Part Four – Assignment 4: Self-Evaluation

My self-evaluation against the assessment criteria

Demonstration of subject based knowledge and understanding
Demonstration of subject based knowledge and understanding Broad and comparative understanding of subject content, knowledge of the appropriate historical, intellectual, cultural or institutional contexts.

With part three in the back, I was more prepared to tackle part four with the challenging topic of difference. Reading primary materials especially by Deleuze as well as secondary sources e.g. Olkowski, helped me to understand theoretical concepts in wider concept. I appreciated the assignment work with exploration of theory in contemporary art. Before final decision on the work for assignment I looked at all six and this helped me to look at a wider art context. I could refer to some other works during my coursework what eventually made me more comfortable to see connections.
With further reading, partly moving already towards part five, I could explore context further and got a wider understanding of underlying beliefs and assumptions.

Demonstration of research skills
Information retrieval and organisation, use of IT to assist research, ability to evaluate IT sources, the ability to design and carry out a research project, locate and evaluate evidence from a wide range of primary and secondary sources (visual, oral, aural or textual).

I continued with my working approach learned since assignment 2, with a positive feedback on my last assignment from my tutor, I worked parallel on the assignment work and exercises. Especially in this part, I appreciated how the coursework informed my assignment work. Compared to part three, I applied on primary and secondary sources that informed my argumentation. I found the combination of both kind of sources more beneficial in this part.
I used my IT tools (Endnote, Evernote, Visual Maps) for collection, retrieval and better understanding.

Demonstration of critical and evaluation skills
Engagement with concepts, values and debates, evidence of analysis, reflection, critical thinking, synthesis, interpretation in relation to relevant issues and enquiries

This assignment explicitly asked for wider exploration of different interpretations and I eventually found quite an expansive area of differentiating aspects (see my analysis).
My assignment work is documented in several steps, similar to previous assignments, starting with understanding the question and brainstorming and moving into analysis and developing my argumentation.
I appreciated my ‘spin-off’ parallel project during this part with a drawing interrogation of Deleuze’s theory of difference, repetition and becoming. It helped me to escape into rabbit holes and get totally confused with theoretical concepts.

The ability to communicate ideas and knowledge in written form, including presentation skills.

They main questions for me was how to build a comprehensive argumentation on researched facts and applied a similar approach learned during assignment three: collect, refine, and write my draft starting with conclusion and introduction to ensure that me argumentation is following that.
Based on the encouraging feedback received from my tutor on assignment 3 I felt convinced that my approach and language fits well with the scope of this course. I applied more critical editing and correction tasks to ensure that I do not oversee significant mistakes and spelling errors.

=> Overall, I do feel more fluent and better prepared to manage coursework and assignment work considering an expansive number of sources to read and to contextualise. With my more rigid selection of sources to read and arguments to build I am more comfortable in that terrain. I liked having the chance to take Deleuze beyond this coursework into a parallel project.

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