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Introduction to Dadler’s Primer 

“Anyway, the point is, it seems to me that the act of matching a form with content is often an attempt to merge education with aesthetic experience. Bam. There’s our class right there” (Dadler). The commingling of humor, aestheticism, literature, Robot Chicken, doodles, and fighting swans present in Dadler’s primer indicates how this class’s issues …

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D is for David Harvey 

David Harvey: Crises of Capitalism (click thru for video) (The above video is an amazing resource from a lecture given by professor David Harvey back in 2010 after the financial crisis of 08' that highlights the inherent problems with capitalism. Also, it's animated!) As I have alluded to my past posts, I am very skeptical …

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D is for Documentation 

As we've discussed at length, documentation can be as useful as it is problematic when chronicling an experience. The popular adage "pix or it didn't happen" perfectly encapsulates this sentiment; we have a compulsory urge to record an experience, event, or memory in order to prove to ourselves and others that yes, this did happen, and …

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D is for Deformity and Degenerate 

From our readings on somaesthetics and Ranciere,  I am inspired to write about 'Degenerate Art’, from the exhibition currently at The Neue Galerie. The term "degenerate" was adopted by the National Socialist regime (Nazi party) in Germany, as part of its campaign against modern art - which resulted in a statewide purge of all modernist …

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D is for Dadler Doodles 

A study popped up in my Facebook feed today about college students who hand-write their notes learning information better than their laptop-using counterparts. (Dadler 1, Most of You 0.) That reminded me of those other studies about how doodling is good. Score another point for Dadler. I doodle in all my classes, which, coupled with …

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D is for Description 

In teaching writing, we as teachers find ourselves repeating the same adages over and over, such as "Show don't tell" when a student is describing key characters, scenes, etc. in a piece of writing. I often write out the five senses to get students thinking of multiple ways of describing. There is a fantastic book …

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D is for Daydream 

I tend to daydream. A lot. My mind is always wandering off somewhere, recalling moments, imagining moments, planning for moments… Yesterday, I had specifically one very simple task: to check the weather on my phone with an app. Somehow, I ended up zoning out for three minutes before trying to remember what my original …

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D is for Diary 

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”  - Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest When I was around ten, I began keeping a diary. It soon became the friend I could tell my deepest secrets too. It was a safe place for all my …

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D is for Dogma 

1. Dogma can be described as a belief or set of beliefs that one finds absolutely and unquestionably true. The truthfulness of the beliefs is not open for debate and if a dogmatic participant enters a debate one typically finds the debate to be fruitless, as the dogmatic individual refuses to accept any other belief …

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D is for Psychogeography 

My old mentor and friend Frank used to say that the most vital educative experience you can embark upon was to go someplace outside of your comfort zone. "Go some place you don't know and deal with it." His point was that you can't really grow if you stay comfortable and safe. It is by …

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D is for Dance 

D is for dance.  Dance as movement is art.  It’s strange how as children movements such as dance come to us so easily; however when we reach adolescence or adulthood many of us begin to feel strange or uncomfortable in our bodies. Dance is to be conscious of movement—to be present in the body.  Aesthetically …

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D is for The David 

I was thinking about this idea that was brought up in class about how we are conditioned to go to museums to have an aesthetic experience, and how a lot of the time it’s difficult to actually have one there because at least I have found that you typically can’t just bring on an aesthetic …

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D is for Distance 

When we look at a strawberry from a certain distance, we appreciate its beautiful color and appearance. However, when we take a closer look of this same strawberry, we find out that its appearance is not as what we imaged before. Sometimes, dense points on the surface of the strawberry may cause visual uncomfortable feelings …

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D is for Daguerreotype 

In one of my favorite classes at Rutgers we learned about early American photography, which starts with the Daguerreotype. The daguerreotype is a photographic technique invented by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in 1839. A daguerreotype uses a silver or silver-coated-copper plate to develop an image in a camera obscura. The image is formed when the light-sensitive plate …

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D is for Default Mode Network 

As the “Aesthetic experience” is an extremely complex phenomenon, it follows that finding a universal answer to the question “what is an aesthetic experience?” is an arduous endevour. Georege Santayana defines beauty as “the pleasure we attibute to an object”. Kant talks about taste in terms of subjectivity and universality. There is no doubt that …

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D is for Disruption 

Disruption rears its head into life—into everything—every day in every second without, at times, yielding to anything. Points of intersection, where lines meet at a potential instance of convergence, have the ability to immediately evanesce thereafter. In the establishment of absolutely anything, moments of disruption should occur in order for revision, or recreation, to occur. …

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D is for Definition 

In the second chapter of Tim Ingold’s Lines: A Brief History, the author attempts to formulate his own working definition of what a line is. At the start, I will admit that I was a bit skeptical of Ingold’s mission, simply because a line can be and makes up so many different things. Before offering …

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