Introduction

Presenting the exhibiton. Copyright: Georg Vith
Presenting the exhibiton. Copyright: Georg Vith

The aim is to make the participants aware just how much historical photographs depend on their presentation and related stories.

At the same time, it should encourage them to gain a new understanding of the pictures and of exhibitions in general by using their imagination.

A collection of photographs is avaliable.

 

Author: Mag. Werner Matt, Stadtarchiv Dornbirn, Marktplatz 11, A-6850
Dornbirn, Austria

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Task

Working. Copyright Georg Vith
Working. Copyright Georg Vith

In small groups we investigate the effect of this mostly monochrome world of images and create a story, a script, out of the emotions triggered by the pictures. The result is a little exhibition which your group presents.

Process

Presenting. Copyright: Georg Vith
Presenting. Copyright: Georg Vith

1. Get the participants to form small groups of no more than four people.

2. Each group receives an identical set of historical photographs. They can work with with photocopies / prints in A4 size or use their computers. If you don't have a collection of your own use the PDF-file (78,3 MB) "Photos Collection". You can find it under the Menu "Documents".

3. Each group then creates a small exhibition.

4. There are no guidelines. Title, selection and processing of the pictures is left entirely to the participants, i.e. they are free to cut out, emphasise or alter the pictures any way they want.

5. Looking at the (unknown) pictures, the group agrees on a “script” and realizes it on one or more posters.

6. After an hour, the “exhibitions” should be ready for presentation, i.e. the pictures mounted, titles or legends written out, if used.

7. Now the groups present their posters. Important points are the underlying concept and the manner of realising it.

8. After each group presentation, the other groups can ask questions or comment on the exhibition.

Learning Outcomes

  • Working in a team
  • Choosing a title and selecting and processing the pictures freely, but following a concept agreed among the team
  • Imagíng and telling a story
  • Using one or more posters to prepare the exhibition
  • Respecting a given timeframe
  • Answering any question in a confident way

Knowledge acquired

  • Basic knowledge of the steps necessary to create an exhibiton
  • Fundamental knowledge of team work and communication
  • Fundamental knowledge of the power of pictures and how the way they are arranged can influence the viewer's perception of matters

Skills acquired

  • Use own imagination on given visual stimuli to imagine a story
  • Take the necessary steps to create an exhibition
  • Make a small exhibition with scissors and glue or with digital means
  • Work in a small group to handle an assigned task
  • Deliver a presentation to a small audience

Competences acquired

  • Show creativity in dealing with visual information in form of historic exhibitions
  • Illustrate a story by arranging pitctures in a poster
  • Working in a team, assuming a specific role and sharing the responsibility of decisions taken
  • Answer and discuss any question or issue that may be raised ba the audience

Conclusion

The aim is to make the participants aware just how much even historical photographs depend on their presentation and to sharpen their attention in general about exhibitions.

At the same time, it should encourage them to gain a new understanding of the pictures by bringing in additional information.

Videos


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