So my proposal for both Assignments 1 + 2 is to look at how markets have changed over time, with particular focus on Coventry Market and/or Covent Garden Market. This comes under the subject matter of City Regeneration.
The reason I have gone with these two is that Coventry’s market is nearby, so I can delve deep into how it has changed. Whereas Covent Garden is where I used to go help out my dad at work sometimes, so I have somewhat grown up with it.
This proposal is more of me telling a story of the change these places have gone through, rather than it being an investigation. So that’s why I would consider my audience to be those that want to know more about the history of these places (the reasons why they may want to know varies on many accounts.)
So why would they be interested in this? You could say that if they wanted to know the history, they could read a book that explains the history, so such as a book on the history of Coventry. So rather than skimming around the edges, I want to physically show the changes rather than it being read about.
So this leads onto the way that I would actually go about telling this story. And I think the method in which would have the most impact would to have a side by side comparison of an older picture to a much more recent picture. I have not thought about the way I would present this at the moment, but it would be something I would focus more on towards the end.
However, there are a few problems I can think off. Firstly, the main problem is finding enough pictures of the older markets. Some may be too valuable to take hold off, or some may be damaged or lost. This would mean I would have to do extensive research into finding enough, which could change the way I present.
Secondly (more specifically on Assignment 2) is finding a primary source that I could interview. Now I could interview someone who used to work at the market, but when I have been told that we must “conduct first hand research with at least one relevant and established individual” I would have to check if such a person would be legitimate at all.
One artist that I have taken some inspiration from with this idea is Shaun Clover with his pieces on the manipulation of time, so he is someone I will be doing more in-depth research into.