Laura Kuen Annotations

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If someone asks you what to pay attention to when making a Visual Vignette for the first time, what would be your advise?

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 7:11am

Start with your visual material. What do you have? What does it say? Is there a connection with the things you'd like to say? 

Don't expect to be done immediately. Give it time to grow. Try out as much as you can until you find the right form.


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How did you (re)arrange the relationship between text and image in your Visual Vignette, and what did it mean for you?

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 7:08am

As a Visual Anthropologist I was happy to make use of all the photos that I had gathered during my fieldwork (which also resulted in a documentary film).

During the process of making the Visual Vignette, I initially separated text and image section very strictly. The longer I worked on it, the more I experimented. In the end I arranged the entire text within the images as if it was some additional visual information.

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What insights did you gain from making the Visual Vignette compared to, e.g. writing standard texts like a thesis or an article?

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:57am

Due to the very limited number of words I had to rethink the very basic messages I wanted to convey. Using my images as the primary communication medium, the research topic became less abstract and much more grounded. I realized that much of what I wanted to explain was actually shown much more clearly in the pictures. 

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Did you use the genre of Visual Vignettes to organize fieldnotes, to analyse your data, and/or as research communication tool?

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:50am

I used the Visual Vignettes mainly as a research communication tool, but also obtained a new understanding of my already completed fieldwork. For my next project I will definitely use it to organise field notes and to analyze my data.

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