University of Hertfordshire

Show/Tell: Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image

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Grace Lees-Maffei - Organiser

Show/Tell: Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image was one of a series of scholarly events hosted by the tVAD Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire. Convened by tVAD Research Group Co-ordinator Dr Grace Lees-Maffei and tVAD Research Fellow, Dr Sarah Johnson this event attracted a wealth of proposals from across the globe enabling a thoroughly international treatment of the themes and questions raised. The proverbial picture is worth a thousand words. Yet, images are rarely devoid of textual or verbal accompaniment. We use words to describe images, just as we use images to convey stories. Images and text appear in conjunction, and in succession, and these juxtapositions may be read as narratives. In sum, text, image and narrative are nothing less than mutually constitutive. In learning about objects and images, and in preparing resultant outcomes, cultural historians and commentators employ a range of methods and sources, from observation, interview and oral history, to object analysis and documentary interpretation. What is at stake in the translation of sources, both visual/pictorial and written/verbal, in the production of these analyses? Posters, paintings, guidebooks, films, computer games and other digital environments are just some of the cultural artefacts in which text, narrative and image intersect in particular ways. Art historians, design historians, material culturalists, practitioners of cultural studies and others came together at Show/Tell to reflect on their sources, the issues mobilised by articulating images and objects with language and the ways in which their talking and writing conditions understanding of cultural artefacts in relation to a number of broad questions, including, but not limited to, the following: How do cultural narratives shape understanding of the artefacts they represent? How do archival and curatorial practices shape cultural understanding? How does oral history inform understanding of texts, narratives, objects and images? How is taste shaped through text, narrative and image? How do text, narrative and image appear in the works of individual practitioners? How might the borders of text, narrative and image be transcended?
12 Sep 2005

Show/Tell: Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image

Duration12 Sep 2005 → …
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Event: Conference

Research outputs

ID: 964105