350MC Working with Photography in Context – Lecture 10

On Tuesday 2nd December 2014, I attended half a day of lectures dedicated to our Symposium module. To start the day, we took part in our typical Working Group meetings before catching up our lecturer, Anthony Luvera, with where each of the groups were at. After we had done this, we then had a brief talk by Anthony, who talked to us about different reading and writing strategies by giving us some physical handouts and taking us through some of his previous writing works. We then had individual tutorials with either Anthony Luvera or Kate McMillan, where we talked about where we were at with our Symposium work. Below you can find the notes from today:

Reading Strategies and Writing Strategies:


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Computer Folders – keep organized!:

  • Research
  • Notes
  • Outlines – Structure (introduction, body, conclusion)
  • Drafts
  • Images


Individual Tutorials (with Kate McMillan):

For this tutorial with Kate, I showed her both my brief structure of my Symposium Presentation and the Presentation of Case Studies Daniel Campbell Blight asked us to create two weeks ago. These can be found below:

Brief Structure of Symposium Presentation

Case Studies Presentation

At the beginning of the tutorial, Kate simply went through these two documents with me where she suggested different ideas and theorists, as well as the structure of the presentation. These notes have been written out below:

Brief Structure of Symposium Presentation:

  • Section 3 where you talk about false memories is a whole other section of theories and ideas that may be too much to talk about in your 10 minute presentation – I would also argue that memories are always false due to subjective remembering
  • You may want to look at subjective interplay between past and present – but this is bordering more on history than memory
  • The introduction should include:
    • Dense ideas
    • Amazing quotes
    • Situate yourself in these ideas – this interest has stemmed from personal experiences
  • When you get to the work of the photographers, your ideas should have been so well developed that they can speak for themselves and simply provide the evidence
  • You should definitely include any “Eureka” quotes
  • After each quote, make sure you explain it – don’t let the quote speak for itself
  • Read works by Barbara Bolt about situated knowledge (typed “Barbara Bolt situated knowledge and landscape scholarly” and these are the pieces Kate suggested I read):
  • You should also look at “Time: Documents in Contemporary Art” from Whitechapel Gallery and “Memory: Documents in Contemporary Art” from Whitechapel Gallery
  • Another theorist you should look at is Proust and his ideas on that sensory perception trigger memory
    • Remembrance of Things Past

Presentation of Case Studies:

  • Ann Chwatsky’s “WHEN I WAS A GIRL” series definitely successfully highlights the first section you are looking at about reminiscence and reverie memories
  • For Idris Khan’s work, you may need to read around people who have written about his work to make sure that it is definitely what you’re looking at
  • However, after being introduced to Mikael Levin’s “WAR STORY” series, this is definitely more appropriate than the work of Idris Khan
  • Looking at “When Photographs create False Memories”, I think this is a very goo case study for the section on false memories, but you need to decide whether you’re going to include this section within the Symposium


Finally, to complete the session, she decided to type some more intricate notes up to allow her to think out loud and put all of her suggestions over to me. These have been included below:

  • Address situated knowledge – How does this relate to memory/memory triggers?
  • Be really clear about what you mean when you discuss memory. Really highlight that this is about MEMORY TRIGGERS AND (AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL?) LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

The structure of the presentation should be:


Some things you may also want to look at include (and these may be briefly discussed in the summary):

  • What is it about photography that makes this position significant/unique/distinct? – Address what photography can do/does and some of its specific qualities.
  • Look at the residue of the image/past
  • How does the photographic trace relate to memory studies?