Appropriation 1 : Image variation
Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Excercise Category: Imagery Reading, Visual storytelling
Photographers would endow specific meaning to the image at the moment they take photographs. However, these meanings are not definite. Instead, it could be reused, modified or subverted by the audience.
Concept / Inspiration:
“The Death of the Author”, proposed by Roland Barthes has enlightened the audience the right to decoding the authors’work. He believes authors do not have all the rights to define the meaning of the art piece. Instead, the way how the audience comprehend the art piece is more significant to the point that their reading could redefine the meaning of the art piece.
Photographers would endow specific meaning to the image at the moment they take photographs. However, these meanings are not definite. Instead, it could be reused, modified or subverted by the audience. This concept has given an infinite use for the image and this has made the image reading more interesting.
Students are encouraged to get rid of stereotypes. They have to learn how to decode the familiar signs into simple lines, colors and shapes. They have to use different methods to transform, twist, and damage or to restore the original meaning of the image.
- To explore new perspectives to make up something different from the original image, i.e. visual effects, physical states of the materials.
- To experience different image processing in order to understand the way to shape the visual effects as well as the feeling of the audience.
Materials / Equipment:
- Images found by different ways
- Glue stick
- Colour pencils
Each of the students will be given a picture. They could modify it in any way they want to in order to change the visual effects and the physical states of the materials. Instructor could encourage them to start off from different aspects, i.e. colours, lines, collage, abstracts, colour blocks, 3D as well as 2D.
The instructor and the students could try to decode the labels and signs that have been stereotyped by the mass media.
It is recommended to use the images that are familiar to the general public. For example, celebrities or news photos, etc. This could allow to student to focus on processing the image in the visual and material aspect without thinking of the background information about the image.