Sep '06 - May '07
I'm sitting in the computer lab of my flat. My laptop broke last Saturday. I don't know what happened, but it won't turn on anymore. I'm doing one last load of laundry before my parents get here. They are supposed to get in to Heathrow at 9:30am from Las Vegas after almost 20 hours of travelling. I'm sure that there is a direct flight between here and there, but that’s a whole other discussion. They will be here for a 12 day London Christmas. It's 1:15 in the morning and I need to leave here by 8am to get to the airport on time...
School 'officially' ended on Friday 15 December. It has been a very different semester than what I was used to in L.A. First off, we didn't really do much in terms of production. Looking at the other bloggers posting all their work from the end of the semester brings this home even more. I maybe did 2 drawings that were not so helpful and some writings. We had a 2 day official 'crit' the last week of November. Personally, I think it was a mild disaster. Only a few of us (we number 27 total) had something that was what the school deemed acceptable in terms of production and thought. At the end of the two days, Neil Spiller said that the amount and quality of the work was 'unacceptable' for a place like the Bartlett and that we can't let that happen again. Mostly he was concerned about the quantity of work. And I would agree. Needless to say...I didn't take any photos to post.
I realized that this is OK though. This semester was more of a transition phase for all of us. None of us have really ever lived in the UK before, let alone spent any time in a UK institution. We all need time to adjust. On top of all of the adjusting, we were supposed to come up with our own topics to research. And the Bartlett, at least the M. Arch course is not interested in producing buildings. And for some of us who came from very traditional undergrad programs, this is a very difficult thing to do. Granted, I came from SCI_Arc and Architecture that does not manifest itself as a building does not frighten me. It's more about ways of thinking and taking that method and turning it into something in this world. Ideas and the imagination...two things that I feel are under tought in schools today.
I'm looking at the idea of motion in literature and how text wraps itself around things and hides them but you are always aware that they are there. I'm also looking at the idea of how an 'object' exists in a world (text) where nothing actually exists. Hmmm... More on this later, after I have some time to put the thoughts down on paper.
Well, enough for now. I'm sure that my laundry is shrunk to the size of Barbie’s wardrobe by now. I've got to attempt to rescue it and get some sleep so I can head to the airport in a few hours.
Merry Christmas from London!
a few random images from the past few weeks...
Will Alsop building near Southwark Tube Station
Current Instillation at the Tate Modern