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Representation of Self and Others: Digital Storytelling As a Teaching Strategy in the Smithsonian Learning Lab

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Cultures +5 Age Levels Post-Secondary, Adults

This Learning Lab collection was made to support university students in the Museum Education program at the University of Roma Tre to reflect on the use of digital storytelling as a strategy in the Learning Lab. During the three-day workshop,  co-facilitated by Dr. Antonia Liguori (Loughborough University, UK, https://learninglab.si.edu/profile/24977) and Dr. Philippa Rappoport (Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, https://learninglab.si.edu/profile/212), participants will be introduced to both the Learning Lab and Digital Storytelling (DS) as platforms to explore the concept of representation. We will consider the curator’s voice, the artist’s representation of self and others, and the museum visitor's interpretation. We will also consider self-representation in social media and its place in the cultural and visual landscape of the 21st century. 

We will explore two exhibitions; one in Washington, DC, and one in Rome, Italy. The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery exhibition, Eye to I: Self-Portraiture as an Exploration of Identity   (https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/IgLygJNprGf3JA and https://npg.si.edu/exhibition/eye-i-self-portraits-1900-today) compels viewers to consider how self-portraits reflect an artist’s identity through what is revealed and concealed. The National Gallery of Modern Art's exhibition in Rome, Donne. Corpo e immagine tra simbolo e rivoluzione / Women: Body and Image between Symbol and Revolution, explores representations of the female body in the twentieth century, with a focus on the effects of World War II, Feminism, Freud, and a rapidly changing society. 

Program participants will have the opportunity to consider how multiple voices and stories can be revealed depending on the creator and viewer/listener, and how these multiple perspectives can lead to a deeper understanding of an object or concept.

You will find in this collection:

- a short icebreaker activity using exhibition images to start shifting from a cognitive appreciation of art to a personal connection to museum objects;

- some examples of annotated objects that demonstrate the functionality of the Learning Lab;

- some examples of digital stories made by other educators during previous Digital Storytelling workshops 'embedded' in the Learning Lab;

- a description of the Digital Storytelling process, with templates for storyboarding and a few tips for audio and video editing;

- participants' digital stories; 

- supplemental resources. 






Self-Portrait (Left Profile)

National Portrait Gallery

Bathrobe

National Portrait Gallery

George Grosz Self-Portrait

National Portrait Gallery

Joseph Stella Self-Portrait

National Portrait Gallery

Alice Neel Self-Portrait

National Portrait Gallery

Super Buddahead

National Portrait Gallery

Interview with Molly Soda

National Portrait Gallery

Faith Ringgold Self-Portrait

National Portrait Gallery

Roz Chast

National Portrait Gallery

Self-Portrait with Rita

National Portrait Gallery

Memorial To A Marriage

National Portrait Gallery

Bruce Nauman Self-Portrait

National Portrait Gallery

Brick

National Portrait Gallery

Sketching a story

Antonia Liguori

Storyboarding Template

Antonia Liguori / Loughborough University

"Reading" Portraiture: Guide for Educators

National Portrait Gallery Education