Evaluation form experimentation at a Japanese High School in UK
About the Experimentation
1. To examine and generate the methodology for a creative workshop which will be held with local communities in King’s Cross.
2. I have been working as an art teacher at this school and I am also responsible for the supervision of the art programme. Also, I have already built good relationship with students. It seems like appropriate vehicle to test methodology.
3. This experiment will proceed as a regular art class of Teikyo School. The classes are held once a week for 5 weeks, with each class session 2 hours long.
4. Student groups comprise the third year A group and B group the age groups is between 17 and 18, in total 30 students.
5. The headmaster has requested that I create a piece of art work for exhibition at the school festival in October 2013 and throughout the summer term.
Introduction to Students - 1st week
We did Briefing and sketch exercise. I asked them to show me their favourite places on campus either by drawing or by taking a photograph. Another question was: To prepare themselves to discuss their work in the next class, such as “why is that your favourite place?” “What’s happening in there?” I asked to write down 10 lines before they came to the next class.
Brief - Generally speaking, teachers and members of staff design facilities in schools, and pupils are naturally fitted into provided structure of it. However, at Teikyo School, most pupils spend three years as boarders thus they would have a say in the current situation of the campus. The aim of this project is to show pupils’ expectations and innovative design ideas for future improvement of the campus to teachers and the headmaster by their narratives and visualisations, a process called “Design Fiction”. Furthermore, hopefully this project can be a good exercise to know, improve and create their environments by themselves in the future society.Design Fiction – ‘The invention, creation and construction of possible futures, which are explored, tested, evaluated and improved’, to allow, use, and materialise their central features as stories.” Grand, S. and Wiedmer, M. Design Fiction: A Method Toolbox for Design Research in a Complex World [Internet]. Available from: <http://www.fhnw.ch/hgk/idk/themen/mediendaten_themen/design-fiction-a-method-toolbox-for-design-research-in-a-complex-world> [Accessed January 10th 2013].
Started with both 1st year students and 3rd year students.
The First Sketch + Photograph exercise – 2nd week
Students were asked to choose and show their favourite places on campus either by drawing or photography with stories about the places. The aim was to re-capture and re-recognise their accustomed campus, to re-design their own campus.
Internal exhibition – To share students’ favourite places – 2nd Week
The second class was a full exhibition of students’ work from the previous class. They pinned sketches on a wall in the art room and then we had a short presentation and an exhibition this week. It took a form of exhibition but we intended to more like free discussion to allow students’ natural/spontaneous to conversation about their chosen places. The aim of this phase is to share students’ favourite places and the stories behind them.
However, the project faced on some difficulties on this stage. At the first year level (age 15-16), most of female students had strong hesitation to share their sketches, pictures and stories, and some of them were complaining about this exhibition. Moreover, it was on April that is very beginning of the Japanese school year and they had just met each other at that time and just started to build relationships among the students which will be lasting 3 years. So students, especially girls were really discreet about what they were expressing, saying and showing to others. In fact, during break time, I saw some persiflages between boys and girls. It seemed very sensitive issue for this boarding school and I felt that if this project causes for bullying, I would not be able to mend their relationship because I was a part-time teacher just for once a week. Thus, I gave up 1st year students’ involvements for this project, and 1st years were switched to learn and design pictgrams for the campus.
This could be a good precept for next phase of my PhD practice, to do workshops with King’s Cross local participants, I have to have a strategy for how to engage people, provide with a sense of secure among participants.
Collecting People’s thoughts – 3rd Week
This week, students became collectors. Since the previous exhibition, 3rd year students were separated into 9 groups based on their chosen area/spaces. students asked the members of staff what they felt about their chosen area/space? They were supposed to ask 3 local staff, and 3 Japanese staff to enhance people’s opinions for their future design of the campus.
I also challenged students insofar If a member of staff showed a lack of interest, I wanted students to ask them to think what they would do with it? This is an important phase for the co-participatory design process because by doing this, participants would be able to turn this into a spontaneous role, rather than remain passive students.
Creating Stories and visuals - 4th and 5th Week
This week, students were asked to make stories and visuals about what would a future world and campus be like? They Picked a character and took them forward into the future world. * Both English version and Japanese version are slightly modified. Because the original stories include dirty expressions.
• Chose a person you know now what they are doing, and give a role in future society. In this future world, how would they behave differently?
• Imagining a day in their life in 10 years later.
• What would be their life style be like, friendship, technology, political situation?
• Imagining everything in the future life, travel, food….
• How the space will change to fit future conditions into the character?
• Draw a whole day and the spaces
• “Think about what family, food, friendship, authorities – stricken / relax make them think their future position” all this is the method we use to create to get you to imagine future and story out of it.
• Just a day in the life is not story, story must have suspense, drama, and positions/maybe confliction? Put something you must overcome, makes story much more interesting.
Story A – Football Course
Students: Kento Umehara, Kotaro Oyama, Daisuke Kanno, Kwanghyun Kim, Kaoru Shibata, Mahito Shimotai, Ryo Sugimura, Tatsuya Zosen, Jumpei Teraoka, Shin Horie, Kazuki Maeda, Takumi Matsumura, Shunsuke Miura and Hayato Yokota.
*Up to 8 hours is permissible in a day to do outside activities because of the destroyed ozone layer.
*The School is really strict.
*The school has various nationalities as groups. Brazilian and Japanese groups are the two largest groups.
Half of students are Brazilians in the School. Students bet their lunch on a school football game everyday. Winners can have lunch but losers cannot eat lunch that is the rule of the school. This is the life and death game for their daily life. Gaining 100 victories is a stipulation for graduation from the school.
There are two teams, Brazilian and Japanese team. Brazilian team is a powerhouse because some players have experience playing football as part of the Brazilian side. This strength keeps away the victory of Japanese team and makes them stressful.
At that time, Takatani and Yoshie come to the School as transfer students. Takatani belonged to the National Japanese team and Yoshie is a famous fashion model in Japan. Takatani was a national player. Yoshie was famous as a fashion model in the world.
The Japanese team has been losing games and the fact makes their school life hard… At 6:30 am, they are forcibly woken up by the housemaster every morning, then they have to catch fish for their breakfast. At 8:00 am, they have a meeting in order to form a strategy to win the daily game. Yoshie tells them about the features of the Brazilian team.
The game, Japanese team versus Brazilian team will come very soon. However, they have a problem about the lack of a player, the blank position is the keeper. They are confused and have no idea how to get over this situation… One hand is raised. It is Yoshie’s hand. She says I will be the keeper. They are negative for her offer because their opponent is the Brazilian team, this is the strictest team to gain the victory. She knows about it but does not change her mind.
As soon as the game starts, the Brazilian team gets an opportunity for a corner kick. Japanese team could not save their goal from a Brazilian player’s heading shot. The game goes to the second half. Yoshie tries to protect the goal net as well as possible. Then, a big chance flies down to the ragged Japanese team. Takatani is evading opponents easily. All at once, Ikeda makes an instruction for Japanese team.
The Japanese team approach the penalty area by their pass and dribble. Takatani has the ball and pulls the last forward out. Then, the battle goes serious between Takatani and the Brazilian keeper. The keeper attacks Takatani to take the ball. Takatani falls down on the ground. The ball goes to just beside Brazilian goal net; the goal net is not touched by the ball.
Starvation makes football games dangerous, like a rough rugby game… The teams students wake up at 5:00 am always and do running on mountain for 3 hours. After that, students do weight training and soccer training. This soccer game will be a special game because 99 games was done and next game will be 100 times game. Yet, Japanese team lost the victory. They give loser team their advice. To win the game, hunting and eating fish at the swamp is best way. Japanese players go to the swamp to hunt fish. However, fish are man-eating fish. Team work is essential to get fish. Japanese players were noticed it by Takatani and Yoshie. Players could get fish by their team-work. Players have known about the importance of collaboration. Thus, any players have no idea to lose the game by Brazilian team… Do you think the Japanese team can win the final game to graduate from the school?
The Japanese team lost the previous game so they didn’t have their lunch. They are very hungry. The synchronised swimming is brutal class for them. Love is prohibited by the rule of the school. After the synchronised swimming, Takatani and Yoshie have romantic involvement in the pool…
People enjoy doing water slider, TV and Pub. The pool is the place that Japanese team and Brazilian team can relax with each other without antagonistic mind. Such as night life has no border that is why everyone love it. The pool makes the best time for their prize. Today, all students bask in the afterglow with good relationship and will start next day.
Story B – General Course
Students: Kento Amakasu, Shintaro Okawa, Haruki Kogo, Yoshiaki Goto, Masashi Shimazu, Kazuhito Sumii, , Tomoaki Takatani, Yosuke furuno, Takateru Watanabe, Riona Ichigi, Misaki Ono, Rina Kikuchi, Emi Tagawa, Kaori Noda and Kanami Hanashima
In 2025, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korean and Philippines make Asian Union for peace and economic reasons. Yet, some countries are still suffering from destituteness.
Mr. Tori is a newly appointed teacher and he has brought his lover Takako to Teikyo School. 10 years ago, he was a student at the school. Takako has decided to do work in order to support income with Mr. Tori.
At the first day, Mr. Tori and Takako ride on a horse to go to the school.
They felt dignity of the Teikyo School’s history by the view from on the horse. The words of TEIKYO SCHOOL UK are shining still now. The school has stables and they tied their horses to it. He does eye contact to a woman in the security staff and goes to the teacher’s office with light steps. He joins the morning meeting and rides on the horse to go to classroom.
馬の上から見た景色は、帝京にきたことを感じさせるものだった。TEIKYO SCHOOL UKの文字は今も輝いている。帝京には馬を置ける小屋があり、そこに馬を置く。彼はセキュリティの女性にアイコンタクトをし、軽やかに職員室へ向かい仕事の準備をすると、職員会議に参加した。そして教室棟へと馬を走らせた。
Mr. Tori arrives at his classroom to do homeroom. The classroom has the 3D projector. Before, he enjoyed Takako’s pictures by using the projector and the record was left in the projector’s memory. Students are finding it and made fun of Mr. Tori.
At the canteen, there are conversations with many foreign languages. Changing environment of Japanese school made his surprise afresh.
Teacher Tori-chan comes to tower T3 for preparing the English speech contest. The room is darker than before because of autumn season. Tower T3 has been done some construction work to install new mechanical equipment.
Mr. Tori and Takako go to the balcony and make conversation. His Japanese made moved her because he has never spoken Japanese since they moved in the school. The school is no longer a Japanese school.
The important talking is begun by Mr. Tori at the balcony while the evening sun is setting. “Marry me.” He said.
In the campus, the balcony is not designed as up high position and natural grass cover around the school, because sometimes internal strifes occur by some students’ groups who have excessive patriotism. Today, Asian goes to be the union such as EU. Teacher Mr. Tori and Takako jumped out from the Japan, They have chosen to get married.
*Currently I am doing…
Asking teachers to give me feedbacks.
Asking 3 different disciplines to give their opinions about the stories and visuals.