OUT OF THE PICTURE: DRAWING THE NARRATION OF FILM

Imagine for a moment a story that does not have solid form. It is nebulous but resonant. It is an idea. Between this state and a completed cinematic work, there is normally a process of artistic inquiry. Conventionally, creating a narrative for film involves constructing written treatments, drafting scripts and compiling shot lists. However, a small number of filmmakers use drawing as a visual method to create and shape knowledge into communicative form. Although film is understood as a visual medium, we rarely talk about visual methods used in its early stages of development. Increasingly, visual methods are used in … Continue reading OUT OF THE PICTURE: DRAWING THE NARRATION OF FILM

Back Through the Looking Glass: A Review of the Fourth International Visual Methods Conference

The title ‘Back through the looking glass’ reflects my ongoing engagement with the evolving and dynamic biannual International Visual Research Methods Conference. What I really like about the IVM is the way it encourages innovation and change rather than becoming a staid repetition that rolls out a similar format and style that engenders inertia. To some extent this is encouraged by the newness of the conference team every two years; different people, different places and new ideas and ways of thinking mean that each conference is fresh and exciting, but also resonant of the original aims of IVM, to enable … Continue reading Back Through the Looking Glass: A Review of the Fourth International Visual Methods Conference

Visual methods and ethics: Stories from the field

This special issue on ethical issues in visual research arose from our collective observation that there is an urgent need for researchers to share and reflect upon stories about the ethical challenges they are facing in their research, including how they have navigated the formal procedural ethics review process and how they have identified and responded to ethical challenges in their research practice. Our approach in this special issue has been to call for tales from the field that raise new questions and highlight concerns within the context of real and ongoing research rather than attempt to derive solutions to … Continue reading Visual methods and ethics: Stories from the field

TRANSform Beijing 2008 -2018: A Photo Essay

The XXIX Olympiad hosted by Beijing (hereafter Beijing 2008) has been categorized, along with Tokyo (1964) and Montreal (1976) as “Games stimulating transformations of the built environ-ment” (Essex and Chalkley, 1998). From the per-spective of the Beijing government, Beijing 2008 would celebrate a Chinese renaissance, as well as contribute to a harmonious society, under the banner ‘One world, One Dream’. Less optimistic voices suggested that due to the number of new venues and the “greening up” of the city, Beijing 2008 would have a negative effect on local resi-dents through displacement, particularly for its poorest residents (Owne 2005:17). These com-peting … Continue reading TRANSform Beijing 2008 -2018: A Photo Essay

“This is Football”: Visualizing Academic Capitalism at the Athletic Stadium—A Photo Essay

Visual Methodologies, Volume 7: 1-14. Amy Scott Metcalfe University athletics are “big business” in the United States, but this is not yet the case in Canadian higher education institutions where there are fewer institutional affiliations with media-promoting academic sports organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Unlike their American counterparts who rely heavily on revenue from the media rights for televised sports broadcasts and other licensing opportunities, Canadian universities leverage funding for athletics programs mainly through student fees (Lenskyj, 2004). While such revenues may permit a viable varsity athletic program at most Canadian institutions, student fees are rarely … Continue reading “This is Football”: Visualizing Academic Capitalism at the Athletic Stadium—A Photo Essay