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DIC Melting Pot

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T his page contains (or will contain) a note of every assignment and exercise for DIC.The notion is to 1. enable forward planning, 2. look for useful and perilous overlaps and 3. make more efficient use of my outings.

for example wasting an idea good enough for an assignment on a mere exercise.


Photograph every photographic image you encounter on a single day. Assemble on contact sheets. Reflect on them.

Part 1 - The constructed image

Asg1 Combined image

Produce either a series of four to six portraits (looking at Stezaker and Stenram) or a series of four to six landscape-based images based on your immediate surroundings (as with Gill’s Hackney Marshes series). Complete Parts 1 (using traditional ‘cut and paste’ techniques) and 2 (using digital montage techniques )of the assignment and upload the finished images to your learning log together with a short reflection
Then a series of links to relevant articles.

Nancy Burson, Esther Teichmann, Corinne Vionnnet, Idris Kahn and Helen Sear.
Make some layered images having looked at the work of the above.
produce a 500-word blog post on the work of one contemporary artist-photographer who uses layering techniques

Discuss a photograph that takes an existing work of art as its starting point. Write a 500- word reflection on your chosen piece in your learning log.
Next, re-make an existing work of art using photography

Listen to Peter Kennard talking about Photo Op, a piece made in collaboration with Cat Picton-Phillipps, at Link 7
look also at British artist Lisa Barnard’s recent book Chateau Despair
use readily available images to make a short narrative series of four to six collages based on a recent or contemporary news event

Part 2 - The archive and the found image

Asg2 The archive

Produce a series of related images that use a readily available online archive (or archive) as their starting point or subject. Make a small book for this project, using proprietary software, to be viewable online. In your book, you may use a selection of images from primary sources (your own images) and/or secondary sources (images found online and/or scanned from other sources). Think about a theme for your book and use the references provided throughout Part Two as inspiration.
Your book should contain a minimum of 12 double pages and can contain text if you wish, or simply a collection of images. Provide a link to where your tutor can view your book and also provide a few double-page spreads as still images as part of your learning log.
If you have any queries on your subject, then discuss these in advance with your tutor. Use BLURB or other proprietary software that will allow you easily to construct your book and publish it to the web. Remember that it must be accessible to view via your learning log.

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Part 3 - We are all photographers now

Asg3 Critical essay

Write a critical essay in response to ONE of the following questions:

Please adhere to the following guidelines:

If you wish to write your own essay question you may do so, but please confirm your title with your tutor before you start writing.







Part 4 - Digital identities

Asg4 Digital identities 1

Develop a project around the theme of identity within the current digital climate. This could be an autobiographical exploration examining how you relate to digital culture, or it could be a more critical examination of an aspect of digital culture.

You should develop your project over the course of Part Four. This is your chance to find and articulate your personal voice in relation to digital culture.

Start by listing or making a brainstorm diagram/mind map of possible ideas and starting points. Put this in your learning log. Expand your list or develop your diagram as you work through Part Four. Try out a few of these ideas, and develop further those that seem to be the most effective or interesting.

When you have developed at least one idea to a point where you would like to receive feedback from your tutor, submit it to them by whatever means you both agree.

Assignment Four is your digital identities project ‘in progress’. It is not expected to be a fully resolved, visually coherent or clearly contextualised submission. As well as visual material (contact sheets, work prints, etc. depending on the nature of your practice and your project) you should include a short text (around 500 words) setting out:


Asg5 Digital identities 2

Use your tutor’s feedback on Assignment Four to help you develop your digital identities project to the point of resolution.

The method of presentation that you choose for your project should be appropriate to, and complement, the work you make. Your work may suit a print-based submission, or it may be appropriate to present your work in a book, audio-visual form, web-based project or installation.

Your project should involve substantial artistic investigation, and the method of presentation should do your efforts justice. You should view the project as the culmination of the Digital Image and Culture course. Include a 500-word text that contextualises your project and provides a self-evaluation.








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Alexander, J, Conroy, A, Hughes, A, & Lundy, G (2019) Landscape, Place and Environment [LPE]. Barnsley: Open College of the Arts.

Bloomfield, R (2017) Expressing your vision [EyV]. Barnsley: Open College of the Arts.

Boothroyd, S (2017) Context and narrative [C&N]. Barnsley: Open College of the Arts.

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