Presentations and constellations
Our class was informed recently that we will be making an end of year summary presentation to the whole media school. The idea of explaining the activities of 15 or so people for an entire semester seemed ludicrous, everyone had pursued different aspects of the course and no doubt come away with entirely different perspectives. The group work did focus the cohort somewhat, but even then the projects were still quite different in narrative and medium.
And then it slowly dawned on me; different perspectives, different mediums but never the less a narrative common to all via the course. The class was one huge transmedia experience. Each of the groups was presented with the same class activities, lectures, assignments etc. They each developed a perspective on these and crucually made that perspective tangable through essays, blog posts and their end of semester project. Their projects collectively reflict exactly what they think of transmedia.
If the class is transmedia, it makes sense that the presentation should be too. A presentation where we show some of the key themes of the course, Story, Narrative, Perspective, Agency and then skew around to show personal/group perspectives of each. I would envisage a constellation of stars, we show a wider shot of the galaxy before zooming in to each individual stars perspective on the rest of the galaxy. Just to be clear I am not going on a mushy, everyone is a unique snow flake rant here. Rather I’m thinking along the lines of semiotics where background is everything to reading a sign. Everyone read the course differently and we have spent an entire semester seeking how to give different readings agency. It’s not rocket science. (Space pun intended. Oh for shame.)
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