The Limits of my Language

Last week the First Year groups battled against each other in a competition designed to test their wit, ingenuity and ability to construct distinctive immersive ideas. Something that would be remembered.

They were given a quote:

"The Limits of my Language are the Limits of my World"
Ludwig Wittgenstein

And told to create an artefact/object or experience which would grab their audiences attention.

The variety on show was joyous.

Bedroom dressing table for a made up character, she has gone and we don't know where but with the information left behind we can find out who she was and where she may be.  
Lily Peters/Chris White

Puppet show which aimed to break down the barriers between those who do, and those who do not, speak 'Barnsley'.
Jake O'Coy/Harriett Stringer

The aim within all of this was to produce work which delighted, intrigued, but most importantly of all, with a full year group of students work to judge, communicated quickly and clearly.

Stop Motion work sitting alongside the other 3-Dimensional pieces. Liam Nicholson/Sean Parmenter

An audience was on hand from the second and third year, who were also looking for work they wanted to see not just once, but twice.

As ever, when 'Tha' (Barnsley speak) dust had settled, there could only be one winner.

And that winner was:

The Inspiration Tree (working title)

This is no ordinary tree. It holds Origami birds with ideas of things to watch, read, do or visit written on the wings. 

Those visiting the tree are shown how to make simple but striking Origami birds of their own.

They then add something to the bird, a book title, an activity or film they think somebody else should really experience. Something that has been of great value to them.

As a reward, they can then take a random bird from the tree.

Which makes this tree very much about sharing inspiration.

Congratulations to Amanda Elvidge and Lucy Eldridge for their Tree which was voted as the clear winner.

They will be receiving book tokens for an obscure second hand bookshop some time in 2016, just after World War Three breaks out and books are used as bricks to re-build Lincoln Cathedral and popular concert venue the O2 arena.