Archive for November, 2015
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I have very recently returned from Chicago. I have lectured extensively in the US but never in Chicago, so it was a big new and exciting adventure. I had been invited to talk at the SIAC (School of the Art Institute Chicago) by Professor Ben Nicholson who met me at the airport with his lovely fiancée Caroline who gave me a huge goody bag of things for my stay.
SIAC is a greatly esteemed school of Art and Design for both undergraduates and graduates. It gives a comprehensive college education and explores cross-disciplines under the guidance of an award-winning faculty of artists, scholars, and leading practitioners in their fields. It is rated as being “the most influential art college in the United States” by the Columbia University’s National Arts Journalism survey.
I had previously met Nicholson, an Englishman, when I gave a talk to the Labyrinth Society Conference in Taos, New Mexico about four years ago. Strangely enough, many years ago he used to live in Petersfield, which is a stone’s throw from where I live!
I stayed in an enormous suite on Michigan Ave which is permanently kept by SAIC for visiting guests. All the staff in the SAIC department were enormously friendly and bent over backwards to be helpful. As well as driving round and visiting many of the wonderful buildings in Chicago, we went to the Museum of Art which has an impressive permanent exhibition of Impressionist paintings. In addition I went to see the largest collection in the US of Audubon and Gould prints (both artists of great renown) at the Oppenheimer Gallery, which was close to my hotel.
We also went up the John Hopkins Building famous for its spectacular view of Chicago from 92 floors above street level. I suffer from vertigo so you can imagine the terror! In addition I watched with absolute horror as several intrepid mortals stood on a platform 1000 ft above the Magnificent Mile which tilted and tipped right over the building at what seemed a horrifying angle. My knees went to jelly just watching them!
Apart from giving my talk (when incidentally the technology failed an unprecedented three times – this often happens with crop circles as the images give off frequencies which affect electrical equipment – and a new battery that had been installed in my microphone drained completely within 30 minutes!) I was invited to sit in on the SAIC Bird Project which is part of the first semester of the Graduate Architecture Program. Nicholson tells me that “the assignment calls for each student to select one of the approximately 400 species of birds that fly through Chicago during migration. A close study of the sequential process of nest building is made, followed by a broad study of all the other aspects of the bird’s life, including the roles of gender, migration, feeding, protection and social activities. A single drawing is developed, along with full scale models of the nest, to include the whole sequence of building, living and travelling, challenging the student to think at multiple scales and tasks. The assignment demonstrates that birds and humans are two species on earth that are interdependent as well as share many of the same concerns of habitat.” I was there to give a critique at the end of each 15 minute presentation. Their work was exceptional.
One of the secondary objects of my visit was to try and clear the negative energy lines from a large car park in which the school were planning to extend their campus. I had dowsed the site remotely while in England using an architectural drawing kindly sent to me, marking the positive, negative and neutral areas on a gridded map. I re-dowsed it on my arrival and the positive, negative and neutral areas were marked on a sheet of paper with a grid mapped out. The morning I left to return home, a group of students, teaching staff and visitors went to the site. There were three main areas in need of clearing; the first two were cleared quite easily but the last one was extremely stubborn and still needs additional work on it. Interestingly, one of the teaching staff told us that many of the shops that extend from the car park along the same line are always changing hands; in other words their businesses fail. This often happens on negative energy lines. I will discuss this more fully in my annual article. One of the most interesting aspects of this exercise was that despite the wind blowing a gale and our hair flying everywhere, our encased rods were not affected and remained completely steady.
With a group of students I had taught to dowse a few days earlier, we visited the Cove sculpture, known as the ‘Bean’ to dowse its aura and surrounding area. Again, I will elaborate on this more fully in my annual article.
It was a remarkable visit, – one of the best, most fulfilling and happiest and I have experienced in my many years of travelling and lecturing. Next stop Brazil in March!