City Reflection / Street Text: using mobile networking technologies to facilitate reflective workshop practice on location
Case study by Adam Brown, Senior Lecturer in Photography and Media Arts at University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone.
This case study sets out to reflectively explore student and staff experiments with writing and image-making in unfamiliar locations, exploring the place of writing in the drifting space of the street, and the online world of user-generated content.
Over the past two years, Adam and his colleagues at University College for the Creative Arts, Maidstone, have been developing strategies for teaching photographic and moving image practice using such hybrid combinations of text and image in the context of the street workshop and the studio.
The coming together of word and image in these events has been informed by ideas of reflective and collaborative practice, combined with a desire to map new spaces supportive to the activities of reading and writing – both topographical and institutional. Students’ involvement with discursive practices expands beyond established disciplinary boundaries, and images become inseparable from written or spoken discourse. In trying to open up the black box, for students and for themselves, the teaching team at Maidstone has attempted to make the familiar unfamiliar, a process of estrangement which has opened up some exciting creative possibilities for future practice.