The first couple of days at university were a bit confusing – GP, GPS, inductions, introductions, enrolments, people, presentations, credentials, debit cards, credit cards, giffgaff cards, idontknowwhat cards, maps, mix of enormous excitement generated by all the new things (I could write a whole new blog about them) and indescribable happiness, awakened by all the serendipities and picturesqe sights in sunny(!!!) Cardiff…
Oh, and don’t forget a pinch of “you must buy all the stuff you need because you came 2 days ago with one suitcase”. Whoops, and you have to eat too ! And party a bit !
I am still excited and happy but definitely calmer and used to it now – almost three weeks later.
..So let’s get to the point.
On the second day of our induction week we were given out first project, which was entertaining but yet serious. Being split into groups of three, we were required to take a photograph, create an illustration and write a text – all three linked to a specific word (which was unique for each team). Our word was ENERGY.
And can you guess where?
In the Cardiff National Museum! Such an amazing way to indirectly say “Welcome in Cardiff!”.
We were given an hour and a half to investigate the museum and find three different aspects of our given word between the four walls of the building. Working with a freshly formed team may be tricky but Jillian, Jasmine and I managed to cope with this challenge and here’s the result:
In my opinion, the written piece is the most powerful part of our project. Although we changed the idea behind it entirely (within the last 30 minutes) , I think that the final result is intriguing, easy to comprehend and quite simple, it shows the absolutely literal meaning of “energy” in a museum. And furthermore nobody likes reading looong boring texts. Everybody knows that.
The illustration and photography show “energy” from one more abstract point of view. Interpret them yourself 😛
What I learned from this project is something very easy and simple, but it is the basis of each creative process ( and , I admit, I skip it sometimes ) – You can not start anything without knowing exactly what it is.
The first 30 minutes of our visit in the museum were almost pointless, because we didn’t have a vision of what we were searching for. We wanted to find Energy and start building something out of it.
We were a bit lost, and we didn’t know why we were looking at all these exhibits… When we built the whole idea ( which is so simple ) our exploration became real and easy to achieve.
We started hunting something certain and actual, and it was all there… But we didn’t see it the first time.