Monthly Archives: November 2012

surrealism in the classroom…

I always start of my lessons with some kind of name project, this time i got the kids have to make mirror images of their names. This in turn has to be turned into another drawing, anything that inspires them depending on the shapes the letters form. At first this was very hard for them, quite an abstract concept…but they got it eventually and produced some fantastic surrealist results…

This one by Ganga is my favourite i think, its beautiful…and he got the concept immediately.

…another great effort by Satin…

Venkatesh (who has come on leaps and bounds with his work from last year) made a house fly from his name!!!

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happy (belated) diwali…

Festival of Lights…

Happy Diwali!…a bit late by a week or so i know…
Diwali is one of the most well-known of the Hindu festivals. The word means rows of lighted lamps and for the occasion houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas. It’s a bit like Christmas i gues and lasts for 5 days.
Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people’s homes.

Apparently it’s a time for: spring-cleaning the home, wearing new clothes, exchanging gifts (often sweets and dried fruits) and preparing festive meals, decorating buildings with fancy lights and huge firework displays…

In our village of Buddavaram crackers and fireworks are going off all night, people stand outside their homes with sparklers and the temples and houses are flecked in the darkness with tea lights…It’s lovely…

flying and the humidity of other climes…

Time for a change of scene…am flying to India to work on art labs i run for children and young people there. See here to check out the previous years work. Am happy to be going, Edinburgh is dark, rainy and freezing and my stubborn refusal to waste what precious little money i had on something as mundane as a heating bill means staying at home would involve one longgggg, colddddd winter!

good views flying over London

…airline food, i know i shouldn’t but i kind of like it…:

lamb saag for dinner…

masala uttapam for breakfast…

Am going to near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, which involves a flight from Edinburgh to London, then London to Hyderabad and then a small propeller plane (JET, as sadly my usual Kingfisher flight has gone under…hope the beer still exists!) from Hyderabad to the tiny tin pot airport of Vijayawada.

Normally i arrive to a blistering heat that hits you like a wave, but this time i left in the rain and arrive in the rain…but to tropical rain, we just caught the tail end on some typhoon and humidity is around 100%…nice…my hair is just loving that…Flooding is not nice in rural India…it brings up all sorts of nasty stuff to the surface…literally…and me with flip flops and a pair of trainers…to be continued…

optional extra…

If you want to see 36 hours of Biennale in 1 and a half minutes…this is the film for you!

other posts on Venice Architecture Biennale 2012:

architecture biennale architecture

biennale and other priorities

spaces in between

islands of LA and other installations

hidden meditation

parametric semiology

biennale miscellany

biennale miscellany…

Sunday morning in Venice, just outside the Arsenale…

In the Italian pavilion at the Arsenale, a work by Michelangelo Pistoletto:

Italia Riciclata” by Michelangelo Pistoletto

Ziggurat” by Scott Hocking – site specific work in Detroit

Radix” by Aires Mateus – responding to the architecture of the Arsenale

…and of course you still have to eat…this is so simple and absolutely perfect: Venetian baccala matecato (cod whipped with oil to make a fishy pate…its AMAZING!!!) with bread, tomatoes…and a spritz…it makes me very happy:

other posts on Venice Architecture Biennale 2012:

architecture biennale architecture

biennale and other priorities

spaces in between

islands of LA and other installations

hidden meditation

parametric semiology