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: