EXQuIZICfacts, LAWuN Project 32 a channel of the InvisibleUniversity in
collaboration with UTOPIAA would like to thank: Xiaoya He, Natalia Charogianni and Aretousa, Michael Wedgwood, Luisa
Pires, Patrick Loan, Damnoen Techamai, Andreea Vasilcin, Bryan Parsons,
Rozhana Bahsoon, Zhuo Chen, Dariya Cheremisina, Pati de Souza, Nara Ha,
Lucy Moroney and Lingxiu Chong
a kind of way all of you are graduating in absentia
not exactly ,your absence is physical yes .
your presence is ,as is much in your culture, floating somewhere in
the electronic nervous system that envelopes our planet , the
world wide web,.in the form of a virtual graduation
the congratulations that LAWuN sends all of you similarly swirl in
this invisible cloak .
are the inheritors of a ceremony that dates from the first
universities in 12cent. Europe
solemn ceremony that has globally transformed into a set of signs
and rituals of dress and behaviour .A ceremony that was introduced
only about 25 years ago at the AA , about the samne time as public
access to the web .
are pioneers ,
are the first students at the AA to be awarded degrees
are the first to experience a virtual graduation ceremony where
your AA community of students is fragmented across distance and time
in new learning landscape ?
thrust upon you as your analog studies were collapsed by a virus
propelling you into your new reality of remoteness zoom and the
that may now perhaps consider allthe
years of hardwork
leading up to thisvirtual
to experience and discover the potential of a world of non-striving;
a complement to your current imposed state of being .
A one minute video about where you are :
prior to July 25th, participants will prepare a one minute video (or
less!) to be screened at the start of our virtual encounter.
A pub quiz : LAWuN will put together questions, which, will be presented by Eddie’s expert quiz host friend.
An exquisite corpse :
during the intervals of the quiz, each participant will draw a part of a
building with the narrative guidance of LAWuN. Each drawing will be
sent to pati who will compile them.
films are introductions of who and where we are connecting with. The
quiz hangs on to the structure of the exquisite corpse, which then has
an afterlife post virtual encounter. Do we send the individual pieces
for people to assemble across the world ? Or is each assembly sent to
the participants throughout the course ? Who knows .
any case it would be good to know how many participants there will be,
and whether there needs to be teams for the quiz or not.
A reply from a prisoner who liked being in prison:
employees are locked out of their email accounts by their employers.
Locked out of work – we will force you to be free.
TIME to SPEND.
Furloughed workers wander the empty streets, through the sunlit parks, sit by the silent tennis courts.
luxury of the philosopher shepherds of ancient Greece – the luxury of
time, freed from the daily grind of base labour – freed to dream, freed
FORCED to boredom in the parks.
BOREDOM IS A TONIC
Sunbathe on weekdays
Boris waved a magic wand and we all went to sleep.
It happened suddenly – it is important that it happened suddenly. All at once and all together into suspended animation.
Life became a train journey – carried along, passive, a state of grace, time to day-dream. A peculiar dispensation.
through quiet London streets in the spring breeze, watching scattered
people gently strolling, lying in the sun - think of the modernist
sanatorium. Aalto’s gleaming white liner floating over the pine-tops…
Think Thomas Mann and Magic Mountains. Time does funny things…
Sittin' in the mornin' sun I'll be sittin' when the evenin' comes Watchin' the ships roll in Then I watch 'em roll away again
I'm just sittin' on the dock of the bay Watchin' the tide roll away I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay, wastin' time
Looks like nothin's gonna change Everything seems to stay the same
Locks and prisons, prisons and time, architecture and time…
The prisoner is freed from their future.
(Origin and meaning of lock by Online Etymology Dictionary)
German Loch "opening, hole," Dutch luik"shutter, trapdoor"
– a trapdoor, a means of escape – to fall through the floor, fall out of time.
Alice falling in the rabbit hole had ample time to ponder her predicament.
Some old slang:
·A 'wooden parenthesis'; the pillory.
·An 'iron parenthesis'; a prison.
["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
Held in place, locked in – LIFE BETWEEN PARENTHESES
Walls too can act like brackets.
Koolhaas’s voluntary prisoners flocked to the magic space held between
his two walls: “Two walls enclose and protect this zone to retain its
integrity”… between the walls “Time has been suppressed. Nothing ever
happens here, yet the air is heavy with exhilaration.”
Exhilaration, yes that’s it.
Why are crises so exhilarating? Why did life feel more real in lockdown? Am I the only one…who felt free...?