Day 21 BIG QUESTIONS
1. What creative possibilities seem best accomplished through visual art?
2. What creative possibilities seem best accomplished through literary art?
3. What turns respectful observation into objectifying voyerism?
1. When can mental shortcuts help versus harm?
2.What are some of your mental shortcuts?
3. What is the difference between a definition, description, and stereotype?
1. What makes a good storytelling, hero shaping, talking gallery cultural space? Where do you go to hear and be a part of stories?
2. How does a person's life story move from everyday human to hero? How does hero shaping affect our view of a person's humanity?
3. Can everyone make art? Why? Why not?
1. When do you activate versus shut down your internal editor?
2. What is the worst possible thing you could let slip past your internal editor? Why would it be a bad thing to let out... embarrassing, untrue, too true, offensive, etc.?
3. What evokes a stronger emotion in you: loneliness or being alone?
1. What preposition (relational/positional word) do you use to describe your connection to Americanness?
2. What preposition (relational/positional word) do you use to describe your connection to skin color?
1. What resilience tools do you use to recover from mistakes?
2. Consider a time when someone has mispronounced or somehow altered your name or part of your identity (title, bio, etc). How did you react? Why?
3. Are there types of language or styles of names (with cultural implications, not including expletives) that you prefer not to hold in your mouth? Why?
1. If people paid very close attention, what would they know about you and your life that most don't quite seem to see right now?
2. How do you know what you know? Describe your observation, critical thinking,
and learning processes
3. What do you think of the phrase "trying to be authentic"? Do you think most people are more comfortable with artifice or authenticity? Why?
1. What is your process of deciding if an image is destructive versus constructive? Do you focus primarily on your reaction to the work, other people's reactions, the artist's intentions, content, etc.?
2. How do visual art and poetry add to what we know of our history?
3. Based on the fine art currently being created, what do you imagine people in the future will think of our time?
1. With what or with whom might you replace the word carpet? How and where has their presence been called into question?
2. When/where has your presence been called into question and how did you handle it?
3. How do you define fine art? What and/or whose work sits outside of that category for you?
1. Consider a time that you first recognized something that had been around you for a long time...
2. What made you suddenly take notice despite its longstanding presence? Did the experience affect your future way of seeing?
3. Is it easier for you to give when you have a little or a lot? Why?
1. How has exceptionalism affected your life and/or people’s expectations of you?
2. When (and based off of what expectations) can you predict a person’s next steps?
3. What is your personal brand? What traits, styles, items, etc. compose your recognizable image?