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Designing Britain 1945 - 1975 > Student Response Bank > SRB Project Brief
 
STUDENT RESPONSE BANK PROJECT BRIEF

On completion of this unit the student should be able to:
- Show the ability to identify and interact with suitable institutions/archives.
- Devise a coherent research programme, which explores the uses, users and origins of an archive.
- Produce an effective reinterpretation of the chosen archive produced to a standard appropriate to public display.
- Display a development of skills in editing.
- Display a development of skills in digital production.

Description
 
Collecting, storing and saving are activities undertaken by nations, regions, businesses, institutions, families and individuals. Keepers, archivists, curators and record managers are professionals with skills in acquiring, retrieving, preserving and disposing. (Dr Catherine Moriarty).
 
An effective reinterpretation of an archive should present the chosen audience with an engaging product, which addresses issues or concepts beyond the core material of the archive. These reinterpretations can be made in a number of ways.

Reorder: Use the core material of an archive and reorder it to create a new meaning for this material.
Parody: Use the core material of an archive as reference to remake photographs in a similar style.
Invent: Use your research into the methodology of archivists and structure of archives to create an archive from existing images (family photographs, found photographs etc.).

Project Brief:

Study other artists’ approaches to reassessing / recontextualising archives. Identify, and create a dialogue with an archive. Deal with issues of access and usage through this dialogue. Create a working method consistent with your concept and considering your outcome. Make a finished product consistent with your concept. This must be to a professional standard and contain no less than 10 images plus appropriate text. Write 500 words explaining the reason for choosing the archive, the research methods used and the outcome of the project.

Submission procedure:

To submit your work it will be necessary to save it in the following formats:

• Photographs must be digitised and saved as Jpeg or giff files at 72dpi, no larger than 10x12 cm in size.
• Text, including submissions to the resources lists, must be sent as word documents.
ALL SUBMITTED FILES MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED WITH YOUR NAME.


Work must be submitted by or on the 1st of June and the 1st of December and sent to info@macdonaldstrand.co.uk attached to an email. Please mark the subject of the email as Student Response Bank.

If there are any questions about submission procedures please contact info@macdonaldstrand.co.uk
 
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