Pretty good day. Like the past few days, the weather has be gorgeous. Warm and sunny with a light fall wind. I am in London right?
So my major accomplishment today was finishing ER. Now I can get back to my books and not be in such a weird mood.
Before that I did go to class. We met today at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square (a cute area to the west of Westminster Abbey/Palace area). This gallery was sort of strange. It was set up like a typical museum but the pieces covered a variety of themes, subjects and mediums. The current show (Newspeak) is all by British artists. It is strange though because it is actually a commercial gallery so the majority of the prices will be sold. We had a Portuguese tour guide who had the fullest unibrow I have ever seen (it puts Frida Khalo's to shame). He brought to a few specific pieces, explaining them and asking us what we thought about them. After that we were free to look around then leave. So I took a quick look around looking mostly at two pieces.
The first was an oil installation. This took up an entire room. A sheet of metal spanned the entire room horizontally about 8 feet from the floor (the viewers stand on a platform on one side of the room with the base of it just above this metal sheet). The entire sheet of metal is covered in a thin layer of oil. It creates the most amazing reflection that it is very confusing. Only in a few spots can you see any blemishes that indicate that it is oil and not a huge plate of glass. The unfortunate part of this is the smell. Luckily it doesn't permeate to the other areas of the gallery but it is pretty bad in that area.
The other piece I really liked was a sound installation. It was a room which had a pianola (a piano which can play on its own via a paper roll with punch outs and an air flow) surrounded by speakers all across the room and piled on top of it. A vacuum hose snaked along one side and would periodically move. The speakers played a loop of mechanical noises (mostly feedback sounds) while the pianola played an operata (I think that's what it's called) very very slowly. It was a very cool atmosphere and the presentation was great.
I made my way back to the flat and resumed my obsession with ER with breaks to make and eat dinner. It was very intense and had put me in a weird mood. The whole last season was depressing because people kept leaving and they had cameos of some old cast members. But I finished. Now I can read my books and I won't have to be in a funk, as I am now.
Early morning run planned for tomorrow to help with the funk, let's hope I still feel this ambitious in the morning.