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Why the way poetry is taught in school is wrong (2022)
on the Poetics of
A book on the poetical dimension of daily experience. Listening, Silence, Sound, Movement, Light, Space and Memory are reflected upon through experience, poetry and stillness. Published in 2021 by ERÓS in Co. Clare, Ireland.
Out- -side -in (2021)
In The Artist and Academia. Phelan, H., and Welch, G. (eds.). Routledge.
The new studio. The artist as experimental pedagogue. It is noise not music - it is displacement not dance - what would we be? No curriculum - no path - just trace. Not educate but liberare | not to lead out - but to let in. Free the trace. Feel - listen - embrace - transform. And yes, poetry - the return of things - the affirmation of the poetic.
A Class of Nothing (2019)
Imagine a class with no syllabus, no teacher, no instruction, no method, no homework, no assessments, no grades, no ‘classroom’. What could that be? ‘A Class of Nothing’ is a radical pedagogical concept that stems from the need to create space. Physical space. Mental space. Space in time. Through the idea of nothing as a starting point, and no-instruction as a pedagogical tool, ‘teacher’ and ‘student’ immerse in a space of waiting, of disconnectionfrom the outside world, and eventually, of discovery and making. In the space of ‘A Class of Nothing’ to educate means no more to teach, give, orexemplify: to lead out; but to inhabit, to experience: to let in. The concepts of teacher and student become blurred, and it is no longer possible to understand them in the traditional sense. Responses from students to various ‘classes of nothing’, reveal that this kind of experience is new, intriguing, mind boggling, unusual, surprising, interesting, strange; it places them in a different space: physically, mentally and in time. This paper introduces the notion of ‘A Class of Nothing’, and provides the reader with a number of examples where this concept and approach have been applied.
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