(1) Briefly reflect on the lessons learnt from each exercise
a. Reflective listening
b. Defamiliarisation of everyday reality
c. Experience modelling
(a) For the reflective listing activity, my state of motion when listening differed to when I was speaking. When I was listening, I was trying to record as much notes as I can, since I don’t want to miss any information my partner said. As I was writing notes down, I could feel her emotion state when my partner was speaking about different things, as if I can fully understand the reasons why she said everything. In addition, while I was carefully listening to my partner, my brains started to put me into her position, empathy was built, not only with what she said, but also the change of her emotional states.
(b) For the second activity of defamiliarisation of everyday reality, the tutors showed the class two videos of situations with the public transports, then wrote notes without thinking and transformed the notes into certain forms provided by the working sheets. For the first video, several shots were used to capture the arrival and departures of trains in Circular Station, and memories of me getting on & getting off the trains at Circular Quay station evoked in my mind. When I was watching this video, I noticed stuff that I didn’t before: the pure blue of the sky, the beautiful colours of the cruises, and the beauty of the landscape. I just realised until then that as I usually get off at Circular Quay station in hurries, I didn’t experience the good things about Circular Quay. For the second video, the bus was travelling along the trip, with several stops at different places. When I was watching the second video, not too much memories evoked in my mind, however I had the feeling of myself sitting in the bus, as if I was travelling on the bus at the same pace. After the two videos, the writing without thinking made I wrote some sentences that didn’t make too much sense, however I wrote what were in my brain when watching those videos without any logical thinking, which symbolised my true feelings. The last step of fulfilling the form was easy. This activity allows me to have better visualisations of past experience, by watching a video that are in similar situations.
(c) For the activity of experience modeling, it was interesting at the same time challenging, since everything I saw was very blurry. During the photo-taking process, I took photos of the things that attracted me, and as I could not see those things clearly, their boundaries & shapes evoked my experience of seeing similar objects in the past. Boundaries, shapes, colors, sounds & sizes were some of the parameters that attracted me. It is very interesting that when I took the plastic wraps off my glasses, the objects that I took photo of were not the things that I thought they were during the photo-taking process. It can be said that evocation of past memories during the photo-taking process predominated my feelings & attitudes towards certain objects when I was unsure of what they were.
(2) Complement your reflections with photographs of the process
These were some of the photos taken during the experience modelling process:
A pencil case
A coffee cup
A person’s face
(3) Include a scanned copy of your defamiliarisation forms (public transport)