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Reexamining and Reinventing of A Collaborative Project- An Ode of Reclaiming A Work of Art :The Wonder of Tao- A Meditation on Spirituality and Ecological Balance : 

Reexamining and Reinventing of A Collaborative Project- An Ode of Reclaiming A Work of Art :The Wonder of Tao- A Meditation on Spirituality and Ecological Balance Li-chin (Crystal) Huang Outline Research Background Information Research Approaches The Initial Ideation Reexamining Various Levels of Collaboration a. Cross-cultural Collaboration b. Inter-disciplinary Collaboration c. Cross-geographical Collaboration 5. Results 6. Conclusion

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2 The main theme of the book-The Wonder of The Tao- is focused on revealing and healing the relationship between spirituality and ecological balance drawn from inter-disciplines of Visual Arts (filming, photography, illustration, and quilt art), Eastern and Western Religions, Eco-Economics Geography, Sociology, and Technology. 1. Research Background Information This research was conducted in summer 2005 from a course –The Theory and Practice of Inter-Disciplinary Collaborations Through A CBAE Model , facilitated by Dr. Kim Schwartzhorff. (Continued)

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3 The project explored locales via a field study and interview with professor Eggert and quilt artist Pat Eggert to investigate the imbedded rich visual and socio-geographical symbolisms and spirituality from local prairies of Menomonie/ Wisconsinas well as those of Minnesota to trace the quintessential concept of self-sufficient, sustainable ecological “Prairie Model” as the alternation to the dominant capitalist entrepreneurship. 1. Research Background Information

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4 1. Community-Based Art Education (CBAE) Studies: a practice attends to the relationships between arts and communities with emancipatory character. 2. Interdisciplinarity: refers to the qualities of studies that cut across several established disciplines or traditional fields of study. 3. Collaboration: in this model, artists work with diverse individuals or groups from outside of the field of visual arts. 2. Research Approaches (Continued) This Inter-disciplinary collaborative model focused on examining contemporary geo- economic concerns via the following approaches:

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5 4. Integration: this model integrates critical theory, inquiry- based learning, cooperative learning, and technology in a holistic way to examine the intertextuality of our eco-system. 5. Critical examination: Education is a political process that either reinforces an inequitable status quo through control of consciousness or seeks to change it through critical reflection. 6. Diversity: In a pluralistic society, there are a variety of aesthetic values and definitions of symbolic worth, which is aesthetically and/or symbolically relative to its specific social context. Spectatorship understands that what the eye purportedly sees is dictated by sets of coded languages and generic apparatuses. (see the diagram in the next slide). 2. Research Approaches

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Mimetic or imitationalism Expressionism Formalism Socio-Cultural dimension Economic-Political dimension Psychological/Cognitive dimension Ideological/Moral dimension Objective Vs. Subjective Account s of Aesthetics and criticism Art History Work of art: studio, non- studio and community based art productions Attender/participant Preparation of artists in every field of human development with sensitivities, skills and imagination to participating in challenging status quo and engaging in social reconstruction Theories of Philosophy of Art Transformative CBAE framework Emotionalism Ephemeralism Contextualized Aesthetic and Symbolic Values in A Pluralistic Society Note: CBAE: Community Based Art Education (DBAE: Disciplinary based Art Education) Pragmatism/Functionalism Organicism

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7 A. East and West meet! Let us study Lao Tsu’s “Tao-te Ching” B. “Wu Wei” (? ?) - the quintessential of the Tao/Dao ( )Playfulness;Pure self-expression;No purposes;No functionality; or. “Art for art’s sake, if you want to name it! 3. The Initial Ideation

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8 a. Cross-cultural Collaboration: East and West Met – beginning with the translation of Lao Tze’s DaoDeJing/Tao Te Ching (?? ?) b. Inter-disciplinary Collaboration: Eco-economist Professor Jim Eggert, writer and quilt artist Pat Eggert, Dr. Steve Deckelman/Mathematician as the film maker, and Li-chin (Crystal) Huang- Social Science instructor as the translator, media and imagerymaker (illustrations and Calligraphy). c. Cross-geographical Collaboration: Integrate academic disciplines with geographic information (the concept of self sufficient, sustainablePrairie Model) from Minnesota and Wisconsin to provide alternate ways of living for the Capitalist Consumptive Economic entrepreneurship. 4. Reexamining Various Levels of Collaboration

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9 Results The final product was a book “The Wonder of the Tao” which focused on "revealing and healing" as well as exploring the relationship between spirituality and ecological balance while drawing on the teachings and traditions of Taoism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity. Life is much to celebrate, but there are also unforgivable (and unnecessary) losses as a result of our current cultural and economic arrangements. We took a critical view at the impact of technology and global economics on the Planet Earth from Life and Co-responsibility perspectives to facilitate viewers to question the current practice of Capitalism. 5. Results (Continued)

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10 Results The essential part of our project was a rational optimism -embracing the twin ideas of "balance and rebirth“. Professor Eggert proposes the “Prairie Model” (see the next slide) as an alternative ways of life for the current capitalistic entrepreneurship. Our project emphasizes contributions from modern science as well as the practices of ancient philosophy (both from East and West, such as Taoism, including the art of T'ai Chi- see the translation display)-for the health of individuals, communities, and the ecological web that sustains our unique, yet fragile planet. 5. Results

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11 A Meditation on Spirituality and Ecological Balance of “Prairie Model” Wisconsin Prairie Lands Red Wing Minnesota Minnesota Prairie Lands

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12 The concept of Prairie Model - beyond Symbolism "One approach to assessing such complex interconnections is to produce computer models of the world economies, of the world ecosystems, and the interactions between them," (Hannon, 1992)."The effort will require constructing new models, interconnecting existing models, and assimilating existing data bases to simulate the impacts of major economic and environmental changes." A project of this magnitude will require the high-performance computational resources and the networking capabilities, which will host the effort involving a large group of ecological and economic modelers from around the world. Source: ”Modeling the global links between ecology and economy” retrieved from

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13 After the book was published, we were invited to several book reading and signing events at bookstores and local communities to disseminate the messages that affect most of us in the contemporary society. Dissemination Watch the video of Eco- economist Eggert’s Prairie Model on the sustainable economy

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14 The Wonder of the Tao Book Reading Dissemination

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15 1. Interdisciplinary approach has a synergetic effect – the total is more than the sum of the parts, i.e., resulting in a constitution of new object of knowledge. 2. The intertextuality of images, sounds, and spatial delineations are embedded in multi/culture which lends ever- accruing layers of meanings for re/interpreting and re/mapping and re/assessing. 3. The aim of human development is the preparation of artists (Herbert Read, 1943) who have developed the ideas, sensitivity, the skills and the imagination to create work that is imaginative, skillful, and well executed regardless of the domain in which one works (Eisner, 2002). 4. The Intrinsic connections between art and daily life underpins a democratic framework for critical reflection and seeking change. 6. Conclusion

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16 For K-12 Projects:1. Karen T. Keifer-Boyd’s Open Spaces, Open Minds: Art in Partnership with the Earth, and Josh Kun’s articles in packet. 2. for you as Artist educators Established in 1985, Art in Partnership was the first public art commissioning agency in Scotland and is one of the leading agencies of its kind in the UK. Art in Partnership is an independent visual arts consultancy and public art commissioning agency. They provide artistic advice and a curatorial and project management service for public and private sector organizations considering commissioning works of art or developing collections of contemporary art and craft. They offer a creative approach to the development of public art strategies and visual art projects. Art in Partnership Scotland Ltd is a charitable company limited by guarantee. 3. for you in classroom This site provides miscellaneous resources for conducting collaborative projects: Clip Art  Collaborative Projects   Educational Associations   Games  Lesson Plans   Miscellaneous   Resources  Professional Development   Standards   Teacher Tools Reference:Adams, M (2002 ). Interdisciplinarity and Community as Tools for Art Education and Social Change in Issues in Contemporary Issues in Art Education. Prentice Hall. Bastos, M. ( 2002 ). Making the Familiar Strange: A Community-Based Art Education Framework in Issues in Contemporary Issues in Art Education. Prentice Hall. Chalmers, G. (1981). Art education as ethnology. Studies in Art Education, A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education,3 (22), 6-14.Krug, D. (2002). Teaching Art in the Contexts of Everyday life in Issues in Contemporary Issues in Art Education. Prentice Hall. Rogoff, I. (2000). Terra Infirma: Geography’s visual culture. London: Routledge

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