“We will engage the critical mind to observe the moments in the work we are looking at that seem to us the most exceptional and inspiring – the miraculous moments. Maybe this approach will allow us to keep the creative mind deliberately engaged as we engage the critical mind. Maybe we will start to see miraculous moments everywhere. We will become one who is defined by the ability to observe a proliferation of miracles”. (Bottoms and Goulish 2007: 210-211)
Commonplace Book response to performances:
Design a two-part response to any piece that you have seen at the festival by following the instructions below. You may submit your responses by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or find the Buzzcut Commonplace Book table in the MacLeod Hall to fill in a paper response and submit it in person.
Make sure to include the following information:
Title of Show/Artist/Date
(you are also welcome to include your own name but your submission can be anonymous if you prefer).
1. Provide a quotation in response to the work
Select a quotation from any source in response to the work and write this down along with the citation of its author. This could be in response to an exceptional, inspiring, unusual, transcendent, or otherwise engaging moment that you see in the work or it could respond to a structural element, a visual element, a spatial element, or some other quality in the work observed.
(N.B. – the Buzzcut Commonplace Book table in the MacLeod Hall will be able to provide a selection of books for you to peruse if you do not have access to a quote from your own collection).
2. Present a gloss on the quotation
Devise a commentary or gloss that is your response to the quotation that you have selected. Your gloss may indicate why you selected this quotation in response to the performance. Your gloss may disagree with the quotation. Your gloss may associate from the quotation. Your gloss may adopt some of the specific vocabulary of the quotation.
Your gloss may be in any form, a written text, a photograph, a drawing, a video, a performance or some other mode of presentation.
If you are unsure of how to submit your gloss (if it is a performance for example), then please visit the Buzzcut Commonplace Book table in the MacLeod Hall and we will find a way.