How to be an explorer of the worldPosted: January 18, 2014
Pointers were given by my tutors on how to start my city exploration. Big words I have to employ to find out the “what Do I know that I can’t know anywhere else?”. Discovery, investigate, read, observe, in-depth research, process, document, empathy, imagination, insight, learn, experience, journey. All is based on CURIOSITY.
I can express my findings through drawings, animation, print, photography, digital visualisation, stitch and/or other media, including sound. The body of work that I will produce should be substantial and communicate my ideas and imagination.
The themes are set:
- Migration – people/ideas/material/industrial
- Power/Technology – religion/politics/sustainability
- The hidden city – the multiple guises or layers of city life
Primary – Newport city. Its structure, properties, social, materials, senses, history, geographical, temperatures and scientific.
Secondary – books, films, newspaper, magazines, internet, photographs.
HOW TO BE AN EXPLORER OF THE WORLD by Keri Smith
A helpful guide toward my exploration of Newport or other cities and places or things written by Keri Smith in her book “How to be an explorer of the world”:
- Always be looking (notice the ground beneath your feet).
- Consider everything alive and animate.
- Everything is interesting. Look closer.
- Alter your course often.
- Observe for long durations (and short ones).
- Notice stories going on around you.
- Notice patterns. Make connections.
- Document your findings (field notes) in a variety of ways.
- Incorporate indeterminacy.
- Observe movement.
- Create personal dialogue with your environment. Talk to it.
- Trace things back to their origins.
- Use all of the senses in your investigations.
WISH ME LUCK