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Rethinking Modes, Making, and Composition

James Cicatko, Visual & Sound Artist

Learning through Critical Making

In this artist case study, James Cicatko explores practices of extended techniques: adapting tools, accepted methods, and traditional ‘modes’ and bending them to aesthetic purposes other than their established design/purpose or conventional function.

The author also explores how anyone can create and learn music through critical making and DIY compositional practices.

James Cicatko is a visual and soundwork artist located on the West Coast.

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LEARNING THROUGH COMPOSITION
EXTENDED TECHNIQUES
MODDING TECHNOLOGY /MODDING MODES
REPURPOSING ARTEFACTS

Related Video: Serious Comics: Making Cartoons with James Cicatko

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Affordances of Equality

Rancière, Emerging Media and the New Amateur

Learning through Critical Making

AUTHOR
Kurt Thumlert, York University

ABSTRACT
This article extends a recent educational engagement with the work of Jacques Rancière by linking his meditations on 19th-century worker emancipation to present cultural contexts and media forms. Taking Nick Prior’s (2010) notion of the ‘new amateur’ as point of departure, I argue that new media and attendant production contexts offer an unprecedented occasion for rethinking the educational experiments of Joseph Jacotot (the subject of Rancière’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster, 1991). By bringing Jacotot’s “method of equality” into relation with present forms of cultural production, I elaborate a notion of affordances of equality that updates Jacotot’s practice of “experimenting with the gap between accreditation and act’ — a method that invited learners to improvise in the gap between an expert role and a talent imitable by anyone at all. In conclusion, I ask what educational theory might learn from the new amateur, from the emerging media these amateurs are engaging, and from the production literacies they enact.

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Learning through Situated Production in New Media Ecologies

K. Thumlert, York University

Learning through Critical Making

In this video, we take Laura Pinto’s theorization of critical making and apply it to digital – and very social – spaces where all varieties of informal making and sharing and collaborative learning is going on. In this video presentation, we explore the following questions:

Affordances of Equality: What and how do people learn through self-directed inquiry and creative production? How do the affordances of new media support creative capacity and enable anyone perform/enact complex multimodal literacies? And what can we learn from these ‘unauthorized’ social actors who are just doing it: creating and making and sharing sophisticated cultural products? And how might these young people help us re/think literacy and learning for the 21st Century?

K. Thumlert, York University, Faculty of Education

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Affordances of Equality: Ranciere, Emerging Media & the New Amateur

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PERFORMANCE BEFORE COMPETENCE (C. CAZDEN)
SERIOUS PLAY (S. DE CASTELL & J. JENSON)
INFORMAL LEARNING
PARTICIPATORY CULTURE
CONNECTED LEARNING

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