Why did we write in dialogue?
We wanted to try writing to an open structure
that is more suited to the nature of the web than the pinned-down
nature of writing for print. We wanted not just one person holding
forth, but two or more people talking together and we wanted
you to add to this conversation on an equal footing. This resource
can grow over time and so become more resourceful. Please join
in and encourage others to take part.
All researchers, even the experts, dwell in
a state of confusion a lot of the time, always needing to seek
the opinions of others and to read yet more. The most important
part of doing research is the search for the problem that will
take the longest to answer and lead to the most interesting territory.
This is why we have tried to ask questions with no simple answer.
You can also send us the questions you find most fascinating.
We wrote this to help teachers and students
enjoy the exhibition Chinese Printmaking Today, supported
by the Muban Foundation, 7 November 2003 -7 March 2004. The activities
can be tried before, after or during a visit to the exhibition,
or instead of a visit. However, these prints are not in
our collections (they belong to the Muban Foundation), so to create
resource we decided to focus on one extraordinary artwork
Book from the Sky). This can stimulate thinking about:
- Language and meaning
- Knowledge of other cultures
- Text and image, how they are different
and how they work together
- The history of print and communication
These ideas will support the National Curriculum
- Language and Literacy
- Art & Design
- Religious Education
as well as philosophy and thinking skills.
How to use The Dialogues
They aim to inspire older teenagers, students
in FE and HE and adults in continuing education.
They are also offered as information to help
teachers prepare for a visit to the Chinese Printmaking Today
exhibition or to deliver an activity about The Book from the
Sky, to support a Thinking Skills session or a critical study
in Art and Design.
Teachers could use one dialogue as the basis
for a group discussion. The tasks and questions could be divided
up for smaller groups to work on before returning to a plenary
When you see a Q in bold we'd
like an e-mail response. We will insert this response into the
body text of the dialogues. This will be a moderated process,
so we may edit your reply and we may only use the most original
and thought-provoking replies. Only first names or pseudonyms
will be used.
When you see an italicised sentence
and the sign ?> this is a suggestion to investigate
Can you send us the results of these research
tasks? Yes, but we won't insert them into the Dialogue text.
Soon, we will be able to connect them to the site in
activities and the exhibition
workshops are suitable for all ages, especially 7 years