Describing and Visualising

In this particular lesson we started with firstly stating ideas on how we describe – in terms of an object, a piece of writing etc. which the expanded to how important description is in the analysis of events/objects. We then moved on to discussing the aspects of ‘verbal description, which then focused on ways in which forms of image – in terms of creating and visualisations such as sketches, diagrams etc. and how it serves as a visual description.

As much as this lesson was based on describing and visualising our surrounding etc. it was more of a physical lesson as we were divided into groups and had to come up with a supposed exhibition style presentation for the rest of the group to be able to interpret and put what we had learnt into practice in terms of visual description.

From the 4 exhibition style presentations, these particular 2 were my favourite in terms of the concept and meaning behind their display.

Group 1 


This particular consisted of a display of very different objects on a table – an apple, an iPhone (telephone) and 2 sets of black and white images, then stuck to the window was a sign that said “pick one and why”- therefore implying that the person viewing this exhibition had to pick one of the objects then write down the reasoning for it. This was a form of visual description that involved a form of participation.

Group 2 


This exhibition was very interesting, reason being is the objects that were supposedly placed on the black sheet are things we use in our everyday life so therefore we are all familiar with the typical use of these objects but the point this group tried to convey was that even though we are all familiar with the typical use of these objects at the same time there is no rule that states that we cannot use it for a different purpose – which then proceeded to them using these objects in a different way from its typical use.

The advantages of visual descriptions is that firstly it encourages spatial relationships, repetition, sequence, colour, similarities and scale and these particular advantages were noticed one way or another in every groups exhibition. Following up but also to come to a conclusion that the relationship between visual description and visual analysis is that every mediation is an act of interpretation.

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