Feb '05 - May '06
So...Archeworks had its midterm critique this past Wednesday evening (10/26) and while I can say we as groups did recieve interesting, at times useful constructive criticisms, there were some: holy crap, did you just say that? moments.
The first group presented their project dealing with responding to Stroke victims, survivors, and such. After the presentation there was a comment that went like this:
STROKE -> CHARITY -> EROTIC -> TRAGEDY...
Yes, erotic + stroke in the same chain of thought...
The point was made that the medical community is working to rename "stroke" They are looking towards:
"Cerebral Vascular Attack". Interesting...
The second group presented their project dealing with Chicago Community Schools. They are working on bringing the community to the schools, outside of the schoolday. THe comment was made during the questions : If you are trying to bring the community to the school - take it to the community, not take them to it...confusing.
My group "Tools for Schools" went last. Coupled with the fact that the Soxs were playing, and the free dinner had already happened the crowd was thin. We got some strange questions, we got some obvious questions, and we got some "ah-ha!" comments. There were of course teeth-grinding moments as well...
Every group was pretty much given the same comment - you are going about it wrong - you should be going about it this way... some got it gentler than others, some got it harsher...
So our group went out and drank until it made sense tonight. Blue skies...
This is a seperate response from our critique evening.
Every Tuesday we have Stanley's Ethics class. This week the discussion dealt with the question: "What is the definition of GOOD?" The conversation eventually got around to defining/acknowledging the "Ultimate good" or "Ultimate Ideal" that we should all be striving for.
My point went to the effect of, why are we trying to reach an un-reachable goal? That's the whole point of an ideal, something that you will always be striving towards, but never quite reaching. Instead, why not do what you do, and do it well? Do what you do to the best of your ability. Understanding that the next person has the exact same right to the same thing. That may or may not "gel" with what you do, but..."do what you do and do it well."
I found the text I wanted to quote (after class of course)
From S.K. Kubose, "Bright Dawn":
"It is said that the wise are not shaken by the winds of praise or blame. It is a wise person, indeed, who does not allow others to define his or her goodness or badness." ...Do we always have to decide that something is either good or bad?...Nothing is good or bad...only our thinking makes it so."
Anyways, I was overwhelmed by the conversation, got mad, spat out my above comments, and then proceeded to vent and draw the rest of the time...here's the results:
That's it, back to basics next week.