- Read 3 articles
- Update thesis journal
- Photograph+upload+blog handwritten notes
- Skype date with my mummy and daddy (when they get home from their road trip)
Follow up email from supervisor:
Literature Review HQ file naming method
Notes from supervisor:
Today’s literature search terms:
Databases consulted (accessed via ANU):
Notes for remembering later:
Today the power was out from first thing this morning until a little after 5pm. And due to the limited life of my laptop’s battery, I started the day in my notebook (possibly at the pub, where we maybe had lunch).
Without the distraction of the internet (in conjunction with my dead phone battery), I easily completed the final draft of my exhibition proposal (which I’d convinced myself was due tomorrow but, having just checked my diary for something else, is actually due Monday!)
I emailed my thesis supervisor, once the power came back on, about my thesis thoughts. Included the following:
My thesis ideas are heading towards looking at children in galleries (participatory programs, exhibition design, best practice, etc.) and using the NGA, NGV, and QAG as my case studies (relatively easy to visit, significant institutions, varying program structures, etc.) The general ‘question’/‘discussion topic’ I fleshed out before summer school is the following:
Children’s programs and resources at the NGA, NGV, and QAG: best practice, appropriateness of programs and resources, and the involvement of children throughout the institution.
I want to investigate the varying definitions of ‘children,’ what’s working and what’s not, where the institutions differ, how the programs are developed/run, and then try to form some concept of ‘best practice’ for involving children in Australian galleries, etc. and perhaps include some sort of exhibition proposal package as a way of demonstrating how these ideas could be realised by institutions.
Cleaned the bathroom
Had a nap
Read five articles
I spent about three to four hours this afternoon doing some ‘starter’ research for my exhibition package’s catalogue (my summer school project). It’s making me feel like maybe I want to change the direction of my (potential) thesis! And I’d love too include an exhibition proposal/plan within my thesis 🙂
Still Reading Picture Books: highlights from the Marcie Muir Collection of the National Library of Australia.
I’m looking into Muir’s collecting policies and practices, and how these are reflected in her collection (which is now held by the NLA).
So, I have officially wasted yet another perfect study day due to procrastination. “Perfect study day?” you ask. Yes — the perfect study weather (slightly overcast and cool enough to rug up), no noisy neighbours, and a sleeping husband.
Things I have done today:
I am lucky I have already hit on the broad topic I want to research for my thesis. But this is also a bit troublesome for me, due to the fact I now feel a little overconfident, and like I have already achieved my January academic goal. Really, I should be reading more and trying to narrow my focus! Especially as I am beginning to feel passionately about ‘curating for kids’ (in such a way I am hoping to do well enough to do my PhD after my MA — whereas earlier in my MA, I was not convinced I would ever be at that point, and would just keep doing odd courses to get pieces of paper).
I already feel better about my thesis topic than I did the whole year of my Honours.
And, to add something productive to my day, please indulge some random mind dribble regarding ‘curating for kids’:
I really need to read at least one article this evening before I wake Daniel up for dinner.