Framework Project: Our Place, Our priorities – 3rd May 2013.[Week 11]

We met at some stop lights on Monk’s Road and were tasked with:

  1. Standing and observing the scene at the lights
  2. Seeing what is happening i.e. the process
  3. Relating to power and where we see this at the lights
Stop sign in Holtegata in Oslo.

Stop sign in Holtegata in Oslo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then we reconvened at the Development Centre, Croft Street, to discuss our experiences. Keirah, Megan, Maddie, David, Vernon, Sarah were joined by Lynsey who works as a Development Officer at the Centre.

Our ensuing discussion  was an attempt to explain what we did, saw and reflected on during the exercise at the stop sign.

Sarah Amsler, who was leading the seminar explained that this kind of “looking” and “observation” could be called “Reading the world”.

The central issues of this session were:

  • Why do we see the world, ourselves and others as we do?
  • Where does meaning come from?
  • How do acts of “representation” influence life chances, shape experiences and define identity?
  • Can we re-construct reality through representation?

We discussed the colour red and what it might mean, symbolism, ethical power, moral power and state power, order and disorder, following “norms”, contingency and ideas of reality.

We agreed that we wouldn’t normally look to see where power resides but we can begin to look for it.

For next week we will meet at the centre at 10 am to continue the seminar series [ Friday 10th May].

Maddie wanted to pursue ideas around “What makes somewhere Home”. Keirah wanted to discuss “why/how people distract her”.

Sarah indicated that words such as “norm” would be explained/defined through the production of a glossary of terms.

David said………”Keep taking pictures!!!”

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Framework Project: Our Place, Our priorities – May 2013.

Sarah Amsler will be conducting a series of Seminars during May for the Framework project. “The Politics of Representation” is a short course in critical theory for students of image, power and imagination.

There will be 4 seminars on Fridays, 3 – 24 th May, from 10am – 12 midday at venues in Lincoln to be confirmed………….

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Framework Project: Our Place, Our Priorities – 12th April, 2013 [Week 8]

We:   Megan, David, Maddie, Sarah, Keirah and Vernon met at Lincoln’s Seat of power and learning – The StoneBow  – and settled in the Mayor’s room for our introduction to the course “Photography & Representation”.


Sarah Amsler, who is leading the series of seminars,  introduced herself and explained her interest in sociology, politics, culture and photography.

We were invited to introduce ourselves to Sarah through illustration, drawing or words and we each took some time over formatting our response. These were then presented to the rest of the group and opened interesting dialogue around our constructs and their interpretation. There were representations of identity, relationship, places, concerns, happiness, symbols, time, books and other associations.

Sarah presented her course outline and intentions over the 4 week seminar period:

The Politics of Representation: A short course in critical theory for students of image, power and imagination: Sarah explained  various aspects of the course.

  • What is the course about?
  • Who is running it?
  • When/where is it happening?
  • What is required?
  • The Seminars:
  1. Reading the World – 3rd May
  2. Making ‘place’ – images, maps and identities – 10th May
  3. Visible and the invisible – the politics of being un/seen – 17th May
  4. Challenging ‘Othering’ and exclusion through critical cultural acts – 24th May
  • How will it work?
  • Are there any credentials attached to the course?

Sarah explained that the course would provide essential tools to enable appropriate judgements to be made in the context of taking photographs, seeing and interpreting ‘representation’ in all its forms.

Everyone expressed their keeness to be involved in the seminars.



For next week – 17th April, David is involved in a conference.

The rest of us will meet at the cafe in the Aboretum, Monk’s road with the intention of taking photographs and a catch-up conversation……..10 am, Friday 17th April.

Please bring your cameras, camera-phones, journals and anything else you want to raise.

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Framework Project: Our Place, Our Priorities – 5th April, 2013 [Week 6/7]

Our destination this week, the Vintage shop on Monk’s Road,  was also the location for a Hollywood movie company [ i.e. the local Youth project!! ] filming an epic Vampire sequence. We did not try to compete with their enthusiasm but decamped to the Cafe at the Aboretum, which was much quieter and no potential for blood-letting.

David introduced Karolina to Megan, Vernon  and Kierah and our dialogue together ranged far & wide:

  • Changes to roles at Framework led us into discussing continuity, trust, bonds, expectation, relationship, emotions, stability and how to handle change.
  • David gave out sketchbook/journals with the expectation that each of us would use these to record our ideas and notes.
  • We discussed the involvement of Sarah Amsler in the project. David explained she would like to explore the various ideas which are currently emerging from each of us and to give these a context.
  • We discussed the taking of photographs of objects & places which we have been pursuing over a couple of weeks – The idea of moving from the general to the particular and the importance to an individual of something seemingly incidental. Through illustrations from David’s work [ his “altar” to childhood ] we explored negative and positive emotions, association, family, childhood, relationships, the natural stresses of growing up.
A photograph of my mother.....Vernon

A photograph of my mother…..Vernon

  • Any accompanying “narrative” about the photograph is as important as the image itself. So – how one “reads” a photograph is crucial. As important is the moment of taking the photograph and the criteria involved at that time.
  • The group were asked to consider the making of a modest Notice board to be located somewhere in the Abbey ward to show the work[photographs] we produce. Perhaps a small grant from Paul could make this possible?

Karolina was thanked for her contribution & support.

Next time we will meet at the “StoneBow” in town: Friday 12th April at 10 am and Sarah will be with us to explore some of our ideas.


  1. To transfer our initial ideas about our personal aims [ie the big sheet] into the Journal/Sketchbooks and add to these if we so wish.
  2. To bring our photographs on objects and locations on a stick for transfer to David’s laptop.
  3. To provide a short “narrative” explanation for each of the photographs on objects/locations in our Journal.

PS: Framework are happy to provide a dedicated laptop/notebook for the project – David to advise on price. For any other Framework colleagues wanting to join the group decisions need to be taken soon – Megan to advise on potential members.

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