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foolish fingers? 

The Dialectic. ‘This is a dialectic and I’m going to explain it.’ Grip imaginary six centimetre object between thumb and forefinger. Rotate wrist ninety degrees, snapping into end position. Smoothly rotate back to start. Repeat up to three times depending on conviction. Use when expressing a shift from one thing to another. Highly infectious.  — …

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The Art of Play in China 

This is one of those things you need to see. Over the last several decades a pedagogy of play has been working itself out in rural China. The resonances with Western early childhood practices of learning and play are all the more striking, given that there is no direct connection. Even more interesting are the …

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Shoes and/or Poetry 

This article was just brought to my attention, "because it's about shoes." "Bringing a Daughter Back from the Brink with Poems" Is it always about shoes? Are shoes one of our primary apparently-casual-examples? Even if we aren't talking about shoes, does it inevitably insist on being sorted? The shoe always goes on in the end... …

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The Hand 

THE HAND I would like to formally propose The Hand as a course that I can teach, and which, more importantly, should be taught. It'll no doubt take many hands pushing leavers and pulling buttons to make it happen. All the more reason. Hyperallergic has a brief entry on the matter that of course, barely …

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Precession and the Dolphin 

Precession, simply put, is a force that is generated as a side effect of another force, orthogonal to it. A stone dropped in water creates ripples. A tensegrity structure, squashed or pulled, will bow out or squeeze in at the free sides. A spun bike wheel, suspended from only one side of the axle, will …

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Thresholds of São Paulo, Brazil: Minimal Performance as Inquiry 

I'll be heading to Brazil in the Spring to play with the intersection between learning, performing, and the city, as part of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics' annual Encuentro. I thought I'd share the write up for our project here, as a way of crossing some of the usual thresholds between education and …

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Thought is for Moving 

If you think about this question for any length of time, it's blindingly obvious why we have a brain. We have a brain for one reason, and one reason only, and that is to produce adaptable and complex movements. —Daniel Wolpert I'll stop there before I transcribe the whole thing... Shortly after this, though, he …

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Learning From Footwear 

Recently brought to my attention, this preview of the feature, The Shoe, by Saraiva's Cheeky, goes right to the heart of the matter. Long Weekend With André on Nowness.com. On the one hand, shoes seem to slip by our attention, too close to the ground, beneath our consideration. On the other hand, we would be …

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Sit More Better 

One of the ironies of meditation is that something as simple as sitting can be so challenging. Faced with discomfort or pain, we do the best we can, perhaps invoking mind over matter. But behind the esoteric paradox that the path to enlightenment should itself be enlightened, is a practical hint: attending to our sitting …

Posted 71 months ago by

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Drawing Lab 

One of the things that always comes up when talk turns to the losses we suffer around education—our regrets at being of a certain age without having brought certain things with us—is drawing. (Languages being the other big one.) It has a kind of inevitability, just as a conversation about waning literacy will eventually turn …

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Noguchi and Drawing 

First off, if you haven't been to the Noguchi Museum, go. It's a sublime space to spend time with a sublime artist. (Weekdays you can have it almost all to yourself.) Second, go now. The current exhibit of animal drawings, is a rare glimpse into a different medium for the artist. Both their own, and …

Posted 74 months ago by

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Relational Photography? 

I just got back from meeting with the photographer for our Relational Drawing gig at the Whitney tomorrow night, and I've been reflecting on the whole process. The working premise of our experimentation with "relational drawing" is that movement and drawing belong together, and that exploring the sensory coherence of our postures and actions is …

Posted 77 months ago by

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Barterin’ for Learnin’: The Trade School at The Whitney Museum 

Our class on Relational Drawing is all full up for this, but I highly encourage people to attend one of the other classes. The Trade School is well worth experiencing. We've enjoyed working with them a great deal. And if you are interested in hearing when we'll be offering Relational Drawing again, just get on …

Posted 78 months ago by

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Education & the Dance of Death 

Dance, of course, is squeezed out of schools. Squeezed out and then reinserted. This is not paradoxical but strictly necessary. Within the already marginalized arts, dance itself tends often to represent the very margins within the margins. School is the place where dance is the dangerous other. So what are we to make of any …

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Method to the Madness, Madness to the Method 

Tomorrow evening, (Wed, the 27th), I am thrilled to be doing a workshop with the Music & Music Ed Program at Teachers College. When  work with a new group of people, the beginning is always particularly interesting. "So, what are we about to do?" is a hard enough question, but presupposes that we have already …

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Against Practice 

I'm getting ready to give a workshop for the Music & Music Education program at Teachers College, and I've been thinking lately about the paradoxes of practicing, teaching, and performing. One of the things that strikes me as particularly challenging for musicians and music educators, is the question of repetition. What are we doing when …

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