Geographies of a Tile: A Foundation’s Play

It was surprising to me to find projects introduced to foundation students enormously exciting. While most of their faces often reflect a crippling anxiety, the uncertainty of how the final outcome looks like sends a thrill down my spine. In this class, we only loosely design a process; a specific activity that the students have to engage in. Everything else is a discovery through making, remaking, remaking and remaking. This often leads to revealing facts and curiosities about the subject matter that would otherwise go unnoticed. In this project, students were asked to (aka. forced to) find a tile in the University’s plaza that interested them visually. The tile was their new best friend as they began to spend hours on end doing rubbings in a process of capturing the essence, the details, the super details of the surface, resulting in what I secretly call “geographies”.


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