I finshed up my latest term at the art school last evening. It's been a good term, the students definitely rose to the occasion and did some really interesting work along the way. the classes I teach are in the school of advertsing, but, with the exception of one class on the history of advertising, they tend to be fairly esoteric and connected to advertising mainly by virtue of their focus on the explication, exploration and practice of creative conceptualizing. One of the major projects this term required the students to catalogue everything they ate and drank the entire term and present that information in interesting ways.
Part of the exercise was to think about ways in which needless information can become compelling by virtue of the creative manner of the presentation. I am quite a fan of Nick Felton, whose annual report, is always worth getting a hold of, and his work, plus a few other informational hubs were the root inspiration. Most of the presentations were good, really good actually, and I will try and feature some more later, but I thought this one was particualrly cool. The students made miniature models of everything she ate and drank and presented them categorized in a food tray---nothing too profound or innovative--just hard work, well-focused--the take-out bag actualy has grease stains on it, and slightly obsessive--something I always think leads to interesting stuff.