Individuality in exhibition
Before I really get into the specifics, I want to say how much I have enjoyed this process. It has been one of the most important and inspiring experiences that I have ever done in a school setting. So now onto the specifics.
When we started this process, we were planning on an exhibition that was interactive and something that differed from a “normal” exhibition. We knew we wanted it to be anything but a stand with your mask and essay kind of exhibition, but we didn’t know what yet. Thinking back onto the first couple of days of brainstorm, it’s amazing how much this idea has grown. I think that is the beauty of this process of ideation. We don’t know what our little baby idea is going to grow into, but we know it will grow into something we are proud of. From our 2 wonderful teachers, we have been introduced into the process of design thinking. The first steps we are taking in this process are brainstorming and prototyping. This part of the process has already been so important and transformative to this project. We have formed hundreds of ideas and those ideas grow on each other, and those ideas grow on each other, and so on. Right now our idea is only a seed, and we are in the first stages of watching it grow.
We had a lot of fun brainstorming and prototyping the first ideas for exhibition, but now- as Stephen would say- it’s time for things to get real. We are now jumping into the full design and construction of what exhibition is going to look like. I think something I am most excited for in a general sense is how each of us individually are going to put a piece of us into the final product. We can work in groups and work with each other to come up with new ideas, but I am so excited to see our individuality become a part of this exhibition.
Specific things I am excited for are Project Management, marketing/ advertising, and design. I don’t necessarily think I would call myself a born leader. Although, if what I am doing is something I am passionate about, I consider myself someone who is extremely motivated to carry out whatever I put my mind to, and I think I would be good at being a project manager. As for design, I really think I could bring some good ideas to the table, while also being more behind the scenes which is what I usually prefer in big projects like this. I am very excited/ passionate about marketing and advertising. This was one of my first ideas for exhibition that I knew I wanted to work on. I think that if this project is really going to be the social action part of this project, we need as much of the society at this exhibition as possible. I think we could think of some really cool ways to advertise this exhibition so that people will want to come and be part of social action against the harmful cycles of Socialization.
When working in groups it is easy to get caught up in the idea that the work will be more efficient because there are more people, more perspectives. I think that is true and I definitely support this, although when the groups are full of friends that can cause distractions, I think the groups can start to go into the wrong directions. My group for the prototypes worked well together, but I feel as if I were part of a group with just my friends, we might get distracted. A lot of people probably will not agree with me on this, but how I see it, if this project is something we are passionate about, we will take any steps to get this exhibition the best it can be. Even if that means we are not with our friends every second of it.