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You know I love a good mystery « Keri Smith
"I received an email from a reader who suggested that “The Rules” by Corita Kent (which I cited a few posts back) was actually written by John Cage. This same reader (who asked to remain anonymous) claims to have seen in person, this list of rules in typewritten copy on the bulletin board at the Cunningham Studio (very cool).

And so there begins a little investigation on my part…"

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2010  kerismith  attribution  rules  sistercorita  johncage  coritakent 
september 2012 by robertogreco
Teaching: Design Anthropology | Design Culture Lab
"The required textbook for this course is Keri Smith‘s How To Be An Explorer of the World."

Course assignments

Project 1: Words

Students are required to complete assigned field-exercises from the course textbook, conduct library research, and submit a 2000-word essay.

Project 2: Images

Students are required to complete assigned field-exercises from the course textbook, and submit an original 10-image photo-essay, along with a 500-word curatorial statement.

Project 3: Objects

Students are required to complete assigned field-exercises from the course textbook, and submit an original design object, along with a 500-word curatorial statement."

"It may also just be a personal preference–I did end up in a design school after all–but I often wish I had been exposed to these ways of doing anthropology and ethnography in my undergraduate years. And although I no longer refer to myself as an anthropologist, and highly doubt I will ever consider myself a designer…"
classideas  teaching  research  syllabus  documentation  photography  objects  words  coursedescription  designethnography  ethnography  designanthropology  howtobeanexploreroftheworld  design  2012  kerismith  annegalloway  syllabi 
july 2012 by robertogreco
The Society for Exploratory Research
"The Society sends out a variety of exploration assignments on a semi-regular basis. These assignments are designed to encourage non-traditional exploration of your immediate environment, or an environment of your choosing. Assignments are completely optional."

"…began as an underground organization sometime around the beginning of the 20th century. While it is still a relatively unknown entity, the Society is rumored to have included some of the most brilliant thinkers of the last century as members.

Despite the organization's amorphous nature, it's central preoccupations appear to be a dedication to the non-conventional exploration & documentation of unexplored, unnoticed or unused landscapes within a local or wider community, as well as the development of new, non-conventional exploratory techniques. Members believe that learning is best accomplished through direct experience."

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observation  place  landscape  research  yi-futuan  learning  societyforexploratoryresearch  noticing  situationist  psychogeography  local  edg  srg  glvo  exploration  kerismith 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Between the By-Road and the Main Road: Being in the Middle: Learning Walks
"So imagine a commitment to learning that involved making regular learning walks with high school students as a normal part of the "school" day. Now, these learning walks should not be confused with walking tours, which are designed based on planned outcomes. One walks to point X in order to see object or artifact Y. The points are predetermined, hierarchical in design.

Instead, learning walks are rhizomatic. They are inherently about being in the middle of things and coming to learn what could not been predetermined. Learning walks are part of the "curriculum" for instructional seminar (which I described here)."

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maryannreilly  comments  walking  walkshops  adamgreenfield  flaneur  psychogeography  derive  dérive  education  learning  schools  teaching  unschooling  deschooling  noticing  observation  seeing  2011  rhizomaticlearning  johnseelybrown  douglasthomas  unguided  self-directedlearning  serendipity  johnberger  willself  rebeccasolnit  sistercorita  maps  mapping  photography  alanfletcher  lawrenceweschler  kerismith  exploration  exploring  johnstilgoe  noticings  rjdj  ios  situationist  situatedlearning  situated  hototoki  serendipitor  flow  mihalycsikszentmihalyi  experience  control  ego  cv  coritakent 
july 2011 by robertogreco
wish jar : do they fit?
"Some of the ancient Greek philosophers called the point of life: eudaimonia. It's commonly translated as happiness, but I believe a more accurate translation would be fittingness: how well your actions match your gifts, match who you are." from "Walking on Water" by Derrick Jensen
happiness  philosophy  audaimonia  life  fittingness  kerismith  glvo  tcsnmy  self-knowledge  purpose  derrickjensen  aristotle  well-being  ethics  success 
may 2010 by robertogreco
wish jar : a plan for change (a bit of a social rant)
"There are some things that we know for sure, we must use less energy, we must eliminate our dependence on oil, we must create less waste, we can make many choices that can lessen our impact. The bottom line is, "I need to FEEL like I am doing the best job that I can." And right now that means going a LOT further. For me, using green light bulbs and shopping locally is not enough. And as we said before, "If WE don't do it, then how can we expect others to do it too.""
kerismith  green  life  environment  reuse  sustainability 
may 2010 by robertogreco
How I discovered my Secret Powers PART THREE (an essay in several parts), by Keri Smith | Penguin Blog (USA) - Penguin Group (USA)
"And then I had a thought...What if everything I had been taught about myself in school was wrong? What if the opposite of everything was true? What if I had the power to create anything that I conceived of? What if the world was magic and I was able to see things that others could not for a reason?..."Since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned." -John Holt One thing I have learned from my life so far is that creative thought gives individuals a sense of ownership over their world. And this is what I aim to share with others. I do not see myself as any kind of expert on anything; what I have to offer is an intense passion for learning. As I found with the greatest teachers I have had over the years, this passion is infectious."
kerismith  books  creativity  imagination  education  alternative  independence  unschooling  deschooling  schooling  johnholt  reading  literacy  ideas  depression  homeschool  curiosity  autodidacts  art  glvo  tcsnmy 
september 2009 by robertogreco
How I discovered my Secret Powers PART TWO (an essay in several parts), by Keri Smith | Penguin Blog (USA) - Penguin Group (USA)
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""When I was in kindergarten my parents were called in by the teacher for a "meeting." She had a bucket full of rolled up drawings done by me. She pulled them out and unrolled them one by one. Each page had a drawing of a square house with three windows and a door, an apple tree, and a few clouds scattered about. They were all identical. The teacher expressed concern at my lack of originality. Looking back now I think my drawing rut reflected my mental state at being forced to go to school. I did what I felt was expected of me. Every day, the same thing. Ad nauseum. I had taken on their perception of me. But in my private life I became invincible. My imagination ruled. As I grew I became a seasoned "clock watcher"... ...counting the minutes until the bell. I did the bare minimum of work necessary not to fail. No one asked for anything more from me. And I didn't offer. It was the same for middle school and into high school.""
kerismith  schooling  education  homeschool  unschooling  learning  children  imagination  creativity  schools 
september 2009 by robertogreco
How I discovered my Secret Powers (an essay in several parts), by Keri Smith | Penguin Blog (USA) - Penguin Group (USA)
"I began to see that my perception of the world was different than the other kids, and that school was largely about making the teacher happy, and had little to do with actual learning. One of my early school memories is me at the age of six noticing that the other kids were getting attention from the teacher because they were struggling with reading. I had learned to read at age four and found all the reading material too easy. Feeling left out I decided to choose a random word and go up to the teacher and ask the pronunciation just so I could have her notice me. The word was "sandwich". The teacher looked surprised at my asking."
kerismith  glvo  unschooling  deschooling  homeschool  books  schooling  education  children  reading  creativity 
august 2009 by robertogreco
How To Be An Explorer Of The World Helps Readers Tune Back In | Geekdad from
"We're all blind. Overwhelmed by a thousand stimuli, busy as hell, we tune out the world. Who has time to appreciate the beauty of the world around us when we're always in a hurry? How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Art Life Museum aims to help busy people find a creative outlet in the midst of their routines, rather than cramming it all into special creative times. Written by writer and artist Keri Smith (author of the Guerilla Art Kit) the book features a number of "explorations" to help people reconnect with the oft-ignored detail around them."
books  kerismith  glvo  gifts  edg  srg  tcsnmy  observation  looking  senses  collections  italocalvino  cities  creativity  serendipity  collecting 
december 2008 by robertogreco How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum: Keri Smith: Books
"Artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing. In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists.

The mission Smith proposes? “To document and observe the world around you. As if you’ve never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to.”

With a series of interactive prompts and a beautifully hand-illustrated two-color package, readers will enjoy exploring and discovering the world through this gorgeous book."
books  kerismith  tcsnmy  observation  interested  art  life  glvo  edg  srg  gifts  interestedness 
november 2008 by robertogreco

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