Volume 1

The first issue of Visual Methodologies critically engaged with the development, utilization and influence of visual experience in the production and consumption of knowledge of contemporary social and material conditions. Visual Methodologies provides a forum for debating emerging visual research methods across a constellation of visual domains and fields of enquiry, embracing perspectives beyond the bounded parameters of disciplinary tradition and towards hybridity, mobility and postdisciplinarity. 

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  • Number 1 This special issue seeks to examine the role of participation in visual methodologies. It is a collection of essays from members of the Visual Scholarship Initiative at Emory University in which practitioners reflect upon their uses of photography, film, and video as a form of practice-based research. Though the use of visual methods and technologies are integral to all of the projects here, our focus is in the range of participation between photographer, filmmaker, or curator and subject or audience and how this impacts what we understand as scholarship. The photograph, film, or video, then, is a means by which we enter into the social and cultural negotiations of and reflections upon meaning making. In this introduction, we attempt to clarify what we mean by participatory research. Such practices often result in crossing disciplinary boundaries, as we discuss below. Further, morphing the use of visual media into a category of research method that generates scholarship with others means we are also exploring various connections and intersections between public scholarship and socially engaged art. Instead of resolving or precisely pinning down the concept of participatory research, we intend to explore the ways participation can be activated by artistic research and visual methods and the various types of relationships that emerge within this process.
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Number 1 The Fourth International Conference on Visual Methods was hosted by the University of Brighton in September 2015. It brought together many imaginative and hugely productive collaborations between academics, practitioners and community groups from various cities and regions of the UK, Europe and beyond.  Like most conferences, our programme consisted of presentations and keynote speeches, but we also included screenings, exhibitions and workshops. Much of this took place in the University but we extended our reach by opening the doors of the University to the local community and holding screenings and exhibitions in public spaces across the city.  This special edition of Visual Methodologies strives to capture the richness and diversity of the programme; it offers some detailed first hand accounts of projects and papers presented at the conference, as well as exploring the wider role of visual methods in contemporary research practice.  Our cover features one of Ray Gibson’s iconic pebble faces taken on Brighton Beach and used as part of the Great Pebble Dash, one of the projects which took conference delegates out of the University and into the city.  

Number 2 The scientific and technological achievements of the past century and the increasing pervasiveness of images have not only influenced deeply the relationship between humankind and nature, but have also introduced new kinds of awareness of human’s responsibilities on vulnerabilities never experienced before, which have serious – if not irreversible – cascades of consequences on the stability, livability and reproduction of social and natural contexts. As a matter of fact, in several cases, the threats produced by the current system have already neared the end of their latency (Beck, 1992): we are increasingly more affected by their effects and also visually more exposed to them. This happens not just because disasters, either man-made or natural, occur more frequently, and the multiplicity of their damages are wider, but also because individuals and communities can increasingly experience them, not just directly but also indirectly, and in several ways. Media shrink time and space distances and augment the capacity of our senses to acknowledge them and this also encourages the emergence of new social processes. Nonetheless,  in the early stages of studies on these issues, in front of the complexity of the phenomena that were dramatically unfolding, the theories and methods of social sciences (as well as of others) have proven to be weak and running behind.

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