Things have been carrying on well with the workshops. We had a great session with the NLarge group on Tuesday – we looked through a selection of the photos that the young people took last week, and reflected on what they might mean. Emotions and responses to the images ranged from “abandoned” and “panic” to “everything’s not what it seems” and “dreaming of the real world”. There were some really beautiful images, which I’ll get uploaded to Flickr, but here are a couple to preview:
We were thinking about how we make associations about images, objects and experiences, but how they completely vary depending on our own viewpoint and life experiences. This is true in life as in art – something that might conjure up joy in one person might provoke fear or disgust in another. And this got me thinking about data and how we ‘tag’ things with such associations – so that if I Google search (or have a programme that searches and / or orders things by how they’re tagged) something like “oranges”, it’ll filter through all of the information available and find me things tagged with the word “oranges”. This is simple enough, but what about when it’s a more abstract idea like “curiousity”, “fear” or “movement”. After reviewing all of the images, we then did something which kind of reversed the process. Rather than making meaning out of images, we made images out of meaning. Each person took a word (from the one’s we made earlier, in association to the other images) out of a box, and then we went out and created performance images to interpret those. It was great fun!