237130_A2_Week8_Task#1_Tool-Kit_11/05/2016.

List at least 12-20 things in total (at least 3 under each heading)

  • Planning and Preparation

– The Essay Preparation presentation from Week 8.

– Week 4, Task #2A-C making me create a mind-map and re-write the question helped me to understand it better.

-Week 4, Task #3E as this was researching under my essay question/topic.

  • Writing Skills

-Week 4, Task #3A for starting to write a critical response.

-Week 4, Task #1B for reading on how to write for university standards.

-Week 4, Task #1A for researching about what an analytical essay is and what is required within the essay.

  • Content and Visual Text Analysis Tools

-Week 4, Task #3A fro being able to critically look at a visual text and understand undying ideas.

-Week 4, Task #4B for fining my own visual texts that relate to the ideas based around Mirzoeff  and being able to analyse these critically.

-Week 4, Task #4C for a visual analysis and creating some type of format I can follow when analysing other visual texts.

  • Research and Information Gathering Tools and Protocols

-Week 5, Task #2 using a text from the course reader to be able to gather tools for researching and information finding.

-Week 6, Task #1 for the use of key words to create some type of research bank that  I can use later when writing my essay.

-Week 6, task #3 for offering videos that don’t only reference visual texts but also verbal texts, being able to reference these people who are concerned with the same idea.

 

237130_A2_Week7_Task#3_Contextual Understanding_11/05/2016.

In a Blog Post demonstrate contestation or argument by producing a compare and contrast table or use an online mind map generator. Consider one idea and refer to visual texts and authors you intend discussing in your essay.

  1. List a key idea, concern, or issue which might be contestable.
  2. Why is it important?
  3. What relevant visual text/s will you refer to around the idea? Or what visual texts will you compare and contrast?
  4. What authors will you refer to? Consider written texts–by Mirzoeff and others, video presentations, podcasts, and online feeds and discussions located from last weeks I/S.

    List the different author’s viewpoints, perspectives on the idea or issue? What does each say? (refer to what they say not what you think they say).

5. What is their justification and evidence for their take on the idea or issue?

(Cite all source material–in-text citations and bibliographic citations: MLA captions; MLA in-text referencing for online sources, lecture presentations, video presentation).

Mind-Map created with mindmeister.com.

Mind-Map created with mindmeister.com.

Reflect on how you might work contestation or different perspectives into your essay?

This can help create a contrast to the ideas Mirzeoff states in the chapter and this can also help to create perspective on the topic. This can help to understand how identity is represented and what can effect this when people are creating visual texts. Identity can be influenced by may things and that it can effect their overall visual text construction.

Texts Referenced:

(MontyPython. “Argument Clinic – Monty Python’s The Flying Circus.” YouTube. YouTube, 14 Nov. 2008. Web. 10 May 2016.)

(Crashcourse. “Social Thinking: Crash Course Psychology #37.” YouTube. YouTube, 03 Nov. 2014. Web. 10 May 2016.)

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “How to See Yourself”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)

(Crashcourse. “Social Influence: Crash Course Psychology #38.” YouTube. YouTube, 11 Nov. 2014. Web. 10 May 2016.)

 

237130_A2_Week7_Task#2_Seeing the World_11/05/2016.

Consider this weeks lecture presentations by Erna and Dick and view Indigenous World Views vs Western World Views (237 130 Stream in Wk 7. Section). Reflect on the questions below and draft some brief responses.

  • What is your own world view? And where might those world view ideas have come from?

My world view is built on what I grew up with. My world view would be upon equality and an idealised world with no war, starvation or loss of innocent lives. Through my life I have believed that everyone should be as one and learn to continue along together as one. But I understand that this is something everyone wants but can’t have.

  • How do you think your world view shapes the way you see yourself, others and the world?

My world view is something that I take into account subconsciously when looking at myself and others.  It would shape the way I view people because I would try to find people who have the same world view as myself or are trying to create a better understand of the world around us and how we fit into it.

  • How might you connect world view, ideology, identity, and a personal perspective, and/or differentiate between them?

World view and personal perspective is somehow connected. Without having a world view we wouldn’t be able to create this perspective we hold. Having an identity is connected to all three ideas because we have an identity to differentiate ourselves from others and we are influenced by our perspective to create this identity we hold. Whether that identity is the same in person as online is different idea. Ideology is something that is influenced by society and how this can influence our perspective to follow the modern ideology of society.

  • You get your sense of belonging in relation to others who share a set of values, beliefs and ways of being in the world, can you identify some aspects of that collective world view that marginalise or subordinate other world views.

Coming from a western society I have a sense of belonging with people who also come from that society or people who are influenced by our society. When having a collective world view, we all have this same culture. For example like America and Britain, we all relate to each other because we connect with the same world view like world peace or materialised living. We all connect through our culture.

  • If your world view is the dominant and/or the most widely accepted and unchallenged world view what might it be like if your world view became the marginalised, un-noticed, or a disregarded world view?

If my work view is unnoticed I wouldn’t feel part of anything. I would come to believe that I was the only one with this view. With a world view being disregarded would make my opinion feel unnoticed. Feeling like this would lead to revolutions like it has through-out history.

  • How might the dominant world view see you and expect you to live out your life?

In this westernised culture, it would be seen that I get a job and work hard through out my life. But as this western culture changes there isn’t really an expectation on how to live my life, I live it how I would want to and not what is expected of me.

  • Return to the Sheilagh Walker text ‘Writing From the Gut: Kia tau the rangimārie’ (fromwk1&3) as she offers a world view and perspective on academia. Now what would you say about world view or her argument.

Her argument is the understanding of different cultures within an academic environment. With these already made expectations of Māori not going to university she is describing what it feels like to be put into the margin of expectations and how she is trying to break these expectations or change peoples opinions. She doesn’t like the enigma based around Māori students at university.

  • What might Mirzoeffs world view be?

Mirzoeff’s world view is based around what is shown visually and how this effects our view on the world. He is trying to get the audience to understand how through-out history and different means of visual images can manipulate a person to adapt or change their world view.

  • What would you say if you were to argue that ones world view has a part to play in the construction of a visual text and reading a visual text differently.

I would argue that a persons world view does effect the visual text they construct because this is what the believe and is the main point they are trying to portray within their work. They use these influences to influence others that have the same world view.

In a 100-250 word paragraph for a Blog Post discuss how a visual text can be constructed and read differently considering ‘world view’, ‘ideology’, and ‘the myth ofphotographic truth’. You might want to refer to the questions below as prompts for a draft of your paragraph, and you can refer to visual texts.

1. How might ‘world view’, ‘ideology’, and ‘the myth of photographic truth’ relate to each other?
2. How might they be considered when critically evaluating the producer of a visual text?
3. How might the ideas be considered when critically evaluating the audience of a visual text?
4. How might a visual text represent, affirm, normalise, and promote a dominant world view?
(Cite all source material–in-text citations and bibliographic citations: MLA captions; MLA in-text referencing for online sources, lecture presentations, video presentation).

As a person views an visual text, they have a already set perspective or understanding before they have thought about the image critically. One part of this perspective is the viewers ‘truth’ in contrast to the artists ‘truth’. These truths are created from the world view that is held by the person, the construction of the image is different from viewing it thus meaning two different truths. As stated in the video called “A Photographic Truth.”  the truth changes depending on the person (artist/viewer)(Youtube). Here ideology can influenced the construction and the viewing of this image because the person can be influenced by current changes in society/ politics. As society and politics are forever changing, this means that visual texts created are also forever changing.

Reflect on how these ideas might influence your thinking and making as an artist, designer or photographer?

These ideas can influence my thinking because it could make my work could not only be for myself but also for people who hold the same ideas/ world view as myself. I can reach an mass audience if I am able to create work based around something everyone is concerned with like environmental change etc.

Texts Referenced:

(Metmuseum. “A Photographic Truth.” YouTube. YouTube, 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2016.)

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “How to See Yourself”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)

(Cartwright, Lisa. “The Myth of Photographic Truth.” Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. By Marita Sturken. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. 16-22. Print.)

237130_A2_Week7_Task#1_Truth Value_11/05/2016.

List 2-5 key ideas that resonate with you and write down what you found interesting about them.

  • The truth changes depending on the person.

I found this concept interesting because this can relate back to contextual thinking and the way each person individually interpret a visual text. The ‘truth’ around the image changes with the way you as a person decides to understand the image and the context around it.

  • Nothing truthful about photography.

This concept interested me because this is implying that all photographic images since the beginning of photography were somehow manipulated, whether it was form colour to rotation of the image to negative/positive images.

  • Photographic truth – the medium, the one the photographer wants us to feel and our own truth.

There can be many truths coming form the one image, whether it is the medium like positives/negatives, coloured images, texture to the one the photographer wants us to see whether that may come from manipulation of the negative or taking away/adding into the image. From this we can create our own truth from the different truths being shown. We the viewer can decide the overall truth for ourselves. This overall concept I found fascinating.

Artists/Photographers/Designers Making Meaning (lists and sentences or a paragraph)

2. An analysis of a photographic image requires we consider what technologies were used by the image-maker, and how those technologies have been put to use in the making of the visual text.

  • List some of the similarities and differences between the different imaging technologies?

When comparing the  imaging technologies, there are obvious differences between the camera and painting, one is the use of technology and the other isn’t. Another difference could be the use of movement, for example we can create a moving image (video) whereas with painting you can’t. One similarity between the imaging technologies is that they can portray the same thing even though they are different medians of working. A similarity is also that all imaging technologies can be manipulated, the artist, designer or photographer have power of the image and are able to manipulate them.

  • Camera technologies are argued to depict or represent ‘reality’ and/or a view of the world, places, events, people, history, etc.- so why is it important to take account of them when thinking critically about a visual text, especially an image such as a photograph, film, digital image, or a video game?

Its important to take these ideas into account because they can help create context to be able to think critically about the visual text. We also need to remember that these types of images from video games, film, photographs etc. can be easily changed and manipulated. We need to sometimes understand that there is a distinct difference between the virtual reality and what actually  is reality.

  • Digital technologies offer an image producer the means to construct alternate and virtual realities, explain how, and explain how are they different or similar to analogue technologies?

Digital technologies have been dramatically changing over time, with these technologies forever developing, image producers are able to create these realities. They have the power over the image to create something they can to see, not what is necessarily there. The difference between the analogue and digital technologies is that digital is always adapting and changing, with new developments being made this technology is changing whereas analogue is almost stuck in one place. Once something is made or developed it can’t be extended any further.

3. What do the authors/presenters propose is important about how technologies are put to use by the image producer. Consider these ideas in relation to both historical and contemporary image making practices.

What they are trying to say is that we as people need to remember that every image that is digitally created could have been manipulated and that we cannot say that is how the image actually was/is. In relation to historical image making practices, it was shown the in ‘A Photographic Truth’ that images back near the beginning of photographic means that image manipulation was happening then and now with contemporary image practices this is still happening.

Reflect: How might these ideas be relevant to your essay topic and an analysis of the visual texts you have selected for your essay topic.

These ideas could be every relevant to my essay topic because I am writing about the introduction of photography into self-portraiture. I could use these ideas around manipulation to add into my essay as a point of interest. This can also help me when analysing visual texts as I can try to understand if an image is manipulated or staged.

Consider the above readings, presentations, ideas and exercises. In a Blog Post explain the notion of ‘The Myth of Photographic Truth’ and why it is important to an analysis of visual texts. Refer to your essay topic, a selected visual text and the technologies used to construct it/them, and refer to the terms denotation and connotation.

(Cite all source material–in-text citations and bibliographic citations: MLA captions; MLA in-text referencing for online sources, lecture presentations, video presentation).

Klauke, Jürgen. Self Performance. 1972. New York. JÜRGEN KLAUKE. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

Klauke, Jürgen. Self Performance. 1972. New York. JÜRGEN KLAUKE. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

Being able to understand the photographic truth within images are very important because it is what helps us to understand these images better. From the artists truth to our own truth, we need to take into consideration manipulation and staging of the image. We need to use these ideas around the truth when analysing an image because we need to take into account what the of power the artist had over the image and what they wanted us to see within their image. In relation to my essay topic, the image above is one I will be using in visual analysis. This is a photographic image with the ideas of gender and how one person can be two genders. This image is staged and might be manipulated with a filter to change the appearance to give it a gloomy/cold feeling. I believe that this image is more a denotative image because it shows a more cultural associations and meanings, trying to relate to the growing society of LGBT community.

Reflect on how could might utilise the ideas in this section in an essay paragraph?

I could utilise these ideas into the gender section of my essay as this can help to explain the relationship between the audience and artist. What truth they create from the image and what one was trying to be portrayed.  I could use the idea of denotative and connotative when analysing other visual texts I am going to use in my essay and explain them within my paragraph in relation to Mirzoeff’s ideas.

Texts Referenced:

(Metmuseum. “A Photographic Truth.” YouTube. YouTube, 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2016.)

(Cartwright, Lisa. “The Myth of Photographic Truth.” Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. By Marita Sturken. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. 16-22. Print.)

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “How to See Yourself”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)

237130_A2_Week6_Task#3_Contextual Knowledge_28/04/2016.

Videos Related to Essay Question and helping to understand contextual knowledge.

Critically Evaluate one or more of the selected video presentations by considering the following: (50-150 words)

• What is the topic of video/s?

• What questions does this raise for you?

• How might the relevant issues, events, ideas, calls to action, debates, and the points raised be integrated into your essay.

• Do you to think issues like this are important for of artists or designers to think about – explain why?

Reflection: How are you now more informed about the subject than you were before watching this?

Video One: “6 Artists On Black Identity.”

The topic of this video is how the black society are seen within the visual world. As said by Kerry James Marshall, we now live within a material world that shapes our expectations. If we don’t see different ethnicities with museums then we won’t expect it and we won’t be able be comfortable with our identity. This raised the question of what type of identity is shown within the visual world, and how we can break out of only portraying white ethnicity. These points can be used in my essay because it can help put an understanding to why people created self-portraits, as it was confirming what identity they wanted to hold. To be proud of who they are. These issues can be important for artists and designers because it help create a contextual idea of how to look at themselves as an artist, how they can express themselves past the color of their skin. This can used to change the visual world to start accepting people past the color of their skin or who they identify themselves with.

Video Two: “Personal Identity Is Complex and Intricate.”

This video touches on the idea of how people identify with the Māori culture and whether people are actually Māori or not. Here they discussed how it is believed that you can only identify yourself as Te Aro Māori if you speak the native language. This raised the question of how as a community we can come together to identify as one, whether or not they do or do not speak Te Aro Māori. These points could be integrated into my essay when it comes to talking about a specific identity to relate to, I could take the idea of how people actually identify as one and the way people can relate to self-portraits of other through relating what is actually being shown like gender, race, class etc. This also created the debate of how one thing can define your identity, for example within the video it was said that because someone didn’t speak the language, they can’t identify with that culture. This could be used when identifying gender and what you are born with and what you show to the public eye. Once again this can help the way artists perceive their identity within their art and how they want to portray it and show who they actually identify with that ethnicity.

Reflection: How are you now more informed about the subject than you were before watching this?

I am more informed about the different ways people define how you as a person can identify with a certain ethnicity. When shown visual texts we as humans can create an expectation of who we need to relate to as an identity. From this I would like to take the idea of  how self-portraiture can break the boundaries of how people relate to something like gender, class, race etc.

Texts Referenced and Links to Video(s):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LySsIQOU1Lg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmiNRWxA5Hc

(TheLouisianaChannel. “6 Artists On Black Identity.” YouTube. YouTube, 31 Mar. 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.)

(Maraetvnz. “Personal Identity Is Complex and Intricate.” YouTube. YouTube, 27 June 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.)

237130_A2_Week6_Task#2_Analysis Ideology_27/04/2016.

Images and Ideology and What is Ideology?

1. Define ideology in 30-75 words and situate in your glossary.

Ideology is the ideas around society or politics based on social theory, it can invert and obscure the way things are and thinking of ideas that are detached from history. Ideology helps to define and understand how current politics and society works and stating it as a natural and unchangeable thing. Ideology is always working when it comes to personal and naturalized situations.

2. Refer to one of your selected visual texts to explain why you think ideology is an important consideration when analysing this visual text. (30-75 words)

Velázquez, Diego. Las Meninas. 1656. Museo Nacional Del Prado, Spain. Artstor. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

Velázquez, Diego. Las Meninas. 1656. Museo Nacional Del Prado, Spain. Artstor. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

Ideology can come into play when thinking about who is being shown within this image. With ideology being the idea of politics and society based on social theory, we can see the politics of the image being the royal family of Prince Philip IV of Spain. Ideology can help during analysis of this visual text because it can help us to understand ideas through politics and where these people within the image would have stood in society.

Reflection : will you use this as a draft for an essay paragraph?

I think that I could use some of the ideas from this paragraph but I don’t think this would be a good structure for my essay. From this I can take the ideas around ideology and think about them when analyzing the visual text used for each paragraph, then use these ideas when writing my overall essay paragraph.

Texts Referenced and Link to Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKWwc5C1_Es

(Cartwright, Lisa. “Images and Ideology.” Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. By Marita Sturken. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. 22-26. Print.)

(NovaraMedia. “What Is Ideology? – Terms of Engagement.” YouTube. YouTube, 29 Nov. 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.)

237130_A2_Week6_Task#1_’This Stuff’_26/04/2016.

Select key words or phrases  from your essay question, and other words or phrases more specific to the direction your essay will take. Locate online discussion groups or feeds  on your topic and link  these to your blog, e.g. Twitter, YouTube, Google+Communities, Livejournal, etc.

Key words or Phrases from essay question:

Changing identity. ‘the self’. Representations of identity. Artists, photographers concerns with identity. Historical change of identity.

Changing identity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRiGZJQZ_X4

https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2013/01/is-social-networking-redefining-identity/

Representations of identity:

http://www.academia.edu/3249543/_Representations_of_Identity_Ethnicity_Race_Class_Gender_and_Religion._An_Introduction_to_Conceptual_History_._In_co-editor_Stefan_Berger_The_Contested_Nation._Ethnicity_Religion_Class_and_Gender_in_National_Histories_Palgrave_Macmillan_Houndsmills_2010_24-60

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6HLDV0T5Q8

Artists, photographers concerns with identity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NICodKeadp0

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/exploring-image-and-identity-through-posters-and-photographs/

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/painting/page-9

http://www.marquette.edu/haggerty/documents/HAG_Truth_Book_09.pdf

Historical Change of Identity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GStuAe4hivc

http://www.albany.edu/~muraven/publications/promotion%20files/articles/baumeister%20&%20muraven,%201996.pdf

http://www.developmenteducationreview.com/issue7-focus4?page=show

237130_A2_Week5_Task#4_Written Paragraph_24/04/2016.

Klauke, Jürgen. Self Performance. 1972. New York. JÜRGEN KLAUKE. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

Klauke, Jürgen. Self Performance. 1972. New York. JÜRGEN KLAUKE. Web. 22 Apr. 2016. (Fig.1)

Kahlo, Frida. Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair. 1940. Museum of Modern Art, New York. MoMALearning. MoMA. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

Kahlo, Frida. Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair. 1940. Museum of Modern Art, New York. MoMALearning. MoMA. Web. 22 Apr. 2016. (Fig.2)

For creating this paragraph, I am going to create a question that I can start my paragraph off with and then go into further analysis to help the reader gain contextual knowledge about the text and better depth of understanding. How the image is significant to the topic.

Created question: How does this visual text reflect the use of gender in self-portraiture?

When studying an image considered to be a self-portrait, we need to understand the context of the image. These visual texts are examples of how gender is used to portray ideas or a type of performance. The image (Fig.1) is created by Jürgen Klauke in 1972 is part of the collection called ‘Transformer’, where multiple self-portraits have been made, blurring the lines between the two genders. As said by Simone de Beauvoir, ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman’ (qtd. in Mirzoeff 52),  I believe this will help create an understanding about this type of self-portraiture because gender can be used to convey an idea or some type of performance, it is something us humans can relate to. We can all connect to a gender even if it is one we weren’t given by nature. Self-portraiture of gender is shown through photographic and painting means. For example, from my blog post, 237130_A2_WEEK5_TASK#3_TASK A_23/04/2016. I have used a painting by Frida Kahlo (Fig.2) to show the use of gender within visual texts. This image is showing her emotional response to her husband leaving by wearing masculine clothing and having a cropped style hair cut. In relation to the first visual text (Fig.1) they are both using gender as a form of communication, in this case Frida Kahlo is using it to show emotion. Through understanding the background behind the image, we’re able to understand the emotional connection to the painting and create a personal connection to the visual text.

Texts Referenced:

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Chapter One. How to See Yourself.”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)

(Kahlo, Frida. Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair. 1940. Museum of Modern Art, New York. MoMALearning. MoMA. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.)

(Klauke, Jürgen. Self Performance. 1972. New York. JÜRGEN KLAUKE. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.)

(Klauke, Jürgen. “JÜRGEN KLAUKE – Fotografie.” JÜRGEN KLAUKE – Fotografie. Jürgen Klauke, n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.)

(Tangaere, Bridget. “237130_A2_WEEK5_TASK#3_TASK A_23/04/2016.” Web log post. Bridget T Creativity. WordPress.com, 23 Apr. 2016. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.)

237130_A2_Week5_Task#3_Task A_23/04/2016.

Task A – Locate from a credible source, one visual text you will use in your essay. (This can include a visual texts from Wk4 I/S)

a. Brainstorm/Mind Map : Look closely at the visual text, refer directly to what is ‘in’ the image (the subject) and identify ideas or points you think are important to consider about this image in building context. Consider why?

Klauke, Jürgen. Self Performance. 1972. New York. JÜRGEN KLAUKE. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

Klauke, Jürgen. Self Performance. 1972. New York. JÜRGEN KLAUKE. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

Mind-Map created with mindmeister.com.

Mind-Map created with mindmeister.com.

b. Situate 1-2 historical or contemporary visual texts you might use in your essay.

Klauke, Jürgen. Masculin/Feminin I. 1974. New York. JÜRGEN KLAUKE. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

Klauke, Jürgen. Masculin/Feminin I. 1974. New York. JÜRGEN KLAUKE. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

Kahlo, Frida. Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair. 1940. Museum of Modern Art, New York. MoMALearning. MoMA. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

Kahlo, Frida. Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair. 1940. Museum of Modern Art, New York. MoMALearning. MoMA. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

c. Link what is ‘in’ the image’s to those ideas and claims you have identified by collaging or mapping them directly onto the image/s or around it/them using the suggested approaches and technologies (see above).

Image One: ‘Masculin/Feminin’ – Jürgen Klauke

I think that this image relates to the image chosen in part a of this task because it is showing the blurring lines between gender. The series of 13-part color photographic work is showing the merging of  the two genders together. It also relates in the sense of showing how gender is a performance, that it can be changed and come together as one.

Image Two: ‘Self-Portrait with cropped hair’ – Frida Kahlo

This is a painting which is oil on canvas and was painted after her divorce with Diego Riveria. She is wearing an over-sized suit and crimson shirt. Surrounding her are locks of hair and she is holding a pair of scissors and lock of hair in the other. The text near the top of the image translates to  “Look, if I loved you it was because of your hair. Now that you are without hair, I don’t love you anymore.” I chose this image in relation to the image selected in task A because when Frida Kahlo painted self-portraits, they were typically of her in a feminine way but now this is showing her in a different form and portraying a different gender. This shows how emotions can be shown through the use of gender, she is mourning for the loss of her husband and is starting to gain independence after her husband leaving

d. Upload the visual text exercise ‘Task A’ above, and also briefly reflect on:

• How this process helped focus your research/essay direction.

The process has helped me focus on my essay direction and researching because I am now able to understand how to look for the genre of the image and understand how to relates to the genre it is placed in. This has also helped me to understand what the actual subject is within the visual text. Finding focal points within the visual image is helpful to understand the overall context of the image

• How this process has helped develop your understanding of what is important to developing contextual knowledge or inter-textual relationships between the visual text/s?

It is important to develop understand because we first need to understand what the visual text is actually trying to tell us, once we understand that then we can create a contextual knowledge around the visual text. I am now able to research further into the topic and build a inter-textual relationship between the visual text and building research for my essay.

• The relevance of these ideas and process for you when making visual texts in the field of art or design practice that you are most interested in, or currently undertaking in Studio Papers

These processes have helped me to understand the relevance of the ideas and processes because it has helped me to understand how all texts can be relevant to a topic. It is helpful to understand these processes and ideas and be able to us them in my the field of art I am interested in. I am able to expand my knowledge and learn more about my topic interests as well.

Texts Referenced:

(Kwinter, Taia. “Trying on Gender with Self-Portraits and Props.” Hyperallergic RSS. N.p., 09 Mar. 2016. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.)

(Ruszkiewicz, John J., Daniel Anderson, and Christy Friend. “Reading Texts.” Beyond Words: Cultural Texts for Reading and Writing. Boston: Pearson, 2012. 9-39. Print.)

237130_A2_Week5_Task#2_Visual Analysis – Sturken and Cartwright _21/04/2016.

Fellig, Arthur. Their First Murder. 1941. The J. Paul Getty Museum, California, United States. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

Fellig, Arthur. Their First Murder. 1941. The J. Paul Getty Museum, California, United States. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

When reading the analysis of the images ‘Their First Murder’. Within the  text it is discussed about the power that is held within the image. Wedge used these types of events to call attention  of the way we view images. What stood out in the discussion is the way that Weegee was able to capture multiple emotions within images. In the text, it states that we as viewers are as captivated as the children are within the image, the image calls on the way we look at a forbidden scene as well as capturing tense emotions on a still camera. (Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright 11)

Texts Referenced:

(Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright. “Images, Power and Politics.” Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. 9-48. Print.)