Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Blog Assignment due 1/14/08:
Refer to my Thursday, Jan 3 post. Scroll down to the last half of the post where I transcribed our in-class brainstorms about project ideas.
Please review these brainstorms and pick one statement that you would like to spend some time thinking about further. Use the statement that you choose as the title of your blog post.
Freewrite about this idea for 10 minutes. What do you like or dislike about this idea? What do you think the deeper implications of such an act would be.
Blog Assignment due before we meet on 1/16/08:
Lastly, visit your peers blogs and see which ideas they have been thinking about. Make a comment on one other grrls blog.
Reflect on the Henna class.
What did you chose to write on your body? What changes in the tattoo have you noticed in the last week? How have people reacted to your henna tattoo?
Visit your peers blogs and make a comment.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Please bring to our next class (1/9) the following: 1) a blueprint of your henna tattoo. Our henna artist guest speaker will be in attendance and we'll be working with henna for the bulk of class. Also bring 2) a list of three to five statements you would like to make in your final project. These statements can be things that make you angry or frustrated in the world or they can be things that make you happy and that you'd like to celebrate. We brainstormed a list of some of those ideas in our last class they include:
Humanity-everyone is the same to a degree--our connection to each other.
Double standard--expectations of boys
Less than 100 yrs. ago women never went to college. Education consisted of needlework, sewing, art, music.
Body Maps--1st assignment how everyone had a different story for the same part.
When people have problems with things but they don't do anything about it.
Against abstinence education
celebrate swinging, bicycles, community, relationships, solitude.
We'll be reading our lists to each other at the end of class so please be prepared for that. Once you have more of an idea about WHAT you want to say we'll be moving on to discuss HOW you want to say it. We did some preliminary brainstorming of HOW we might like to say WHAT we have to say in our last class. Please complete BEFORE next class (1/9):
- Please review these brainstorms and pick one statement that you would like to spend some time thinking about further. Use the statement that you choose as the title of your blog post.
- Freewrite about this idea for 10 minutes. What do you like or dislike about this idea? What do you think the deeper implications of such an act would be.
- Lastly, visit your peers blogs and see which ideas they have been thinking about. Make a comment on one other grrls blog.
Below please find the list of brainstorms, separated into thematic categories, we did in class last week. Please use them to complete the above assignment.
Have a TV in a public place playing our PSA over and over. It could be a PSA of anything we wanted.
Get a bullhorn and a car with a hole in the top.
Light projection onto a building
Footnote some existing text public places, our bodies.
Tour or scavenger hunt
Ourselves "placed" somewhere significant (or insignificant) words on us holding words
Have a public chalk talk where everyone could draw what they felt about the certain topic we had picked (What could we do with the drawings afterwards?)
Interpretive dance with words
Use the odeum at the Poetry Center to have a performance we choreograph and write a script for
Banners or signs to hold up in public
installation of altered or super intellectual barbies/beauty heads as in "what are they really thinking?:
Do something extreme with women's fashion over the ages like magnify it ridiculous corsets, high heels, etc. fashion show.
Footnote architectural wonders of Tucson or phallic spots in Tucson
words on household objects
use our henna tattoos to make a point
shopgiving (leave our books altered books, chapbook in Borders and Barnes and Noble)
Maybe a quilt of some kind of similar or opposing ideas or thoughts or opinions on a certain topic to show our humanity.
Distribute poems written on postcards in a big box bookstore.
Cookies with our writing.
Take our henna ideas writing symbols and draw them on flags and hang them up.
Get a bunch of leaves and typewrite on them without ribbon--let the chlorophyll bleed through and then blow them them all over the city.
Love notes for all.
Get lots of grrls in one place and have them read words/text aloud to say "no more silent girls."
Comments about public spaces/or lack of for youth...downtown and elsewhere
Photoproject images of our hennaed bodies or of henna ceremony as it is happening to speak of ritual process and product afterwards
Keep video blog or photo blog of henna as it disappears
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
What associations do you have with the phrase “body of knowledge?”
Who determines what you read in school? How or why are these decisions made?
How is what you read in school different than what you read at home?
Brainstorm a list of authors you have read in school? Do you notice any patterns about how/why they may have been selected?
Who/what determines the value of a work of literature?
What modes of writing seem more valued in our society than others?
Our art project for the day was altering texts. We read excerpts from Jenny Boully’s The Body
Homework was to create the text that Boully’s words footnote. In class we created an "erasure" using old romance novels. Visit this site for some good examples of erasure.
I recommend that you complete one of the projects listed above at home and return with them to class the next time we meet. You can get materials from Renee after class or stopping by the Poetry Center.