Visual representation (and reflections on week 1)

Well I’ve been inspired, engaged and impressed by other people’s representations, and they’ve prompted me to think about openness in lots of different ways, as have all the discussions. But as my concept of ‘open’ has become more complex, and the digital options have multiplied, its just got harder to decide which way to go. And now I’ve run out of time (yes, there is a lesson in there somewhere – I should take the advice I give to students…) as I’m heading off to Plymouth tomorrow for the ALDinHE conference and need to finalise my presentation for that.

So instead here is one image that for me embodies lots of positive ideas about openness and creativity – freedom, movement, looseness, joy, a glimpse of new possibilities in the distance – but also practical and legal constraints on that freedom (tight image copyright restrictions mean I couldn’t use it in a MOOC about the history of 20th century art, for instance)


Open Window, Collioure by Henri Matisse, 1905.
Oil on canvas, 55.25 x 46.04 cm, 21 3/4 x 18 1/8 in.
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney

Image accessed from, which includes the following warning:
“This image is in the public domain in the United States because it was first published outside the United States prior to January 1, 1923. Other jurisdictions have other rules…This file might not be in the public domain outside the United States and should not be transferred to Wikimedia Commons unless it can be verified to be in the public domain in its country of first publication, as Commons requires that images be free in the source country and in the United States….”


4 responses to “Visual representation (and reflections on week 1)

  1. Realised I’d published this before adding the image details which explained the point about copyright, so have now edited the post to include these.

  2. You may not be able to use Matisse’s painting in a MOOC but you could do what Roy Lichtenstein did – he did his own versions of a few Matisses.

  3. lovely painting, Pauline….open education is not fully open in the sense that copyright and public domain varies from country to country, just something else that needs fixing-:) I’ve been on MOOCs where someone’s class project was a You Tube video that somewhere somebody could not access.

    PS why don’t you upload your gravatar to either your gmail or G+ account, you will get much more interaction.

  4. A photo of Plymouth Sound looking out to sea would say ‘open’ too and in me always evokes the explorers who set out around the globe over 500 years ago. Their journey is now complete as we’ve gone from globe, to global village, to global chat room.

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