It’s been a while since my last post, and for good reason. I took a trip to Philadelphia with my dad to look at colleges. I never really had time to write blog posts, and my computer was having issues with the hotel’s wifi. But hey, I can do a post now. So, to summarize!
Took a look at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Interesting school, and I got to see some cool stuff, like the school’s big band rehearsing. The campus is spread out a fair bit too, and all the dorms are converted from apartments and stuff like that. I still have a lot of colleges to consider, but I certainly didn’t dislike the University of the Arts.
I also went on a tour at Drexel, also in Philadelphia. It’s a very big campus, lots of walking on the tour, and I also had a meeting with a teacher in the screenwriting and playwriting program. It was really helpful, and I think that some of the advice and insight he gave me will be valuable even if I don’t go there.
I also took a visit to the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, and I have to say, the exhibits there are amazing. My favorite, however, would definitely have to be the painting “Chinese Wall at Broad Street Station”, by Frederick R. Wagner. Oil on Canvas.
The painting really is just incredible, and the contrast is amazing. It creates a very clear divide with color and lines, with the foreground being a dull grey city, with some bits of yellow in the background to show traffic lights. However, the upper half on the painting and the background is shown where the wall ends, and it is full of bright colors, tall buildings, and fantastic imagery. However, it seems a bit too fantastic, but in a good way. One of the giant buildings looks almost like a castle, and right next to it there’s a rainbow visible. It has this amazing contrast not just with color, but with tone. The closer, darker setting is much more recognizable, and realistic. Beyond the wall is something much more visually appealing, but perhaps too unrealistic and out of reach.
So, on to what I did today, being back from my trip.
Art history, and more Egyptian stuff! Woohoo. First off, Queen Tiye, Mother of Akhenaten. Akhenaten was the king that did the big banning of every god except Aten. However, he did love his mother. After the death of his father, Tiye was essentially going to be demoted from queen to queen-mother, which basically meant “You mothered the current king, thanks and bye”. However, Akhenaten held a great deal of respect for her, and had her depicted as a goddess in art.
The other really interesting thing that I found from today in art history was Hunefer, a well respected scribe that had his journey to the afterlife detailed in art. After his death, one of the gods weighed his heart against the feather of a goddess, and finding it to be lighter than the feather, by virtue of Hunefer living a virtuous and pure life, allows him into the after life and introduces him to some of the other gods.
Lastly, sociology. Today, the big thing that stuck out to me was the idea of dramaturgy, which is essentially the thought that we are actors in our social lives. As the book says “We have ideas about how we want others to think of us, and we use our roles in everyday life to communicate these ideas.” It also mentions front stages and back stages, in other words places where you act, and places which are private, and where a person generally does not act.
Within our roles, there are also strains and conflicts. Conflicts mean that, in occupying multiple roles, the expected behavior of those roles conflict with each other. For example, as a student you are expected to study for an exam, but as a worker, you are expected to come in and assist. Strains are when the expected behavior of a role conflicts with itself.
For example, take a rock star. You’re expected to go out and party all night long, but you’re also expected to be in a good enough shape to put on a show the next day. So, what do you do?
Obviously, you should go out and party. Because, hey, upholding obligations and giving people a good show that they already bought tickets for is way, way less entertaining than seeing how much beer you can chug.