All entries for November 2007
November 07, 2007
It is another busy Wednesday with long but interesting seminars. During today's VAI session, we were first asked to listen to a piece of music, and then paint whatever image or graphic that we thought well represented the music. To be honest, I was a little bit concerned when I heard this task, because I am not much of a arty person and have never been good at painting stuff. But it is always nice to have a try.
The music itself was not so attractive, at lease I felt this way. I didn't sense many colors in it. There were certain rhythm going on with strong drum beating in the background. My work was more symbolic I'd say, well, compare to my classmates'. When I heard that music, it reminded me of a high way in an early morning. There were not many vehicles and everything was kind of in grey. And then the day was getting brighter, and the road were gradually full and things started to turn red. So I simply using lines and dots to express such feelings.
After, Jonathan hung all of our paintings on the wall. Then the roon suddenly got shining. I was absolutely amazed by what my peers came up with. That was a wall of imagination and creation.
There were two pieces which I'm especially fond of, or rather had strong echo with. The one done by Dinos was just mysterious. I like the dark background but with curving wave at the bottom. And the small colorful dots illustrated some contrast somewhere in between.
The other one was from Jessie, another Chinese girl. When I first looked at her piece, it looked like a Chinese character to me. Yet I couldn't tell which character it was. Then she explained that it was exactly a Chinese word ¡°ÔÏ"! I was just impressed by the smart trick over there.
The second part of the seminar, we listened to a man reading a poem with some weird background music. And we were asked to pick out one word that we thought most represented the peom and express it on the paper, whether write this word down or using images.
I chose VISION and wrote it down in different range of colors. I put it in a cold tone to maintain the calmness which was delivered by the speaker. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to take pictures of this part due to the time limit. My classmates also raised many fantastic ideas. Some chose WISDOM, some chose STRUGGLE, and some using colors and graphics to represent the words that hit them.
November 04, 2007
It was a great fun to go out after one hell of a week, especially when you chose such a place like Cambridge.
We set out from Warwick in bright sunshine but when we arrived in Cambridge, the sky started to turn grey. Well, it is Britain we are talking about... We started to wander the streets within this nice and small town. Cambridge is so different from Oxford, more quiet and concentrate I'd have to say.
I have been deeply moved by a Korean drama once I saw and my favourite part of it was when the lovely couple cruising along River Cam. And lucky for me, I did it finally! It was absolutely fantastic. We reviewed those famous bridges across river, listened to the stories behind, and embraced the clear air and view from both sides of the river. It was like a mobile gallary.
Cambridge is so connected to Chinese because of a famous poem written by Xu Zhimo. He studied in King's College for one year and wrote this masterpiece, which I believe was his most famous piece. The poem is about departure, combined with sensible description about the scenery. And I could finally understand a little bit after really being in this scene.
Indeed, Cambridge is a place that you can't say goodbye to.