It is an extraordinary art installation: Hundreds of smiling Ludwig van Beethoven statues in green and gold fill Bonn’s Münsterplatz right now.
The artist Ottmar Hörl went against Beethoven’s trademark look of unhappiness and gave him a Mona Lisa smile, which we can appreciate!
By now more than 1000 of the statues have been sold already. The installation will be removed on June 2, so the AIB Ludwig will arrive some time in summer.
Read the full GA-Article about the art project here.
Hard to believe, but true: The Spring Term 2019 has come to an end and our students left last week after some happy/sad/emotional farewell events. Thank you to all our spring students for a great term and we hope to see you again!
Texas A&M Bioscience Penn State Landscape Architecture
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LMU Theater Lafayette Engineering and LMU Science
On the past weekend our 20 LMU Theater students performed their interpretation of Wedekind’s Spring Awakening in front of an enthusiastic audience. Their professor Neno Pervan describes it as follows: “Spring Awakening tells the story we all lived once in our lifetimes. It is exciting, disturbing, passionate, funny and, unfortunately, sometimes tragic, as only teenage years can be. It is a timeless piece that every culture, region, country, city and village in the world recognizes as their own. Because, as I said, we were all there once...
Our young cast is extremely proud to present their understanding of Mr. Wedekind’s masterpiece play today, more than 120 years after it was written. We could not be happier but to present it in the country where it was conceived, beautiful Germany. We have no words to thank all the endless people from AIB and our host city of Bonn who helped us create it. We certainly hope you’ll enjoy it.”
And we did! Thank you very much for your hard work, we are very proud of everyone who was a part of this unique production.
Last week, the Texas A&M Visualization students presented their semester works in a design showcase at AIB. The main focus of the exhibit were the semester projects on the topic ‘Design for the Mind’, following the question: How can design address the needs for those living with dementia? Over the last four months, students also worked on several different assignments such as designing their own Google Doodles, creating short character animations using the Hombre McSteez technique, and programming their own short computer games.
We would like to thank all those who came out to the exhibit and supported the VIZ students!
For their semester project this year Texas A&M Bioscience students worked on concepts they developed for Biotechnology Company Enmodes. Preparing the presentation of their work took up most of their time in the last weeks. Here is how Bioscience students Joshua and Vivian experienced the process:
Our final push over the next few days would see our presentations go from "good" to "amazing", as our professor put it. We ironed out the last details of the research and began sharpening our presentation towards the end of Tuesday. Most of Wednesday was spent finishing the PowerPoints and getting the green light on our final project. Tuesday and Wednesday were both very long days; work began at ten in the morning and went until past midnight both nights. Finishing on Wednesday around 1:00 AM was a relief, and a short cab ride home allowed me to grab a few hours of sleep before the next morning. We met at our normal bus stop and departed for Aachen. We were dressed and ready. We arrived at the hotel where we met the Enmodes representatives. After a short introduction from Dr. Wasser, the three groups presented their projects and fielded questions from the Enmodes engineers. Overall, it was a flying success.
All I had for the presentation was the intro, but I felt nervous because I was the opening face of the group and it was important that I effectively sold our idea. I had to convey as much confidence as possible- which has been hard for me ever since I started college. Public speaking did not used to shake me so much, but I was having trouble stuttering and remembering my points. After enough practice, recording myself while alone and reciting the intro to others while doing something casual, like playing volleyball, I had it down pretty well. Even with such a straightforward task, I was proud of my slide- it was simple, fitting, and effective. I had found the perfect images and my speech was smooth and convincing. When I said it to Dr. Wasser, my team was impressed since it was also the first time they had heard it. I don’t know why it gave me so much joy, but their enthusiasm made me sure of myself. The presentation went perfectly. I was so proud of my group and had so much fun working with them, and the champagne was a pleasant surprise. With the conclusion of the project, the nearness of the end of the semester seemed all the more real.