Practice what you teach. Workshop.

Practice what you teach. Term 1

A series of activities completed in edge space.

Tutor: Peter Ainsworth

Sometimes he wonders what zone of transit he himself was entering, sure that his own withdrawal was symptomatic not of a dormant schizophrenia, but of a careful preparation for a radically new environment, with its own internal landscape and logic, where old categories of thought would be merely an encumbrance.(JG Ballard, 1963)

Overview

This workshop is an opportunity to create a body of photographic work collaboratively within a group. It is an chance to experiment and to learn from each other in the realisation of a short project and within an unusual setting. The workshop is designed to encourage a way of working that emphasises the importance of sharing resources and is an experiment in group dialogics.

Method.

In practical terms the project will be to create temporal actions within an urban edge space: a space that is often happen upon in the navigation of the city but is perhaps only glimpsed through a car window rather than viewed as having any specific usage or as a destination in itself. The nature of the activities completed within the space will be determined by a direct response to the environment that we find to use. The project that will take place within this edge space will be defined through a process of discussion and in consideration of ourselves as photographers, performers and participants within the context of the workshop.

Context.

Thematically the project will consider alternate uses for sites that are socially designated as waste, be an exploration of the urban landscape in consideration of how it is constructed, and can be shaped through traces of human activity. This project will equip you with tools and experience so that you are better able to further develop work within a group context.

Practicalities.

This is a live, exciting and engaging project that requires active participation from all involved. The people interested in undertaking the project will be expected to actively develop and cultivate a site or sites in the realisation of the work. Above all you will need to be willing to think about how best to work collaboratively and inclusively. You will need to bring a camera. We are going to be working outside so you will need to wear appropriate clothing and suitable footwear (No shoes that show toes)

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