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If you are discerning between watching ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL or THE SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY: The first film addresses the issue of schooling and if one can be taught to be an artist. It also addresses how most students, I would guess in any discpline, would seldom make it and if lucky end up as professors (frustrated artists) in an art college. You will get a quick insight into art school and the dynamics of the studio critique and how people make a bad work sound so strong through narrative and argumentation...
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On this past Sunday's NYT the article "Skyline for Sale" refering to Gehry's Atlantic Yards project in Brooling and the complexity of the project reflected on the design of a Tower on Beekman Street in lower Manhattan. "...a 75-story apartment building in Lower Manhattan, designed by Frank Gehry, who was commissioned by Bruce Ratner. Seventy proposals were produced before the design was finalized." Check out the images with some of the variations. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/04/arts/design/04ouro.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
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Good news for the visuals! I Just came back from the National Art Education conference in Chicago with great results upon presenting a 3 minute video instead of reading or powerpointing. The sensorial overlaying of a concrete narrative borrowed from Boston Legal (on ABC Tuesdays at ten) with a few words about the struggle of words and visuals in academia bombarding the screen could have not been argued better in this form. Integrating knowledge, inquiry and entretaiment got the audience–department chairs, journal editors and faculty of several programs–interested in reconsidering the possibil...
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--After, some informal conversations, some necessary reflections about my ‘academic' visions, and inevitable eavesdropping, I would like to share the core ideas of an introductory text-insert from a dvd compilation titled Dynamic Documents from Art.-- DYNAMIC DOCUMENTS: gadgets, artifacts and other object hypothesis. It seems more accurate to view thought and experience as occurring behind or beneath spoken words, as being something that saying helps to adumbrate and communicate and that writing (or rewriting) falsifies to the extent that it turns the natural products of mentation–fluid...
Refelcting on how food affects the seminar's dynamics (interfering with our cognitive load as we are loading our bellies) I have some suggestions that even draw on some issues facing american eating habits. The quality of the food at Kichennette is undeniable. The size of the sandwiches "jaw breaker" and the buffet style setting does not work for a seminar dynamic. The brown bag, airplante food tray, frozen dinners are examples to be considered. Based on these premisses I suggest: - A "negotiontion", as regular customers, with Kichennette ( or any other local food supplier, I also know...
A random encounter with Pradeep Sharma's (Design Management Journal) The Importance of Mess in a New Zealand design magazine a few years ago. Mess, or now commonly referred as complexity across disciplines, stands as an alternative to the deterministic model of science where a universe unfolds like a perfect mating according to predetermine, laws, models, strategies , methodologies, etc. . This is the based of the majority of academic thinking. “In all the years that I have been involved in product design and development as a practitioner and as an academic, I am convinced that linea...