In this session, we focused on reading Understanding Art: The Play of Work and Spectator.
It was a text that I enjoyed reading as I started to ask a lot of questions in reference to the purpose of education and who education benefits. My first overall ideas and questions centred around the concept of educating the masses versus remaking the public. For me the very idea of the latter felt like an indication that ‘we’ as perhaps educators ‘remake’ the public which then develops into the idea that the greater majority are somehow subpar and need reprogramming and rebuilding. This is in complete opposition to my personal thoughts and ideas as a believer that we are here to enhance and support the development of the toolkits that our students come equipped with.
In addition to discussion of the text by we had participated in an activity which I thought was very clever in encouraging participation. the activity involved a ball of string and a pack of playing cards. Each time a participant spoke they would have to wrap some string around their hand. this actually caused people to become more aware of the power dynamics and how much they may have been dominating/leading a conversation which had positive outcomes in people supporting quieter members of the group to participate more. I would like to use an activity like this intermittently in order to gauge dynamics within a cohort of students and support quieter students to have the ability to take more of a stake in discussions.