The line between madness and sanity is a fine one at the best of the times.
The nature of true creativity means constantly walking a tightrope between these two states of being.
This delicate and disturbing balancing act is reflected in the subtitle of the fascinating yet disquieting Borderline exhibition at Ravenna’s Museo d’Arte della Città (MAR) : ’Artisti tra normalità e follia (Artists between normality and insanity). View full article »
LARS AND THE REAL GIRL directed by Craig Gillespie (USA/Canada, 2007)
Cover of Lars and the Real Girl
What an odd and creepy movie this is.
it is billed as a comedy-drama, yet this quirky look at mental illness has no gags and practically no dramatic tension.
In the lead role as Lars Lindstorm, Ryan Gosling remains straight-faced throughout and believable as a painfully shy individual whose isolation is heightened by the fact that he cannot bear to be touched.
The consensus is that he needs the love of a good woman to bring him out of his shell. One equally gawky woman who works in the same office has a crush on him but goes out of his way to avoid her.
Another work colleague, who spends a good part of the day looking for porn sites, inadvertently finds an alternative solution, He tells Lars about a Real Doll site and, although he feigns disinterest, we soon see Lars taking delivery of a wooden crate with his very own life-size silicone doll. View full article »
OPEN EDUCATION : REFLECTIONS ON LEARNING NETWORKS
"I never teach my pupils: I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn" - Albert Einstein.
Wordle for Personal Learning Networks
One of the effects of the abundance of online learning resources is the trend of coming up with new terms to define what we mean by education and even to question what its purpose is.
There are still relics of the Dickensian notion that students are vessels to be filled facts but, thankfully, this is a pedagogy that by and large belongs to the past.
Yet, although we like to think we live in a more enlightened age, the rapid nature of the change over the past two decades continues to be hard to assimilate.
Openness implies accessibility and an accommodating attitude so, all things being equal, these should be good times for teachers and students, life-long or otherwise.
So why do I feel so much doubt and uncertainty? Shouldn’t my mood be more celebratory? View full article »
In week 3 of the E-Learning & Digital Cultures MOOC . students have been invited to create an image that represents any one of the themes encountered in the course so far.
This is another photo of street art from my Flickr back pages that I have chosen.
It was taken in San Francisco and it makes me think of time travellers returning to the Garden of Eden (wherever that is!). The fact that the couple has not been coloured in adds to the sense of their disconnection from the natural surroundings.
It makes me think how technology separates human beings from our surroundings so that we feel we are aliens trying to come to terms with where we are and how we are supposed to interact with the world around us.