making vision! – dealing with questions of the interconnections between visuality, vision and change, was one of the three research-strands of the project and was conveived, coordinated and produced by Oliver Lerone Schultz
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Making Change called for a critical understanding of change that allows us to recognize new forms, functions and methods of change practices, with an emphasis on media and narration. The project collected multiple and diverse experiences and praxologies of landmark projects engaged in change through conversations, re-assemblage and event-based interaction – with a focus on communities in emerging information societies.
The purpose of the project was to reflect not only processes of change as part of the Global South with a special sensitivity to new mediatized conditions, but also to reflect induced and neccessary changes in the concepts and visions of ‘change’ itself.
Within an experimental and interaction-based methodology a focus was cast on creating prototypes for a knowledge commons as to facilitate the creation, exchange and integration of knowledge, thereby linking the ongoing processes of social and political change in the region with a general revision of social change processes, models and languages.
Making Change was hosting production-oriented workshops – sometimes called “production sprints” – to facilitate the convergence of actors, projects, ideas and methods. These ‘sprints’ did not have a traditional conference structure where knowledge is imparted, but had been spaces of knowledge exchange between change-makers around processes, narratives and visions of change. Making use of multi-modal forms and formats of knowledge production (text, image, audio, etc), participants were asked to group around four focal topics that were assumed to be critical for any re-casting of our understanding of ‘social change’: crises, ecologies, infrastructures, and networks.
In June 2014 the first Production Sprint with participants from Southeast Asia took place in Bangalore; and in February 2015 the second Production Sprint with participants from Latin America took place in Bogotá.
The larger horizon of the project was the idea of ‘knowledge commons’ which was probed by these first stirrings of new formats of change-knowledge.
Thus ‚making vision!‘ was the label for focussing visual work as well as vision building on different levels and in different dimensions of ‚Making Change‘ – spanning process faclitation (centered around the workshops), topical engagement with terms/issues of the visual and ‚vision‘, and – ultimately – also exemplary visual production.
‚Vision folios‘ were one bracket to organize this vision-strand. But ‚making vision‘ pervaded more aspects and modules of ‚Making Change‘, and – particularly with view to the workshops/production sprints and their ‚exhibitions’/‚displays’. Accordingly a second bracket was the extended use of visual-/vision-based methods (paired with methods of narration), that were used as one of the main pillars to facilitate the work of very heterogenuous groups under circumstances of extreme time restraint (i.e. the bringing together of the (virtual) network in two ‚sprint‘-like 3-4 day workshops). This part of ‚making vision‘ could be labeled as ‚live vision‘.
• Esra´a al Shafei (Middle East Youth / Bahrain) >>
• Ahmad Barclay (Visualizing Palestine / Lebanon + Palestine) >>
• Irene Agrivina (House of Natural Fibre – HONF / Indonesia) >>
• Jasmeen Pathejy (BlankNoise / India) >>
• Keiko Tanaka (5th element / Remix Film Festival) >>
• Leonard Bartholomeus (Ruangrupa / Indonesia) >>
• Measy Angelina (thedustysneakers) >>
• Maya Indira Ganesh (Tactical Technology Collective / India) >>
• Maya Hemant (Prantham Books / India)
• Yun Chen (China)