A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
Last month I saw the biggest snowfall I had ever seen in my life. I could still appreciate it and taking pictures everywhere and telling my friends how amazingly deep the snow was on the ground.
But not this time. Today when I saw the heavy snow falling crazily with the wind in front of my window the first thing I said was “no, not again!”… Because I need to go out today but I never like going out in the weather that doesn’t fit going-out, weather like this.
Anyway, enough with the “weather talk” and let’s move to the topic. Do you know that there is a student exhibition going on in downtown Leiden which is fun and free? If you know where Faculty of Law is, then just walk a bit further to the street behind the park. There you will find a magnificent historical building, which is now the new Naturalis location. And on the big wooden front door you will find this poster:
And that is the entrance. It is actually the exhibition held by my study program, and my classmates and I are presenting 7 projects that we were working on for the past few months. “Transition” is the big theme of all our projects, but each project displays the transition in different things, like transition in energy, or bloom, or even honeybees. Each project is trying to tell you a story or give you an idea. What is the relationship between different parts of plants and poetry? Will it be a better world if human society functions like honeybees? Or some personalized tips on how to save money and energy?
The theme for my group is transition “from real to virtual”. It is such a wide-range topic that you can relate so many things to it. What we chose was a very straightforward way of representing real and virtual, and the changes when you go from one to the other. We use a pair of fancy goggles, which is the door for you to step into the virtual world. If you like walking in the maze, you should definitely come to try it.
Actually, we were struggling in the ocean of “real” and “virtual” for three months and when we were almost “drowned”, our own experience inspired us to go for the statement “virtuality will tear us apart”. What we are trying to say through our project is, that the longer you immerse yourself in the virtual world, the more you might get alienated with your friends in real life. We are trying to remind people not to be blinded by all kinds of fancy technology and forget about the real people in real life, that virtual communication, though nowadays provide us with much convenience, is not really sufficient.
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For people who are interested to see our exhibition, here is the facebook link about more details like address and opening time. There have been quite some people visiting since last week’s opening. Even though it is a bit tiring to stay there every day for 6 hours, I am happy to see that people like our project and are having fun playing with it. At least all the hard work has paid off.
Friday and Saturday are the last two days of our exhibition. I heard the weather of these two days is fine, so welcome to drop by our exhibition! It is free, and have some fun.