Post 1- Introduction

Name, brief background and selfie.

Hello! I’m Danica, from Toronto. I’m in my second year of the Communication & Cultural Studies program and am loving it so far. Me: 

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What do you spend most of your time doing?

I spend most of my time doing what a lot of people my age do: working, using the internet or my phone, school work/class, and minimal sleeping. I also enjoy exploring new parts of Montreal with friends and have a big interest in cooking/anything food related going on around town.

What is your goal for the class?

My goal for this class is to consider spaces differently. I’m interested in the numerous creative, social, political (etc.) ways in which certain spaces can be envisioned. I’m looking forward to exploring this with all of you.

What is one of your favourite spaces? Describe it. Why? How do you use your body to be in that space?

One of my favourite spaces would have to be the Casa Azul in Coyoacán, Mexico City. This property (now a museum) was the home where Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lived and died. I am deeply inspired and moved by Kahlo’s work, and having the chance to visit the property where she experienced much of her life and did much of her creative work was incredible. The space itself is a large concrete structure (painted entirely blue) that surrounds an inner court yard and garden. My body engaged with the space with all senses, my movement from entrance to exit felt relaxed. It is set up as a museum, showcasing a ‘realistic’ arrangement of Kahlo and her partner, Diego Rivera’s furniture and personal items. The interior is very open, with many windows letting light in from several angles. Passing through the space, I felt entranced partially by the beautiful visual aesthetic of the property, and partially because of my great sentimental appreciation for the figures who resided and worked there.

What bodies are excluded from that space?

think that the price of entry for the museum would be one exclusionary factor for the museum. Apart from the people who worked there, everyone inside had to pay $40-$80 pesos for entry. Another point where a body might become excluded, or at least feel limited, in the space would be people with certain degrees of impaired vision, as the museum is a highly visual experience. Interestingly, space was actually entirely wheelchair accessible even before becoming a museum because Kahlo herself was in a wheelchair before her death.

Interrogate any of your immediate characteristics of that space (peaceful, belongs to me, historic, etc). Include a link/image/video/etc.

Part of why I was so moved by the space was because of its history. The architecture reflects Spanish Colonial times, which added an extra layer of the Mexican history to the space. Furthermore, the presence of the dated yet personal household items of Kahlo and Rivera really gives the space an intimate feeling— although it is a museum, it continues to feel like a home (a personal space). I think that feeling this intimacy combined with the sense of history is really what made my experience of the space so positive.

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Museum’s website: http://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/

(*The first two images are from Google Image Search and the last belongs to me)

What are the five things faculty do that make learning hard? & what are the five things faculty do that make it easy to learn?

Hard:

– Assign very long/tricky translated readings

– Pose rhetorical questions about the course content

– Ask students to pose rhetorical questions about the course content

– It is difficult if a rubric is unclear or absent for assignments

– Limiting the ways for students to contact them with questions outside of class time(ie. short office hours, ‘’no email’ instructions)

Easy:

– Online Resources

– Discussing Specific/Outstanding Points in the Readings

– Encourage Open Class Discussions/Respect Safe Space

– Provide clear syllabi

– In Class Exercises

Looking forward to a great semester!

Danica 

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One comment

  1. Thanks for your comprehensive reply. Interesting that the Khalo/Diego residence is mostly known as the Frida Khalo house now, yet back then he was the ‘famous’ painter.

    It is a wonderful space in its presentation and preservation.

    Khalo is also a fascinating artist to look at for our course — in her ways of dealing with her body and her accident, and subsequently her body in spaces as a disabled woman.

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