ASSIGNMENT 1: PHOTOGRAPHIC DISCOURSE - RESEARCH AND PRESENTATION ACI103 Assignment 1: Photographic Discourse - research and presentation Weight: 40% Due: 7th Aug 2016 Requirement: essay of 1600 words plus references / bibliography & a visual presentation Your tutor will assign you with a chapter (or you may negotiate with your tutor) from: Hershberger, AE, & Hershberger, AE 2014, Photographic theory : an historical anthology, Chichester Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Allocated chapters 1859 HOLMES (I attached the Chapter) Each student will have a different chapter. Students will read their prescribed chapter and develop a 1600 word research paper and presentation with visual support material - ie, PowerPoint Presentation The prescribed chapter is to be used as a starting point for developing the research paper and students are expected to do further research on the issues and/ or photographers referred to in the prescribed chapter and to expand on these themes and issues. For example, this might include referring to other photographers / artists who also dealt with similar issues, expanding on the social or political context for these issues or comparing the work of different practitioners or styles. Students should aim to develop their own position and argument which is derived from, or inspired by the original prescribed reading. The presentation should also consider the following: • A brief overview of the prescribed chapter that describes the central the issues or concepts of that chapter. • Some discussion relating to your personal opinion about these issues. (Make sure you back your opinion and avoid generalisations) • Why is this issue or concept important? • How are such issues reflected in creative practice? • Give some examples of relevant images and artists. • You should prepare PPP with between 5 and 10 images. • You should cite at least 3 references apart from the main recommended reading. (Refer to the Deakin recommended citation format http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/study-support/referencing/harvard). • The presentation should run for no more than 10 mins. SUBMISSION Please submit the following via the submission form on the folder for Week 5: 1600 word essay plus references powerpoint presentation (submit to dropbox as a small PDF) signed Assignment Cover Sheet ___________________________________________ - END FORMAL ASSIGNMENT BRIEF TEXT - ___________________________________________ ACI103 ASSIGNMENT 1 MARKING RUBRIC TOTAL 40 MARKS Research (1/3 marks) Demonstrated ability to engage in critical analysis of prescribed text and associated research; Demonstrated ability to read text with comprehension and to identify and articulate ideas presented in topic. Demonstrated ability to respond to the research topic in a coherent manner and extend discussion to include further research associated with contemporary photographic practice; Demonstrated ability to identify authoritative sources; Essay (1/3 marks) Demonstrated ability to integrate and reflect key theoretical concepts in the stucturing of the research essay, ensuring that all sources are referenced in an appropriate academic manner; Demonstrated ability to structure discussion, including appropriate use of paragraphs, introduction and conclusion, to form a cohesive body of written work. Demonstrated ability toward a considered use of language, expression and syntax and proof-reading. Presentation (1/3 marks) Demonstrated ability to integrate critical analysis and visual resources to support research topic. Demonstrated ability to participate and articulate ideas in an oral-presentation format. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines. ___________________________________________ USEFUL LINKS Deakin guide to referencing: HARVARD STYLE: State Library of Victoria: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/ Deakin College Guide : Essay Success The chapter we read in Week 1 on Photography Theory by Bate is a good place to start inorder to get a sense of context: Bate, D 2009, "Chapter 2: Photography Theory", Photography : the key concepts, Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2009, pp.25-43. A discussion of 'discourse' in photography on p36: Batchen, G 1997, Burning with desire : the conception of photography, Cambridge, Mass. : The MIT Press, 1997. ACI103 ASSIGNMENT 1: ALISON’S TIPS GO TO THE LIBRARY!!! There are so many books on the shelves that are not available online. Review the PDF in the folder for Week 2 about how to access the library catalogue. Think of your chapter as the first clue in a detective story. It may not make sense at first so you will need to research about and around the document in order to place it in context and make sense of the content. Use a program like Zotero to keep track of your research https://www.zotero.org/ This assignment comes with the heading of ‘DISCOURSE’. Consider what ‘discourse’ means and how that relates to the assignment. As defined by Ruiz (2009) “discourse is defined as any practice by which individuals imbue reality with meaning”. In relation to photography history and theory, we are looking at texts that seek to ascribe meaning to photography. Each of the texts will have a different perspective on what that means so we need to consider the context in which it was written and the position of the writer. As this is a ‘presentation’, the tone of the writing may be formulated for verbal presentation. Consider how your content will sound as a verbal presentation. Spoken text may be slightly less formal than a written essay but still needs to retain academic authority. We want you to also express your opinion about the topic so it is ok to speak in the first person. Illustrate your presentation with images that support and explain your essay. Please caption your images according to the rules for Harvard citation style. See ‘Reproducing Figures in Assignments’ at http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/study-support/referencing/harvard How to Present your assignment Picture is mission so I attached the picture as well. ( see attached files) • The following is a suggestion of how you could approach the essay component of the assignment. Depending on your content, you may choose to discuss these points in a different order. INTRODUCTION • Tell us some basic info about the text you have been assigned. In a sentence or two tell us: who, what, when, where, why and give us a small taste of what the text is about. For example, “The task at hand is to consider how a text ascribes meaning to photography. This presentation will consider an essay by London based academic Daniel Rubinstein. The essay, titled 'What is 21st Century Photography?', was commissioned by The Photographers Gallery and published on their website in July 2015. To summarise this essay, Rubinstein argues that digital photography is part of a fundamental change to the nature of how images operate in our culture.” WHO • Who is the author? What do they do - are they an academic, a photographer, a critic? What else have they done? Why are we reading their work? Look up some articles written ABOUT your author that may give some context to their work and their contribution. At what point in their career was the text written? • You could also include a portrait of your author in your visual presentation. WHAT • Summarise the assigned chapter. What are they talking about? What are they arguing for? Demonstrate that you have read and understood the text. What is their key point? • If ‘discourse’ is about the practice of creating meaning, how would you explain and characterise the ways in which the author seeks to make sense of photography? • Take more than two paragraphs on this section if you feel that is required. WHEN • When was the text written? Give us some context for the times. • For example, if you are working with a text by one of the Modernist photographers such as Ansel Adams or Edward Weston, both written in 1943, place your text in the context of that historical period. What was happening culturally, politically and technologically? For example, explain that Modernism was a cultural response to the shock of World War I. Give us a broad explanation of Modernism then narrow down. Consider Modernism in art and design and then talk about Modernism in photography. In the case of Adams and Weston, you will then need to explain the F64 group. It might also be relevant to locate the text geographically too and explain how that helps us to understand the text. How did that time and place inform the author’s point of view? For example, Marien (205, pp.271) discusses Adams and Weston in terms of ‘Californian Modernism’. • A particularly useful text about the historical contexts of photography might be: Marien, MW 2015, Photography : a cultural history, Boston Pearson, [hard copies in the library at 770.9 Mar/Pac 2015] WHERE • Where was the text first published and what context does that provide? • For example, Krauss 1977, 'Notes on the Index: Seventies Art in America', was first published in an academic journal called October. What is the significance of this journal? What does the journal publish about and who publishes it? Who is involved with the journal and what does this tell you about it’s ‘mission’ and point of view? Mention if the text has been republished in other contexts and what this might indicate about the reception of the text. • Whilst you have been given a copy of the text that has been republished in an anthology compiled by Hershberger, the first page of the chapter includes a note about the original context of pubication. It is the original context of pubication is relevant for this point. WHY • Why did the author write this text? What prompted them to put their ideas down? • For example, Barthes wrote Camera Lucida following the death of his mother. Perhaps the loss of his mother meant that he was looking at photographs of her and began to think about photography in a particular way. Or, in the case of Ansel Adams, why did he feel the need to write down his ideas about photography? What was he trying to achieve? What can you find out about why the author wrote the text. IMPACT & ANALYSIS • How were the ideas in your text reflected in photographic practice? Include examples in your PowerPoint slides. Don’t forget to give accurate captions for the images. • What was the impact of the text? Why has it been included in an anthology of photography theory? What is it’s significance, looking back from our point of view and how might that differ from how it was understood at the time it was published? • What has been written about this text? What kind of responses have there been to the author’s ideas? Who has disagreed with the author and why? Many of these texts will have been discussed by other academic authors. For example, Batchen, G 2011, Photography degree zero : reflections on Roland Barthes's Camera lucida, Cambridge, Mass. ; London : MIT Press, is an entire book of collected essays about Camera lucida by Roland Barthes. • You might want to take a couple of paragraphs to address this section. YOUR RESPONSE • What do you think about the issues raised in the author? How would you back up and explain how you came to that position. Has the process of doing this assignment changed how you think about the issues? CONCLUSION • Summarise your points and arguments. Leave us with an interesting thought. BIBLIOGRAPHY • Harvard style please! • Remember that we are looking at the academic quality and authority of your choice of references!