Wednesday, March 25

Sites Visited: British  Museum, Ottoman collection and production of Aristophanes’ “Clouds”

Where did we stay tonight?: London

Leaders:  Alex Assaf and Kait Barber

Surviving in London

This morning we started off in the Ottoman art section of the British Museum. It was pretty rainy and cold. The much-loved Dr. Vinetia Porter taught us about the oh-so-scandalous love affair between Chinese porcelain and Islamic stone paste pottery. We then split up into groups in order to explore the ability of Islamic art to communicate without figures (aka a paper).

After an AMAZING lunch at the Chillout Café, we went back to work in groups. Each group was asked to describe the change in Attic pottery over the course of centuries. We all took pictures of vases and wrote another paper describing the transformation of simple to complex and narrative designs.

After a long day of writing we headed out to see a student production of Aristophanes’ Clouds. The sound system was a little funky so most of the song lyrics and British slang remain a mystery. None of us understand why a moon starting singing in the middle, and the humor fell a little flat. It was still a nice break from paper writing.

On the way back to our paper writing some of us stopped for dinner at a pub. Our fearless leaders Kait and Alex had Cottage Pie and it was delicious. The pints were good but Fuller’s pub is better. With readings and papers awaiting our return to the hostel, we headed home for a long night.

Intro to the day:

Panegyrics of the Chillout Cafe:

Day 5 Photo Gallery:

Dr. Porter lectures in the Islamic galleries.

Dr. Porter lectures in the Islamic galleries.

A beautiful decorative plate from the Islamic collection.

A beautiful decorative plate from the Islamic collection.

A meta moment in the Islamic gallery.

A meta moment in the Islamic gallery.

Students work on their lunchtime assignment on communication without figural decoration in Islamic art.

Students work on their lunchtime assignment on communication without figural decoration in Islamic art.

Chris thinks profound thoughts on the lack of human figures in Islamic art.

Chris thinks profound thoughts on the lack of human figures in Islamic art.

Ben and Dallis ponder the implications.

Ben and Dallis ponder the implications.

Ally, KT and Joe getted excited to see a modern day interpretation of Aristophanes's Clouds
Ally, KT and Joe getted excited to see a modern day interpretation of Aristophanes’s Clouds
The group at the Bridewell theater before the play.

The group at the Bridewell theater before the play.

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