Komiža teaching us, lessons learned

Komiža teaching us, lessons learned

Tomislav Brajnović / Sre, 09/17/2014 - 07:48


This year Mapping Komiza Narratives mobility was the last in the series of ADRIART mobilities that started three years ago.
ADRIART mobilities, through their pedagogic approach of working with site-specific thematic and local partnerships, have a significant impact to students’ learning processes. The participation on this compact and intensive form of classes has proved to be transformative not only for students but also for the teachers involved, and to the external production collaborators and audiences of the artworks delivered to the public.The learning design of this year course found the right blended learning mix, optimized collaboration protocols and kept transparent the expectations and raising awareness about the improvements on both skill & knowledge competency levels.

Feedback proved to be an essential method of fostering student autonomy. The thorough final crit and evaluation (projects + whole course) at the end of the mobility proved to be a great tool for gathering information and making conclusions and decisions for next mobilities with the aim to find the praised balance of time, space, pressure and achievement.

The phenomenal achievement of this year's mobility is that the course structure allowed more breathing room to experience not just the landscape and people, but also to experience opportunities and failures, thus enabled the potential of the work to express itself and to become an integral part of workshops process.

The course design was reduced to the essential, focused on the idea and its realization. Students ideas developed fast and effectively supported by the right number and mix of mentors. The session of students projects presentation to 4 mentors in which every student or group has 7 minutes to present their ideas and get feedback from each of the mentors, proved to be very constructive and helpful while focusing on the essence of the developing idea prior to the final realization. Four mentors were sitting on 4 different sites of the Vitic pavillion. Students were rotating from mentor to mentor receiving different and independent opinions. Students were encouraged to make their own decisions.

Projects, although some of them very demanding and ambitious, finally got realized with great quality and potential for further post-productional elaboration and completion.

The unpredictable weather conditions brought to the course the element of instability that additionally mobilised students to search for and utilize the right and often the only possible moment for action. Students adapted perfectly to the new situation and managed to produce and present their works on a very high level!