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The Creation of Visual Metaphors: A Workshop

October 27th, 2009

Workshop 19/10/09Last Monday at NZCER 13 staff members participated in a visual metaphors lunchtime workshop. We looked at deconstructing visual metaphors to interpret their complex meanings, and used this understanding to create our own visual metaphors.

We used the well known sign of Adam and God’s touching fingers from Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, which has been reproduced and appropriated in many different contexts to create visual metaphors with a variety of meanings, based on the original value of the sign.

Everyone worked in groups to deconstruct the messages they interpreted from a range of images that used the sign of the two touching fingers. Then each group created their own visual metaphors using the same sign, through either creating their own or reworking the one that their group had been deconstructing. This resulted in a range of different visual metaphors, from an advertisement to an educational visual metaphor (pictured).

If this is of interest to you, you might like to attend the Visual Metaphors workshop and the Shifting Thinking Conference next week (no drawing skills requried), which will explore similar ideas with an educational context.

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  1. Diana-Grace
    | #1

    WOOP WOOP!!!!!! you lovlies are on fire!!!!!!!!!!

    Cant wait to check the image out when I get to work tomorrow. Happt to load in a few more images for you all over the next 48 hours. :)

  2. SarahB
    | #2

    Sounds like a good idea to me Diana-Grace! Have uploaded the image to OURSPACE- hopefully participants will take what they learn from the Visual Metaphors workshop & pop over to OURSPACE to experiment with them digitally.

  3. Diana-Grace
    | #3

    I’d say check out visual metaphors then swing into OURSPACE @ Te Papa and create them on The Wall. Have a go at physically deconstructing an image. Crazy as it sounds its loaded with digital goodness!

    How about down loading this image onto OURSPACE media server… tagging it Shifting thinking 09 so we can use it in ACT III!


  4. | #4

    Sounds great Sarah – sorry I couldn’t be there! I hope this piques the interest of our conference participants. The visual metaphors workshops on Day 2 look like they’ll be really interesting.

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