Blue of Distance reflection:
Rebecca Solnit proposes several alluring ideas, such as that the feeling of desire is something to be cherished rather than filled. In the same way, we should appreciate distance (the reason for the colour blue), for if we cross it, the blue is gone and it is not the same place.
Another compelling idea Solnit proposes is that of the sanctity of memory; when we gain something, we lose the memory of it. I think, however, that sometimes, having an object helps us to retain the memory of it, even if it is selective.
I find Solnit’s points about taking time and being appreciative of space and memory, all very pleasant and charming.
Intro Unit Project: Tempo Zulu
In this proposal for a series of interventions around Siena, I was interested in highlighting and uplifting the ‘scars’ left on buildings that have occurred due to the palimpsest-like layering of construction over the years. I was inspired by the philosophy of Kintsugi – its acceptance of the imperfect and its call to bring history to the forefront rather than hiding it – and wanted to recreate this using marble tiles, such as those we saw by Emilio Frati. I thought it would be interesting to fill in and highlight the gap between old and new construction with this colourful and relatively expensive material. In doing so, it would hopefully bring a focus to the passage of time, as well as the idea of the history of the buildings being an important part of the culture of the city.
Reference images for the Tempo Zulu project:
In my opinion, the difference between ‘craft’ and ‘art’ is not how, with what materials, or even where they were made – both can be made using any process, with any materials, and in any place.
Both craftsmen and artists understand their medium, work with it and respond to it. Both craft and art can have an aesthetic importance and both can be provocative, inspiring emotion or memory.
However, for me, the difference between craft and art is its purpose. A craftsman’s creations are for a practical use whereas an artist’s creations are to be viewed (and possibly also to provoke thought).
In ‘More Love Hours than can ever be Repaid’, Mike Kelley re-appropriates handmade toys and crochet blankets. He changes the purpose of the peices of craft from one of use, to something that is viewed – and in doing so, it becomes a piece of art.
Both ‘craft’ and ‘art’ are fluid terms and neither is more important than the other.
Intro Unit Project: Walk of Destiny
Rebecca Solnit talks about uplifting the ordinary, and refers to Jackson Pollock’s words “we must become preoccupied with and even dazzled by the space and object of our everyday life”. When walking around Siena centre, I passed several tourist shops and tobacconists who were selling picture-perfect, photoshopped postcards of city landmarks. However, i think the people you meet and the places you visit in day to day life whilst living in Siena are just as good an indication, if not a better one, of the culture of the city. Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to replace the polished photographs on local postcards with pictures of Sienese people – baker, waiter etc – the people you meet everyday. The 6 colours used in these pictures are all exact swatches taken from photos of buildings in Siena, and in this way, create a colour-palette that represents the architecture here.
Kayoon Anderson, UK
Having been born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in London, the relationship between culture and identity has always been an interest of mine. A degree in Architecture at the University of Cambridge has only made me more fascinated by the beauty of the human form and ways to represent their emotions – something I look forward to exploring further in Siena.