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Reverse Street Photography as a research method
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Artistic Studies (from 2013). (KuFo)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7441-1580
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

In 2016, I defended a dissertation on images of begging and giving in Sweden between 2011 and 2016. I use my collaborative approach as a starting point in exploring how begging/giving in the street is socially embodied. Barbara Bolt has argued that the performative needs to be understood in terms of the performative force of art, that is, its capacity to effect ‘movement’ in thought, word and deed in the individual and social sensorium. How can one’s subjective images of a situation involving a person who begs manifest in the body and in the street? And how can these images “manifest socially” on streets and in public squares? The participants’ experiences – the stories they tell in a workshop and the images they have of the situation of giving in relation to begging, on the streets – are our points of departure. We explore the boundaries between the personal and social experience and also what capacity (influence) these images can have on patterns of ‘movement’ in Bolt’s sense. Photographs that frame the movements in the urban environment in which they are enacted are also passed on as a photo demonstration on social media and in exhibitions to an audience. As remarked by Sontag and others, street photography is a traditional method, an enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. The street photographer corresponds to the figure of the flaneur and the observer. In this paper, I propose a methodological engagement that could be seen as reverse street photography. Cecilia Parsberg www.ceciliaparsberg.com www.beggingandgiving.se

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2019.
Keywords [en]
performance, begging, giving, street photography, artistic method, body, social body, social presence
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Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Visual Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-76675OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-76675DiVA, id: diva2:1391705
Conference
The Uses of Aesthetics, 12–14 September, 2019, Karlstad University, Sweden
Note

Bidraget presenterades i Multi-session panel: Photography and the method of art.

Available from: 2020-02-05 Created: 2020-02-05 Last updated: 2020-02-06Bibliographically approved

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