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Making Meaning By Making Connections

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Opening talk at California Writing Project (CWP) Spring 2017

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Making Meaning By Making Connections

  1. 1. M A K I N G M E A N I N G B Y M A K I N G C O N N E C T I O N S K I M J A X O N ( A N D P E T E R K I T T L E I N S P I R I T ) N O R T H E R N C A L I F O R N I A W R I T I N G P R O J E C T H T T P : / / K I M J A X O N . C O M @ D R J A X O N @ P K I T T L E 1
  2. 2. T L ; D R • Writing • Making As… • Teaching & Making • Making @ D R J A X O N 2
  3. 3. P O Ï E S I S ( A N C I E N T G R E E K : Π Ο Ί Η Σ Ι Σ ) I S E T Y M O L O G I C A L L Y D E R I V E D F R O M T H E A N C I E N T G R E E K T E R M Π Ο Ι Έ Ω , W H I C H M E A N S " T O M A K E . ” T H I S W O R D , T H E R O O T O F O U R M O D E R N “ P O E T R Y , " W A S F I R S T A V E R B , A N A C T I O N T H A T T R A N S F O R M S A N D C O N T I N U E S T H E W O R L D . — W I K I P E D I A @ D R J A X O N 3
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  5. 5. Y O U K N O W T H A T ‘ M A K I N G ’ ( P O I E S I S ) H A S A W I D E R A N G E ; F O R , Y O U S E E , E V E R Y K I N D O F M A K I N G I S R E S P O N S I B L E F O R A N Y T H I N G W H A T S O E V E R T H A T I S O N T H E W A Y F R O M W H A T I S N O T T O W H A T I S . A N D T H U S A L L T H E P R O D U C T I O N S T H A T A R E D E P E N D E N T O N T H E A R T S A R E M A K I N G S , A N D A L L T H E C R A F T S M E N E N G A G E D I N T H E M A R E M A K E R S ( P O I E T A I ) . — P L A T O ’ S S Y M P O S I U M 5
  6. 6. W H A T K E Y W O R D S D O Y O U A S S O C I A T E W I T H M A K I N G O R M A K E R ? J O T D O W N W O R D S T H A T C O M E T O M I N D … 6
  7. 7. W H A T D O E S A S P A C E L O O K L I K E T H A T I S D E S I G N E D F O R M A K I N G A N D M A K E R S ? D R A W T H E S P A C E O R J O T D O W N D E S C R I P T O R S O F T H E S P A C E 7
  8. 8. W H A T K E Y W O R D S D O Y O U A S S O C I A T E W I T H C O M P O S I N G , W R I T I N G , O R W R I T E R ? 8
  9. 9. W H A T D O E S A S P A C E L O O K L I K E T H A T I S D E S I G N E D F O R C O M P O S I N G A N D W R I T E R S ? 9
  10. 10. C O M P A R E Y O U R K E Y W O R D S A N D Y O U R I D E A S A B O U T M A K I N G A N D W R I T I N G S P A C E S : W H A T S I M I L A R I T I E S D O Y O U S E E B E T W E E N M A K I N G A N D W R I T I N G ? W H A T D I F F E R E N C E S T O Y O U S E E I N Y O U R W O R D L I S T S A N D I D E A S A B O U T S P A C E S ? O N C E Y O U ’ V E C O M P A R E D Y O U R O W N L I S T S , S H A R E W I T H O T H E R S : W H A T D O Y O U H A V E I N C O M M O N ? 10
  11. 11. Making As… 11
  12. 12. I . M A K I N G A S D I S P O S I T I O N … 12
  13. 13. “The vicious cycle starts: if you fail at something, you think it is your fault. Therefore you think you can’t do that task. As a result, next time you have to do the task, you believe you can’t, so you don’t even try. The result is that you can’t, just as you thought.” ― Donald A. Norman, The Design of Everyday Things 13
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  17. 17. I I . M A K I N G A S C O N T E N T … 17
  18. 18. C O M P O S I N G S C I E N C E 18
  19. 19. “Design is really an act of communication, which means having a deep understanding of the person with whom the designer is communicating.” ― Donald A. Norman, The Design of Everyday Things 19
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  21. 21. I I I M A K I N G A S R E P A I R … 21
  22. 22. P O Ï E S I S = " T O M A K E " T H I S W O R D , T H E R O O T O F O U R M O D E R N “ P O E T R Y , ” W A S F I R S T A V E R B , A N A C T I O N T H A T T R A N S F O R M S A N D C O N T I N U E S T H E W O R L D . 22
  23. 23. “ P A I N U N M A K E S T H E W O R L D . ” – D R . L A U R A S P A R K S 23
  24. 24. “Scarry argues that while the world, like the self, is ‘unmade’ in instances of war or torture, it is ‘made’ through imagining and creating artifacts. If extreme pain unmakes the world, if pain is indeed language-destroying, what possibilities exist out of that for rhetoric to create, remake, or bring forth?” –Dr. Laura Sparks 24
  25. 25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f66b2UE9lk0 25
  26. 26. “ I F W E A R E C O M M I T T E D T O P R O V I D I N G S T U D E N T S W I T H O P P O R T U N I T I E S T O F O R G E N E W C O N N E C T I O N S , T O W O R K I N N E W W A Y S , T O P R O D U C E N E W K I N D S O F T E X T S . . . I T I S C R U C I A L T H A T W E T A K E C A R E N O T T O L I M I T T H E T E X T S , T O O L S , A N D C O M P O S I N G S T R A T E G I E S S T U D E N T S M I G H T E M P L O Y A N D A L T E R I N C O M P E L L I N G W A Y S . ” — J O D Y S H I P K A “ N E G O T I A T I N G R H E T O R I C A L , M A T E R I A L , M E T H O D O L O G I C A L , A N D T E C H N O L O G I C A L D I F F E R E N C E : E V A L U A T I N G M U L T I M O D A L D E S I G N S ” 26
  27. 27. T E A M S M A K E : C R E A T E A R E P R E S E N T A T I O N F O R M A K I N G O R M A K E R C U L T U R E : A D R A W I N G O F T H E S P A C E , A C O N C E P T M A P O F K E Y T E R M S , O R S O M E C O M B I N A T I O N ? P E R H A P S A L S O P O S E Q U E S T I O N S A B O U T T H E C O N N E C T I O N S B E T W E E N M A K I N G / C O M P O S I N G T H A T W E C O U L D C O N S I D E R A S W E M O V E T H R O U G H T H E D A Y . 27

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