Random Research

I am going to use this post as a “sticky note” for the terms I come across that I need to look up as I come across them:

Visual ethnography:

Ethnography is the study and interpretation of social organisations and cultures in everyday life. It is a research-based methodology, and when this research is conducted using photography, video or film, it is called visual ethnography

Artangel (no date) Visual ethnography. Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/e/ethnography-visual (Accessed: 11 October 2016).
(Artangel, no date)


a typical example or pattern of something; a pattern or model.


a late 20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism, which represents a departure from modernism and is characterised by the self-conscious use of earlier styles and conventions, a mixing of different artistic styles and media, and a general distrust of theories.

The term postmodernism is used to describe the changes that took place in Western society and culture from the 1960’s onwards that arose from challenges made to established structures and belief systems. In art, postmodernism was specifically a reaction against modernism which had dominated art theory and practice since the beginning of the twentieth century.



expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one.


a branch of linguistics that deals with the relation between language and other cultural factors in a society


A criticism of criticism, the goal of which is to scrutinize systematically the terminology, logic, and structure that under-gird critical and theoretical discourse in. general or any particular mode of such discourse.


a study or concern about what kind of things exist; the nature of being; a set of concepts in a subject area or domain that shows their properties and relations between them.

Plastic Arts:

term broadly applied to all visual arts


This is an Italian term which literally means ‘light-dark’. In paintings the description refers to clear tonal contrasts which are often used to suggest the volume and modelling of the subjects depicted.






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