overslept and woke up from weird dreams
booked digital printing time with Brynhild
read re: Walter Benjamin
got info re: Jan Verwoert seminar (thanks P)
researched mestiza movie stars
progressed on translation piece

DONE LIST

woke up from bad dreams
returned borrowed equipment to medialab
wrote T, D, J, J
attended Grafisk Kunst meeting re: London Trip 2016
met silkscreen department master re: studio access
arranged digital textile printing with HC
met Danuta re: Poznan trip
read re: Walter Benjamin
completed achuete + china mestiza piece
thought : i need my own mortar and pestle to make my own pigment out of achuete seeds
dinner with A

DONE LIST

blended green smoothies for the next days
wondered if I should put these DONE LISTs someplace else?
read re: the Manila-Acapulco trade routes
decided my brain is too dependent on the internet these days
imposed internet diet, for the next 30 days
made Achiote text piece
made carte-de-visite piece
sketched installation idea (must make maquette...)

Internet Diet

So, I´m in need of a little media silence. I´m consuming way too much information right now and there´s no more room for thought. I also feel like the constant barrage of content through my ears, before my eyes, beneath my fingertips and in my pocket are all messing with my ability to remember and to focus.

For the next month I´m taking a vow of media blindness; save for checking my email/messages, and tinkering on this website, I´m keeping off the net. No more CBC news (except for maybe on Oct 19), no more podcasts, no more youtube and no more clickbait. To the best of my ability anyways.

My brain is too eager for distraction. I´m not quite sure what I´m running away from, but unplugging is my first step to finding out.
 

DONE LIST

read re: Barthes
brought equipment to school
built shelving unit
reorganized studio space (calibrating feng shui?)
revisited artist book
met Suzi and Yanir, showed them round KHIO
drank a beer with S and Y
did laundry
baked bread
cleaned room
read re: Stezaker
read re: Tarot
 

DONE LIST

completed and sent another round of Alberta Student Aid forms
spoke to silkscreen department master re: me being finally being able to print there (unsuccessful)
hunted for the elusive "Frido" to get my access to the wood workshop (unsuccessful)
booked Fotostudio to do some shooting on the weekend
borrowed audio recorder, tripod and projector from Medialab for the weekend
spent a lot of money at KEM on paper and model building supplies
finessed a few maquettes
swam
spoke
with Philippine Embassy to Canada cultural attaché re: my upcoming trip to the phil

DONE LIST

caught up on canadian news (the national)
attended Stephen Wright lecture
finished 2 "lenticular" pieces
bought cell airtime
got accepted into international art workshop in Skoki, Poland
attended sculpture biennial at Vigelands Museet
met up with Suzi

DONE LIST

visited Oslo tax office, applied for Norwegian ID number
wrote A, K,
fetched my ordered book, Einstein´s Dreams from KHiO library
researched Tarot, Symbology
made some little drawings inspired by tarot cards
sketched out language lenticular piece
sourced some images for lenticular compositions
booked photo studio for shoot
mailed out Federal Election ballot to Canada
écouté le podcast du Radio-Canada, "La soirée est (encore) jeune" (faut pas perdre mon français)

 

DONE LIST

confirmed that my bicycle has not been stolen yet
composed some pages for artist book #1
titled another artist book (possibly) "Mestiza"
had tutorial with Victoria
wrote in journal
read re: Fiona Tan
read re: John Stezaker
considered painting backdrop for self-portrait series
called mom for her bday
filed istanbul photos and videos
watched Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (for research, I swear)
pruned houseplants
 

DONE LIST

did laundry
cleaned room
wrote to Istanbul contact
composed text for artist book #2 (first draft)
drew warm-up drawings for book
booked project room for two weeks in November
visited Fiona Tan opening at the National Museum for Contemporary Art
listened to choir at Grønland for Elvelangs
had crit with Nina
met with MFA group re: Istanbul trip
bought new notebook, sketchbook and brushes from KEM
visited Mathallen for the first time, was reminded of Markthalle Neun in Berlin
missed Berlin
passed the Academy cafeteria, and could have sworn I smelled mom's zucchini loaf baking in the school ovens.. (I might be homesick)

DONE LIST

conversation with friend re: Casey Neistat, Teletubbies and vlogging as ad for an ethos
watched School of Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBJTeNTZtGU
requested KHiO Library purchase Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman (approved)
requested KHiO Library purchase Some Great Things by Lawrence Hill (rejected)
re-read book Slow Education by Jessica Williams (KHiO MFA 2014)
read up to pg 12 Words by Jean-Paul Sartre
read article “Ain’t No Border Wide Enough: Writing Black Canada in Lawrence Hill’s Any Known Blood”
thought to revisit novels What We All Long For by Dionne Brand and Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, re: complex Canadian cultural identities.
thought I'M HERE TO LEARN HUMILITY
thought to digitize and publish my existing "DONE LIST" practice.. voila.
attended MFA Thesis workshop
contacted Jan S. re: crash course silkscreen orientation
brainstormed collaboration with Nina
developed two pages of text for artist book All Welcome* (working title)

met artist Jessica Williams for coffee and chat re: Academy and books
bought gym membership
washed laundry
cleaned bathroom
called mom + dad
wrote DR, B, St

looked at flights to Berlin in November (??)
looked at flights to Edmonton in December (??????????)
looked at flights to the Philippines in the summer (
✓)
watched Jiri Kylian’s Falling Angels choreography.

Goodbye to Berlin

A few weeks ago I finished the Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. They are really interesting and rich portrayals of what life looked and felt like in Berlin in the 1930s. It's a funny thing being here and reading those novels, like stepping into an echo. The novels are based on Isherwood's own experiences living here during that time, and towards the end of Goodbye to Berlin, there's a segment of text which are just stream-of-consciousness memories which don't belong to any particular narrative, but all serve to explain what about this city, at this time, is so special.

The other night I came upon a DJ set installed quite hilariously in an old toll booth (?) just outside of Ostbahnhof. I didn't stick around for the police to break it up, but I did film it for a little while. It was kind of an Isherwood-moment for me... this is exactly the spirit of Berlin that I'm bittersweet to be leaving behind. Impermanent, kind-of-illegal yet harmless and crazy and fun.

I'm playing more and more with film these days... I'd like to learn to be good at making little movies. I'm going to try to make as many Isherwood inspired diary films as I can, while I make my goodbyes here too.