12 September 2005
University of Hertfordshire Fielder Center, Hatfield, UK
Show/Tell: Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image
The proverbial picture is worth a thousand words. Yet, images are rarely devoid of textual or verbal accompaniment. We use words to describe images, just as we use images to convey stories. Images and text appear in conjunction, and in succession, and these juxtapositions may be read as narratives. In sum, text, image and narrative are nothing less than mutually constitutive. In learning about objects and images, and in preparing resultant outcomes, cultural historians and commentators employ a range of methods and sources, from observation, interview and oral history, to object analysis and documentary interpretation. What is at stake in the translation of sources, both visual/pictorial and written/verbal, in the production of these analyses? Posters, paintings, guidebooks, films, computer games and other digital environments are just some of the cultural artefacts in which text, narrative and image intersect in particular ways. Show/ Tell: Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image is the first conference in a biennial series hosted by the tVAD research group.
Panels of three or more papers might address the following indicative questions:
How do cultural narratives shape understanding of the artefacts they represent?
How does propaganda manipulate word and image to tell truths and lies about gender?
How have old media such as cinema responded to new media sites for stories?
How do theory and practice intersect in the art and design education?
How do archival and curatorial practices shape cultural understanding?
How does oral history inform understanding of texts, narratives, objects and images?
How do we write, talk and teach about the tacit and the haptic?
How is taste shaped through text, narrative and image?
How do text, narrative and image appear in the works of individual practitioners?
How might the borders of text, narrative and image be transcended?
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