Playfulness is the crucial concept of any creative decision. It was the beginning and the reason I read ‘Understanding Art: The Play of Work and Spectator’. I found the text a bit hard to read, but in overall I agree with the majority part of the book. In the group discussion in the class, we had a good review on it. It is funny to say the colleague who was working in the library found the concept pointless!!
In arts institutions, it is a typical approach to design workshops based on games and plays. But I have added a new approach to my teaching. I teach playfulness. Referring back to the article, it indicates that “The self-presentation of human play depends on the player’s conduct being tied to the make-believe goals of the game, but the “meaning” of these does not in fact depend on their being achieved. Rather, in spending oneself on the task of the game, one is in fact playing oneself out. The self-presentation of the game involves the player’s achieving, as it were, his own self-presentation by playing—that is, presenting—something. Only because play is always presentation is human play able to make representation itself the task of the game” (Gadamer, 2013, p. 12). Hence, I do believe that the learning how to play can be a unique skill to develop the creativity. In a series of lectures being held in Storytelling unit, I aim to teach playfulness directly and by facilitating workshops in the relation of the playing games. Throughout a 20 weeks unit, playing games become a priority when any problems occur. Reading the provided article was a pleasure. It helped me to become more confident on my approach. Also, I wasn’t familiar with the Philosopher. It is always good to learn new things. I’m using this debate to develop my playfulness sessions further. Students loved it so I do. I use this method to develop the Micro Teaching session. Wait for the info to come!
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” (Jewell, 1997, p. 25)
Gadamer, H.-G. (2013). Truth and Method. London, UK: A&C Black.
Jewell, D. L. (1997). Reflections on Leisure, Play, and Recreation. Carbondale, USA: SIU Press.