Bingo as a pedagogical tool
One of the TTTToolbox program’s objectives was to create pedagogical tools that could be handed out to others (teachers, students, administrative staff, etc.) in order to allow for the deconstruction of gender, class, race, validist stereotypes, etc. present in art school pedagogy. Whether on the internet or in real life, having a good repartee is a skill that seems essential to survive the hostility of the world. Systemic racist, sexist, classist attacks insidiously infiltrate language and are disseminated, sometimes even involuntarily, by people who have not yet begun the process of deconstructing their privileges. These attacks take the form of recurrent phrases coming from different interlocutors and can sometimes leave us speechless.
It is very often tedious to launch long and lengthy pedagogical explanations when systemic phrases are uttered, without supports or references at hand. So Bingo can be a playful aid, a tool, which brings short, punchy, second-degree or more pedagogical answers to those who need them. The graphic support of the Bingo game is used to list preconceived ideas and ready-made sentences on a specific subject, in order to find effective counter-arguments. The ultimate aim is raising awareness and learning.
Based on the existing "Not Racist" and "Not Sexist" Bingo games, the Language as Virus group of the Teaching To Transgress Toolbox program offers two new Bingo games collectively developed as a tool to combat racism:
* the "I Don't Like Inclusive Writing" Bingo dedicated to systemic sentences countering inclusive writing, non-binary typography and gender fucker language. * the "Let’s Decolonize Art Schools/Décolonisons les écoles d'art" Bingo on the systemic racist sentences regularly pronounced in art schools during jury, courses, etc. (see Decolonizing the Arts).
All the attacks could not be defended in these two Bingos, we invite you to expand the list! Get going on your Bingos!
Our Bingos’ history
It all began during a workshop in Chalon, in 2019, with Elsa Abderhamani. She presented us for the first time the "Not racist" Bingo. Arriving like a fabulous armor, this Bingo allowed to protect oneself in social gatherings where discriminating remarks are launched at you like rusty shurikens.
A few months later, the Teaching To Transgress Toolbox program began with a first workshop in Brussels in January 2020. Tiphaine Kazi-Tani intervened in a workshop, Language as a Virus, whose name we kept for our working group. During this workshop we did a mashup/deconstruction exercise. We have now mastered this method which allows a multiplicity of textual experiments like the critical analysis of a text, collective writing, precise information extraction. During numerous meetings (video meetings), Language as a Virus has addressed questions about language, inclusive writing, non-binary written and oral forms following the Bye Bye Binary collective example. We discussed this linguistic evolution, and tried to find methods/tools to convey and transmit our thoughts on the subject.
Many ideas were brought up, such as the creation of podcasts, videos, tutorials, rewriting practices, etc. Among these, Bingo. This tool seemed interesting in many ways, but also seemed to have some weaknesses, such as the fact that it only listed attacks without offering any responses. This is why, two years after our first playing with the idea of a "Not Racist" and "Not Sexist" Bingo, we decided to work on it. Within the framework of the week of meetings entitled “Pédagogies Critiques en Écoles d'Art” (“Critical Pedagogies in Art Schools”, organized by the Villa Arson in December 2020), the Language as a Virus group proposed a workshop of collective writing around two new Bingos, which has now come to life after several months of work. These slightly more complex forms allow us not only to be able to identify and list systemic sentences, but also to propose two levels of responses. The first one is more "punchy" for the repartee, the second one is more pedagogical and helps the interlocutor to start a deconstruction process. Of course, this interlocutor should be receptive.
Credits : these Bingos were created by
Elsa Abderhamani, Nino André, Céline Chazalviel, Camille·Circlude·Caroline·Dath, Solène Collin, Chloé Elvezi, Enzo Le Garrec, ReussMaureen, Martha Salimbeni, Chloé Stevenoot, Daphné Targotay