Detective Note

No.60 – Workshop at the Equator



I have to apologize for my absence, I just realized that I haven’t written a single note yet this year! I don’t know if I’m just lazy or too busy and time just flies, but three months of this year are already gone!

My assistant is always saying, “Anything is fine just write something.” So I have consulted my digital camera for a topic and had a mini trip down memory lane of last year. What a fun year it was. In November of last year some of my students and I attended a workshop near the equator and these are a few snapshots of that trip.

The first picture is of students from my studio class at Musashino Art University attending the workshop during Transnational Taneidan Forum 2006 in Singapore. Those are not beggars squatting on the floor, but students at the workshop. Not enough desk workspace, but a lot of floor space to spread out pictures and sketches. The night before we split up into five groups, mixed with local Singaporeans, and setout on the town for a Lighting Detective survey. The results were taped and glued to panels and set up in the exhibition hall for visitors to view. We didn’t have a lot of time so the workshop was also a lesson in decision-making skills and self-assurance. The next picture is after the survey work was finished for the night, we held a small gathering at a street restaurant. This group of about 40 is a mixture of Singaporeans and those attending the forum and workshop from all over the world.

The last three pictures are of a bus tour in Malacca and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Lunch at a shop specializing in Bak-Kut Teh, students from a local mosque, and lastly my students and I in prayer after making our offering at a local temple. We saw and did many things o our trip to Malaysia, and it is too bad I don’t have any pictures of the masses of fireflies we saw. When we neared the grove where the fireflies lived, something heavy inside my body or soul made me feel like I was floating. I don’t have any proof so I will end the story there and you will just have to take my word for it!

Well, that’s all for today. Hopefully next time there won’t be such a large gap in-between notes!