social context - making and seeing an image always takes place in a social context. The way it is seen and how it is seen are culturally constructed. - audience for work - who is included/excluded/implicated on the ways an image is produced, circulated and consumed.
political context - specific political issue. - broad political issue. - gender - race - ethnicity - sexual orientation - class - disability – religion.
personal context - biography - narrative of the self. - particular issues – memories. - what motivates/ drives you? - your particular skills as an artist/ designer/writer/photographer. - what strategies do you use when the work is not going well? - how do you relate to the forces that in part condition what you know and in which you make things?
critical/theoretical context - does your work relate to particular critical debates about contemporary art and design practices? - is your work informed by/engaging with/contesting particular theoretical frameworks/issues?
historical context - understand how/whether your practice relates to a tradition, with a history. - how knowledge relates to periods in time.
geographical context - local, regional, national, international, global. - where do you make your work? - do you make your work in relation to a particular place? - studio home church city rural cyberspace.
institutional context - MA Course - school of design. - your educational background/experience. - your professional background/experience. - your family background/experience.
cultural context - in it’s broadest sense - ‘a whole way of life’ - this relates to all the other categories. - more specifically, what works of artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, photographers, musicians are important to you and your work - why?
mapping your practice - any other contexts worth considering? - importance. - overlapping. - change - evolution of practice.
work is mediated by systems/structures which contextualizes an audiences understanding