Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Christmas Phd-ing

I didn't enjoy my time at university all that much. After a great first year it became a bit humdrum to be honest. I enjoyed the course, though. I just wish it had been squeezed into one year so I could have avoided the bad hair, boredom and debt. The degree was run by the chalk and cheese pairing of the humanities and science faculties at Bristol UWE and called Science, Society and the Media. It was an often confusing mish mash of media studies and practical science experiments one week, followed by a way out pairing of classical scientific philosophy and cosmology the next. I actually think it was cancelled a year after I left. Anyway, out of all the confusion I ended up with a pretty respectable degree and began thinking about the world in a completely different way. I suddenly had the confidence to approach the 'Big Ideas' with a bit of logic and rational thought, a bit like Einstein, and wasn't scared shitless by physics anymore. Even so, when Paul St George, a multi-media artist, sculptor and Principal Lecturer in Computer Animation at the London Metropolitan University, asked me to proofread his 40,000-word PhD thesis and root out the mistakes I trembled a little under the weight of his big ideas. Along with an interesting foray into the pioneering works of nineteenth-century filmmakers, such as Eadweard Muybridge and √Čtienne-Jules Marey, and their influence on contemporary visual artists, his masterpiece was essentially about how space and time is represented and constructed by both the artist and the observer, I think, and how this throws up new questions about a multi-dimensional universe, I think. What I do know for sure is that there were a few typos, grammatical wobbles and formatting issues that needed my expert eye. www.paulstgeorge.com

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