Ages: 11 +
Nr. of participants: 5 to 15 (or more but divided by teams)
Roles: Tour guides (1-3 participants) and tourists (2-15 participants)
Needed: Any type of cameras for the participants
Resource: Preparation Sheet for Tour Guides
When we go on a tour, we get curious about things and places and walk with an open, inquisitive eye. We are more attentive to interesting events and things, and often try capture them. We are in a ‘tour mindset’.
With a tour mindset you don’t look for the fastest way from A to B, but you stop, observe and inquire. Observing and inquiring is important obviously not only within art practices, but for any subject as a way to understand things on a deeper level.
‘Tour guides’ (1-3 participants) pre-design a tour for a selected place/area and collect facts, curious observations and stories about that place. They guide a group of ‘tourists’ (2- 15 participants) whose role is to capture with their cameras interesting things and moments of the tour.
You can apply this exercise to any class subject: eg. if it’s a biology class you might want to assign a tour around the park/yard. If it’s an art class, you could suggest a weird location, or tell participants to choose a place related to their current art project’s topic.
The goal is to see ordinary things and places on a deeper level, while encouraging curiosity and research.
Recommendations: You might want to set a duration and time for each tour: from 30 min, 1 hour, more… is up to you. The tour that inspired me for this exercise lasted 5 hours and it started at midnight.
Most important: have fun!
This exercise was contributed by Perla Montelongo (http://www.nodecenter.net).