Show/Tell: Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image

Date: September 12, 2005
Venue: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK

University of Hertfordshire
Faculty of Art and Design

The proverbial picture is worth a thousand words. Yet, images are rarely devoid of textual or verbal accompaniment. We use words to describe images, just as we use images to convey stories. Images and text appear in conjunction, and in succession, and these juxtapositions may be read as narratives. In sum, text, image and narrative are nothing less than mutually constitutive. In learning about objects and images, and in preparing resultant outcomes, cultural historians and commentators employ a range of methods and sources, from observation, interview and oral history, to object analysis and documentary interpretation. What is at stake in the translation of sources, both visual/pictorial and written/verbal, in the production of these analyses? Posters, paintings, guidebooks, films, computer games and other digital environments are just some of the cultural artefacts in which text, narrative and image intersect in particular ways. Show/ Tell: Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image is the first conference in a biennial series hosted by the tVAD research group.