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Relationship Between:

Theory, Critical Analysis & Practice

Figure 1: Discourse. (c Unknown)

Relationship Between Theory & Practice


Theory
What is it? What does it involve? Why is it important?

Practice
What is it? What does it involve? Why is it important?

How do the two work together?

Figure 2, Theory and Practice (c2012)

Critical Analysis
What is critical analysis? How do we do it? Why do we do it? Why ask questions? So how does critical analysis relate to theory & practice?
Figure 3 Critical Analysis , 2009.

Who .Is this by? What ...Is featured in the work? ...Is the main theme/topic? Is this about? Where & When Was this created? (context) How .Was this created?
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How Is this theme/topic being considered/portrayed? What indicates this? Why Was this created/dealt with in this way and What affect does it have? How Does the context (place and timing/period) affect/add to what this is about? What if This or that factor were added / removed / altered?
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Why Is this convincing/successful/unconvincing/unsuccessful? Or significant? What Could be gained/learnt from this? Where & How have these ideas/methods been applied elsewhere?
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What is the difference between each set of questions? What information do you gain by asking each set? Why is the order important? Why are these Critical Questions important in analysing others work? Why are these Critical Questions important in considering your own work?

When Writing/talking about Your Work Consider:


1. 2. 3.

What is your work about, what is it doing? What is the rationale behind your work? How are you exploring particular themes/topics?
Conceptually, symbolically Techniques, format/materials, methodology in making the work

4. 5. 6.

If it is a series what is the purpose of each? How is your work communicated / presented and why? What are you hoping the viewer will gain/receive/experience?
Figure 4 Self-Portrait? (year unknown)

Illustration List
Figure 1: Photographer unknown. (date unknown). Discourse. [photograph]. Found at: http://openreflections.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/why-experiment-a-criticalanalysis-of-the-values-behind-digital-scholarly-publishing/ (Accessed : 3.09.12) Figure 2: Beyga, A. (c2012) Theory and Practice. [photograph of the Shard, London]. Found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonybeyga/6893932206/ (Accessed : 3.09.12) Figure 3: Photographer unknown (c2009) Critical Analysis [photograph] Found at: http://artandsustainability.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/hard-realities-and-newmateriality-symposium/ (Accessed: 3.09.12) Figure 4: Johansson, Erik. (c2009) Self-portrait? [photographic manipulation]. Found at: http://somethinwonderful.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/mind-boggling-photomanipulations-by.html (Accessed: 3.09.12)