“Do we measure what we value, or do we value what we measure?”(Marlies Bedeker-Van der Wee, 2017) This quote triggered my imagination. What if I could create also a counter narrative for the ‘evaluation’ that runs parallel to the official presentation for the Master Education in Arts and appreciated the moment of evaluation? Like the ‘amateurs’ embrace moments of measuring, as moment for celebration (by giving each other medals and trophies for example). In the context of studying the topic education and being a student myself and be a subject to monitoring and evaluation this was an important experiment because I played with the ‘equality of intelligence’ (Rancière,1991, p.32) where merging knowledge only happens if both are equally valued. In order to value my ‘expert’ knowledge equally to my ‘non-expert’ knowledge I needed to create a moment for this. This process of ‘equality of intelligence’ allows for a moment of measurement to be turned into a moment of joy and celebration.
I developed a ceremony to honour my peer students that joined in this adventure in the past 2 years of studying this Masters. I took the role of the Captain-Astronaut put on my red (astronaut) suit and honoured them with their well-deserved badges. In the ceremony they honoured me as well and allowed for me to officially become ‘the expert and the amateur’.
I’d like to conclude therefor with stating: I’m an expert, I’m an amateur.