the weeks travel has been all about the really poor train service, missed connections, random cancellations, waiting and standing in overcrowded, cold, expensive trains (thank you GreaterAnglia).
In terms of teaching it's been a series of moments of real positivity, of changing and expanding minds in many ways along a spectrum. From the ongoing developmental opportunity afforded by working with young people in the long-term to the explosive OMG moment when invited in to 'cause havoc' (old skool) - it covers a array of emotions from the idea of feeling you are watching water wear away a stone over a million years to the extensive use of Semtex! both have their value but one is so much more fun!
meanwhile I Spent 25 minutes in the Whitchapel Gallery to see This is Tomorrow - but it costs £12.50 each so for two people - £25:00 - we spent a pound a minute in the space ......uuummmmh....... the show was mixed but with a couple of nice collaborations between Artists and Architects but - £25:00. meanwhile I popped over to Cambridge to the Private View of the Exhibition: Ground Zero Earth. There was a panel discussion dedicated to the study and mitigation of existential risk (not Sartre but our actual demise as a species) which covered a huge range of topics including the merits of Ai, machine learning, the role of art in time travel, the hierarchy within technologies, health and the future, sentient plants, dystopian utopias. The show is spread over 3 floors on the Alison Richard Building and worth dropping in if you are in Cambridge (as is walking into the Zoological Museum to see some incredible examples from the world of animals, weird stuff, but then isn't everything when displayed in a museum, for 30 mins). The themes in the show and discussion tied in with a recent podcast from New Models it was looking at the aesthetics of 4 Chan and ideas of authenticity in current Design and Social media within a capitalism structure, recommended (Episode 7). films and screen activity this week have been mixed pod save America and Stephen Colbert on The Late Show continue to be a thorns, pointing out the obvious in the steady stream of madness. Backtrace - oh dear, the Girl in the spiders web - more of the same from Stig, Ken Jeong on Hotones was an odd star, StarTreck Discovery continues to be intriguing with stunning visuals and just started season 3 of True Detective which is as gloriously dark as ever.