In the afternoons, both Year 2 (us) and Year 3 were audience to "Project Pitches". These were studio projects proposed by staff and then by students and we're to choose one to be a part of. We'll have one project per semester and possibly lasting as long as the year depending on what it is.
They were quite broad range, but the one that appealed to me the most was a real-world project for the Department of Conservation. It involves using technology to identify various species roaming around in the forest and perhaps if possible identify individuals in that species. The handout we were given in the beginning of the week outlining the projects didn't sell that one particularly well. The idea of using an ipad to detect paw prints was in the outline and it seemed rather unworkable. But that was only an idea it turned out. The actual project is to come up with methods of detection, which may or may not include some ipad technology.
We were to write down our top 3 projects, what we could bring to the table and why we wanted to do it. A real-world project appealed to me as did one that requires results. Something I've always strived to achieve as a worker.
The other projects I wrote down was a short film for the web, though I can see that causing me grief and a very open-ended one called the Happiness Machine which is more of an art exhibition and social commentary on consumerism. Well that appeals on several levels and was made even more so when the pitch referred to the Documentary "The Century of the Self" by Adam Curtis. A brilliant Doco.
Anyway that was largely the week. I've moved recently and have more space though it's more expensive to get to class, fortunately I'm employed again in my old profession.
This year I will make a few small changes to the blog, one which comes to mind right now is an idea I was floating late last year: name names. If I refer to people I will name them. It just makes it easier and probably more interesting.