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Talk to ITEM conference January 2018


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Reflections on the role film plays in the arts and creative education

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Talk to ITEM conference January 2018

  1. 1. How do we look for something when we don’t know what it is? IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY, AND THE MOVING IMAGE Mark Reid, BFI Education ITEM Conference 24th January 2018
  2. 2. SURPRISE!
  3. 3. About BFI….
  4. 4. BFI Education…
  5. 5. Meno’s Paradox How will you look for [something]," he asks, "when you do not know at all what it is?” Plato’s Meno, Sections 80 – 86 quoted in Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost
  6. 6. If the only tool you have is a yardstick, you look for what you can measure. Elliot Eisner, Arts and the Creation of Mind, 2002
  7. 7. Consider the implications of the relationship between forms of representation for the selection of content in the school curriculum. Learning to use particular forms of representation is also learning to think and represent meaning in particular ways. How broad is the current distribution? What forms of representation are emphasized? In what forms are students expected to become “literate”? What modes of cognition are stimulated, practiced, and refined by the forms that are made available? Arts and the Creation of Mind Elliott Eisner (2002)
  8. 8. ‘The Arts.. • Slow down perception • Invite us to look [and listen] hard • Give us permission to explore and play.’
  9. 9. Listening closely (hide the screen, Mark!)
  10. 10. Looking closely Shot no.. 5, 4 mins 14
  11. 11. character setting story mood Tell Me Aidan Chambers/ CLPE 1992
  12. 12. Looking closely Shot no.. 5, 4 mins 14
  13. 13. puzzles similarities surprises senses Tell Me Aidan Chambers/ CLPE 1992
  15. 15. SURPRISE!
  16. 16. What surprise looks like Full Moon and Little Frieda A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket - And you listening. A spider's web, tense for the dew's touch. A pail lifted, still and brimming - mirror To tempt a first star to a tremor. Cows are going home in the lane there, looping the hedges with their warm wreaths of breath - A dark river of blood, many boulders, Balancing unspilled milk. 'Moon!' you cry suddenly, 'Moon! Moon!' The moon has stepped back like an artist gazing amazed at a work That points at him amazed. Ted Hughes
  18. 18. What did you find that you didn’t know you were looking for?
  19. 19. IMPLICATIONS FOR TEACHING Slow down children’s perceptions Explore the potential of film – watching and making Use constraints in creative tasks: Lumiere Minutes minutes.html Help children look closely at the things they make…
  20. 20. …and make room for surprise!