Course Summary

**Please note, these dates are subject to minor changes (extensions) due to the project-based nature of the course. Any changes to assessment will be communicated well in advance.


Course Summary:



Sun Aug 19, 2018
Sun Sep 16, 2018
Sun Oct 7, 2018
Sun Oct 21, 2018
Mon Oct 22-25, 2018

Assessment 1, Project Sheet: Assessment1_SOCIALTURN-1o8a0il



The reading responses have been designed to encourage you to develop a depth of knowledge in your chosen discipline. The readings should assist you in developing a vocabulary to speak about your work, in addition to providing alternative viewpoints on practitioners and visual politics/culture.

As a guide, a reading response may cover these points:

  • How does the text intersect with visual culture more broadly?
  • Were your views and opinions challenged or broadened by this text? If so how?
  • What was clearer after reading this text? What questions do you have?
  • Can we relate the issues in the text to broader issues of representation or discrimination in society?
  • Provide a critique: A ‘critique’ can be positive, but you can also point out problems, disagreements and/or questions.


Task 1: Spaces of becoming

Read Nato Thompson’s chapter, “Seeing Power in Spaces” from Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century.

As a group, create a functional shared and personal workspace that encourages productivity and belonging. Post a response to this text on the blog and relate it in some way to the space created, or to an example from your own experience (200-400 words with an image of the space/your workspace/a site of ‘becoming’ if possible).

You might like to respond to the following prompts:

  • What is Thompson’s main argument/message?
  • How were autobiographical experiences used to approach broader cultural analysis? Was it useful?
  • Analyze how spaces can be conduits for power, give an example.

Due Monday 23rd July



Task 2: Reading the archive

In preparation for our workshop at the State Library of Victoria, read one or preferably both of the following texts:

Anthony Luvera (2010) “Residency”, Photographies, 3:2, 225-241: Residency-vbbuky

Rodney Carter, “Of Things Said and Unsaid: Power, Archival Silences, and Power in Silence”: Archival_Silences-1kbw3wt

Building on the workshop at the State Library of Victoria, find 1-10 archival images relevant to Collingwood, and create a small response, referencing one or more of the artists listed in the resources page (or cited in lecture/workshop). Produce a 200-400 word written response connecting the reading, the workshop, and the exemplars to your response. Post on the blog (and bring any physical objects to class).

Some visual prompts:

Due: Tuesday 31st July


Task 3: The Pitch

Each group is required to pitch their ideas to date (preferably more than one idea) for their allocated or nominated project/collaboration. This involves an informal discussion and presentation of work (prints). Each individual must show the work undertaken to date (including work for the Signs of a Ritual publication, and work for the group project- including research and groundwork). You are required to print all work to date (laser prints are fine) and speak to the work. This is a problem-solving session with the aim to locate a direction for your project/s. Attendance is compulsory.

You must present:

Research (groundwork, archival, readings, etc)

Conceptual direction/s



Due: in class, Thursday August 9th (week 4)


Task 4:

Project Plan and Preliminary Works: sets out what it is that you are going to investigate (including relevant theoretical contexts and precedents), how it will be undertaken, preliminary works, and a schedule for completion. A PDF of your “Project Plan and Preliminary Works” must be uploaded to Canvas. Details of all requirements will be discussed in detail in class.

Due Sunday, August 19th


Task 5: A visual experiment – SIGNS OF A RITUAL

You are required to upload five images that show an alternative approach to your work-in-progress. The approach much be related to your work and concept, but demonstrate expanded visual thinking.

This can be a minor shift in your approach (for example a different lighting set-up or attempting to layer more elements into the frame), or a more experimental approach (a significant shift in visual language).

It may be to test: still life, a different format, flash, painting with light, layering your images, studio portraiture, slow-motion video, adding another element (archival images, landscapes, moving images, projections, paste-ups), play with exposure, play with the photographic index, etc. USE YOUR IMAGINATION.

You will be assessed on the thoughtfulness of these experiments and relevance to your project.

You are required to provide a brief synopsis of what you did and why, and who you referenced.

Due: Monday 3rd September


Task 6: Developing a Research Question

Students to submit their research question for Project Contextualisation (Assessment #3 – 1500 word Essay).

Students must include a bibliography to support their question (texts and artists/projects).

Due: Monday 10th September (in class)


Task 7: Signs of a Ritual layout proposal

The ‘layout proposal’ is to be uploaded to the blog as Task 7. Each student is to propose a layout for their work, taking into consideration the design principles laid out by the ‘design team’. Further instructions will be give in class.

Due: Thursday 27th September in class


Task 8:

Project Check and Completed Blog – Week 11 (10% of 20%) – Completes assignment 1

The Project Check is a meeting with your Studio Lecturer in which you present a structure of your Project Contextualisation (including research question) and discussion of your work-in-progress to-date (as it has developed from Assessment 2 submitted in week 7). This includes a review of the remaining blog posts.


Due: Blog due Oct 7th and in class check Thurs 4th October

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