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Time and Space Exhibit.
Time and Space Project Reflection
The final piece for the project was a big and amazing exhibit. We took the idea from meow wolf, a giant art exhibition in Santa Fey. The experience for the audience was amazing, and very confused about the story behind Shattered. They walked through the shattered halls, and the twisted rooms trying to understand what he was going through, and why it happened. Sadly none of them ever found out what happened, but I know everyone had a lot of fun building it, and we know the audience had a very hard time trying to understand everything.
For the part I took on in the making of the project, I was the builders. Me and the entire builder group had so much stress put on our backs by the other committees. Plus, they all needed us to finish our walls before any of them did any work. We were all the backbone of the entire exhibit, no one knew the work we did, other than we built the walls. I also felt like I had to do SO much during this project. When people weren't doing their roles, I filled in for them, or I just did my normal job. I helped build all the walls, but only a small amount of people could use certain tools that were needed, so the rest of us were sitting around doing nothing, just waiting for more wood to come.
I feel like meow wolf really stoked the fires that are our imaginations, we walked around the broken buildings, and the twisted mushroom forests, and felt a real sense of. "I am lost, I have no clue where I am." And that really gave us the image we wanted for our small version of meow wolf. We even went through the trouble of creating an entire story behind the exhibit, that some people could walk around and solve, if they were that into it of course. Meow wolf for me showed me how ghetto our project was going to be in comparison. Our version could never compare to the real one, but we knew what we wanted, and what we could do. I was very happy with the outcome.
I basically just learned a lot about perspective, mainly because, at the beginning of the assignment, none of us actually thought that we would pull it together and get through this project, we all actually thought that our own project would fail, that we wouldn't have the man power, and the willpower to get it done, and so did the other pods. No one other than our teachers thought we would get it done. So I learned how to change my perspective, and I learned a lot more about perseverance and how it can affect the mind and body.
I know for a fact, I tried my best, and worked my ass off to try and get this project done. I literally built every single wall, not by myself of course but I helped. I learned new things, and thought about things I would have never thought of if it weren't for this project. I'm actually so happy we got to do this entire project on our own, because it was a learning experience I feel the entire sophomore class needed. The majority of the students were super helpful, and worked together in teams to get shit done. But of course, in all groups, there are slackers, and we had many of them. It really affected the groups, and gave us learning experience, like how to deal with them, and to find trustworthy and reliable teammates.
Project based learning is something i'd never know about since my time at mountain middle, which was cancerous. It wasn't real PBL so it screwed up my perspective on PBL, but coming to Animas, I have come to realize that its the best type of schooling I've ever had, and it really delves deeper into the mind of the students, unlike tests, and worksheets, those don't train your mental skill, of course I have to think about problems, but not even close to how hard I think when i'm building a wall, or making an art piece to put up for an exhibition. It also made me feel a lot closer to math and humanities subjects. Because this wont be something I will forget anytime soon, it's going to be a project that will stay in my memory for a really long time.