Alison Rooke BA, PHD lecturer and researcher at Goldsmiths praises Street Training

Submitted by Lottie on Mon, 2014-04-21 11:49

After some group discussion, the young people took us out on to the estate to teach us some ways to be playful and joyful, such as climbing on roofs, squeezing through railings, jumping over fences, jumping over bollards, balancing. They also hosted a tea party in their den under a tree. . As my colleague Aida reflected afterwards, this was quite an unusual way of presenting a project. During the walk we were invited to explore the city physically, bodily and performatively. We were encouraged to behave, as adults are not supposed to. Indeed, our realising how awkward we felt was important part of the pedagogy of the conference. Conversations with the police revealed that they had enjoyed the training but I was also interested in hearing how, through taking part, they had got know some of the young people who lived on the estate people lived on the estate and how they were much less likely to think of them as causing trouble as they realised that they were just legitimately using their own local space.

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