LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #45 – Feedback

Within artistic practice, feedback is an important tool. Giving feedback is not the same as sharing one’s opinion or saying what one missed. Feedback, like the word itself says, is about returning what we received, like a mirror. It’s saying what we perceived, what we noticed. Its equivalent in a conversation would be active listening. After listening to someone we repeat in our own words the essence of what the other said. If it’s not right, they can clarify it for us. Once it’s clear, the conversation can go on. In this way the conversation is a process of building common knowledge and getting to know one another. Every step is confirmed and therefore stable to continue building upon it. It’s amazing to discover what different meanings different people can give to the same words.

 


María Ferrara

 

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