Monday, 31 October 2011

SAQ 1.1 What elements combine to create a practice performance?

There are four elements that are present in a practice performance.

The first is the practitioner (or the person...) This is the person making the intervention which is called the "practice performance". This can be at two levels - the person thinking about the practice may or may not be the same person as the person engaged in the practice.

The second element is the situation that the practitioner engages with.

Thirdly, the practitioner views the situation via a framework of knowledge and assumptions about the situation.

Finally, the practitioner chooses a method to apply to the situation.

Walking as a practice - Activity 1.10

OK - if you are reading this (and lord knows why you would be) I apologise. This is an academic activity - and in addition is also probably not anatomically correct.

If you are looking for intelligent comment on systems... this is really not the day (and if you are looking for a serious analysis of how we walk, this will never be the place!)

So, my left heel touches the floor, and as the weight transfers onto my left foot from my right, the left foot rolls until heel, ball and outer edge of the foot are all in contact with the floor. as this happens the left knee bends slightly.

As this weight transfer takes place, there is a swivel in the hips - which I think is caused by the muscles in my stomach.

Once the weight has been totally transfered, the left leg straightens a little and the right leg bends, causing the heel of the right foot to roll up.

As the right foot rolls, and the ball of the foot leaves the floor, the right knee bends, and there is another hip swivel (again through stomach muscles tensing) which kicks the right foot forward.

At this point my slipper fell off - but I think you have the idea!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

My very first systems map

OK, so prior to the activity to create a blog, I had to create a systems map of the course I am studying (TU812 with the Open University)

To be honest - this blog post is more of an experiment on how to share pictures. Seems to work ok I think.

I might do more of this!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Blogging day one

OK, I can't hide it - I hate this. This post is purely driven by Activity 1.7 of the OU course I am doing. They insist on my creating a blog and using it for systematic thinking... This post is "some notes on my initial reaction to this task"...

I quote:

"If done systematically and consistently (your blog) can become an important resource...." yada yada...

For anyone who knows me well, there are two words in that sentence which will bring me down! "Systematically" and "consistently" I have never been either in my life. Not to say I don't want to be, or don't have good intentions. I've had various attempts at blogs in my time (some of them are even here!) So, lets give this a go - but if you are reading this, honestly I do not think it is going to be the most enlightening blog on the internet.

Actually, I think it's important to point out that whilst blogging is not playing to my strengths, systemic thinking is. So, maybe if ever I can get past the horror of blogging, and can communicate my enthusiasm for the methodology, maybe, just maybe it will get better!