From The Margins w/ Miguel “Kane One” Aguilar
From The Margins is a new series where I talk to interesting people doing interesting things and ask them to tell me their learning stories. These stories go beyond school to look at learning as a personal story of pursuing passion, exploration, meaningful connections, accomplishments and failures.
When we launched Inpoints, I wrote an essay titled “From The Margins” , a piece about looking at learning from the vantage point of the margins. A couple of years ago while helping designing graphics for a presentation on connected learning, I created a graphic that visually mapped the significant learning experiences in my path towards becoming an artist and media producer.
As I marked moments like “uncle giving me video camera”, “teaching myself photoshop”, “releasing an album”, “joining an art collective”, I realized that my most formative learning experiences occurred outside of school and academic pursuits. If someone were to just look at what I studied in school or my test scores and report cards they could not understand my story.
I had a sinking suspicion that I wasn’t alone here.
This series is about taking a more complete look at learning. It is also about looking at learning through a narrative lens. When looked at as a narrative we are able to see learning as a story where characters with individual backgrounds, histories and motivations matter. We begin to see learning as a quest to fulfill dreams as well as as a struggle to survive. It is a story of teachers but also family, friends, mentors, and the random people we meet along the way. I am interested in the narrative arcs of success and failure.
It is appropriate that we start with Miguel “Kane One” Aguilar. I met Miguel while he was doing a large scale graffiti piece outside of the Inpoints studio at Chicago Art Department. While filming him work his spray cans on our wall, I realized I had no idea how one becomes a graffiti artist.
I decided to sit down with Miguel and ask him about his learning story.