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I is for Idle 

It is troubling how little time children are given to be idle these days. Kids are so over scheduled and turned into competitors for top colleges at age 4. Their after school and weekend time is filled with structured activity-- sports, music lessons, art classes. Even play dates with other kids are structured. It seems …

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I is for Ivory 

There is a troubling increase of poaching elephants for ivory in Africa right now-- most if it sold in China. It is said that an elephant is poached every 15 minutes. It brings to mind many questions about one's appreciation for aesthetics vs his or her civil responsibility. I struggle with how people can consume …

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I is for Improvisation 

Years ago, before I started teaching, before I was a mom or a grad student, I was part of an improvisational comedy company in Cleveland. The audience participates in the event (dare I say experience?) of the show. They make suggestions of theatre styles, unusual quirks, places for scenes to begin, the relationship between characters, …

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I is for Ideation 

Because the aesthetic experience that is my posts has to start somewhere, and that somewhere is my notebook...

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I is for Immersive Theater 

Immersive theatre: when the wall came down… In the words of critic Adam Green, “while an exact definition is still in flux, immersive theatre productions tend to operate in dynamically fluid settings, allowing the audience a more active, voyeuristic, and central role, while also individualizing their experiences.” This genre situates its audience outside the safety of …

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I is for Intention 

An artist's intention, or the (mis)perception thereof, can make socially-engaged artwork fraught with potential controversy. Why does an artist choose to interact with a specific community and mobilize them for a particular educational and/or creative purpose--especially in circumstances when said artist may be an outsider ? In the best scenarios, an artist's original intention may one of mutual respect, …

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I is for Stultification 

According to Rancière's accounts in the Emancipated Spectator and the Ignorant Schoolmaster, stultification occurs when the students’ intelligences are linked with the teacher’s, when they have to rely on the schoolmaster to explain what they have learned. Most people become stultified because they believe in their inferiority. Reading his critique of stultification made me think back …

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I is for Infancy 

Infancy is a very strange phenomenon. We were all born; every human being that has ever existed came into this world out of the womb of their mother, and experienced a completely powerless stage of life where nothing was in their control. I am writing this post while simultaneously holding a sleeping infant, and so …

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I is for Informal 

This semester I have taken an “Informal Science Education” class held at the American Museum of Natural History. For one of my assignments, I had to engage in an activity which would allow me to experience teaching/learning interactions in a setting outside of the formal classroom boundaries. I chose to volunteer as an educator for …

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I is for Independence 

In reading Emile, it seems as if Rousseau would make the argument that the first gift of life should be suffering. A key part of Emile’s education was learning to be self-sufficient, and one can only grasp the notions of autonomy and independence through experiencing things themselves. The reality of life is that nothing is …

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I is for Instagram. 

I read an article online that said that Instagram is basically a combination of all the most negative aspects of Facebook.  That being said, Instagram can also be seen as a way to display the art of life as it occurs.  Is Instagram a way of making experiences last through documentation?  My eleven year old …

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I is for In Situ 

This post is inspired by a story in The Art Newspaper about returning Crimean Gold. Though the term in situ is peripherally related... in situ refers to objects left in their original place. In many of my classes we discuss the importance of museums, and the issues surrounding museums namely that they displace objects from …

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I is for Imagination 

One of my favorite things about any kind of art, and something that I think is so important about it, is that it fosters, promotes, and celebrates imagination. It seems especially these days that a everything is becoming so busy, just as we were discussing last class how we are becoming a 24/7 society and …

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I is for Incompleteness 

As we know, the statue of Venus in the Louvre Museum in Pairs has amazed the world. Its artistic value surpasses both nations and the era. For more than one hundred years, artists, sculptors, and archaeologists have been dedicated in designing a variety of schemes and models for Venus’s missing arm. However, their trials failed. …

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I is for interest. 

I is for interest. I think a lot about  our feelings and the way they change in relation to our experiences.  The experience of life—the experience of aging, love, loss—all of those “big” things.  I’m interested in the beauty (and the lack of beauty) in everything we do.  What even makes an action or an …

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I is for Inspiration 

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about inspiration, particularly as it relates to writing. Inspiration itself almost becomes more of an experience than an object. When we feel inspired, the “light bulb” idea to create can either come seemingly out of the blue or based off of anything we see, hear, read, feel, or sense …

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I is for Inside Voice 

1. Growing up, my teachers would always tell the students to use our 'inside voices' if we were being too loud. These inside voices were meant to be heard only by a person a few feet away, such as across the table. Outside voices, on the other hand, were not used inside the classroom unless …

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I is for Isolation (Surrogates film) 

Reading about the “empathy box” from the Blade Runner story (on page 34 0f Shusterman) reminded me of a movie I saw a few years ago called Surrogates. It stared Bruce Willis; though that has little significance it may help those who have seen it to remember. The movie was terrible but had an interesting …

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