It’s been a slog, these last few weeks of the semester. I pulled an all-nighter for the first time in, oh, a decade or so. I did a couple of presentations and wrote 35 pages of papers and wrapped up a group project and got a new research assistantship, all within a few days. And then I got a nasty cold just in time to grade this many lab reports:
I’ve still got the lingering smoker’s cough. I have so much I’ve been wanting to write about, so I’m hoping to take advantage of this break, the longest I’ve had in years, to do some writing here. And I’m catching up on my Flickr uploads, after getting a full year behind. (wha?) In the interim, a quote that didn’t make it into one of my papers, but that I liked anyway:
“When ‘conversation’ as a curatorial and creative process seeks to transform the distance between art and its audience, it does so by changing our sense of the ‘space’ of the artwork itself, by making us rethink fundamental questions concerned with the category of the aesthetic. These questions are somehow prior to the critic’s concern with genres and periods as the historical measure of art’s social vision. The conversational approach poses these questions: What kind of ‘knowledge’ do we expect from the practice and the presentation of art? How does conversation change our relation, as artists and audiences, to cultural experience and the social transformation of our times?”
—Homi K. Bhabha, “Conversational Art”
I’ve also been watching a lot of Gossip Girl, so…yeah. It’s kind of a high/low mix.