Category: Assessment #1 – Activity Exercise

Assessment 1 Blog 1

For my activity I am planning to document myself practising my drumming on my drum pad and bed in my room. Recently I have found myself practising daily so it seems fitting to do this for this assessment.

Ways to add variation include :

  • Incorporating different exercises
  • Practising with a metronome
  • Practising with music
  • Practising without external sources
  • Practising without the drum pad (Air Drumming)

I’m curious to see how these variations alter both how I play, how I practise and also how long the duration of practise will be.

SMARTPHONES… NOT SO SMART? #4

Day 6: 22/03/2016
SYDNEY TRIP WITHOUT A PHONE-
Today was interesting, it was the first time I could project my activity in a public social setting, focusing on how much I rely on my phone to get from A to B. various issues arose and I can say that without connection to the internet I am hopeless.

PROBLEMS THAT OCCURRED THROUGHOUT THE DAY:

  1. Train times- usually I uses the trip view app on my phone, or I would have contacted one of my friends and asked what train they were catching. I decided to just go to the station at 7:46, the train I normally get on for uni which goes to central and luckily enough one of my friends was there to catch the train with me and help with train times. We go to Sydney okay and perfectly on time, the issue was coming home, when her phone had died and we had to get home ourselves just using a time table and listening to announcements. Sadly, two, twenty-year-old university students couldn’t even catch a train back to Wollongong without their phone, instead accidently caught a train to Cronulla, making an hour and a half commute, three.
  2. Keeping track of time- I rarely wear a watch but today would have been the perfect time to start. I found myself constantly asking people what the time was and just relying on other people’s time management (my friends was poor).
  3. Taking photographs- there were so many amazing pieces and some strange ones that I wanted to document and remember, I don’t have a camera, so again I just bothered my friend to take a million photos for me and then send them to me later that night (wow I’m pretty demanding).
  4. Marking attendance- instead of marking a roll, my lecturer Su Ballard requested that to mark our attendance, that we take a selfie in front of the three embassy’s we visited and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #CAVA331. I don’t feel like I need to explain the issues in this request?
  5. Checking my bank balance- its nearing pay day and my account is presumably low, resulting in me playing Russian roulette every time I purchased something, luckily it didn’t decline.

POSITIVE ASPECTS:

  1. Generally enjoying the experience that was right in front of me. I was not distracting by texts, tweets, snaps or Facebook, I was completely focused and Intune with all the art, I felt immersed in the experience and I am grateful for that.
  2. I was not constantly checking my bag, pockets or bra thinking “where the hell is my phone?!”

OBSERVATIONS- The main observation that I can make overall is that I am a cheater…. Just because I never used my phone or even use my friends phone, I still constantly asked them to perform tasks for me; what the time was, what time does the train come and can you take a photo of that for me please? Even though I never physically touched a phone I still gained from the benefits it provided. Can anyone even function this day and age without one?

Day 7: 23/03/2016

“Doing life consciously was a compelling notion to me. When you do life consciously, however, life becomes pretty strange- paying attention changes the thing attended to do- so the happenings were not nearly as life like as I had supposed they might be. But I learned something about life and ‘life’.” – Allan kaprow (1979) Preforming life, pg.195.

REFLECTIONS:

ISSUES- After a full week of completely going without a mobile phone many observations and conclusions can be made. Firstly, the planed discourse for this activity has been subject to various changes, so my initial goal and hoped outcome has been altered. The main issues that arose were; wanting to use my sim in the old nokia as a substitute phone, making the objective to merely alter the everyday activity of using a smartphone, instead, I’ve had to completely erase said activity and monitor the effects of that. Another issue that was out of my control was my health, I had planned for this activity to be performed in social and public situations, rather than in the four walls of my bedroom. Every experiment, art work, happening or activity have setbacks and uncontrollable forces that impact the designated layout and outcome, just go with and alter. As kaprow stated, when you observe life, actions start to alter, making it hard to capture a pure activity. The reason for preforming said activity has changed, shifting the movements and results.

RESULTS- Observing the use of your mobile phone as an activity makes you become more aware of how much we actually use our phones for both practicality and social interaction. A sense of self awareness is provided after a while, as well as awareness for others close around you and their relationship to technology. I personally find it strange that the phone has become an extension of the body, a natural reflex to preform, as many people can unlock and text with their eyes closed. The use of a mobile phone has become second nature and an instinctual reflex. I often found myself aimlessly reaching for my phone with no purpose in mind, instigated by some form of separation anxiety. It’s an activity that we perform with ease and due to its comfortability, when its removed inflicts some form of discomfort. Using our mobiles is an activity that’s so accepted, that its used as a marking tool for university lecturers when out of the classroom as well as in (In Su’s class we mark our attendance ourselves on our phones whilst sitting in class, or at home for sneaky buggers).

Overall I’m surprised with myself how hard I initially found it to be without my phone for both social reasons and organisational. Preforming this activity has shown my personal connection to mobile, observing how much time I actual spend (waste) on it, what I’m actually dong on the mobile and the levels of anxiety experienced when I can’t use it. The leading point the I’ve learned from this experiment is actually the idea of an “activity” and the classification of using my mobile phone as an activity. Its allowed myself to be more aware of different aspects of the social in a conceptual context.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Good Start To The Day

“Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods are good sources of important nutrients such as protein and fibre. The body needs these essential nutrients and research shows that if these are missed at breakfast they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day”

It is well documented that breakfast is an extremely (if not the most) important meal. There is a focus about what we eat but I think where we eat is just as important. Starting the day with a good frame of mind is ideal and the environment in which we spend our first moments of the day can help.

Over several mornings I will attempt to understand the significance of where I eat breakfast by changing it up. I plan to eat by North Gong Beach, Port Kembla and Mount Keira. I hope to gain an insight into the dynamics of this small, personal part of our day.

Will a change in environment unlock an aspect of eating breakfast I have not considered? Almost definitely. In my experience breakfast is always rushed. Rushed so I can get to work. Rushed so I can get to class on time. I’m looking forward to putting in some deeper thought, starting with this blog post!

 

A Good Start to the Day. 2

I find it incredible that all it takes is a change of environment to enhance my breakfast experience. Through this assignment I am trying to become more aware of my surroundings as I eat. On a normal day Karl Stefanovic talks to me as I inhale my food. I’m mostly unaware of taste or the feel of it. I take it as an energy source, energy for the series of activities that are ahead of me during the day.

On my second day I take my breakfast tools into nature. The top of Mount Keira seemed like a great place to have breakfast and a think about my activity. It’s around 9:30 and I’m walking over to the picnic table with my bowl, banana and coffee. Despite the weird looks I get, it is a nice morning and I’m looking forward to eating. The sun is sparkling off the ocean water and there is a cool breeze over the mountain. It is good to be outside.

382

I’m all about having a good start to the day. Waking up with a good mindset is a key to having a good, successful life in my opinion. It’s hard not to have a good frame of mind while eating breakfast on the mountain. It is a wonderful view out over the city and the ocean. I start thinking about my own journey, thoughts like how I arrived to be in Wollongong, the series of events that made this moment possible.

I always find it interesting that there is this constant interplay of variables in our life. There are so many possible outcomes but right now I am sitting and eating breakfast on a mountain by myself. I thoroughly enjoy breakfast even though I have admitted that the majority of the time it is rushed. I think it all goes back to my upbringing. I grew up in the country I was always encouraged to be healthy and spent most of my time outside. I think this is why I’m enjoying the experience of eating my breakfast outside. Being in nature is positive and refreshing. I’m going to have a good day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Q3HTpsQfs

 

Hey Man!! Saying Hello.

For my activity I have chosen the simple act of saying hello in a different language everyday. This action has become infra-ordinary to most people, so i think it will be interesting to make a conscious effort to engage people with a greeting that defies their expectations.

Meeting people is one of the most fundamentally important aspects of a person’s day. Whether you are catching up with mates to have a coffee, or if you are in a job interview, how you introduce yourself has consequences for the rest of the conversation.

Most people have reached the point where they subconsciously introduce themselves (I know I have) with anything from a “Hi” to a “Hey man”. This depends on the level of knowledge or respect between the two (or more) people, however. For example, I won’t say “Hello” to my mates because it is implied. In that scenario I would use “sup” or “Hey”. If I have a job interview though or a meeting with an important person that deserves more respect than my friends, I would use “Hello” as a sign of respect towards that person. If I were to use either in the other context or if I were to use another language, people might notice and treat the conversation a bit differently.

In “Approaches to What”, Perec states that ‘the big event speaks to us. Trains only exist when disabled etc.’ I think that this line of thinking also applies to introductions, we only notice them if they are flashy, loud, or otherwise ‘different’ from what we are used to.