SPANDA is #1 on the sculpture walk at this years Verge Festival brought to you by the dedicated students and graduates of the University of Sydney Union.
SPANDA is a Claire Munro Art and Design initiative. It is an interactive multi sensory installation by Sydney College of the Arts students Dorit Goldman (MFA), Melissa Maree (BVA) and Claire Munro (BVA). SPANDA is from Sanskrit referring to the self expressive pulse of all individual things and all things united as one. Translated as movement, vibration and an exploration into our collective consciousness. SPANDA includes work by Dorit Goldman with her plaster “accidents” a result of her study of the body. Melissa Maree explores visual vibration through geometry and pattern with her delicate cutouts. Accompanied with warped glass blown vessels, photonics fibre structures and video projection that explore human Phsycology by Claire Munro. Overall it is an experience and one is urged to sit in the work be still and enjoy the works many intricate and ever changing moments as well as identifying the works impact on you as an individual and as (like everything else) a vital part of our entire cosmos as a whole. It’s mesmerising visuals and playful string installation combined with the sculptures create a space for calm contemplation a chance to escape the stresses of the day and ponder.
I feel so lucky to live in Australia. I start lectures this week at Sydney College of the Arts. A truly beautiful grounds to study art on. Sandstone buildings, lush greens and pandanus trees with their infinitely winding branches. This morning I woke up to make my way to Centrelink; a government faculty that (using tax dollars) provides financial support for those in times of need. This includes times when undertaking full time study. So not only do I have the opportunity to study at university, with all fees paid by an interest free government loan. I can also receive financial support while doing so, allowing complete dedication to my studies. Wow!
Two years ago when I was living in Thailand I met so many amazing bright, talented people that would never have the opportunities I have. I felt the need to make use of my opportunities, to use my smarts to move up in the world.
University is an honour and a luxury not available to everyone. With this in mind I will try to stay open minded when frustrated by work load or the dynamics which come with working within an institution.
Thank you Australia! Despite my disappointments with u politically their are still a few systems in place that really do make Australia a lucky country.
Attending Oweek as a mature age student despite the fact I’m only 22 is a vastly different experience to my Oweek of 2008. I was a tender young age of 17. I remember wondering through the campus which was set in a true Australian landscape (Wagga Wagga); baron and dry. I was so ignorant and intrigued and trying so hard to impress, act “cool”. I remember strutting around pathetically. I was trying to listen to the lectures of my future teachers, however they were drowned out by my own inner voice and her insecurities.
Oh how things have changed hahaha. Since that fresh year in Wagga I have travelled and lived in many parts of Australia and in Asia. I have loved, lost and explored. I am entering this Oweek with a totally different state of mind. I am not trying to impress or look cool. I am merely trying to get the information I need join as many INTERESTING and FUN society’s as I can including the wilderness society, the rock climbing society and the ukulele society. And then Get OUT!
That’s not to say I don’t have any insecurities; i fear my own fear. A 3 year degree is a commitment I’m starting to wonder am I am ready…??!?!
I know I can do it, but do I want to…?! It’s is not the work I fear or the new people and surroundings – i think it is the commitment itself.
I am a uni student – I fall into a generic! I can be categorised! I have always loved the freedom in my life. The spontaneity of my path. I have lived my life since I left Wagga as a true opportunist. Upping and leaving for wherever the next adventure has been awaiting my presence. It has been enthralling exciting and enlightening.
I will miss this life dearly and only hope I can find the chaos in my new routine.
Break down the conformist walls of my new institution! haha