It's been a long week--fruitful and engaging, but long. i've been teaching an intensive on Theology and Popular music which eats up a good four hours a day in teaching time, and a lot of research/reflection time, because I like to keep things fresh and not deliver the same old stuff-we covered some good ground--history, development, cultire, context, methodology--heavy metal:)--well, you have to mess with a few heads!
Yesterday I took my Art Center students to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Venice. It is a 'museum' of sorts--created by a husband and wife team with a wicked sense of humour and a marvellous creative capability. There is an introductory video presentation when you enter that declares,"In its original sense, the term, "museum" meant "a spot dedicated to the Muses, a place where man's mind could attain a mood of aloofness above everyday affairs"--yes, from the get go it messes with your head--you are never quite sure if anything is truly legitimate--it raises questions about the nature of reality and how presentation affects perception, and it's a great example of conceptual execution. It's one of LA's many secret gifts and should not be missed anytime you find yourself in our fair city.