Delineating an understanding (2012)
Delineating an understanding was developed while working with MA Fine Art students at Sheffield Hallam University. It uses drawing and discussion as a teaching method to critically interpret archival photographs.
The students were presented students with a series of photographs asked to trace particular aspects of the photograph in response to five questions. Their tracings then became the starting point for a discussion exploring what they identified and the ‘difference’ between their understanding and that of the wider group. The tracings and transcript of this conversation formed the basis of the film - the visual aspect of the film is constructed from forty- five tracings and the transcript was used as source for a new text which overlays and structures the film.
The final work aims to reflect the discursive nature of the sessions by allowing the multiple voices and contradictions of the students’ interpretation to remain evident.