Broad Vision is in full flow once again, with this year’s cohort of students utilising the theme of Wired Up to inspire their exploratory research. Projects are running diverse routes, with students interested in themes related to social, neural and bacterial networks; the psychological impact of the internet; dynamic systems and sensory interactions, to name but a few…
The first few weeks of working involved students delivering taster sessions, in the laboratory or the studio, in order to share a little bit of what they do. Groups of students from each discipline planned, organised and delivered interactive sessions to the students from other disciplines, to enable others to gain some insight on each others’ working environments, materials and methods.
We’ve all been participants in psychology experiments, discussed photography in the modern digitally interconnected world, and extracted the DNA from strawberries in the science labs.
Over at the Harrow campus, we’ve been shown Imaging Science tricks with colour, been exposed to Contemporary Media Practice’s variety of work and been introduced to a technique where we had to paint and draw, utilising four senses in the colourful illustration studios. These sessions allowed the students to explore new ways of thinking and communicating which helped stir the conversations of ‘What if we did this…?’ – all followed by a celebratory glass of wine.
One really great thing about these taster sessions is that they are student led, allowing the students to become more aware of their current skills by teaching them to others in the group. This inspires students to envisage themselves as teachers, with desirable knowledge to pass on to others in the group.
This part of the project really starts to open up the minds of the students, setting in motion project ideas and questions to be explored.
The participating disciplines are biosciences, psychology, imaging science, contemporary media practice, photographic arts and illustration – students working together for 3 months on collaborative interdisciplinary projects. The results of their expirations will be shared at Arebyte Gallery on 28/29 March 2015.
– Mell and Danny, Broad Vision Teaching Assistants