   Further references and resources are disseminated through @picbod and G+ community page  Featured Image: George Saxon
Relationships; Fixed and Fluid

Relationships; Fixed and Fluid

We spoke today with laia Abril, primarily about 'The Epilogue' but also touched on other projects you can see on her website. The conversation centred around relationships - those we have with our subjects and collaborators, those between the individuals in our narratives, and a relationship with the reader. For now, the talk is not available online but will be in the not too distant future. In the meantime have a look at the task from this week...

22/01/2015: Relationships; fixed and fluid

Relationships are titled (Mother, Father, Niece, Friend, Lover, Hometown, Prey,) but these categories tell us so little about the intricacies and nuances of relationships we have and hold that are constantly in flux…

In this workshop task you are asked to represent a relationship through any appropriate visual or written medium. Focus not on the participants in the relationship but the space in-between which makes up the relationship - this may be a physical environment, it may be an emotional space or it may even be mediated through objects.

The likes of…

Viggo Mortensen Carrie Levy (51 Months) Joshua Lutz (Hesitating Beauty) Ron Jude (Lick Creek Line) Elinor Carucci Latoya Ruby Frazier

… may be of interest for various reasons

FEATURED IMAGE - Anastasia Shub
Conversations; Records and Stimuli

Conversations; Records and Stimuli

Today we concentrated on a conversation I had with Ben Krewinkel, co-author of 'A Possible Life; Conversations with Gaulbert', a documentary about identity, memory and documentation of an undocumented person. 'Gaulbert', an illegal immigrant who resided in Amsterdam was both subject and collaborator leading to a wonderfully rich, sometimes tense and consistently powerful body of work.

The talk is split into 4 sections: 00:01 … on conversation, trust and organisation 12:12 … on the ongoing conversation 19:42 … on the authorial conversations 27:42 … on documentation and reading

And the task is here...

15/01/2015: Conversations; record and stimuli

For the most part, photographs are born from conversations (if they are not conversations themselves); internal or external, with strangers and with close friends. Conversations can be seen as peaks of life or reifications of thought…

In this workshop task you are asked to first record a conversation with a stranger - this may be done through images, written text, audio - transcription etc. You should then use this record as a starting point for a small series of 3 - 7 images.

Work from…

Steve Pyke Laia Abril (Epilogue) Peter Miller (Vermont People) Pierre Bessard (Chattanooga, the Green factory) Shaun Usher (Letters of Note) Leonie Hampton (In the Shadow of Things)

May help form ideas or provide questions

FEATURED IMAGE - Sean Carroll
6/2 – Empowerment

6/2 – Empowerment

Week 5 - Empowerment Thursday 6th February

Back by popular demand - Anthony Luvera joined us in class today speaking about his work with the homeless, enabling individuals to make empowered portraits and control their own representation. As well as speaking about his 2 year residency in Belfast, Anthony introduced us to his new work.  
  The class also delved into the archive to hear Pete Brook speak about self representation in the US prison system... Feedback on last week’s ‘Negotiation’ task was in the capable hands of Luvera and Chantal Riekel this week, a session I was gutted to miss! The day was wrapped up in the setting of the last weekly task which is in the shape of ‘The Empowered Portrait’. After this task, you are able to invest further time responding to the main assignment. TASK HERE Note: This is the where you will find the #picbod 2014 schedule, directed study items and lecture notes etc. The exciting stuff happens over at the Google+ community where work, ideas and comments are shared with the entire #picbod community. luvera006
30/1 – Negotiation

30/1 – Negotiation

Week 4 - Negotiation Thursday 30th January

The ‘Negotiation’ task was set at the start of the day and can be found via the link... NEGOTIATION TASK In our quest to produce beautiful generative photographic artefacts for the main assignment we had a toning workshop from our darkroom guru Jon Legge. Thanks to Jenny for the video below... Jonathan Worth was in the house today - he spoke about photographing sensitive subjects, the importance of getting the most from a subject in a collaborative manner and his work for various clients. Note: This is the where you will find the #picbod 2014 schedule, directed study items and lecture notes etc. The exciting stuff happens over at the Google+ community where work, ideas and comments are shared with the entire #picbod community.
CC Jonathan Worth
CC Jonathan Worth
16/1 – The Tribe

16/1 – The Tribe

Week 2 - The Tribe Thursday 16th January

Today saw the attending students introduced and reintroduced to both the Hasselblad Flextight scanner and and large format Toyo camera. While it is likely not a camera many have lying about, the introductory video is included below for your pleasure... Alongside these workshops we spent time reading the work produced as a result of the ‘Self-portrait’ task set last week. The standard of work was incredibly high, and for the most part, readings made by the audience concurred with the author's intentions. Feedback to this work has also been happening throughout the week via the online community so make sure to check out the G+ community to see these responses and share your own. The day concluded with a lecture/seminar looking at what Nan Goldin calls her ‘Tribe’ - the people we surround ourselves with and feel a part of - family, friends and partners. We looked at a variety of work from the likes of... Sally Mann Elinor Carucci Mike Brodie Nan Goldin Larry Sultan Latoya Ruby Frazier Filipe Casaca Larry Clark Nobuyoshi Araki Ross Rawlings We explored a few themes... Making art close to home - Sally Mann Unrelenting documentation as a tool to desensitized subjects to our camera Performance or record in relation to the work of Sally Mann, Elinor Carucci and Latoya Ruby Frazier I then set this weeks task: ‘The View from Inside’ - TASK AVAILABLE HERE And also asked the class to look at Jennifer Pattison's work in preparation for next week - get your questions up on the G+ Community if you are not able to be there yourself. Note: This is the where you will find the #picbod 2014 schedule, directed study items and lecture notes etc. The exciting stuff happens over at the Google+ community where work, ideas and comments are shared with the entire #picbod community. Notes, links, audio and the like will be posted before the weekend
©Nan Goldin
©Nan Goldin
9/1 – Intro and Representation

9/1 – Intro and Representation

Week 1 - Introduction and Representation Thursday 9th January

I kicked off the module with an introduction to #picbod 2014, it’s speakers, task format and main assignment. - MAIN ASSIGNMENT We were then really lucky to be joined by Dr Adrienne Evans who spoke about the representation of the body, both as an outward choice, and returned representation via the media. She touched on recent and relateable examples of debates around sexuality, objectification and empowerment including Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'. - CONDENSED AUDIO AVAILABLE HERE (In class we had a number of short tasks, these have been removed for easier listening) There was time for students in class to speak to graduates of #picbod 2013 and to think about how they might like to push things even further in the form of a module ending exhibition or via another medium. We explored natural light as an aid in making intimate images in a workshop which twins with a drawing class. The drawing class in fact focused on looking rather than drawing and the relationship between subject and artists, something w all need to be acutely aware of during this class. - WORKSHOP TASKS
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Sketch by Letong Kang
  Things were drawn together at the end of the day with a seminar setting this week’s task - ‘The Self Portrait’. - TASK AVAILABLE HERE Bonus: This week’s bonus conversation in relation to the self-portrait is with photographer Ross Rawlings: Photographer Ross Rawlings 'in conversation' for #picbod from CU Photography on Vimeo. Note: This is the where you will find the #picbod 2014 schedule, directed study items and lecture notes etc. The exciting stuff happens over at the Google+ community where work, ideas and comments are shared with the entire #picbod community.