Dinara Assignment 2 Tutor report reflections

Although I had been exploring other ways of presenting the images, we have decided that image and spoken word works better than image with text. This is partly because of audience expectations (they expect to see what appears to be a video accompanied by spoken word rather than written text) as well as commercial considerations of time and impact. As I have already suggested, the image/text combinations I saw on Fazal Sheikh’s website were of particular inspiration to me, and this kind of web gallery is something I’d like to explore in the future.

The three chapter approach is suitable for this film, but I don’t want the films to follow the same pattern and risk being overly similar in structure as well as form. I want to remain flexible in my approach and respond to the subjects and what they want to say.

The Cyrillic script and voiceover are part and parcel and I don’t want to make too much of them; on the other hand as my tutor pointed out they are a reminder of where exactly the action is taking place. I just don’t want to dwell on the ‘exoticness’ factor; I want people to listen to these stories and personal messages since this is where the significance of the project lies.

We spoke about time constraints, since I am worried that I cannot produce anything; my camera is gathering dust! Hence the copious amounts of research!

We spoke about the size of the captions, and I mentioned that I am keeping them deliberately large: since the project is about disability and inclusion, the titles are slightly larger than usual for the visibly impaired. My tutor said this should be mentioned in the event the assessment team ask.

I am looking at a couple of disability theorists on work/education (Colin Barnes, Mark Priestley) and sexuality (Jenny Morris, Tom Shakespeare) as well as illness narratives and autopathography (Jo Spence, Hannah Wilke, Arthur Frank, Hyden, Arthur Kleinman) while simultaneously exploring the work of Judith Butler on interdependency, which undermines the notion of disabled dependency, and Foucault, whose ‘technologies of self’ can be used to explain the medicalisation of deviant bodies.

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