David Crow gave me a tour of Wimbledon yesterday. It’s the first week for many students so there were lots of technical inductions going on. It was great to see the excitement of those first weeks. Took me back…
Lots of students I meet ask, “what does a Governor do?”. It’s a good question that warrants another post, but here’s a small insight using GPS. I cycled to Wimbledon and then left Cyclemeter on so it recorded my journey through the college. I can assure you we didn’t walk through as many walls as the data suggests.
The official blurb says, “The Black Blossoms Exhibition celebrates and highlights the voices of Black Women, a group which is often invisible, silenced and oppressed in society. Through film, photography and illustration recent UAL graduates have explored the intersections of gender, race and identity. This exhibition challenges and deconstructs stereotypes in order to re-establish an authentic and inclusive narrative of Black Womanhood.”
It was good to meet some of the artists last night. It was also good to talk to some current students who had lots of questions about what a governor does 🙂
The exhibition is on until 2nd October. You should go along.
Last night I attended the launch of Fred Deakin’s report Discovering the Post-Digital Art School. It’s available here as a PDF. (Fred, it should be in html somewhere 🙂 )
I’ve written before about Fred’s Collabology project, it’s a great way to use digital in an art school. It points a way forward that is more interesting and more likely to succeed than the current conversations about MOOCs in education. The picture above shows the designer of the report Skyping into the launch from China. This type of interaction is central to Fred’s workshops.
It is a good report.
In particular, there are three recommendations I strongly agree with:
1. Embrace agile practices (e.g. sprints and rapid prototyping) to develop a new pedagogy.
2. Publish openly online wherever possible.
3. Partner with students to develop new pedagogy and services.
I haven’t blogged here for a while, which is a shame. Although I don’t think anyone reads it 🙂
Last Thursday night I managed to get to the LCF BA final show. Fantastic work and inspiring atmosphere as always. If you couldn’t make it the live stream looked good and the Instagram feed had good coverage.
This time of year is Summer Show season and there are shows in every UAL college. As a governor I try and go to as many as I can. There’s a good list of dates and times here. I’ll try and get to LCC and Chelsea next.
I went to the CSM graduation at the Royal Festival Hall this morning. As a governor you get to wear a gown, a funny hat and you sit on the stage behind the Vice Chancellor and Heads of College and people like that.
You also get to clap all the graduands on and off the stage. Talented people with exciting futures ahead of them. There was a great atmosphere. It was an inspiring morning.