Last week, we launched our educational program in partnership with the National Aprilov High School with a focus on the topic “Image and Text”. The aim of the series of activities is to provoke students to explore the relationships between art, natural sciences, and the inner world of humans by introducing photography as a method for interdisciplinary education.
During the first discussion, Mrs. Stefka Kostadinova, a Bulgarian language and literature teacher, introduced the students to texts by Lyudmil Stanev, which we set as the basis for study during the binary lesson.
At the same time, Ivelin Penchev, the founder of RadLab Studio, presented photographs by Sally Mann from the Immediate Family series. The goal for the students was to interpret the photographs through four key points: mood, narrative, composition, and symbols.
During the work process, the students focused their attention on the models of perception, interpretation, and argumentation, which they created themselves, and later transferred back onto the literary texts.
The second part of the event took place at RadLab Studio, where the students were involved in an experimental creative process shaped as a game. Each of them had a tool for expression and at the same time was limited in one of their senses.
The goal is for the participants to communicate with each other in an unconventional way, to use associations and imagination, to free themselves from the limitations of their own consciousness and logical models. The specific task consists of exploring a photograph: what moods and emotions does it create in the viewer, how do we interpret them, and if we transfer them back onto the photograph as texts and images, what new form will it take?
At the end of the experiment, the students depicted their own interpretation back onto the photograph, as a product of their collective consciousness shaped through irrational communication, taken out of context, surprising, whimsical, and true.
PERSONAL REALITY project is implemented with the financial support of National Culture Fund, Bulgaria.