- April 5th, 2011
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The first thing that Adrian spoke about in the lecture was this notion of tacit knowledge – learning by doing, things that can’t be taught. That is what we are doing with Korsakow, or at least, what it feels like we’re doing. We learn how to work the software by creating works with it. I know for certain I’m a lot more confident with using it now than I was a few weeks ago, just as I am now more confident with Final Cut Pro than I was a year ago when I was first introduced to it. And tacit learning is not just confined to uni and our academic life – it’s in our jobs and careers, in our hobbies. I had to learn to play tennis by actually playing it – it wasn’t as if I was just shown how to hold and swing the racquet then ‘Congratulations, you are now a pro tennis player’ (I’m not pro, I’m actually quite average, but it is fun, and I’m much better than when I began!) It was the same with piano – when I first get a piece I can barely play it at all (or can only play a little by sight reading, which is something else I have learnt to do) and after practising it over and over, through repetition, starting slow and increasing the speed, I can play it in a way that, hopefully, is pleasant to hear! It’s not just a case of learning the fingering and the timing – you need a feel for the piece and the instrument. It is only through this qualitative change in our understanding that we will eventually grasp and learn things.
Moving on to patterns – pleasantly surprised to find that I could follow what Adrian was saying yesterday. My life is a pattern – uni, homework, spare time, sleep. Repeat. Okay, that might be oversimplifying things, but it is true (or I do agree) that humans like to create this sense of order in our world with patterns. Sometimes art is created that likes to challenge this concept, but for the most part it is there.
I’m also now considering reading something of Jacques Derrida and this idea of ‘inside’ or internalised ideologies versus the outside and how the outside is necessary to the inside.
These are the exact notes that I took in the lecture:
“Eg. Justice – social institutions arise that deem murder wrong. Deconstructive moment – killing becomes a prohibition. Police and public judge this and consequences of this act. Sense of WRONG. Derrida says to make that rule requires an act of force. Framing this notion of justice, force needs to be put on an individual – which is a violent act in itself. Inside the logic of the system, the terms that define it are already inside….
Derrida- first in itself, the authority of such, resides in the fact there is a second. “
I honestly don’t think I can explain it any clearer than that (if I can, this will be the first place I blog about it!)
Okay, now a post or two ago, I lamented about the fact that the settings on my ‘Me’ video does not have the same settings as the other – it has a weird letter box thing going on. I have examined and compared its settings to the other videos, as did Adrian, and I am at a lost. It shouldn’t look like that but it does. As Kathryn put it, one of ‘life’s little mysteries…’