8. Making notes on our combined interests

In the order they were shared on the morning of the 6th of December 2013


John F Kennedy – Jacqueline Kennedy – Aristotle Onassis – Maria Callas

Five years after the assassination of John F Kennedy, his widow Jacqueline married the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, who  had been in a relationship with the opera singer Maria Callas. Despite his marriage to Jacqueline, Aristotle and Maria continued to see each other for the rest of their lives.


Images of how Aristotle and Jacquelines marriage was reported

Maria talks about her relationship with Aristotle and Jaqueline.


Physics, Einstein and Field Equations.

An attempt to understand the equations formulated by Einstein and his peers to explain the world.


Diagrams drawn while listening to lectures and watching documentaries

Linking to Rebecca’s interest in the cross over and relationship between biology and art.


Discovering the work of c-lab, specifically the Rose for Mars and the Cactus Project.

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The artist involved in these projects exhibited in Edinburgh’s Inspace in 2012 on this project Nanomagnetic Plants

Josh then introduced us to his project on male pattern baldness, an interest of his which is driven by a fear of losing his own hair.

We were shown this video as an example of the lengths that some will go to, and the delusion which results


male pattern baldness

Josh also demonstrated his impressive ability to recall the heights of male celebrities.

Jen told us about 3D printing and the possibilities of its use.

We spoke about this article on printing dangerous objects and this article on the growing availability of 3D printing facilities. This led us on to talking about replicas and originals.

3D models of Oliver Wainwright and Sophie Heawood

Shareen told us about the artist Gregor Schneider, his projects often involve rooms and empty spaces. In 1985 he made Haus u r, where he built new rooms inside the existing rooms to conceal the structure of the building and interrupt the visitor’s awareness of their surroundings. Over the years visitors have had ‘frightening experiences’ inside the house.

Photo 1: HAUS U R, Rheydt 1985 - 2007

This reminded me of a tunnel I had heard about that runs between the St Andrews Square branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland and The Dome which was once a bank, this is apparently where the bank kept their collection of artworks. When the second bank was bought over and became a bar the tunnel was closed off.

Sobia showed us a timeline that she had made to show the life Malcolm X. Each part of his life contradicted what came before it and spurred a transformation in him and those who followed him.

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Malcolm X’s is a complex story that defies a simplistic narrative, we talked about the way stories like these are represented.

Kaitlyn introduced us to the Panharmonicon, a magnificent music box/instrument which could be pre-programmed to play a piece of music. Johann Nepomuk Mälzel created the instrument in 1805 and asked Beethoven to compose a piece for it. This collaboration supposedly started an argument as Beethoven mistakenly believed that Mälzel was planning to sell his instrument along with the music. Beethoven chased him around Europe and threatened to sue his former friend. Mälzel later claimed that he had never had any intention of selling it.



The way the Panharmonicon worked reminded us of this Fischili and Weiss video

Fischili and Weiss

And finally Andrea – who had been exploring ideas and research about memory based on an article she had found in New Scientist.

She told us about the subjectivity of your memories and the way that they change as you learn.

We touched upon Derren Browns trickery and made reference to the Black Swan dinner which had recently taken place at Rhubaba

After the meeting, Mariola – handed me a collection of note cards with quotes by the British philosopher Alan Watts. Here is my favourite of the quotes.


‘You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean’

I would like to thank everyone who took part in the project and hope that you will find this helpful in the future in whatever form is most interesting to you. I have certainly enjoyed this insight into your interests and look forward to referring back to this in the months to come.


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