The Visual Archive

Critical Thinking and Making — Spring  2024

WEEK 4 | Archive ⇄ Space

While you are defining your individual research inquiry we will explore experimental ways of visual form-making. These methodologies can inspire the visual direction of your final archive project.
     This week’s experiment takes you out in the streets (if that is safe for you) for field studies and footage gathering.


Reading & Watching

Making: Experiment 2 — Urban Collage

  • Step 1: Identify
    Based on your research inquiry, decide for a physical location near to you. A street, a building, a corner, a park, a room, (…)
  • Step 2: Observe
    Take a camera (mobile phone) and and spend at least two hours at your location. As a visual journalist, study the environment from different perspectives (zoom in, zoom out) and take pictures of lines & shapes, positive and negative spaces, patterns & textures, and typography & letters. 
  • Step 3 Create
    Tutorial: Using Photoshop to create the Urban Type Collages. Get the password from Canvas.
    • Use your images to create 7 collages each of them using one of the “Principles of Visual Language” as a guiding method.
    • 1. 7×7 inches, black on white only.
    • 2. Apply the demonstrated method combining: Image>Adjustment>Threshold and “Multiply” layers.
    • 3. Take into consideration how your seven compositions become a series to represent the same inquiry in different ways. 
    • 4. Upload to google drive, week 5, “Urban Collages”.
    • Print and crop your collages for class, write the princple and caption on the back.

→ Martin Venezky’s work in the letterform archive.
→ Appetite Engineers Promotion

Optional additional reading:
If you enjoyed last’s week reading, I recommend to take at look at: Research in the Archival Multiverse
Chapter 1: Archival and Recordkeeping Traditions in the Multiverse and Their Importance for Researching Situations and Situating Research by Anne J. Gilliland

Comments are closed.