Fashion, symbolism and perspectives

In the student lobe of these blogs, I’ve just posted on a recent controversy that could engage students in TOK discussions on symbolic representation and cultural perspectives.  What are they “saying” as they wear certain symbols, such as the tee-shirt design that juxtaposed a skull and triangles that could be interpreted as a star of David?  The department store H&M made a public apology as it withdrew the tee-shirt.  I won’t repeat here what I wrote for students, but you may ...

Fashion statements and what they “mean”

It's a weekend morning.  You're going shopping. You will be seen. You look at various T shirts in your cupboard.  Which one should you choose?. Be careful. After all, you are making a "fashion statement."  We're all familiar with the notion of the "fashion statement"--presumably that your deliberate choice of clothing is "saying" something--about your personality, your mood, your values, your self-image. Feeling in one of those moods, you reach for a T shirt with a skull design--the kind of thing that ...

Some thoughts on the INTERVIEW

In a few short weeks all final year DP visual arts students will be interviewed, either by people like you (the teacher) or by people like me (the visiting examiner). And this time next year, as I hope we all know by now, no interviews will be conducted by the visiting examiner, because that role will cease to exist. Examiners will still exist, of course, because we will be either listening to or watching a recording of the interview, but – like ...