“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
On display at White Cube Bermondsey in London from January 22 – April 14, 2014 is a new solo exhibition from artist and photographer Darren Almond entitled, To Leave a Light Impression.
In a breathtaking series of night-time landscape photos, Almond takes 12 – 30 minute long exposure photographs under the light of a full moon. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Almond explains:
“With long exposures, you can never see what you are shooting, but you are giving the landscape longer to express itself.”
The ‘Fullmoon’ series have taken Almond to every continent over a period of 13 years. Born in 1971 in Wigan, United Kingdom, Darren Almond lives and works in London. He graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1993 and held his first solo exhibition in 1995. For more information on the exhibit, visit WHITE CUBE.
What Is a Maker Space?
Copyright 2013 by Grand Center Arts Academy in St. Louis, Mo.
The Grand Center Arts Academy (GCAA) Makerspace in St. Louis, Mo., is a drop-in, laboratory-like environment where students design products that serve an authentic purpose. Students choose what they want to make and are mostly self-guided in their creations. Andrew Goodin, facilitator at the GCAA Makerspace, provides an array of low- and high-tech materials for student tinkering. Goodin might use probing or clarifying questions to help students think about their design challenges, but generally, his role is to be a guide on the side—Makerspace learning is student-directed.
The so-called “Maker Movement” is an approach to invention and innovation with a decidedly do-it-yourself ethos. Businesses and institutions are dedicating virtual or real “maker spaces” that are a sort of sandbox for launching and testing ideas. Schools like GCAA are integrating maker culture as a way to engage students in interdisciplinary, creative problem solving.
GCAA consolidated the layout of their library to make room for their Makerspace, which they characterize as a “STEAM room” because it maximizes students’ creative application of STEM concepts in a project-based atmosphere. “Rather than learning a concept first, and then demonstrating their understanding on a test, students in the Makerspace synthesize background knowledge and apply their artistic skills to learn and create,” write GCAA educators.
Learn more about GCAA’s Makerspace by following the Makerspace project’s blog.
ASCD Express, Vol. 9, No. 9. Copyright 2014 by ASCD. All rights reserved. Visit www.ascd.org/ascdexpress.