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2020 TERM 1 Project Showcase
CHATTERBOXES

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ABOUT:
 

Term 1 was called Chatterboxes. It’s the art of conversation - with our focus equally split on high art and high conversation. The participants each selected areas of interest and were becoming excellent conversationalists on a niche suite of topics. They paired these topics with a high fashion headpiece look that we were in the final stages of creating -  reappropriating op shop lamp shades as dramatic head adornments. They were collecting odd bits and bobs and bric-a-brac inspired by their topic and hot glue gunning these objects onto the top rim of the lampshades and spraying them all with white paint for a comprehensive aesthetic. They were also embarking on the final versions of paper chatterboxes that featured their topics which was to be used in their participation with audience members at chat tables.

THE SHOWING:

​The final term performance was to be an avant-garde runway catwalk followed by dinner party like conversations at long tables with rotating partners and a lot of artistic flair. At each final chat table, the young people would facilitate the audience chat partners in creating their own personal and customised paper chatterboxes that matched their current areas of interest/conversation and each audience member would leave with these artefacts with the encouragement to pursue interesting conversation. ​

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SCRIPTED PART OF PERFORMANCE TO SCAFFOLD CHATS

Evie: Welcome to Chatterboxes

Charlotte: Where chat meets art

Zara: You will have 3 minutes of chat per round

Sam: Pick a table

Celeste: Then choose your chatter

Asmida: On your marks, get set, chat!

 

(2.5 minutes pass)

Gypsy: 30 more seconds

(30 more seconds pass)

 

Micah: Time’s up

Emily: Time’s up

Emerson: Move down

Sam: Move down!

Ada: Time to start a new chat round

Billy: Find a new partner

Zara: Take a seat (they move)

Charlotte: 3 more minutes on the clock

Evie: Pick a topic

Celeste: Then wait for go

Asmida: On your marks, get set, chat!

 

 

(2.5 minutes pass)

Gypsy: 30 more seconds

(30 more seconds pass)

 

Micah: Time’s up

Emily: Time’s up

Emerson: Move down

Sam: Move down!

Ada: Time to start a new chat round

Billy: Find a new partner

Zara: Take a seat (they move)

Charlotte: 3 more minutes on the clock

Evie: Pick a topic

Celeste: Then wait for go

Asmida: On your marks, get set, chat!

 

Repeat x 3

CHAT TOPIC: ASMIDA

  1. You should have to wait to be a celebrity until what age??
     

  2. What are your thoughts on the ethics of parents putting their kids to be in castings and models??
     

  3. Kids characters in tv shows should be good role models? And not spoilt. Thoughts on this??

CHAT TOPIC: GYPSY

  1. Do you have advice for young people like myself with big and new emotions as I get older, but I still want to keep hold of wild strange ideas and creative ways?
     

  2. There shouldn’t be any penalties for people who haven’t got vaccinations – discuss.

CHAT TOPIC: ADA

  1. If you could commit any crime, what would it be and how would you do it?
     

  2. Should we lower the voting age? To what age? Is there anyone who shouldn’t be able to vote?
     

  3. What came first? Chicken or egg?

CHAT TOPIC: GYPSY

  1. Do you have advice for young people like myself with big and new emotions as I get older, but I still want to keep hold of wild strange ideas and creative ways?
     

  2. There shouldn’t be any penalties for people who haven’t got vaccinations – discuss.

CHAT TOPIC: CHARLOTTE

  1. If you were going to have a business what would it be? (This is my idea…)
     

  2. If you were going to be Prime Minister, what are the first 3 things you’d do in the job? (This is what I’d do)
     

  3. What in your life would you like to have more control over?

CHAT TOPIC: BILLY

  1. The good things and the bad things about superheroes
     

  2. Should there be equality of pay for all jobs? Because they’re all equally worthwhile? What would be the effects of us all having the same amount of money?

CHAT TOPIC: ZARA

  1. When should Easter and Christmas marketing start in shops and in ads?
     

  2. If you could invent a law what would it be?

CHAT TOPIC: MICAH

  1. If you could change the rules of your favourite game what would you change?
     

  2. Stories of cooking that’s gone wrong – let’s share

CHAT TOPIC: EMILY

  1. If we needed another National Day, another Public holiday, to celebrate or think about a particular thing, what would it be, why would we need it and what day would it be on?
     

  2. If you had the power to change 3 things that currently cost money – to be free for everyone – what would those 3 things be…?

CHAT TOPIC: EVIE

  1. Talk about female puberty. Are we open enough?
     

  2. How do we think the world will end?
     

  3. Surrogacy – could you be one, under what circumstances could you or couldn’t you, paying for surrogacy
     

  4. The ethics/morality of beauty pageants

CHAT TOPIC: AMIDA

  1. You should have to wait to be a celebrity until what age??
     

  2. What are your thoughts on the ethics of parents putting their kids to be in castings and models??
     

  3. Kids characters in tv shows should be good role models? And not spoilt. Thoughts on this??

CHAT TOPIC: EMERSON

  1. We already have designer dogs of cross breeds, for example labradoor and poodle, labradoodle, should scientists and breeders be able to mix two different types of animals because people just want them?
     

  2. Is the theory of Jurassic Park actually true – and would we want it to be? Where we could re-introduce dinosaurs using the DNA in mosquitoes in amber?

CHAT TOPIC: SAM

  1. What if the situation was reversed? Animals were on tops and humans were pets – how would it work? Let’s think about the details.
     

  2. Is it possible to move to a world without money? How would it work? Would it be like old fashioned bartering?

CHAT TOPIC: AMIDA

  1. You should have to wait to be a celebrity until what age??
     

  2. What are your thoughts on the ethics of parents putting their kids to be in castings and models??
     

  3. Kids characters in tv shows should be good role models? And not spoilt. Thoughts on this??

CHAT TOPIC: CELESTE

  1. If you were the boss of education and you had to get rid of one subject what would it be and what new invented subject would you replace it with?
     

  2. What are the positive and negative effects of homework – should school work happen at school time? 
     

  3. What animals currently exist that you think are an abomination and should be done with eg mosquitoes/cockroaches/ pugs in respiratory pain

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2020 TERM 1 Project Showcase