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28 May, 2008

Ear of the beholder

Attending an exhibition at the University's Peter Scott Gallery, I was rather annoyed to hear the sound of a circular saw coming from the adjacent music rooms, not least because it didn't seem to be doing anything – I couldn't hear the blade engaging with anything.

Except people's minds, perhaps. After a few moments, the sound stopped, and an audience politely applauded. Ah. One of those concerts.

Otherwise, the exhibition was pretty good. I wish I could recommend visiting, but you've only got until 16:00 today, 11:00-21:00 tomorrow, then it closes at 16:00 on Friday. Entitled 'Art of Japan', it's a small exhibition of 17th-20th Century woodcut prints, including Hokusai's iconic 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa', plus a smaller number of watercolours and silk paintings. As always, I toured the whole gallery then returned to appreciate the highlights at length; considering the size of the exhibition, a 'hit-rate' of three exceptional pieces (according to my taste, anyway) is impressive, particularly as two were from the University's own collection.

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