Meditate #ds106 and be enlightened

meditation

Ruminating and watching and rethinking a work of art, making notes, or draw sketches is a slow and thoughtful process. It takes time to look carefully and make a copy of a (part of a ) work of art.I need to focus my attention to the work.

How to enjoy music other than listening again and again, or to try to play yourself the music over and over?
Part of the joy is to live the emotional power of the work, and it is the careful observation of it.

Maybe meditation is like  enjoying art in a slow and attentive way? I know the feeling of ‘enlightenment’ (or is it joy?) after playing a piece of music.

About “Art as Therapy” Allan de Botton: “This book proposes that art is a therapeutic medium that can help guide, exhort and console its viewer, enabling them to become better versions of themselves.”

Stone of unknown artist in Padborg (Danemark)

Talking about art, some dimensions and keywords.

duimenWhat aspects of art could we use in giving feedback? In education teachers do use these words when assessing art work of students.  Talita Groenendijk et all. did a study and collected these (and other) aspects.

Talking about Originality  and creativity we could use some of these words:
Creativity; divergent thinking; flexible thinking; flexibility; identification of distant associations; to what extent are ideas original, inventive, ingenious, non-standard in concept and form; inventiveness; originality; taking risks; playfulness; implementation; fluency; fluency of ideas; preference for novelty.

We could write a comment like
In your photo I see the elements A, B and C. I see a playful and associative use of these elements in your photo.

 Roy Williams postete vor kurzem auf Twitter, dass es für die erfolgreiche Etablierung einer Online-Gruppe “comfort, fun, trust, engagement” braucht. In online feedback comfort, fun, trust, engagement  are very important for online learning. Make your comments fun and comfortable.

Talking about the Picture:
Composition; contour fusion; detail; aesthetic organization; use of composition; how effective is the use of distance, nearby shapes and overlap?; The unity of the  composition, the manner in which the main part is placed ?;  color, shape and composition; lines; use of space ; organization (overall composition); flat or spatial representation; realistic placement of elements; representation; atmosphere;  use of details ; relations that correspond with reality; differentiation in shapes.

We could write: I see a  composition of the elements X, Y, and B and C that has a unity in color and a variety in shapes.

Concept / idea 
combining concepts and rearrange parts; complexity of visual or conceptual ideas; clear intention; How suitable are the elements for the expressed ideas? do the elements express the intended meaning?; communication of personal ideas, intentions, experiences, information and opinions in visual and other forms; application of abstract relationships to generate a new concept; imagination; vision; visibility of intent.

I see a rich variety of colors. But I did not link your title and the content of the photo.

Remaining concepts
awareness of  missing parts; elegant solution; impact of the product; inspiration; knowledge and understanding; multiple intelligence skills; productivity; clean and tidy; sensitivity; strategies and skills; synthesis; ability to transform things; ability to abstract and to go to parts of the whole; preference for cognitive complexity

source: http://www.lkca.nl/kennisdossiers/beoordelen/reviewstudie-assessment-in-kunsteducatie (Talita Groenendijk & Folkert Haanstra)  (my translation)

 

Feedback for improvement. About feedback or critique on art.

water lily

About feedback or critique on art.
The artists of the DS106 dailycreate do add comments (on Flickr) to art of fellow dailycreate’ers. Some of the comments are:

  • “nicely done”
  • “very nice comp and detail.”
  • “I love it”

This kind of comment is nice, but something more constructive is missing.
The DS106 Shrink wrote about feedback on art work. She starts a project for better feedback on DS106 dailycreate and other art.
Rules for constructive way of feedback or comments: feedback [pdf]:

  • 1. If you can’t think of a constructive purpose for giving feedback, don’t give it at all.
  • 2. Focus on description rather than judgement.
  • 3. Focus on observation rather than inference.

You are not a teacher, nor the angry art critique from a magazine, so be kind. Negative comments are for trolls. “I love it”, or “interesting” is kind, but not constructive.
The constructive power of just writing down what you see is great. Description may seem foolish, but it is a powerful tool to improve your skills.  And the artist involved will be grateful, because you gave time and attention to the work and you did respect the work as it is.

Critique, feedback and comments that work

makeartdammit

We cannot know what feedback and which comments make the student work in the right direction.
But experience learns (but she is not infallible) positive feedback often is better than no critique or negative remarks.
Here is a cultural difference in giving positive comments. Some people do use strong words in their positive remarks. (love it, and great, amazing) We like that very much. Some people are less exaltic. We need to know who says what to know this.
Some feedback does show much attention and interest for the work “The leaves and berries make for a nice composition, with great colours.”

It is difficult to give positive comments and make someone’s work of art better.
“this would be still better if you did that..” That takes courage. (Mvdfunes and johnjohnston on ds106radio 12oct2014, I do not know an archive of that, do you know that archive?)

I like the idea of remixing as a way of critique. One could just remix her art, and give  critique totally non-verbally. Anna Cow did some remixing  to try this idea. She did remix Sandy Browns tds1002 letterhead  into a letterhead of her own. Critique and feedback are closely connected to trust. 

stoelenDeze foto heb ik gemaakt van een object in de beeldentuin van Kasteel Nijenhuis, Museum de Fundatie in Heino (Overijssel)
De beeldentuin is mooi aangelegd in verschillende tuin stijlen. Dit object staat in een formele strakke tuin.
(Johan van Velsen, 1949, Twee witte stoelen, metaal hout)

I took this picture in Museum de Fundatie in Heino (Overijssel). The sculpture garden has different garden styles. This object is in the part with a formal style in squares.
(Johan van Velsen, 1949, Two white chairs, metal wood)

Bij dit object dringt de vraag zich op wat de status is van het werk. Is het kunst?
Kennelijk maakt het verschil of de twee witte stoelen in een museumtuin staan (daar zijn ze kunst) of ergens op een dorpsterrasje (daar zouden ze meubel zijn).

Is this Art?
The place where the objects are viewed seems to make a difference. Here in the museum garden the object could be Art. And the object would just be furniture in the village sidewalk café


These blogposts are about art. Alan Levine shouts “make art damnit” http://cogdogblog.com/2012/02/17/make-art-damnit/ but what does he want? I want to make art that is why I want to know what is art.

Deze blog posts gaan over kunst. Alan Levine blaft “make art damnit” Maar wat bedoelt hij daarmee? Ik wil kunst maken, daarom wil ik weten wat kunst is.

Moet je weten wat kunst is om kunst te maken? In zekere zin moet je dat weten, maar de filosofie van de kunst zal je daarbij niet helpen.

Theory of art is not a guide to making art. But should one know what is art to make art? In some sense you want to know what Art is.

(Johan van Velsen is een pseudoniem / a pseudonym)

An apple of course. Welk verhaal begon er toch met een appel?

appel Once upon a time an apple got into a story. (Some say it was some fruit, we do not fight about that) This apple is in paintings and fresco’s and book illustration. Quit some apple that one.
But the apple in the picture is just an apple. Grown on a tree and fallen in the grass.
The picture could be art, but the apple is it art?
De appel is geen kunst, die is zo van de boom gevallen. (niet gemaakt door iemand, is dat een reden om iets “geen kunst” te noemen?)
De foto zou wel kunst kunnen zijn? Maar hier bedoel ik niet de foto maar de appel zelf.
Is een “origineel” geen kunst maar de afbeelding wel?

Some apples in art:


(Rotterdam, Kees Franse 1924-1982, Appels)

Apple @ Schiphol Airport
(Schiphol airport Amsterdam NL)

These blogposts are about art. Alan Levine shouts make art damnit” but what does he want? I want to make art that is why I want to know what is art.
Deze blog posts gaan over kunst. Alan Levine blaft “make art damnit” Maar wat bedoelt hij daarmee? Ik wil kunst maken, daarom wil ik weten wat kunst is.

Thoreau Walking

Pieter Breughel de Oude
Pieter Breughel de Oude

‘Methinks there is equal need of a Society for the Diffusion of Useful Ignorance, what we will call Beautiful Knowledge,’

Saunterers in the good sense, such as I mean. Some, however, would derive the word from sans terre without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere. For this is the secret of successful sauntering.’

van: Henry David Thoreau. Walking.

Walking with good company makes good conversation. Walking is an active way of learning, in which the company and the road and the coversation make the curriculum. Knowmad is walking with good company.

Guerilla in #rhizo14

decoding

Rereading an old book of Umberto Eco I find an essay ‘Voor een semiotische guerrilla’ (To a semiotic guerrilla).
In this essay Umberto Eco writes about mass media and decoding.

Eco gives a short semiotic lecture about messages: The source of a message uses a code to assemble a message.
The message is transported via a channel. The reader uses code to translate, decode or read the message. (Some do not use the channel bur they use “medium”. I prefer channel)

Umberto Eco stresses the importance of decoding or reading the message with a code that is chosen by the reader. The reader should not uncritically use the code of the source.

The guerrilla is the struggle to make this critical decoding happen when someone is reading mass communication messages, newspaper or television.
In my opinion this ‘guerrilla’ should be used in education. An educational guerrilla to make the student-reader use his own codes to read mass media, books, blogs or whatever. This decoding by the student is linked to the student as producer.

Essay is in Dutch, translation in “de alledaagse onwerkelijkheid”, 1985, uitg. Bert Bakker, Amsterdam, no mention of title of source for translation. Essay was a contribution to the Congres ‘Vision ’67’ in New York oktober 1967, of Internat. Center for Communications. Art and Sciences.