Form & Pressure Excerpt

Form & Pressure Excerpt

As I go slowly about the business of trying to find a means to publish my project, Form & Pressure, I thought it would be good to share at least a little of the project by serialising the transcripts. I will try to upload one a week for a few weeks. Without further ado…

EDIT: clearly I never got round to this. However, I did upload the eBook, which can be seen here: http://www.patrick-graham.co.uk/the-ebook-has-landed/

“Creativity is a really exciting thing, and I see it in students – I see brilliant things happening.” – Clinician

“Creativity is a really exciting thing, and I see it in students – I see brilliant things happening.” – Clinician

Author:

… and when I did the thing that I was going to do anyway, I realised I should have just done that initially, and ignored the feedback.

Student FM:

But, it’s going from a different background, like. I go through a definite struggle about what I produce. I had a tutorial and then – the same thing with a lot of ‘ologies’, phenomenology – and I was like ‘Oh my word… what am I doing!?’

It felt counter-productive, um… initially. But, it’s about forming relationships, because – like you said – it’s quite hard to say ‘You’re talking rubbish’ to someone who you possibly haven’t got that, um…

You know, you’ve got to sort of follow your instincts, but still be open to some kind of guidance, because…

Clinician:

Yes, well, that’s why you’re here, isn’t it?

Student FM:

I said to [name omitted] in a tutorial last year “How did you know that it was right?” [They were] like, “Well, you’ll know when you’re doing the right thing because… sort of… you’ll just know.”

Clinician:

The materials, somehow, just start piecing together the way you want them to.

Student FM:

You know, it might not work this year, it might not work next year, but, you know, it’s all sort of a journey down the line, maybe you’ll…

Author:

I guess I just feel that life in general is a little too linear and there’s not enough – there are choices, but they’re not real choices – because ultimately you need to do what you need to do and sometimes you come up against something that, actually, you don’t want to do, but you have to do.

Student DU:

Well you don’t have to do anything – it’s still a choice.

Author:

That’s true, but, erm… I think that… you know, as this is a capitalist system – which is better than feudalism, but not much better – we have to do certain things in order to make money, and therefore survive.

Clinician:

Well, one of the great things about university is that – you know, in terms of the ‘pocket’ that we’re in – those things are free, actually: non-linear, random, creative, spontaneous, multifaceted.

Author:

Hm… not sure I agree with that.

[Laughs]

Clinician:

I respect your, you know, your opinion, but that’s, frankly, nonsense.

Students:

[Outburst of laughter]

Author:

Well, what we’re, what we’re coming up against here is that, actually, we’ve got a different world view, and so…

Clinician:

I’m not talking about a world view, I’m talking about photography in a university and what it represents, and it isn’t linear, it’s creative, it’s multifaceted, it’s brilliantly spontaneous – everybody’s work is different and it’s free to be different. It’s absolutely close to an anarchy, actually…

Author:

Well I would say it’s very far from anarchy, I would say it’s much more close to… In fact, I can’t be bothered.

[Laughs]

But, but… that’s fair enough. But, er, I take a different view.

Clinician:

Sure, we’ll agree to disagree. My job is absolutely to encourage…

Student DU:

Creativity!

Clinician:

Creativity… which is a really multifaceted and exciting thing, so… um… and I see it, you know I see it in students – I see brilliant things happening, you know…

Author:

And in so far as that works I commend you for doing it.

– Group Tutorial –

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