Hello all and welcome!
Leading into our track at Digital Pedagogy Lab we will be hosting day long twitter (mostly) visual dialogues on the 15th of every month starting in February. We will be releasing prompts on the #VISUALDIALOGUES hashtag as early in the morning (ET) as possible from the @critical_visual twitter account. Please do join in and respond to as many of the prompts from our Twitter account as you care to. Don’t care to? Well…
If you are going to join us and have all the funz, we should give you some background as to why we’re doing all this. In this regard, the following is part of our track description at Digital Pedagogy Lab:
We will think through, map out, and visually represent how the rise of “user-generated” social media content and co-created digital and visual artefacts are impacting how people learn, communicate, educate, collectively organise, and express themselves.
- What are “critical visual dialogues” and how do these take shape in various digital spaces?
- How have social media and “do it yourself” (DIY) content-sharing platforms changed knowledge production processes?
- How can a meme or GIF be treated as a text to learn from and through which to communicate knowledge?
Throughout the course we will consider issues concerning power, positionality, privilege, and pedagogy in relation to creating and engaging with visual culture in different digital and analog contexts. Many contemporary societies are significantly shaped by digital and visual culture, including the creation and sharing of online content such as memes, GIFs, digital art and collage work. Despite this, discussion and production of such “digital remix culture” rarely plays a central role in pedagogical approaches.
Our course will consider such questions by exploring, collaborating, and critiquing forms of visual culture and digital storytelling that influence and reflect critical pedagogical approaches. This course will facilitate creative visual meaning-making focused on many to many communications, with an emphasis on collaboration, co-creation, and critical visual dialogue activities (communicating through drawing, photography, collage, and digital visual artefact exchanges). There will be opportunities to create open visual galleries (on various social media channels) while reflecting on digital remix culture developments and their connection to social and political issues.
So that’s the formal stuff – now come over to the twitterz and lets “talk”. By this we mean respond to one of the prompts from @critical_visual using only a visual of some sort using the hashtag #visualdialogues and we’ll be sure to respond in kind with some kind of 🖼
👀 ➡️👤 🔜(see you soon)
Yours in making,
Francesca Sobande & Daniel Lynds