Experience : Micro-teaches by Roisin & Jane

Updated: Jan 3

Task : Miming and physical theory workshop with Roisin

I found that this exercise was so freeing and playful, it felt expressive with moment and speech in the sense it allowed imagination and laughter to be at the forefront and present. It was so well-connected with the supporting reading that we had this week and allowed me to bring a sense of joy and expression that I was lost with the idea of collaborative work and no right or wrong. There was a very daunting sense of self-awareness which quickly became a shared experience of the group and in this sense being pushed past our comfort zones as a collective evaporated that with a sense of belonging. Importance of validating and being aware of others. As someone who has experienced theatre and performance before, the idea of being seen and the state of being put in a limelight but in a safe “never wrong setting” was really comforting but it highlighted how difficult I find the actually experience of performing and the idea of always being “on stage or show” in desperation to relieve other people’s tension in a really personal way. I loved the way that Roisin led us with cues and responsibility and then it was a really joyous, loud and playful space where there was energy released and movement that naturally lifted the mood, the space that was given after highlighted this and the free flow of expression in art of that experience allowed us all to see and visualise the feelings on a page and provide a representation for the emotions felt. I felt free and joyous and really happy to have let loose and be given a space and experience to be unrestricted, especially in a space where we don’t particularly feel comfortable or know each other yet and questioned my own response.

Task : Fashion design and archetypes with Jane

The ability to take on a design task and brief once again was actually really fun and offered a complete polar experience with was a lot more self-involved and personal in a self-expressive comfort zone. I loved that Jane offered up a lot of inspiration and visual and verbal cues, especially in relation to fashion psychology which I’m very familiar and fascinated by that led to being creatively challenged from such a plain starting point of a “white t-shirt” to each offer such a unique outcome from being given time, a task and a piece of plain paper. This showed to be that we continually are drawn to unique characteristics in our expression and either succumb to our own innate visual desires or when taking on a task in this aware or reflective way can come to reject our own “rules” that we set in our reality and personal life, taking on an almost alter-egoistic state of imagination such as colour play from a minimalist individual or free-flowing silhouettes when a ultilitarian garment is usually favoured. On a personal level, I felt I reconnected to a very sensual and raw design outcome which I often looked at in my younger days with dreams of being a fashion illustrator and how I continued these themes on still in my subconcious. Value and expectations in creative practice and unlearning judgement and not fitting to pre-explored ideas in a calmer state. Safety with authenticity with honesty/dishonesty - enquire and ask questions

Reflection on Reflective Practice

Practice/ evidence - Experience - reflection - questions - relevant - supporting or contradicting diversions with literature

Pedagogical model of experiential learning and research, Kolb - practice, reflect, highlight, conclude, plan continual practice - Dewey learning can only happen through experience rather than theory - no point in knowledge not being lived - cognitive knowing, expressive knowing, practical knowing

Concrete experience (doing/having an experience) - Reflective observation (reviewing, reflecting on the experience) - Abstract conceptualisation (concluding/learning from the experience) - Active Experimentation (planning, refining or trying out what you have learnt) cyclical

Gibbs : reflective practice in research context

Practice - description (what happened) - Feelings (what were you thinking/feeling?) - evaluation - what was good & bad about the experience - Analysis (what sense can you make of the situation) - Conclusion (what else could you have done?) - Action Plan (it it arose again what would you do?)

Cycle - never ending circular process and then writing about reflection - self learning mechanisms

I found this experience as the first assigned task on the course actually very difficult. My usual approach to task is to try and separate the intellectualisation and theory from my own personal reflection and this re-addressed my own viewpoint on this and the approach on my own life and actions as a reflection on academia as a whole. I think this comes from my own insecurity surrounding my place in a career stage and my own practice, which is reflected through a lack of direction. As I’m currently trying to gain employment within the creative arts and pastoral field, the financial struggle and lack of direction is reflected throughout my own immersion into the course. I know this will change once I can set myself up as self-funded in order to find and fund the freedom and courage to push myself into the leader of programmes rather than separate my voice as my own. I found that last weeks experiences and reflections beyond that really helped validate my need to understand the theories and practice surrounding what I want to achieve - it is identifying all the issues that I have with my own place and direction.

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