I’ve resumed normal working life in London after a week’s indulgence in creativity at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France. The heat, the beautiful surroundings, the gourmet food and the international company all seem very distant from the wet English summer, although I only flew home on Saturday night. Saturday was one probably one of the worst days of my life in fact, due to the intense levels of partying that broke out on the previous night – the final night of the workshop. As is traditional, presentations by the students of their projects – which for the lighting workshop consisted of a tour of lighting installations around the Boisbuchet site – was followed by a celebratory fancy dress evening in the pigshed, now official party room.
After a slightly dubious voting process, the theme for the party was established as ‘safe sex/ pinata’ (for reasons which are probably too nonsensical to explain here) and the décor and costumes, overseen by Andrey Bartenev, were suitably outrageous. Games included a grown up version of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, ‘Kiss Mauritz’, which involved a cardboard cut out of one particularly alluring member of the Boisbuchet staff. And the head wasn’t the target.
Anyway, suffice it to say it was a fantastic end to what has been a remarkable, refreshing, challenging and inspiring week. Sadly I was too busy enjoying myself to take any photos during the celebrations, but here are a few of our final projects:
There are still a few places left on the Boisbuchet programme – check out their website for more details. If you can spare the cash it’s more than worth it, and will almost certainly be one of the most interesting weeks of your life.