Monthly Archives: May 2011

Miss S. Wales: Ways of Seeing: A new way of looking at art history

Miss Wales, an art teacher here at Chigwell, presented the Williams Project with a fast and challenging explanation of how visual artists revisit each other’s works, as well as the same themes and ideas, across history. The development of art is not to be seen as purely linear, but one which can be seen holistically – stripping away the temporal dimension allows us to respond more personally and genuinely to what we see, rather than having our eyes guided by the label on the wall in the gallery. A fascinating presentation, and one which led to some really perceptive questions and discussion.

Further reading:

Bachelard. G., The Poetics of Space (Boston, Beacon Press, 1994)

Berger, J., Ways of Seeing (London, Penguin Books, 1972)

Bannan, J., The Philosophy of Merleau–Ponty  (Harcourt, Brace & World, 1967)

Daniel Chandler, Semiotics for Beginners, http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Documents/S4B

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Allen Pope: Glaciology

Allen Pope, a PhD student from the Scott Polar Institute in Cambridge, gave three lively and engaging talks on his researches into arctic and antarctic ice. He gave us a really good idea of what it was like to live and work in such conditions, and clear insights into some of the issues he’d been looking at, for example evaluating different hypotheses for some strange erosion patterns in rocks left exposed by a retreating glacier.

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