Visuality, Culture, Method
Our experience of reality is sensory, embodied, visceral. This project emerges from the question: How can academics approach the contemporary significance of the visual? How do we approach visuality as a topic of analysis and, in turn, how can we use incorporate the visual in the conduct of our research? Starting from the standpoint that visuality is a central focus in scholarly inquiry, this project group aims to trace and challenge its implications in terms of theory, method, and empirical standards. This project group developed out of the biannual Aarhus University Summer School on Visual Culture and Visual Methods, which originated in 2012. Out of these summer schools a network of international scholars, artists, and practitioners has conducted a series of studies. In 2015, the team focused on liminality, boundaries, and transition at of the annual Aarhus music festival Northside. Findings from this study were used by RethinkIMPACTS 2017 to augment methods for evaluating Aarhus 2017. In 2018, the summer school was held on the west coast of Denmark where the team studied place, tourism, and the potential of moodboarding as a methodology for creative social analysis of the region of Rinkøbing and Søndervig.
Through an auto-ethnographic visual essay, I think through the power of graphic design as a tool–not only for provoking opinions, but also to change how we define people and shape expressions.
This blogpost focuses on the methodological challenges of studying the dynamics of technologically and computationally mediated publics, especially regarding young people’s experiences.
We asked two of the professors, Annette Markham and Sarah Pink, to talk about the design strategies they used to build such a challenging, creative, and fun learning environment. In this video clip, Sarah Pink talks about the value of developing pedagogical models that highlight collaboration and co-creation.
We caught Professors Annette Markham and Sarah Pink at the end of their post production PhD workshop at Moesgaard Museum in July 2016, to ask them to reflect on why they had developed the visuality, culture, and methods course. In this video, they talk about some of their pedagogical motivations and processes.
We hosted a followup workshop, where participants from VCM 2016 return to Aarhus to dive back into the data collected for Northside 2015. Here, we embrace and continue to talk about what it means to conduct ‘messy’ ethnography of digital materialities across a number of scenes of culture.