Art Zoned In

What is in a name?

Art Zoned In is a play on words between ‘being in the zone’ a place that one goes to when they are fully focused and transcended to a place where they create or produce their best works and to zone in or fully focus on a subject matter right down to the minutiae or Art broken down to its essence and bare bones so it’s easier to digest. I want students, in particular, to be fully engaged in the website that they feel they are either in the zone or fully zoned in but also to remove the mystery of the Arts Curriculum for students and educators.

The title also reminded me of the famous radio signature of Turn on, tune in, drop out. “Turn on, tune in, drop out” is counterculture – era  phrase popularized by Timothy Leary in 1966. Leary in a later interview said that the phrase “Turn on, Tune in, drop out was actually suggested to him my Marshall McLuhan (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980). He was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory and a public intellectual. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries. What makes this so fortuitous is that McLuhan is known for coining the expressions the medium is the message and the global village, and for predicting the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. These phrases sum up my intention with this website. Through creating a website that is the message, Art Zone In I am hoping to create a global village within that site. This village will grow even more in 2015 as the new school year begins and it becomes a link with my daily learning intentions.

To view Marshall McLuhan:

For me, art should be, if nothing else, a vehicle to challenge and question EVERYTHING. I want my website to be a zone where students are challenged, provoked, are invited to question. These inquiries regarding either the content or statements made should give students a pathway to finding their own voice and creating their own unique zone. McLuhan really embodies this philosophy.


Photography: Robin Sweeney

Photography: Robin Sweeney

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