Trello

Trello

A Trello Board has been created for the project. It is a digital project management tool and will be accessible to all project team members, being regularly updated and managed by myself. 

Its free! Give it a go – great for organising anything www.trello.com

What is Trello?
Trello is a collaboration tool that organises a project into boards, allowing team members to view what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. A visual tool, akin to a  whiteboard, filled with lists of sticky notes, with each note as a task for the team. Each sticky note has the functionality to upload photos, attachments from other data sources like GoogleDrive documents, and a place to comment and collaborate with your teammates. It also has an app which can be used on a smartphone, and it can be accessed from any computer through the web. 

Source https://help.trello.com/article/708-what-is-trello

19 days to go

19 days to go

Having a bit of a week….shoulder pains, corrupted word files, more appendices and still to lots do…

An ongoing issue with my shoulder has flared up, clearly overdoing screen work with the degree and work, still nearly there! It is painful enough to be on the strong painkillers and to have taken a few days off work, so I’m hoping the paper doesn’t need major work following Tuesday’s tutorial with Beth Derbyshire.

I’m also meeting with the Academic Success tutors on Tuesday morning to look at the appendices and referencing.

More drama! Well not too much, the word document I’ve been drafting the paper it was corrupted, appendices would not link, and other formatting glitches were occurring. So, I bit the bullet and created a whole new document – which works beautifully– only two hours work.

I finally got around to working on the appendices, glad I did as there was more work than envisaged. Still, it is coming together.

Finally, I now have a list of things that I know I need to do.

1. Finish appendices
2. Summarise all interviews for appendices and convert transcripts to PDF to embed
3. Interview Karen Leach
4. Document Press Clippings in Friends Archive (nice to do)
5. Sentiment Survey Moseley Road Baths (nice to do)

After I meet Beth on Tuesday, if all well, I will then set two days aside to revise and edit and complete some of the above if time runs out then I won’t worry about 4 or 5.

And did I say, 19 days until hand in….

Terrible grammar

Terrible grammar

Being neurodivergent has many advantages, however, for some reason, I could just never get ‘grammar’ to stick in my memory bank. Thank [insert deity of choice] for www.grammarly.com – I’ve just corrected 300 critical grammar errors in a 20,000-word document. What’s more, it’s free!

Let’s face it, the world is full of online grammar nazis who want to make you feel stupid for random syntax mangling, but more importantly, submitting a degree paper you’ve spent months writing, full of grammatical errors isn’t wise…

So if you need it – www.grammarly.com

Submitted to Tutor

Submitted to Tutor

I submitted a completed draft to my tutor Beth Derbyshire on Friday evening (19th July). I’m feeling positive about the paper and a mixture of emotions now that he course is nearly over, as it’s been an enjoyable and enriching experience.

As for the paper, I have much more work to do on it, as even reading it over the past two days has highlighted various issues with the flow and areas where the application of ideas and concepts could be better presented and argued.

To be honest writing the abstract (see below) felt cathartic after a 13-hour writing day and several months spent on this project – physically, mentally and emotionally (plus the preparation for the live project it’s based on). I still have one interview to conduct with Karen Leach, Chair of Moseley Road Baths CIO, which should allow me to integrate further context around the campaign and Balsall Heath more generally, strengthening my conclusions.

This week I plan to conduct some brief surveys at the swimming pool, to capture impressions and feeling towards the ‘100 Swimmers2’ image.

In the next 8 days I will focus on completing the appendices in time for my final tutorial on the 31st July.

I will then have just two weeks to edit based on the conversation with my tutor and submit on the 14th August…so hopefully it doesn’t need drastic re-writing.

Abstract

Contemporary arts can play a powerful role in urban regeneration, with current critical discourse focused on the authenticity and efficacy of locally rooted place-based initiatives. This paper presents the findings of research into the role and impact of unplanned, artist initiated contemporary arts activity on a fifteen-year grass roots campaign to save an internationally significant at-risk heritage site and community resource in Birmingham, England from permanent closure.

Providing an in-depth analysis of the campaign to keep Moseley Road Baths open by utilising qualitative research methods, this study was exploratory and interpretative in nature, and is informed by first hand testimony from long time campaigners, artists and residents.

For further context this paper examines the emergent use of contemporary arts to develop audiences at heritage sites with a focus on participation, partnerships and the use of high-profile artists. Finally, this paper presents a project plan for a curated contemporary arts project, which celebrates the completion of the re-roofing of the Gala Pool, the first capital investment in the regeneration of Moseley Road Baths.

By drawing on concepts of Visual Activism, Story Telling, Audience Development and the Coordinate Effect of individual citizen activism, this paper argues that spontaneous, artist initiated contemporary arts has been an integral part of the successful and ongoing campaign. I show that through a process of organic co-production with artists, photographers, curators and producers, this citizen led campaign attracted live and digital audiences locally, nationally and globally.

Theory

Theory

In trying to determine the processes and impact that the arts played in supporting the campaign, I’ve read some fascinating theory. Today I’ve read a little of The Wealth of Networks (free copy), in which Yochai Benkler argues that the rise of the networked, computer-mediated communications environment has enabled an industrial scale peer production of information, knowledge, and culture.

What is most relevant to the paper, specifically how image makers have impacted on the campaign, are the new non-market cooperative actions carried out through radically distributed mechanisms. Benkler states, ‘The fact that every such effort is available to anyone connected to the network, from anywhere, has led to the emergence of coordinate effects, where the aggregate effect of individual action, even when it is not self-consciously cooperative, produces the coordinate effect of a new and rich information environment.’

This builds on other reading which has included;

‘Place Based activism in the Neoliberal City’, Joshua Long.

‘A re-evaluation of the role of culture in regeneration’, K. Oakley.

‘Spectacle Pedagogy : Art, Politics, and Visual Culture’, Garoian, Charles R., and Yvonne Gaudelius

‘The Power of Visual Material: Persuasion, Emotion and Identification’, Hélène Joffe

‘The Routledge Companion to Media and Activism’, Meikle, Graham

and ‘How to See the World (2016)’, Mirzoeff, Nicholas

Reflection on First Draft

Reflection on First Draft

Feeling quite positive as have just completed a first draft.

I realised that the only way I’d find the focus to write and find the headspace to absorb and synthesise relevant theory was to take two weeks off work and avoid all distractions. So, I packed away my TV, cleared my diary as much as possible, turned emails and phones off.

In ten days, I have now written 11,500 words plus several thousand words of (unfinished) appendices that total 99 pages (so far). I have also read several chapters of four books, lots of journal articles, evaluation reports and other desktop research. I have also had informal interviews with two more people and had several (live) project meetings which will inform this paper.

I had planned to conduct further research at the baths, but they were closed this week, so will do that next week.

When I started 10 days ago, I’d a broad idea of what I wanted to write and the narrative for the paper based on research and reading to date. However, it felt daunting as I had no idea how and where to start. I’m also used to having access to more quantitative data, which wasn’t possible. Working with qualitative was not in my comfort zone and has felt a struggle at points, especially when trying to construct arguments.  If I’m honest that’s just a reflection of the way I approached the paper my assumptions on what data might be available – actually I’ve realised you just have to work with what you find.

So, all in all a productive ten days in which I’ve learnt loads. There is still a lot of work to do, but it’s a very good start.