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Giskin Day
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Principal Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London
Principal Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London

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Thank you -- this community was a serendipitous find for me and I've really learnt a lot in a week. We've got a teaching conference on phenomenology and medicine coming up and this has really helped shaped my thinking. Great facilitators -- thanks for the interesting challenges and the encouraging comments! I'll leave you with a picture of a yoga-flamenco workshop that I went to at a Health Humanities conference in Seville. And also a picture of my daughter, who has a great sense of the body in space, against a Cape Town sunset.
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22/04/2017
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The person who has most influenced by sense of the body's potential to be transformative is Suzy Willson, director of CLOD Ensemble, who also runs the Performing Medicine programme. Suzy trained with the famous mime instructor, Jacques Lecoq. She has brought that training to her own work which has a great sense of the dynamic body and how we inhabit space in ways that are expressive. Working on and off with Suzy for years has given me a great insight into non-verbal communication. You can see Suzy talking about her work here: https://videos.rsm.ac.uk/video/performing-medicine 

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I really struggled with this challenge today -- it made me aware that I'm not very good at being mindful about my body in space when I'm being creative. I thought about photographing my couch as inspiration for things often strikes when I'm watching shows that are masterful at setting good challenges and also giving good feedback (Australian Masterchef is my favourite but I also like Project Runway!). However, I think most of my ideas for being creative come to me when I'm walking to and from the station. I'm lucky enough to pass this little patch of green which is invariably beautiful, and that makes me feel inspired. I often have 'aha!' moments on this 5 minute walk, especially if I've been subconsciously worrying about something for some time.
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Day 2: Hands on!

Here are some photos of my students taking part in various activities that involve us thinking about their bodies in space and time. In the craft workshop, students make 'daemons' (in the Phillip Pullman sense) -- creatures that embody their personalities. They introduce us to themselves through their daemon. We also have drawing workshops. This one was with Liz Atkin, an artist who is excellent at encouraging us to 'get messy' and experience the catharsis of drawing with charcoal. The students making a 'B' are the 'Battleship' team making a team selfie: next week, six teams will compete in my version of Medical Monopoly -- a physical version of Monopoly played across London's medical museums. My own body has been rushing about setting clues across 20 venues for this event. 
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19/04/2017
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When I think of my body involved in creativity, the sculpture hall of the V&A comes to mind. This is where we bring students as part of a workshop on arts and dermatology. I can be found choreographing a tour around the sculptures here every three weeks. Unlocking students' creativity and gazing on the creativity of others, brings out my own sense of creativity which I try to apply by making my teaching more imaginative. This image also reminds me of time spent 'lurking'. I have run various types of team puzzle-solving games in the V&A, and I have spent a lot of time making my body unobtrusive in these spaces, so that I can keep an eye on the teams to see how they are getting on.
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