exercise 01: reflective listening
I partnered up with Lester and we interviewed each other using the topic: ‘How you imagine yourself in 20 years time’. I asked Lester questions such as, ‘Where do you see yourself in terms of your career?’ and ‘What are your dreams and personal goals you would like to achieve?’. Through the interview I was able to gain empathy towards Lester’s experiences through understanding his feelings and motivations in life. After the interview, Lester and I reflected on our experience of the interview. I definitely felt more comfortable as a speaker because I found it easy to open up and reflect on the questions that were put forth. Conversely, Lester found it easier to be a listener and I found that he had a very good interviewing style. Both us found interviewing and answering harder than expected and that preparation was key to a good interview.
exercise 02: defamiliarisation of everyday reality
For this exercise we watched two videos which portrayed two situations with public transport. We would watch the video then make notes afterwards our bodily sensations, ideas and memories. It was incredibly interesting making the familiar strange and is an incredibly useful tool to reflect on everyday situation.
exercise 03: empathic modelling
We wrapped our phone lens and glasses with plastic wrap reducing the visibility through them. We then navigated through the room and observed things such as colours, ambitious shapes and sounds. In reflection, the exercise highlighted how the experiences someone with reduced visual capabilities may encounter and how they may be more reliant on other senses.
r e f l e c t i o n s
01/ Briefly reflect on the lessons learnt from each exercise: reflective listening, defamiliarisation of everyday reality and empathic modelling
02/ Complement your reflections with photographs of the process.
03/ Include a scanned copy of your defamiliarisation forms (public transport).
Please see all reflection points above.