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May 11, 2010

Symposium feed back

I have taken a few days before posting about last week’s symposium because I wanted to digest the experience.

It was fantastic to have audio visual connection across the course. The range of projects was amazing and managed to attend most of both the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.

It was interesting to see projects in a different environment and scale opposed to online in the blogs.

One question raised about my project was that the walking in some instances looked uncomfortable. In some ways it was meant to be uncomfortable, the snow piece was as that was exploring the bare foot walking experienced by Jews in the death camps during the Holocaust. In an attempt to develop a methodology to explore the meaning surrounding and consequence of being deigned shoes; the dual strength and fragility of the lived body.

I think there are many complex issues around the body, the digital and the human condition that I have become more aware of due to this period of study.

These pieces at the end of the course are really just sketches, beginnings hopefully of more robust thought through work that will follow on from this learning experience.

There were many symposium pieces I found compelling and well realised. Think the thing that for me came across from the symposium as a whole was how successful everyone’s digital arts practice was in creating a re examining of issues that are core to the human condition. Like coming back int to a familiar room through a different door and seeing the room afresh from a new view-point.

Initially after the symposium I was desperately sorry not to have been a face to face student and had more exposure but realise that my circumstances would have meant that I wouldn’t have made the best of that opportunity and that having  been an online student means in reality that I can make better use of opportunities in the future.

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