Guerilla geography @ Priory


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Presentation given by Jo Debens and Lisa Whiting as part of the Portsmouth Geography Royal Geographical Society Network

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Guerilla geography @ Priory

  1. 1. Guerilla Geography @ Priory<br />
  2. 2. GuerillaGeography Art<br />
  3. 3. What is it & why do it?<br />It’s about Re-thinkingthe places we live in, challenging perceptions, taking new perspectives<br />Guerilla art is a way of sending messages about a place or a feature to get people to rethink that feature<br />
  4. 4. LITTLE NOTICES…what’s the message?<br />Help! I’m burning up!<br />
  5. 5. Guerillamessages…<br />
  6. 6. What is the point of guerilla geography art?<br />Thought provoking<br />Creative<br />Subtle messages<br />Covert action<br />
  7. 7. Think of a message<br />What kinds of messages could be used in here?<br />
  8. 8. Your mission<br />10 mins to scout the main school building for ideas for possible messages<br />Design a guerilla art message poster<br />Sneakily blu-tac the poster + get it photo’d<br />Only rules: has to make people think about the space, have a geographical message, be located in a place they can read, and not be offensive/swear<br />
  9. 9. Twitter uploads<br />Photos of your guerilla art to go on Twitter for live feedback from real people (not just the fake kind you find here!)<br />
  10. 10. Portsmouth’s future view?<br />
  11. 11. Paper trail<br />
  12. 12. Tick, tock….<br />
  13. 13. Heating up<br />
  14. 14. Who is watching?<br />
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  17. 17. Secret Places<br />Geographical detectives<br />
  18. 18. Secret places<br />Secret places is a way of learning good geographical skills to investigate somewhere but right on your doorstep<br />
  19. 19. What do I do?<br />In pairs/groups you will choose (or be given) a secret place location somewhere in the school grounds<br />You have to: investigate your place and think of creative ways to describe this place to others<br />You will have 15minsto investigate outside then 15mins back in class to prepare your clues to share with the class<br />Communicate only your clues to others – be selective with the information you give – think carefully, what should you reveal first?<br />
  20. 20. What kinds of clues could I find to describe a place?<br />What ideas do you have?<br />What clues do detectives look for?<br />You will have your senses, your phone, and paper + pencil<br />
  21. 21. Ideas....<br />TIP:<br />Don’t make it too easy, be clever, think like a detective.<br />You could:<br /> - make simple sketches of something in your secret place, e.g. A fountain, a bin, etc.<br /> - pick up ‘evidence’, e.g. Leaves, gravel, etc.<br /> - make rubbings of surfaces, e.g. The floor<br /> - describe different senses: e.g. I can hear….. , I can smell……., I can feel…………… <br />- record the noises you hear<br />- photograph something from your place<br />
  22. 22. Example: where is this?<br />I can see: a few cars, brick walls, sky above me, a bit of hedge, some windows, a chimney<br />I can smell: food cooking, car fumes<br />I can hear: traffic noise, pots + pans banging<br />Still can’t get it? Here’s the Sketch:<br />
  23. 23. Before you go out…<br />What rules do you think would be appropriate for outside the room?<br />Also… try to not let the others see where you are working!<br />
  24. 24. End of lesson<br />Present your clues<br />Random name picker<br />Class vote – who made the best detectives?<br />What do you think you’ve learnt?<br />
  25. 25. What makes Priory distinctive?<br />Sense of place<br />
  26. 26. What senses do you have?<br />Hearing<br />Smell<br />Taste<br />Sight<br />Touch<br />Image copyright of Pshychogeographer<br />
  27. 27. What do you think is distinctive about Priory School?<br />What makes our school different to others?<br />
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  29. 29. Your Mission<br />Working in pairs, explore the school site + find evidence of things that are DISTINCTIVE about Priory<br />You could make sketches / rubbings / take photos / record descriptive words / write a poem<br />Before you go out – plan what you will record…then you will have 20mins outside<br />
  30. 30. Now report back<br />What did you choose as distinctive?<br />Why?<br />
  31. 31. Upload to the blog<br /><br />Your turn to feed back<br />
  32. 32. - little people<br />
  33. 33. Image: slinkachu <br />
  34. 34. Image: slinkachu <br />
  35. 35. Image: slinkachu <br />
  36. 36. Image: slinkachu <br />
  37. 37. Image: slinkachu <br />
  38. 38. Image: slinkachu <br />
  39. 39. <ul><li>Mini people dolls/lego people/mini dolls.
  40. 40. Students go around school with the little people and have to find places/spaces that are comfortable or uncomfortable for those people.
  41. 41. Idea of perspective, seeing space in new way.
  42. 42. How did it make you think about the place differently?
  43. 43. They then interview each other about why these spaces are god.</li></li></ul><li>ask & seek<br />
  44. 44. What ingredients make a place you..<br />like<br />dislike<br />
  45. 45. What about different groups of people? <br />Does everyone choose what they like/dislike in the same way? How do priorities change?<br />
  46. 46. Magic glasses<br />