Participating Faculty: Carissa Foo and Michael Thaddeus Tan (Nanyang Technological University
Project Duration: Tuesday, 25 September to Saturday, 6 October
Photo Credit: Museum of London
This course will examine the meaning of modernity, its features and its bearing on the artist, through explorations of the cultural city of London. It primarily focuses on the intellectual and cultural hub, i.e., Bloomsbury, as well as the uptown Mayfair and Westminster, briefly foraying into the East End and further south of England into East Sussex—which are important districts to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. Central to the study of the modern city are questions of how we perceive and navigate spaces, how we describe and document spatial experience. We will track and appreciate the evolution of the capital city as it figures in Mrs Dalloway as well as today’s society. What might emerge from this course is a better awareness of our material existence and relation to the city, and how we express and capture experience through photography.
Note: This is a walking-intensive class, including two-three hour walks every day. Good stamina and shoes are required.