Lunctime talks at the Fitz

I have had a super week cycling to the FitzWilliam for their lunchtime talks. On Tuesday I went to panel discussion in gallery 3 at the FitzWilliam which focused on sculpture and commerce. Chaired by Tom Flynn the panellists Nick Turvey, Timothy Potts, Adriana Turpin and Josh Lilley were all discussing if art had sold out to capitalism. The general consensus was that art has always sold out and that it has an audience and therefore a market. A fair point I thought

Yesterday Yuko and I went to a talk by a very entertaining speaker on Galileo and his eyesight problems. Some of the slides were somewhat gruesome but it was extremely interesting and I will never look at a portrait of Galileo in the same way again.

Today I went to a beautiful talk by Jila Peacock. She has been translating the poems of of the 14th century metaphysical Poet Hafez of Shiraz and has created a beautiful book where she has written the poems in the shape of the animal they talk about. She talked about the poetry and the context it was written in and then showed us a clip of the animated film that has been made using her images and the poetry called Tongue of the Hidden. You can see a clip here. It was a thing of beauty indeed. I unexpectedly met up with Nick at the talk and we spent the rest of the afternoon chatting until it was quite dark outside. We then, rather impressively, went to uni yoga together. You can listen to Nick on his radio station on Tuesdays 7-9pm on Cambridge 105.

Tomorrow I’m going to shake things up a bit by going to the lunchtime concert at Kettles Yard. I know! It doesn’t get much better than this!

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