I am currently taking part in the School of Spectacle in Limerick, a week long 'school' working with the organisers of the St. Patricks Day festival, Walk the Plank and Fidget Feet areal dance company towards. This school works towards designing and making creative content for the 2018 parade on 17th March. I took the decision to participate in this workshop type week for a series of reasons, some to do with my research and some not so related. Community type participatory art I would say has never been my 'thing'. Work I normally do is heady, conceptial, wordy. I recognise a shyness I have developed over the years towards movement, dance, performative public display, public embodiment perhaps, having a creative body in public. Recently I have been engaging in copious and constant reading, performing theoretical notions and writing. Much of the theory pertains to transdsciplinarity, intra-action and particpatory research and points towards a 'making', learning to do and learning to be, a type of research which is developed through doing. The acceptance of ambiguity and failure, and the acceptance of a publicness, a being in and of the public are all actions, feelings and doings which are something I am going to be considering very carefully. If I cannot break out of my wordy, critical reflexive self then this is going to be very challenging.
Reading Annouchka Bayleys book Posthuman Pedagogies in Practice: Arts Based Approaches for Developing Participatory Futures, and her performative methods of enacting cirriculum in order to highlight complex thinking, intra-activity and de-territorialisation as routes to knowledge making across disciplines. These performative types of pedagogy are tools with which to begin to work towards a type of knowledge making that begins to see the multiple levels of reality that influence and entwine in our everyday.