Thursday, February 9, 2012

Exploring Transmediation & Rhizomatic Learning through Art Conversations

Bluebird (Feb. 2012 by M.A. Reilly

(For Saturday @ Western Connecticut State University/ED822)

I. Exploring Transmediation through Art Converasations

What is transmediation? According to Semali, transmediation is:
The process of taking understandings from one sign system and moving them into another in order to make meaning or 'representing' meaning across sign systems. From Semali, L.M. (ed). 2002. Transmediation in the classroom: A semiotics-based media literacy framework. NY: Peter Lang.
Art conversation

Art Conversations (by M.A. Reilly, published in English Journal)

II. Engaging in Art Conversations

Engagement 1:  You have been partnered and have been given a sheet of finger paint paper and paint. Track how meaning emerges and changes as you read/view/hear this Charles Bukowski poem, "Bluebird." Discuss the work, your feelings and thoughts with your partner using the finger paints.   You are not allowed to actually talk, but instead need to converse using the paints.


1. Listen to the poem.

from The Last Night of the Earth Poems
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I’m not going
to let anybody see
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
in there.
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
you want to blow my book sales in
there’s a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I’m too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody’s asleep.
I say, I know that you’re there,
so don’t be sad.
then I put him back,
but he’s still singing a little
in there, I haven’t quite let him
and we sleep together like
with our
secret pact
and it’s nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don’t
weep, do


2. View Tomas Ralph's short animated film based on the poem

Bluebird from Thomas Ralph on Vimeo.

3. View "Bluebird" a multimodal text based on Bukowski's poem and created by California is a Place.

Bluebird from California is a place on Vimeo.

4. View this is an animation of "Bluebird" created by Monika Umba.


5. Listen to this a musical Composition by Sympathy 7 based on the Bukowski poem.
In December 2010 a friend recommended a poem by Charles Bukowski called Bluebird. During that time I was working on a musical piece but was unsure of its purpose. Upon reading Bluebird i knew instantly what i should do. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as i enjoyed composing it.

 6. Watch Damjan Radovanovic film.

Bluebird from Damjan Radovanovic on Vimeo.

7. Watch SinChan's film.

Bluebird from SinChan on Vimeo.

III. Experience as a Moving Force
'Every experience is a moving force. Its value can be judged only on the ground of what it moves toward and into' (John Dewey. 1938/1997. Experience and education, p.38). Transmediation potentially helps to reveal the trajectory of an experience through the presence of multiple symbolic (re)presentations" (Reilly, 2010. "Opening possibilities through transmediation (p. 3).
  1. Place your art conversation on the table alongside your peers.
  2. As you view the art, consider what understandings you made of the poem, Bluebird.  Did your understanding change as you engaged with the various artworks based on or influenced by the poem.
  3. Did meaning emerge or change as you engaged in the art conversation?
  4. Gallery Walk: NOw align your work with your peers and take a gallery walk.  Are there any patterns across the artworks that you notice?  Are there points of departure?
  5. Think about these, make a few notes (chose whatever form you want) and let's talk about this in about 15 minutes.
IV. Rhizomes, Lines of Flight, and so on...

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