# MA Contemporary Art Theory

2022-23 The University of Edinburgh

# Class Assignment #1 – Create your Basho’s Covenant

The aim of this short Class Assignment is to collectively create a group ‘Covenant’ for your Basho.

The following instructions will walk you through a method of establishing the working parameters of your Basho. This process of working out your parameters is called ‘calibration’. The agreement that it results in is called your ‘Covenant’.

Your Covenant is a set of parameters that will inform and govern how you work and how you engage with each other.

## Walk-through

Your Basho’s Facilitator will have walked you through the instructions below in the first class for this course. The walk-through will be recorded so you can follow it again at your own pace should you not fully comprehend what’s said in the class!

### Part 1 – create your own personal covenant

Firstly, each CAT (or, in this context “paragogue”) must complete the following steps independently.

It is vital that you do this completely independently (before you meet with your Basho).

Make sure you do not consult anyone and that you do it without looking to see what others are doing.

It has to record what you think, not what others think.

Follow these steps in sequential order:

##### 1. Create a Whiteboard ‘calibrator’ for your own Personal Covenant

Have a practice making your own ‘personal covenant’. It’s easy….

To do this, you just need:

-a piece of paper (the bigger the better)

– a pencil (better than a pen as you will see).

Divide the paper into four equal quadrants by drawing a line down the middle horizontally and a line down the middle vertically.

If you’d rather just do this in Miro right away, then copy and this template in your own Miro account:

https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_lxPmH5M=/

You will now use each quadrant to model what you consider to be an ideal set of relations between you and your peer group and between you and your learning environment .

If you have read the learning module Build-a-Basho, you will recall that persons and their environment are correlated! Okay, now we will create a set of parameters for each of the Quadrants:

Example: Negative Parameter

Positive environmental and social attributes to the top left quadrant (A).

Negative environmental and social attributes to the top right quadrant (B).

Ideal environmental and social behaviours to the bottom left quadrant (C).

and finally

Prohibited environmental attributes and social behaviours to the bottom right quadrant (D).

If you’ve followed this correctly, then you should have something that looks like this:

##### 2. Use the Whiteboard to sketch out your own Personal Covenant

###### Brainstorm!

You are now going to write on the calibrator.

You can do this directly, or, if you like to change your mind, use post-it notes as you can move them around. If you are going to write things, consider using a pencil as you can change your mind / spelling, etc.

If you are doing this on the Miro Template then you will be able to do both!

The best way to do this is to simply write down anything that comes to mind that you (personally) think might fit well in one quadrant of the calibrator.

Don’t edit anything, just add whatever springs to mind.

Spend some time doing this on your own. Do it as long as you can – the more ideas you can throw at the whiteboard the better.

If some of your ideas seem to belong in more than one quadrant, also that’s okay. Duplicate them!

When you are done, take a photo of your whiteboard (if it’s hand-drawn). You will need bring the hand-drawn whiteboard with you to your Basho meeting on Thursday in Week 1.

If it’s on Miro, just make sure you have it saved. Print it up. You will need bring the hand-drawn whiteboard with you to your Basho meeting on Thursday in Week 1.

### Part 2 – Thursday – meet with your Basho to work on your collective covenant

The first item on your agenda might take up to 30mins, no more.

##### 4. Meet at 10:00 on Thursday

Firstly, ensure that you meet on Thursday this week with your Basho peers at the allotted time of 10:00am to formally work together to work on your Basho’s Miro e-Whiteboard.

Yes, you will be meeting entirely on your own as a group. It’s vital that you do this workshop without the guiding influence of your tutor.

##### 5. Share your own Convenants

Each of you should take turns to present your own Covenant to your peers.

Let everyone take enough time to explain what they did.

Do not ask any questions while they are explaining.

Take notes if you feel it is necessary.

The second item on you agenda here should take no longer than 60mins

##### 6. Stand-up and Miro e-Whiteboard your Collective Covenant

Having listened carefully to what each of you have produced, you are now going to have a stand-up (link) wherein you will decide what goes into your shared Covenant.

You will do this on the Miro e-Whiteboard that’s been created for your Basho.

It’s essential that your Basho are all viewing and editing the same e-Whiteboard

##### 7. Scribe

To make this easier, one member of your Basho should agree to be the scribe.

(GENTLE NUDGE: If you think you’re good with Miro e-Whiteboards and a fast typer, volunteer).

Your Scribe will post on your Miro e-Whiteboard. Everyone else in your Basho be able to watch the Miro e-Whiteboard on their own screen device since it is in-sync. If you have access to a monitor or data projector, use it.

Your Scribe will add to the calibrator using either TEXT, Post-it or freehand (if you have a pen-tablet).

##### 8. Brainstorm

You should each call out ideas of what to add to your Basho’s e-Whiteboard.

Consult your own personal calibrator for ideas.

Your Scribe should write down anything that is called out, pausing only to consider which quadrant of the calibrator it belongs in.

Don’t edit anything, just add whatever is called out.

Notes for the Scribe:

Scribe: Add anything called out to the Whiteboard , even if they are contradictory (you can edit it down afterwards). Remember to ask your peers to decide which section of the grid they think you should add their suggestions to? (Note: This might tie you to a certain way of working…)

Anything is okay to add at this stage.

No suggestion should be rejected.

The e-Whiteboard will start to fill out with ideas. Keep going as a group until it’s full. Once you have exhausted many of the ideas you had individually should now be visible on the e-Whiteboard.

##### 9. Edit (Delete)

When the e-Whiteboard is full, you should collectively start to decide what stays in (which will become your shared Covenant) and what will be left on the cutting room floor (deleted).

It is easy to delete things in Miro, just drag the thing you do not want out of the quadrants and leave them on the margins.

If you were doing this on paper, then you’d use a red marker pen to score things out that you don’t want to keep or pull post-it notes off the board and place them aside.

Editing this way means you will see clearly what you have chosen to remove. If you delete something by mistake either undo or add it back in again.

##### 10. Unanimous Agreement

You should continue to erase things until you are left with only the parameters that you all unanimously agree with. If you decide to keep something then you must be unanimous that it’s important – remember, if it stays you need to abide by it as a ‘rule’ of your game from then on. Even if just one person objects to something staying on the whiteboard, it must be removed.

Because it can lead to considerable deliberation, the group calibration part of this process normally takes up to 60mins. It might take a lot longer still if you can’t agree.

So, perhaps you will agree to stop after 60mins even if you feel more needs to be done (don’t worry, we will do more next week!

You have a few more things to do in the 2hrs allotted to this activity…. you aren’t done yet!! Read on….

This final item should take no longer than 30mins

### What next? Portfolio work.

When you complete this first Class Assignment, remember to turn in all of the work you’ve done to your individual Portfolio.