The role of visual storytelling in the training of emerging dance artists: engaging with filmed discourse through open landscapes

Jaundrill-Scott, Karen (2018) The role of visual storytelling in the training of emerging dance artists: engaging with filmed discourse through open landscapes. 4 th International congress on Visual Culture, 28th - 29th May 2018, Pontificia Univerista della Santa Croce, pp. 1-13. (In Press)

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Abstract

As part of the 12 Degrees North Dance Company Programme, funded by Arts Council England, I mentored and filmed five emerging artists over the period of a year,as they were tasked with producing an independent art work. Through a process of self-reflexivity and emotion analysis, we were able to embark on a journey of rediscovery and re-evaluation together. During the research process I created the film Disco(urse) (2015) which has since been exhibited at Auckland University, New Zealand; The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays; Edge Hill University, Lancashire; Bristol University, The University of Chester and Salford University, UK. I filmed the artists individually in a range of distracting countryside landscapes discussing their training and approaches as independent practitioners. By adopting fast tempo discursive systems within the filming I was able to nurture a driven awareness of self-affirmation and encourage an improvised dialogue about a range of recognised practices under challenging conditions of wind and flora. According to Messaris (1994), engaging in a discourse supported by visual literacy, can enhance understanding and conceptualise alertness, interpretation and appreciation. In applying this method, I was able to guide the group in a series of reflective milestones that highlighted their working identity as artists within a ‘real world’ perspective. This work examines the effectiveness of filmed discourse and the impact on the subjects as a historical record of ‘being’. Training may not always happen in a conventional manner nor be delivered by experienced artists: it can often be located in the different states of consciousness, and my own experiences during this project were unknowingly presented to me by a group of emerging artists and a camera crew. Internalisation of the training is individualised over a period of time by the artists, or indeed the time period in which they choose to utilise it.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Discourse,distraction,landscapes,visual literacy,documentary,film
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2018 08:47
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10408

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