A last-minute offer to flat-sit in London turned into the most fortuitous week last week. What at first felt pointless and financially irresponsible turned into a much-needed mental refresh. London is not a city that I am comfortable or confident in but, as I’m due to start my MA at Goldsmiths in September, that is something I am aware that I need to get over (and soon). Thankfully my generally bad luck took an upward turn once I arrived. I ended up crossing paths and bumping into more people than I could have anticipated. I had productive project meetings and catch ups and I currently feel more optimistic about my move there than I have all year.
Some highlights included: finally getting a copy of Sam Ivin’s Lingering Ghosts publication and discussing his exciting plans for the future; Laura El-Tantawy and Trevor Paglen at the Photographer’s Gallery’s Deutsche Borse prize exhibition; Photography & Drawing exhibition also at The Photographer’s Gallery; opening of the new Tate Modern (the building if not its contents); Eva Gold at the Goldsmiths Fine Art degree show (but also how, on the whole, my previous gushing over the quality of this year’s Photo Art degree show was proved proportionate – do not believe the London degree show hype); and attending Dr Kate Devlin’s public lecture of sex robots and sexism in tech.