Engaging with Bioplastic: A Padlet Exposé
Bioplastic investigations by:
Nnenna Okore; Geraldine Burke; and Melissa Miles
(This Figshare entry links to the visual essay ‘Beyond the matter: Collaborative learning with bioplastic and Padlet’ (In Press 2022)
KEY TERMS: Bioplastic, call-and-response, eco-pedagogy, art-based inquiry, Padlet exploration, socially engaged learning
Call and response Bioplastic Investigations
The call-and-response bioplastic research draws on African and Western materialist perspectives that support intensive and elastic participation by human and nonhuman collaborators (Kariamu Welsh-Asante 1996). Used as an important pedagogical tool for social engagements, our call-and-response research with bioplastic embodies cohesiveness, and generative learning that is beneficial to all involved.
Call-and-response Padlet Investigations
Resulting from a web-based Padlet exploration with text, images and web links, these vignettes show how research participants (Nnenna Okore, Geraldine Burke and Melissa Miles) engage with ‘call-and-response’ provocations (Okore, 2022) to bioplastic, to creatively reflect of the waste issue.
Space for Social Engagement during the Pandemic
In times of COVID, the online Padlet tool served as a useful tool for the research participants to enliven dialogue, creative experience, and learnings around waste through provocations, exchanges and art-making. The online platform offered a space for multilayered artful interventions with bioplastics.
Far-reaching Eco-pedagogies activated by Padlet
The Padlet call-and-response experience fostered other connections in our homes and kitchens; and with friends, family and other nonhuman co-actants. It invited different conversations and eco-pedagogies beyond the online platform.
Kariamu Welsh-Asante. (1996). African Dance: An Artistic, Historical, and Philosophical Inquiry. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press
Nnenna Okore. (2022). Making Kin. Exhibition Catalogue, North Park University, Chicago. (In press, 2022)