On not being a Full time academic and weekend PhD student

I think being able to do a PhD has a lot to do with being in the right frame of mind and being able to afford to do it (time and money). If you can satisfy both criteria then superb, you’re on track. Miss one of those and its basically a no go.
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Developments in PhD territory / Status

okay so this summer, is the summer of development, or at least starting the development cycle and setting things up for development.

I’m just back from a sensory art binge in Paris and I’m pretty thrilled to have seen some really nice work. The excitement I felt there and now is just what i need.

Before I left three significant things happened.

  • I had a meeting with Derek, it was a personal development review meeting and we briefly touched upon my PhD amongst other topics. It was a really positive boost and Im happy to have had that period of time with him unfettered by phonecalls and other engagements
  • I had a pretty long conversation with Ant, about choosing a title or brand for my development work (i always start things off this way), the conversation was a little retrospective, in terms of the book, and how we’ve individually spent the past few years
  • I started thinking about, what common points each of the multiple projects id like to work on have, as in, if I had a special development blog area for each, what needs do all my projects or my way of working through problems share, which can turn into milestones, development points which are gradually resolved over time. Will it all turn into a giant todo list?
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Wabi Sabi

During an early encounter with my head of department (my possible supervisor), he briefly asked whether Id looked at Japanese art/culture and the notion of imperfection. (if I remember correctly that is)
I’d briefly encountered John Maeda talk about fragility, imperfection on his ‘simplicity blog’ and Im pretty sure there was a post on there about a fractured or splintered object and the character and value the imperfection had imbued in this object.

By chance, I came across a book in borders two weeks ago, which I bought without thinking twice, its called Wabi Sabi: The Japanese art of impermanence.

There are some nice poetic statements and starting points in this book by Andrew Juniper and I have much to learn and master about this concept. Having also wikipedia’d wabi sabiI think there is certainly room for discussing how glitches fit into the discussion or at least parallels exist within the context of wabi sabi and what glitches are capable of expressing.

I know Ive skimmed the surface of these things before, but they seem absolutely befitting if Im trying to explore Glitches in an artistic light.

beauty in imperfection
the notion of impermanence
the beauty of fragility
complexity

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