The TOK exhibition is based on three elements:
An IA prompt that you select from a list of 35
Three objects with a specific real-world context
A 950-word commentary
Image: Chu, Pim. Unsplash, 2017
There’s no set way of starting your exhibition, but perhaps the most advisable way would be to begin with the theme that you’d like to focus on. Then, choose a prompt that you think will give you an interesting ‘lens’ through which you can view this context.
During the course, you should have come across images and objects that you could either use directly, or which will give you an idea of what will work for the exhibition. You may also have done formative exhibition tasks.
Your teacher will help to explain the objective of the exhibition task, which is 'demonstrating how TOK manifests itself in the world around us' via a 950-word commentary linking your objects to the prompt you have chosen. You’ll need to ensure that your objects have a specific real-world context (don’t just choose generic objects like ‘a church’, or ‘a textbook’). One good trick is to make sure your objects mean something to you personally, and can be clearly and easily justified.
Your school will decide how you will deliver your exhibition. It could be a whole-school event involving staff and parents, or be much smaller scale, and just take place within your usual TOK classroom. However it happens, you will be expected to display your three objects, and be ready to outline your ideas and assertions.
Image: Lawton, Chris. Unsplash, 2016.