March 2012

Tharunka investigates architecture student’s concern that the university and the Faculty of the Built Environment (FBE) are falling short in their commitment to provide an acceptable education for their students.

Many students, when asked about their degree will be likely to have some criticism of certain aspects of the teaching, or subjects, as student preferences, strengths and skills naturally differ.

Layered, allusive, reflective and in flux, Berlin artist Berit Myrebøe’s evocative aluminium paintings in her recent show, ‘Drift’, mirror the ebb and flow of life’s ambiguities.

At first glance, the exhibition looked pretty sparse – grey panels on white walls wasn’t particularly arresting. But upon closer inspection, I noticed that out of the silvery screens emerged remnants of waves, skies and faces. There seemed to be a lot more than first meets the eye.

On Christmas day 2008, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan rebel group, went on a three-day killing spree, massacring over 800 people in the north-eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Only a year later, 300 had massacred and 250 abducted, including around 80 children. By last June, the LRA had launched 158 attacks since the start of the year, with the overall death toll at approximately 2,500.