My Reflective Writing – Unit One

Part One

Unit one is focused on researching Arts and Cultural Enterprise. The key is to grasp the fundamental skills in research, such as knowledge of the right resources for relevant articles and books, create research journal, write a literature review, and cite references, form research process and leverage tools to reach to conclusion.

I extremely enjoyed the process of learning, not only on the aspect of research, but on any relevant areas that were touched upon. Below are some of my reflective learnings:

Firstly, I have started building and enhancing my vocabulary of arts and culture.

As a new student in the Arts and Cultural fields, I was fascinated by all the artists (Keith Lam, Halley Cheng), art critics (Boris Groys, Marc Prensky), art businessman (Magnus Renfew), “starchitects” (Herzog & de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas, Kengo Kuma), whose names I have not heard before but mentioned by tutors and guest speakers during the course. I was intrigued since the first speaker Louis Yu mentioned Norman Foster, and his design concept. From that moment, I started a research journal using, capturing all the new things I’ve learned and found interesting from each session. And I will continue doing this throughout the course.

I believe it is essential to immerge into many different art works and equip myself with as much knowledge as possible. And by the way, although time consuming, it was extremely fulfilling and fun.

Secondly, I learned to develop an ability for abstract thinking.

It took me a while to read through the three articles assigned from Unit one, and I realize that my years of business world experience have given me a more pragmatic way of thinking, and now there is a need to develop a more theoretical and abstract mindset.

Examples of what I felt after reading the materials, and reflected questions:

  • Groys, B. (2012) Google: words beyond grammar.

This has become a rather philosophical question, I kept pondering after reading the article, what is the future of language. In one aspect, what Google has done was incredibly revolutionary, but on the other hand, words without context can also be easily manipulated. If as Eric mentioned during his lecture: “there is no jargons, but mis-use of words”, then with words out of context, how could we know whether it is mis-used or not?

  • Prensky, M (2001) Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants.

I think Prensky is using language as analogy here to describe the digital natives and the immigrants. How quickly the immigrants can adapt to the new language and minimize the influence of their accent, ie., their past. The fact that Prensky sharply pointed this out in 2001 was incredible. 16 years later, not much of us has realised the impact and the gaps.

  • Vermeulen, T. and Van der Akker, R (2010) “Notes on Meta-modernism’.

I was still baffled though about the motivation of people insisted on defining Modernism, post modernism and somewhere oscillating in between, ie., metamodernism. Is it really very significant to label every piece of art? I guess yes and I will find out.

Thirdly, I learned about the working style of each team member and how to collaborate to complete a group project.

It’s been a long time since I was in a study group, and this time the group is more delicate, as everyone has their day jobs, cannot necessarily provide instant feedback. It was indeed a miracle that we delivered the project purely through online communications.

For future references in group project work, it is key to have a fair divide of work, to encourage and give each other credit on their contribution, and stand firm on your own believe while listen to others opinions.  I image our future projects should be more complex and challenging, but with the understanding we established in the group and the experience from our first collaboration, we shall together achieve success.

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  • Groys, B., 2011. Google: Words beyond grammar. Hatje Cantz.
  • Prensky (2001) “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 1”, On the Horizon, Vol. 9 Iss 5 pp. 1 – 6
  • Vermeulen, T. and Van der Akker, R (2010) “Notes on Meta-modernism’.



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