8th Dec 2016
Over the last two months I have been undertaking work on my Visual studies course. This has consisted of plenty of background reading. I have begun to read articles in ‘Art in Theory 1900-2000, and ‘ Visual Culture: a reader ‘. The first book has helped me gain a perspective on the politics, philosophy, historical factors which were shaping modern art and the debates around it. The latter book has been especially enjoyable. It has helped me realise that visual culture is concerned with topics such as sexism, racism, colonialism, signs and language, ideology and politics, and much more! This is the first time I have really begun to learn and understand these issues. During the reading I have been attempting to develop a more rigorous reading technique. This has involved
· Increasing my vocabulary by learning the meaning of newly encountered words
· Making plenty of annotations on the page to help me to work through and understand the complex ideas
· Make comments about the articles themselves eg. their quality, characteristics (wordy v concise, clear v abstruse) etc.
· Identify arguments about specific issues and various quotes which may be useful during my writing.
· Identify any learning processes which I have developed
· Noting any connections with ideas in other chapters/books
I have been enjoying completing the projects by summarising texts, reflecting on the issues, and answering questions in my BLOG. I have begun to develop a way of summarising the text which allows my voice to be heard as well as that of the author. This has entailed summarising and signposting the authors words and ideas, adding relevant ideas from other authors (with correct citation and referencing), and introducing my own ideas and commentary into the same text. I hope it has become clear which ideas are my own.
One aspect of my studies which I have neglected is the researching of other sources of ideas on Visual Culture, other than the required texts. Regular reading of these sources of information will enable me to get a better understanding of contemporary issues in visual culture.
I have therefore decided to look at some of the suggested sources. I will attempt to use these regularly to complement my learning and project work throughout the course.