Long time, no see... You would like to know that, this year, all the
students of our Industrial Production Masters course are heading to
sustainability studies fro the final project... Quite a seed you left here.
Ana Mestre and Carlos Barbosa are pulling the thread.
Gazing... I guess that's what observation drawing is also all about.
This is an invitation to take a look at my travel drawings at:
Sorry, no Australia or India... yet
Have a nice weekend,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Soumitri Varadarajan" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, February 09, 2007 3:44 AM
Subject: Re: beauty and mathematics
> Re ...learn something about real aesthetics.
> One afternoon in 1991, it was the conference room of the Denon Factory in
> Shirakawa, I arrange my mockup of the Audio System and pin up my
> sketches. I then wait for people to take their seat - and stand next to
> the model and wait. Kitagawa-san gestures for me to sit down. I sit down
> mystified. I have prepared my presentation and have many things to say
> about the form and its
> The group gazes at the model for a good five minutes. And then people nod
> and begin to speak.
> Later the phenomenon is explained to me. In short I was witness to the
> practice of 'gazing at the blossoms' during the cherry blossom festival.
> The gaze, in this case of the staff of Nippon-Columbia, was a trained
> one. So I got interested in the gaze, even if only because I was usually
> unable to keep my mouth shut and only gaze. And gave a lecture years
> later on the gaze of the 'roadside romeos' in New Delhi. A gaze that was
> long, intense, trained and said 'yeah what?'. Though it often was an act
> of stripping away clothing.
> I feel intensely the tension between the aesthetic event (accompanied by
> a physical sensation) and the analyser of the aesthetics of a phenomenon.
> And being really old fashioned feel a loss of innocence, read guilty, at
> any engagement with intellectualizing aesthetics.
> (but then I was never any good at mathemaatics).
> Dr. Soumitri Varadarajan
> Associate Professor
> Industrial Design Program
> School of Architecture and Design
> RMIT University
> Web: http://users.tce.rmit.edu.au/Soumitri.Varadarajan/index.htm
> "Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them" -
> Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976)