Presenting Ourselves
Migrant use of Visual Media for Social Change
Visible Voice
Participatory Video and Photography
                  for
    Research and Social Change
Visible Voice
                                      Participatory Video and Photography
                                  ...
Workshops start with activities designed to get participants thinking
 and communicating visually. Here you can see the me...
Sometimes participants start by focusing on negative aspects of their
lives. In this drawing we see a representation of co...
But this often shifts to focus on more positive experiences,
aspirations and dreams. This drawing, “The African dream” ill...
The desire for a good life is represented in this drawing by food, money,
  a car and a book. The book represents the desi...
Salford Refugee Link


This extract from “My Life in The UK” draws
 attention to the basic problem of getting
something to...
Production and Review: Alien Films

   Here we can see how the workshop process facilitates
learning and development throu...
Womens’ Voices: Salford Refugee Link



 Subtitling video makes it possible for
  people to voice their opinions and
   co...
Visualising Text: Alien Films

This extract of recordings of migrant children was made
   by members of the Alien Films gr...
Visual Activism: Alien Films



 Participants quickly begin to become aware of the
       potential of visual media for co...
Analysis: Three Key Features of Visible Voice

           Action                      Consequences                  Identi...
More Information

                         Visible Voice Website:
                         www.visiblevoice.info

        ...
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A modified version of a presentation given at Visualising Migration and Divided Societies, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Paris Nord 5th June 2009

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    1. 1. Presenting Ourselves Migrant use of Visual Media for Social Change
    2. 2. Visible Voice Participatory Video and Photography for Research and Social Change
    3. 3. Visible Voice Participatory Video and Photography for Research and Social Change I started Visible Voice in 2006 working with semi nomadic herder communities in Kyrgyzstan. June 2007 saw the start of a new project working with Brazilian NGO Viramundo and residents of the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro. At the same time I began working with refugees and other migrants in the UK.
    4. 4. Workshops start with activities designed to get participants thinking and communicating visually. Here you can see the men with guns supported by the rich and powerful elites.
    5. 5. Sometimes participants start by focusing on negative aspects of their lives. In this drawing we see a representation of conflict in the country of origin and the unhappiness and resistance of the local people.
    6. 6. But this often shifts to focus on more positive experiences, aspirations and dreams. This drawing, “The African dream” illustrates the desire to leave the village, driving off into the sunset to fly on to a better life in Europe.
    7. 7. The desire for a good life is represented in this drawing by food, money, a car and a book. The book represents the desire to learn and gain qualifications in order to achieve a better quality of life.
    8. 8. Salford Refugee Link This extract from “My Life in The UK” draws attention to the basic problem of getting something to eat when you don’t speak the local language
    9. 9. Production and Review: Alien Films Here we can see how the workshop process facilitates learning and development throughout the whole planning, production and dissemination process. For the researcher the engagement and interactions during and after the workshop provide the main source of ethnographic data.
    10. 10. Womens’ Voices: Salford Refugee Link Subtitling video makes it possible for people to voice their opinions and concerns in their own language.
    11. 11. Visualising Text: Alien Films This extract of recordings of migrant children was made by members of the Alien Films group. It shows how they have taken ownership of the research method for their own purposes. The film demonstrates how audio and animated text can provide a rich representation of interviewees responses.
    12. 12. Visual Activism: Alien Films Participants quickly begin to become aware of the potential of visual media for community development. In this extract one participant explains her understanding of the purpose of producing the films, how they work and how audiences respond.
    13. 13. Analysis: Three Key Features of Visible Voice Action Consequences Identity Questions Transfer means of ‘Fluid wall’ between Researcher/ production to participants researcher and participants Participants Production of Explicitly Individual and Constructed Realities Public Exhibits Social Identities Authenticity of Collaborative Production Reflection, negotiation Social Identities Transferring the means of production of research data to the participants, creating explicitly public exhibits and engaging in collaborative production changes the traditional researcher- participant relationship and focuses researcher and participant attention on to issues of self and social identity and representation.
    14. 14. More Information Visible Voice Website: www.visiblevoice.info Visible Voice Social Network: www.visiblevoices.ning.com Vincent O’Brien, Principal Lecturer In Public Health vincentobrien@mac.com

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