Shifting destinations: exploring critical photographic practice in the context of emerging technologies

Brown, Adam (2011) Shifting destinations: exploring critical photographic practice in the context of emerging technologies. Australian Art Education, 34 (1 (Special Edition)). pp. 119-128.

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Undergraduate students electing to study imaging encounter the challenge of developing their practice both technically and in terms of critical or theoretical agendas.

In order to align theoretical and practical learning, the team at UCA Maidstone developed units and teaching strategies which challenged institutional and cultural divisions between the technical and the critical. Using insights from Actor Network Theory and Fine Art practice, as well as a solid understanding of professional contexts, the team worked with online publication, street workshops, and experimental studio work, challenging students to open the ‘black box’ of imaging and media technologies.

This paper will reflect on attempts by students and staff to critique vernacular uses of image production and distribution technologies, exploring new opportunities and encountering potential dangers. The challenge of defamiliarising the user-friendly world of contemporary media requires inventive solutions and an awareness of how critical practice needs to adapt to technologies which dictate their own representation, and present a seamless interface to uncritical consumers.

Item ID: 16422
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1032-1942
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Presented by Art Education Victoria (AEV) and Art Education Australia (AEA), 'Views, Values and Visions', the South East Asia-Pacific Regional Congress of the International Society for Art Education (InSEA), held at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, Australia 14th to 16th October 2010.

Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2011 05:48
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