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WEEK 1 – The Everyday

The Class:

The class had an interesting start it was an exercise of observation to me. There were few odd objects, one given to each person such as a mud cup, a toy bird, tomato, teabag, ruler and more and we examined them based on touch, smell, how they might sound taste and more. We described them based on those aspects and emotions we found relating to them or between us and the object. I got a tiny wooden stick which was shaped like boomerang to me, it was firm and rigid – could cause harm but also fragile and delicate as aspect I could relate to. This exercise fascinated me as how intriguing simple objects are – a very childlike innocent, refreshing way to start.

During the class we looked at different types of artist exploring the theme of everyday via different art forms and mediums.

Normally I would illustrate or write my thoughts on paper but this time I used used a cardboard box to channel my thought process and do my writing in the everyday moment observing my surrounding – The process was productive seemed real and I enjoyed it.. learned things about myself such as my capacity of focus, how I would react in a social situation and more


Tadashi Kawamata

Tadashi Kawamata is known to be a visual artist. He is known to construct site specific installations that enhance the surroundings. The use of everyday objects or scrap items in his project was something that inspired me. Tadashi Kawamata mostly uses items that are recyclable and doesn’t cause harm to the environment. One of installations of abudabi – Chairs, started with one item and he’s constructed a den, nest like structure open to public which is now used by the public for meetings, reading and socialising

I was drawn towards his work as I can see the commitment and him taking a small step repeating the process and just creating beautiful structures

The video is another example of his works that I found where he develops and talks about his process.

Tom Friedman

He is an American artist known for his conceptual structures. His ‘ Conceptual pieces are made from common household objects, such as toothpicks, pencils, sugar cubes, bubble gum, and dental floss, which are often arranged in detailed geometric patterns.’

An untitled piece that Friedman created another untitled work by arranging 3,000 toothpicks into an elaborate, three-dimensional starburst shape was something that looked so beautiful and unreal to me.

This is a video of a talk by Friedman where he talks about his experiences and stories behind his work, please listen to parts it it’s interesting to see how experimentation created his works


NOTE: Pictures and a video was not transferring. Need help.

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