In other news, I'm taking this class online. It's a MOOC, which is a ridiculous acronym. Its own acronym seems to be PBR. Or, PBR in the Arts, which makes total sense.
Week One focused on autoethnography -- putting the artist/researcher's cultural context front and center. A nice coherence with the introductions that Jack and I are engaged in. Cultural context is so rich it's hard to unpack, but it's so central and important... Jack sends me his intro, and of course I've asked him mostly about his artistic identity and practice, and now I find that the questions I have for him are about his non-artistic cultural context: race, class, identity, etc. As if I need to know those things to know the person, or the artist. Perhaps I do.
And one of our first assignments was to keep an autoethongraphic journal; which is delightful for me, and a means (my only means, currently) of working on the project that I'm developing through / in tandem with this class. I am really enjoying writing longhand, especially because I can do it while waiting for other things, riding transit, or outdoors. And the page is formally less rigid than the screen. All this to say that it doesn't necessarily look good for lots of blog entries, despite me seeming to be on a roll recently.
Here's a page from my journal. Coincidentally (or not), the same I chose to excerpt for part of an assignment... after quite a bit of editing for clarity, context and generally less verbal diarrhea.
journal, on desk with some work stuff in the background. fun work stuff: facial expressions for stick figures.