Transcultural Dialogues: Penn State & Makerere


PURPOSE: The focus of this project concerns transcultural dialogues about contemporary visual culture in U.S. and Ugandan contexts to erode assumptions, ignorance, and misunderstandings.



1.    Set up Diigo so that you can bookmark, annotate, and add notes on websites.

2.    Bookmark websites with Diigo and save to Uganda-USA "Transcultural Dialogue 2011" group.  Select websites that you perceive represent the visual culture of Uganda and the United States.


3.    Comment on Diigo why you selected the particular representations that you bookmarked.


4.    Look at what is bookmarked regarding your own country.

5.    Read the rationales for the selected representations, and comment in response regarding if and how the representation relates to your life.  


6.    This content of website selections and commentary on DIIGO is the source for collaborative artworks. In the future we can use Dabbleboard. This is a free online program we'll use in combination with non-digital art making process. Painting, sculpture, and other digitally photographed or scanned artworks can be uploaded in Dabbleboard. However, due to the low Broadband available in Uganda, we will need to use email attachment with "reply to all" in the group to develop the artwork.

7.    Collaboratively work together on an artwork beginning by sending via email individual artwork that each contributes to the collaborative artwork.


8.    Upload the collaboratively created artworks into VoiceThread.


9.    Discuss the artworks by recording using VoiceThread.  Particularly respond to these two questions:


·      How is subjectivity constructed in the image, and whose subjectivity is constructed?

·      What prior knowledge is assumed?


WEB 2.0 MEDIA: Diigo, Dabbleboard, and VoiceThread are computer programs that are freely accessed without purchase. Click on the directions linked here ---> Diigo, Dabbleboard, and VoiceThread


RESEARCH: For those who are interested and willing to participate in this critical action research project facilitated by Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd please sign the 


indicating your willingness to be a part of this research, and provide the signed form to Dr. Keifer-Boyd. The research involves collaboratively building online architectures for participation for transcultural critical dialogue about visual culture. The focus of the dialogue involves questions of cultural identity, recognition of local and global injustices, and creation of art. You must be 18 years of age or older to take part in this research study.


INTEGRATION: Transcultural critical dialogue about visual culture will be part of the A ED 322 Visual Culture & Educational Technologies course taught each semester, and A ED 813: Contemporary Art and Public Pedagogy, a three-credit online course for art teachers in their K-12 teaching sites, which will be a required course in the M.P.S. in Art Education program. The A ED 813 course concerns "inquiry into the public pedagogy of contemporary art and other forms of visual culture for relevancy to museum and K-12 art education contexts." The course will be offered every other spring beginning in 2011.


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