Bananas on the board: Is this art?

This critical thinking activity is inspired based on the story reported in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/07/arts/art-basel-banana-eaten.html. Students will take different roles to present their perspectives. Here are the procedures

1 Stick a banana on the classroom board.

2 Ask students to look at the banana, brainstorm and write down 1 or 2 words on the board (Students’ answers: slip, fail, power, curve, healthy)

3 Tell them that a banana could cost up to $120,000, referring to the story in the New York Times.

4 Assign roles to individual/group of students with guiding questions:

the artist: Where did the idea come from?

the buyer: What did you decide to buy this

the visitor: What comes to your mind when you saw this. Is it art or produce?

the ‘hungry’ visitor: Why did you decide to destroy it?

Students then role-play, presenting their opinions, thoughts and feelings.

This is my board presentation:

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