Supervision 9th Dec 2013
Q. Should I indicate/describe the following components to allow participants to construct a story, before participants start creating stories their own?
To see the different possibilities for structure of stories at the next workshop;
• Universal theme – problem or conflict?
•• Genres – love story? story about sports game?
••• Fun – as devices to drive stories?
•••• Characters – persona(Somebody participants know?)
Q. Should I have a limitation when I am going to recruit workshop participants? (Age? Arty? Kids? Adults?)
A-Probably you would need to meet participants more than once in one session. As a example, Andrea’s student, Camila from MACD does project with a community in Brixton. She has curated mural painting and which theme was to depict of whole history of the community as recounted by people who participated to her workshop. The engagement of these people in this common local project is also creating a stepping stone towards future by reawakening importance of collaboration, because people in there are not always collaborating for common project. By looking at past, she actually created stronger enough presence to be able to kick start possible futures.
Her methodology is kind of similar that I am depicting. She went there and asked children and old people in the community to tell her stories about their community. First she worked with old people and young children separately(really? maybe un-separatedly?), she started going there without knowing what she would find. Then she started arranging people according to how it seemed to fit to her project. So she did not force any decision on the group, she sort of manage the energies and synergies that were there. So Andrea says that he would suggest to take same approach because it is difficult to set up condition now. So the first workshop should be totally exploratory. Just go there, speak to them, do not try to teach them the basic structure of story. Because purpose of my project i to make participants speak freely.
No age limits, no structural limits, no thematically limits, no genre limits, no device limits for the first workshop, but I could show my previous workshop at the Japanese high school as a example. Perhaps I also could show Camila’s work as another example if I could get permission.
Of course I need to allow(not control) participants to elicit participants response, not technical/structural way. Narrative devices to drive store are important if the aim of this project is only to create a story. However the aim is not story, story is only the devices for access the information material to create visual storyboard, so they don’t need devices to create a story. But I need devices to elicit their stories, in that sense I would need devices to drive participants stories. But again, they don’t need to realise devices.
Maybe after I suggested participants to write a story, according genre, I could use it to give them feedbacks. (be careful with Crime/Thriller because this is sensitive for people in educational/authorities).
Finding out Universal Theme through the creation on visual storyboard is one of the purpose of project so don’t need to set up in advance. By giving universal theme, I may take away myself from possibilities of discovering local issue. By observing participants, I will find their common (universal) theme then I could divide them into small groups smoothly. First of all I need to listen to them, just focus on how narratives develop naturally because I don’t know what I am going to find.
I need to find out what I need to know before approaching the area. So I need to do research about little bit of the history about the area, how the area has been developed? transportation? shops? population? process of gentrification? House prices? If I want to provide narrative techniques, I should give examples from participants’ local area with understandable popular samples, like “this is almost like Sherlock Homes!” rather than theory “this is categorised as crime suspense!”. Making link form cultural references to local incidents would show more understanding of their stories.
Creative Writing - The purpose of creative writing is not creating stories to tell, to look one self. More focusing on process of connecting yourself through writing, it’s almost like self analysis, self help and personal heal.
As a example, ask communities to bring all the photographs/visual material from 60′s to elicit participants’ conversation then I ask them like “Please could you write about your photographs as a story?” then this could work as device. Or throughout analysing people’s conversation with visual materials, I would point particular interesting participants to ask more detail of stories afterwards to derive their thoughts about future, this could be one method to find a participants.
Benefits for Participants
I am not there to steal information, I need to back something useful to participants/local community.
1. Speak about themselves
2. Meet with others
3. I need to provide outcome that they can use it later.
So for me, I would use them to generate methodologies that continues to the next workshop as a cycle. For participants, they need to take out outcome to give their voices to local authorities.
Diagram for Literature Review
Andrea do not think that I should focus on Story Writing Techniques because current my focus is communication through visual storyboard, not by stories. There is no suggestion for literature reviews, after I create whole list for LR, he would direct/adjust direction of it.
Precedent format for storyboarding with iconic landmarks
If I chose specific iconic landmarks from the local community’s area, and theses are recognised by participants easily, it would work. However, Andrea thoughts still it is complicated. As a positive opinion, it would work as device to elicit participants conversation about local area. These designed icons would work as ice breakers.
As a conclusion
Today’s supervision was based on prediction/try to imagine that what would be happened at the future workshop so as soon as I prepared, I need to try little by little, I can gradually move to the ideas. Step in, observe participants but need to obverse my self that what type of methodology can be useful or not. After 5-10 workshops, I would know functioned structure of the workshop/methodologies. Running workshop, elicit people is complicated so I need iterative process.
Read a history about the area, visit area, what type of people, what type of shops? what types of product do they sell? visit local library etc… Then throw your self in and just do it. Also, seeing Camila’s workshop would be helpful to experience what’s the like dealing with locals, so I would participate her next workshop.