Well, all 48 students turned up for Week 1 plus a couple of extras - a seriously full class for the sort of hands-on stuff I have planned over the next few weeks! Its super exciting to have such a diverse mix of backgrounds and people. Week 1 was based on the consideration of Negative Space in expanding perspective and clarifying the extent of a problem. The candle puzzle (old skool but still a good one) was solved efficiently by all groups, and we had some terrific interpretive dancing too. A highlight was Dan Markovitz speaking about the negative space he assesses when advising companies on efficient work practices. Another highlight for me was finding Stephen Buetow PhD's paper on negative space in clinical environments, where he identifies not only negative physical space but also negative communicative space (i.e. what DOESNT get said) and negative longitudinal space, which is the length of pause. Check the paper out here. It was two hours of great energy - Im prepping now for this week's "Thinking Sideways" class....everything from 18th century Siberian bear armour to the execution of ice hotels....stay tuned!
Sally Dominguez writes, skis, designs and teaches, is curious about most things and loves Dr Seuss.