Lifestream, Comment on Block 1 Visual Artefact by Renee Furner

This was really well executed, Nigel, thank you. For me, one aspect which stands out is that you are ‘business as usual’ at your screens, complete with business attire, as the post-apocalyptic scene plays out outside. It’s as though we have already entered the post-apocalyptic age, but life continues.. which is not something I’d disagree with.

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Lifestream, Comment on Visual artefact by hwalker

Renee – what lovely feedback: thank you. Like you, I struggled with it though: I couldn’t quite find the right medium to be able to express what I wanted to. And I think your artefact is brilliantly executed!

I couldn’t agree more with your observation about how datafication can impact on relationships. Do you have experience of this yourself?

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Lifestream, Comment on Visual artefact by Renee Furner

I was really impressed by your work, Helen. Although I didn’t really realise it until I tried to produce an artefact, I think I struggled to understand what the assignment even meant, in terms of ‘getting’ what the real aim was (i.e. not your work, but producing work visually, since I’m not yet confident with either my own visual representation skills or the array of tools available to help). Your visual artefact makes it very plain: you do an excellent job of making complex ideas simple through your visual representations. This was especially poignant with the comparison of old and ‘new’ classrooms, which I felt was done with a great deal of finesse.
Like Chenée, I also appreciated the notion of the datafication of children (through education) producing cyborg-like (machine-like) vessels. In my mind it doesn’t just dehumanize students – I think it works to dis-establish genuine relationships between students and teachers (I’m thinking primary school, but maybe it can be extended to other educational levels).
Thank you for such a well-constructed and insightful presentation.

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Lifestream, Comment on Digital artefact: Post-human classroom by Renee Furner

Unfamiliar with thinglink, and in a (geographical) zone where it took quite a long time for the (circular) links to load, I spent quite a while interpreting the image without commentary. From the outset it was facsinating though, and it felt quite macabre; the image has a disturbing quality to it. On second viewing I could access the links – this was a really clever use of visual and audio mediums – both illustrative and thought-provoking. Thank you 🙂

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