Fill out the form below to early-signup for the Daylighting the Classroom: The Sensory Exploration workshop at the University of the Fraser Valley’s 20th annual Directors’ Theatre Festival. SEE BELOW FOR WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION.

$5.00 TICKET PURCHASE FROM BOX OFFICE REQUIRED TO ATTEND & Bring your smartphone/device. 


Daylighting the Classroom: The Sensory Exploration

Smartphones, learning, and hands in the dirt; reconnect with your senses to reconnect with this world.

I don’t know a world without the internet. So when I noticed that my students were standing beside a beautiful Creekside and they were ‘Snapchatting’ on their smartphones with classmates less than a metre away from me, why did I leap to the conclusion that they were using the technology to escape rather than engage with their immediate environment? As it turned out, they were ‘Snapchatting’ about the  creek we were working on in that class. This experience prompted me to delve deeper into this workshop’s theme, the sensorial connection between the human and the more-than-human through technology.

This workshop will take place in five parts over the course of three one hour sessions, over three days. Using our smartphones, we’ll learn in, and collaborate with, the natural world, discovering the more-than-human members of our community. Our goal will be to “co-create” using new media and performance-based eco art. We will attempt to reclaim the use of our senses in the natural world, thus aiming to reconnect with our human right and responsibility to planetary stewardship. Each one of the five parts will focus on the exploration of one of the five human senses. At the end of this co-creation experience, participants will invite their community to a public art sharing in the natural space where they have been making these explorations.

As I learned standing beside that creekside watching students ‘Snapchatting’ one another mere meters apart, there is value and knowledge all around us, all the time, in all forms. It is knowledge that has to be sensed, lived, and experienced to be attained. That knowledge, generated from this sensory exploration, is the human form of a download.