On Tuesday we were split into groups and visited different studios. The studio I went to see was Studio Blup. If you check out their website, you’ll be totally blown away by their work, it’s all very unique and extraordinary.
We spoke to one of the cofounders, who showed us a few examples of their work, answered questions and told us how they first started. Although the studio is small, you wouldn’t be able to tell from the website, because it seems like a huge team is behind it, whereas in fact theres a handful amount of people. We also got to speak to the intern who gave us lots of tips about applying to places and what he did, which was very useful.
(The highlight of the visit was the adorable dog, which kept walking into the studio).
We were told to visit an exhibition as a group and so we chose “Basquiat: Boom for Real” which was at the Barbican. We were given a few questions to help us think about how exhibitions work, whilst drawing, taking photos and notes.
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Our first project of the second term is called OUR LIVES IN DATA. We were asked to go to the Science Museum and look at a small exhibition on the ground floor. From this exhibition you can learn that literally anything and everything can be data. Your face is data. Your genes are data. The exhibition spoke about TfL, social media and genomics. One of the examples they used was about travelling in London and the use of Oyster cards.
“Journeys you make in London create data. Three hundred million are made each month using Oyster and contactless cards. Transport for London (TfL) uses this information to understand who wants to go where and when. This data helps TfL to understand patterns, help its customers and shape new stations. This is just one example of how decisions about our cities are being driven by big data.”
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The visit to Heather’s studio was insightful and inspiring. At first entry, you might not think much of the small studio where she works and shares with others. Even finding the place was hard, as you can easily walk past the building without another glance. However, upon listening to her and looking around the studio, you realise that there is actually a lot to take in.
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God’s Own Junkyard
To help us with our ‘Utterly Moving Words’ project, a trip was planned to go to the neon lighted wonderland of God’s Own Junkyard.
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To help us with ideas for books for our Collections project, we went to a room in the library and had a look at all sorts of different types of book collections. I was really interested in them, because of how odd and diverse the ideas were, which really opened my mind to what type of book I wanted for my collection.
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When going to the Design Museum, I didn’t expect to see such a variety of entries.
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