The 12th of September 2014
Its finally here, I have started the foundation course at CCW University of the Arts London. We have been introduced into the induction project. The brief is fairly vague but it simply states to create a performance with a group based on the idea of forming a group. If it sounds confusing to you then you have reached the same mindset I was in when I first heard about the project.
To get us started we did a sort of get to know you ice breaker. This helped us to form ideas and be inspired about other aspects of people in our class. Following the ice breaker we were formed into our groups that we were in to create our performance pieces.
I immediately fell into a more leadership position within our smaller group. I tried to fight it to not be the one in charge. For some reason I just can’t help it. No one else wanted to get people talking, no one else wanted to be the one to organize it. For some reason I am always the one to step up. No one objected to my dominating personality, I think that I should just settle with the fact I have a leader personality. Within this project I am realizing that I shouldn’t be so afraid of what people think about this personality.
To get the ball rolling with this project I might have asked our group what was the most outrageous thing we could do. Then I suggested that no matter what we do we could slap on some meaning to it, basically BS-ing it. A large amount of the group was worried with grading and if we were going to pass or not. When this was brought up that in the idea of trying to pass or get a good grade by living up to what a teacher wants would hold anyone’s creativity back. To be our creative selves we had to take the brief but not worry about what a list of requirements were.
I believe that this induction to the course is really showing how the learning in the foundation year is going to be severally different from what ever we have experienced in education before. I am excited for this approach to education here at UAL and at the same time I am scared. I don’t always understand what our Tutors are asking of us, and because I really want to thrive here this upsets me. Then I am reminded that I have to take everything in and not be worried about a grade.
We finished out performance this Friday. I believed our approach was highly developed and interesting. After we performed we were allowed to explore through all the pieces of work that had been created by all the foundation students. It was fascinating to be surrounded by performances and installations. The amount of raw creativity that is in the building is electric. The potential for all of us is exciting, but I am getting more amped up about the potential for my own artistic career. I can see the magnitude of where this Progression Center can lead. I am ready to work extremely hard to get there.
Foundation Year, my name is Hannah Bottino and ready or not here I come.