Open Minds Modules
'SILENCE AND NOISE' - 2021
In course A, the students will use sensorial and reflective techniques to practice new approaches to learning and will draw these out through the themes of connectivity, community, and loneliness.
They will use their explorations to work towards a collaborative project. The students will develop the project throughout Week One and be given a brief and format in Week Two to further guide the project’s development.
This project is a chance to use creative techniques to develop the students’ ability to find a voice to their process and different ways to work together, it should not be seen as a polished example of their findings.
Examples of final projects may include: an experience, a performance, an installation, or a piece of creative writing. All projects will be completed with the guidance of the tutors and the students will be challenged to create something new. Depending on the final piece, it might be shared with members of the School of English and Culture and the wider Marlborough community at the end of the second week.
Course B will follow the same structure, but with a different thematic focus. We will explore ideas around silencing, representation, majority and minority voices, and how film and the moving image represent these ideas.
Students will have the chance to learn film-making skills and how to use film as a creative voice for their ideas as well as a record of their explorations. They will work together to make a final film in small groups, playing with sound, visuals, and editing techniques. It will be shared with the wider summer school community and they will have chance to reflect on the on the process.
Students will then have a chance to reflect on their learning throughout the module, both in their groups and in an individual session with their tutor. Following this discussion, the students and teachers will identify how to further deepen their process and learning.
SENSING THE WORLD: CONNECTIONS AND CONTACT AS HUMAN BEINGS
Available in Course A
This course is a creative and practical exploration of what it means to be seen and heard in the world. Taking an approach that is unique to Open Minds, we will be examining the impact of social and environmental influences on the individual. A series of solo, sensory, and artistic activities will lead to a collaborative exploration of our relationship with loneliness, how we form connections with others, and how these connections can enrich our understanding of the world around us.
The course will ask students to reconsider how we listen and understand one another and ask questions such as:
Can there be power in loneliness? What can human connection teach us?
Transform what you know about how we listen and how we understand each other.
FINDING SIGNAL IN THE NOISE
Available in Course B
Exploring how film and the moving image amplify or silence different voices, identities, and perspectives. This course will examine the recurrent patterns and persistent clichés in the films and media we consume and try to understand the powers behind them.
Students will play with film techniques to explore ideas around representation, questioning our acceptance of what we see on screen. The course will ask students to challenge their relationship with mass media and explore how the diversity of individual life experiences affect how we want to be seen by others.
What is the disruptive power of film? Can we be heard through the cacophony?
Please note: the approach and format of this module is different to any approaches we have taken in previous Open Minds courses. If you have already attended an Open Minds film-based module before, you will find this a completely new challenge.