Crowdsourced representation: People's drawings of culture in a globalized world

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Abstract

Imagery has never been consumed or circulated at the rate and latitude we see today making communication technologies and visually-based inquiry crucial to investigating visual, media and digital literacies that lie within these pictorial exchanges. Conducted over the Internet and with graphics at its heart, this qualitative study aims to help inform visually based literacy/media studies and promote image-based research, re-imagining research methodologies in visual culture, literacy, and art education. Review some of the preliminary findings of this doctoral dissertation that used visual methodologies coupled with image-based research and crowdsourcing technologies to collect drawings from over 61 countries, diverse in geography and culture. New perspectives of the visual-textual relationship, identity and representation in a globalized context were examined, guided by the questions; what tensions emerge between local and global ways of interpretation and meaning construction when participating online? To what degree does visual culture influence or change deeply ingrained ideas specific to geography and culture into normative global ideas? The paper highlights a selection of drawings from around the world that display intercultural representations of the words meal, marriage and home. It also showcases the methods and the technologies that abound and their potential for artistic and academic discovery. Copyright © 2016 The Canadian Society for Education through Art.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmergent art education: Next directions in Canadian research
EditorsAlison SHIELDS, Michael J. EMME
Place of PublicationVictoria, BC.
PublisherThe Canadian Society for Education through Art
Pages48-58
ISBN (Electronic)9780973834055
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

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literacy
geography
art education
methodology
meals
earning a doctorate
communication technology
marriage
Internet
interpretation

Citation

McMaster, S. (2016). Crowdsourced representation: People's drawings of culture in a globalized world. In A. Shields & M. J. Emme (Eds.), Emergent art education: Next directions in Canadian research (pp. 48-58). Victoria, BC.: The Canadian Society for Education through Art. 

Keywords

  • Crowdsourcing
  • Visual methodologies
  • Globalization
  • Image-based research
  • Visual culture