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    Our Questions, Assumptions and Methods

 

How do we think about ‘us’ and the ‘other’? How do we understand cultural interactions? What are our ideas about past, present and future?

Perception and imagination shape cultural memory, and likewise cultural memory shapes how we perceive and imagine ourselves and others as well as the world around us.

The project ‘Exploring Visual Cultures

  • takes a closer look at visual objects (e.g. architecture, logos, art-works, photos, fashion) asking simple questions: What do they mean? How are they influenced? How do they influence?
  • looks for answers in transnational dialogues between artists, (art) educators, (art) historians, (cultural) anthropologists, students.
  • shares results with a worldwide community of researchers and educators through conferences, publications, and this website.

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"The logo has been particularly designed to look like a globe on an axle. The logo is based on the theme: Exploring Visual Cultures.
The circular shape of the logo is to show wholeness, that culture is universal. The movement of the circles suggest energy and their different sizes and completeness suggests unity in diversity, and harmony.  The varied diagonal lines and shapes that are used to design the logo are significant visual elements that are needed to create direction and movement in the design as culture is not static. Green was chosen as its colour because it gives a sense of growth and harmony."
Deborah Akuomey-Doussey     (Department of Graphic Design, University of Education, Winneba - Ghana)