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Dom Dawkins’ Review of Youth Cultures project

Production Analysis for youth Cultures;
By Dominic Dawkins
The concept of; ‘Youth cultures’ and ‘tribes’ is very broad and can be defined in many different ways, this project demanded a sophisticated overview of the topic and a creative approach. From the beginning of the project, the ideas contributed to project looked beyond an obvious suggestion of how to describe ‘Youth cultures’. At times during the early stages of the project, me and my colleagues struggled for directions to take the project in, and looked into numerous different ideas.
I think that the main problem was that rather trying to visualize how the pictures would look aesthetically; we were focusing on the concept and trying to find solid meanings for youth cultures. After a while working on the pre-production stages of the project, my colleagues and I made a collective decision to allow the project to flow naturally and try to have as much fun as possible with it, while still trying to convey a message about youth cultures, I found this to be the best method to work with and some very interesting images were produced in the first few sessions.
The idea of working with a director of a scene was something that I found to be very productive and gave the work structure, which was reflected in the images.
I was pleased by the amount of input from my colleagues who regularly attended and I feel that we were able to compensate for when some people may not have been available. Obviously the dedication and research made away from our meetings was going to be important to the finished product and being able to communicate with my colleagues away from the meetings was very helpful for the pre-production stages.
When I reflect on the project as a whole I think that the individual concepts look really inventive and produced some quality images.
The week working in the digital gallery was an interesting experience, being the first week working away from our classroom I thought we were all able to cooperate with each other fairly well and the idea of using someone to direct the scene was most notable in this week’s project and the manipulation done on the Mac being streamed onto the projector made for some very interesting looking pictures and added some surrealism to the scene. I think everyone enjoyed this particular week and although at times the purpose was a bit confusing, the ends justified the means with the quality of the work.

The re-enactment of the Napoleonic war was the next scene that we experimented with, this required much more research and planning than the previous scene but was potentially the most successful week. Working in highly populated public areas is always tricky due to a limited amount of space and time, and especially when you are dressed in a strange outfit pretending to be dead on the floor this can attract a lot of attention, my colleagues coped with this really well and got into character to the point that they weren’t aware of the attention of others, this made it easier for the photographers of the scene to work more confidently.

The next scene that myself and my colleagues worked on was in the ‘mock hospital’ room, the amount of props in this room allowed a lot of scope for creativity and there was much planning applied to the content of the scenes which included sketches detailing the positions of individuals and props in the scene. We had fun with this re-enactment although there were some scenes which were a little uncomfortable and tedious. Ultimately the pictures reflected out initial vision of what to produce so it was obviously pleasing to have the results we did.
Working on the ‘Party’ was an interesting experience, there was a very laid back atmosphere and I how wonder productive this week was towards the eventual project. There were some really interesting costumes coupled by once again working in the digital gallery, which has a unique lighting system. I feel that this week suffered slightly from having a few less colleagues to work with than usual and less planning into the content of the work.
Of all of the scenes that I worked on this semester, my personal favorite was the fancy dress week which included shooting in the garage. This was a really surreal project and once again the group responded well to working in the public. Those of us taking photos were all able to produce some real quality images because of the strange environments we chose to shoot in, the shots of my colleagues coming out of the Black Taxi were my favourites.
To summarise, although I had early scepticisms about the eventual quality of this project and how the work would look, I think on reflection, it looks really interesting and the hard work applied by a few of my colleagues contributed heavily to the eventual quality of the project and an interesting view on youth cultures.

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Friday Club: Collection #01

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books 2 read

By Nancy Lesko
Edition: illustrated
Published by Routledge, 2001

Act Your Age examines and questions our tendency to label our youths as both endangered and dangerous creatures. Lesko analyzes both historical and present social and political factors that produce the presumed “natural adolescent.” She also examines the concerns of nationalism, sexuality, and social order in terms of how they are projected onto the definitions of adolescents in the media, in schools, and in the home.

check for chapters available in google books

Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids: American Teenagers, Schools, and the Culture of Consumption
By Murray Milner
Published by Routledge, 2004
ISBN 0415948304, 9780415948302
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-hop Generation
By Jeff Chang
Edition: illustrated
Published by St. Martin’s Press, 2005

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mezz gallery

The dates for the space available at the mezz gallery for your final exhibition are:
going up-18th may 5pm – 9pm
Coming down-25th may 9am-1pm

Eileen, who is in charge of bookings requested we use the indicated times for seting up, but might be possible to use the space if there is no meeting happening there.

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week 05

today’s session:

1-presentations: photographing youth culture

2- finalising the ‘visible cultures’ online archive.
compare flickr ‘visible girls’ set with other online archive, for example: Designing Britain 1945 – 1975 > Student Response Bank
and add the information required to fully contextualise the project

3- upload the mp3 ‘conversations with the girls” to podcast page

3- preparing for session with anita corbin: today’s subcultures

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flickr: photographic_index

To save us time during the session i’ve opened a new account with flickr for the photographic files and an account with switchpod for the sound files

Here are the addresses you can use to show people your digitised files of the camerawork archive

Your flickr screen name is photographic_index. To start uploading the photos to flickr you’ll also need the yahoo id and password and i’ll give you this when we meet.

podcast page
To start uploading the mp3s to switchpod you’ll also need the username and password and i’ll give you this when we meet.

the plan for today is:
1- finish scanning and optimising scanned images for online display
2-upload optmised images to
3- add descriptions and tags to the images

4- digitise sounds from the audio tape using sound studio application
5- upload mp3 files to
6- add descriptions and tags

and pm we watch the video kidulthood. read about in the wikipedia.

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