UNIT 2: DIFINING COLLABORATION & READER STRUCTURE
Coca-cola in collaboration with fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (left). Artist Vanessa Beecroft staging a performance in collaboration with creative conceptualist Kanye at his Yeezy Season 2 fashion show (right).
Last week ended with a discourse session with Rachel Finney. The session that is part of Academic Development, was about defining the term "collaborative practice". A space of collaboration is a process of exchange. It emerges from dialogue between participants. It can be described as a mix of identities. There are two types of communications; Dialectic, which is to give and take in a conversation of opposite opinions, to eventually come to a common ground. Dialogic on the other hand, does not need to be resolved, but rather acknowledging each other's different opinions.
Lookng at summaries of each other's topics to group ourselves in hubs with matching subjects.
The collaborative hubs in the Unit 2 project was based on somewhat matching subjects. My hub, that included me, Kritika and Kiki, started to read three main literature texts for each member’s individual project. In that way find common themes. Control and power was a significant reoccurring theme in all three texts. Whether it is controlling a community, man being superior to animal, or customizing principles to control finance, they all fall under the idea of power to design an ideal position in society.
The title "How Power dynamics change perception: The idea of designing an ideal outcome" was formed, but later changed to "Influence and Perception: How power dynamics facilitate counter-ways of seeing". It was difficult to structure the texts, because they had different tone of voice. I had to therefore drop one of my main texts “Advertising in Saudi Arabia: Content and Regulation” and instead bring in an "Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arab" written by Jean P. Sasson. The tone of voice of this auto biography matched the sample we chose from Kiki's "The Great Silence" by Ted Chiang and "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell.
Kritika's heavy economic texts were dropped as it did not contribute to the argument, we focused on the adverting aspect of her topic. At the point the structure of the Reader was forming. We tried three different structures.
1. Timeline - From man ruling over animal, to man controlling man and finally mass-media ruling over man. But that did not work as all of the topics are modern day concerns and could not be put in a specific timeline.
2. Grouping - Using categories to group the texts, in for example gender, species, cultural and mass-media. But that did not work either in consideration of the already different topics that our individual texts were discussing.
3. Argumentative - Placing the texts in an argumentative way. Define the problem, reasoning to why it is a problem, consider other perspective to raise a debate and conclusion. This structure worked well as it was the only structure that made sense from a reader perspective.
Structure of Reader starting to form.