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September 29, 2011

Subway as stage.

by debmlong

This is one of my favorite examples of DIY theater, currently. Some of you may find it annoying (as I did, initially), but it is certainly a creative use of public space, and definitely an interesting way to have diverse crowds connect through a shared experience, in this case Shakespeare:

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/04/29/for-these-players-all-the-trains-a-stage/

I haven’t caught these guys since mid-summer, but if you do happen to catch them, likely on the L or G train, it is certainly more amusing than some other things you might encounter in a subway car.

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September 19, 2011

I don’t know how to knit.

by debmlong

I just want to relate my experience attending the World Maker Faire on Saturday. I am glad this class gave me a reason to attend this event, because it was pretty awesome, and well worth the trip to Flushing.

What remains with me the most (aside from the large, fire-breathing dragon spectacle extravaganza) was the enthusiasm of the participants and creators that I met throughout the afternoon.  A classmate and I wandered into a free knitting/crochet class. I can’t say I am particularly adept at this sort of thing, and I (unsuccessfully) tried a bit of knitting while talking with the older women who were teaching us. For me, the one thing that all of these people seemed to have in common, whether they were knitting socks or building robots or soldering was the enthusiasm to create something, and the sense of accomplishment and completion that comes along with producing something. This is definitely what brought it together for me-the idea of finding common ground amongst diverse individuals over a shared passion.

That is the theme, or idea, I would like to continue exploring throughout the semester-why and/or how people come around to these particular interests-aside from making a profit of course (if that’s even possible anyway).

-Deb

September 14, 2011

Hello friends.

by debmlong

Hi all-

This is Deborah. I am from Brooklyn, NY (by way of Columbia, South Carolina and Philadelphia, PA).

 I graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2007, with a BFA in Writing for Film and TV.

I started my MA in Media Studies with The New School in 2009 because I wanted to expand upon and continue to explore some of the things I only scratched the surface of in undergraduate school. When I started here, I thought I’d be more interested in theory, but I realized that I have gained the most out of some of the production work I’ve done-simply going through the entire process of producing a short narrative (albeit for a class) was one of the single most gratifying experiences I’ve had in a long time. I’ve learned, essentially, that I learn best, in any scenario, when I am actually, physically, doing something, and I think this is true for most of us.

I’d like to use this course as a way to further investigate and develop the ways in which one can share an experience and make it purposeful as an experience to share with others-how to create a learning experience, or space, out of a specific idea or event.

I want to try and put some of my ideas in the context of not simply “I want to do this,” but “Why do I want to do this, and how do I go about sharing this with other people in a way that is meaningful.”

I’ve been reading through some of the other bios, and I am truly excited to be in this class with the rest of you, and I look forward to learning from all of you.