List and describe two or three insights that you are taking away from our class? (These can be as major or as minor as you like.)
First and foremost, I am walking away with an education about myself and others that most people in this life are not privy to. I have learned about a score of health, political, ethical, psychological, and sociological issues while studying for this class. I have learned to not interpret the issues separately, but rather in relationship to each other. Nothing exists singularly (as far as I can tell), and that’s probably the most important thing any course could give me.
Because of this education, I am also walking away as an authority of my own health, and with a responsibility to always stay informed/ to help disseminate that information in any credible way that I can. This may not be something everyone that took this class walks away with, and I think that is okay. I just always feel responsible for my person, and also personally responsible.
How do you imagine that this class might impact your future practices? (artmaking, research, health-related, etc.)
I answered the first question before I read this question. Note to self: Always read all questions of an assignment like this, before answering (there’s one way my practice might change).
Anyway, obviously the above gives some insight to this question, but more specifically my practice has already changed in that I am currently making work that is more about disseminating information that I have learned either in this class directly, or because of this class, by way of zine/ comic format.
In a similar way to that of how I no longer view ideas/ problems as separate, I also do not any longer view my practices as separate: vocational, artistic, community, relationship, etc.- they all belong to one another in a way that I can no longer carry them out as if they don’t. Like Audre’ Lorde sort of said, I’ve learned the ways different things are the same by the ways they all lie in me.
How can this course be improved? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
This is a really hard question for me to answer, because I feel like my time spent inside this class was perfection.
I think it would be nice if it were longer- a year long possibly, or six hour long sessions for one semester.
I also think it would benefit from being offered more frequently, but I don’t know if more than 2 times a year is an option.
Describe one or two courses you wish were offered at SAIC.
Oh my goodness, please teach a sister class to the Wandering Uterus, that will operate more specifically around developing the ideas we explored in a studio practice. It could actually be a studio course, and then I would get to spend six hours with you a week AND have academic accountability for the things this class has helped me want to accomplish. How awesome would that be?
What do you feel are the biggest challenges/barriers to good health among your SAIC friends and colleagues (including professors)?
Honestly, a lack of education to some extent, but more so the stigma that self-deprecation is somehow a valuable thing to artists/ college aged people.
We starve ourselves of food, sleep, and basic needs for our vitality, and not only expect ourselves to be productive despite this, but because of this. The temporality with which we view our now, obstructs our future health, as we think of our daily decisions as separate to the person we will someday be.
I know this is a major generalization, but after holding a position as a resident advisor at this school and working closely with both students and faculty to understand and help this student body with issues such as these, I actually feel comfortable making this generalization.