Rocio Ramirez

1. Right now I’m a studio arts major, but I plan to transfer into the School of Architecture and Planning at the beginning of next year or in the summer. I hope to major in Architecture and minor in Fine Arts. I’ve been interested in pursuing a profession in the architecture field since about 6th grade, and the more I tried out other subjects to see if there was more interest in another field, the more it reinforced my love and confidence in the architecture world. Some of my other interests include drawing, reading, travelling, and going to the movies. Film is something that I’m really passionate about too. So much so, that I briefly considered minoring in film studies. Travelling is also something I love and would like to do more of. Especially to the less visited areas, those seem to interest me the most. For example I would really want  to visit Scotland, Romania, Iceland, Sweden, Toronto, Montreal (which I hope to visit this summer), Argentina, and Nova Scotia.

2.I don’t really remember a specific exhibition because I went a lot more when I was younger. Therefore I can’t really say I have a favorite.

3. A book I just recently reread was The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. This is one of my favorite books and I feel like I get something new out of it every time I read it. What I love the most is the narrator, Holden Caulfield’s unique perspective of the world that is both extremely relatable and at the same time somewhat bizarre and insightful. This is a pretty well-known and popular story and a lot of people love it so I don’t think there are many things I could share about it that wouldn’ t sound trite. I also really love East of Eden by John Steinbeck. This book is really unlike anything I’ve ever read in that it takes you through this journey of an interwove   n family tree. The whole novel is obviously amazing, but there are some particular passages that I really love.  For example,

“I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents. . . . The
face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or a malformed egg can
produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?”
– John Steinbeck (East of Eden)

Some other favorite books of mine are, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

4. As I said before I love movies. I try to go the movie theater every weekend and if I’m not doing that I’m renting or buying a variety of films. This interest in film has branched out to a deep interest and following of the Oscar race. Each year I try to see all movies that are up for awards. I also really hope to one day attend the Sundance Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival, with other various festivals as well. Some of my favorite movies are: Dr.Strangelove, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adventureland, The Dark Knight, Donnie Darko, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Exorcist, Se7en, Zodiac, Silence of the Lambs, Lars and the Real Girl, Zelig, Hot Fuzz, Rear Window, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (the 2011 David Fincher version), Psycho, and so many more.  The most contemporary directors that I love are David Fincher and Christopher Nolan.

5. Blogs and or websites that I check regularly are which is an architecture website that spotlights certain projects and or news about obviously architecture. The Playlist, is a movie/tv blog.  AwardsDaily, is a blog that follows the film awards season.

6. A cultural event that has interested me, in terms of a concert is the Arcade Fire concert I saw in Broomfield in April of last year. I’ve always wanted to see them live and it definitely lived up to my expectations. They’re very visceral performers, which is obviously one of the important characteristics of any type of performer and especially if you go see them live. Their emotion and love for music really is palpable, and that also really set the atmosphere for the concert.

7. An article that really put into perspective how much work, dedication, and talent it takes to make a good film, much less a small aspect of a film was explained and detailed in this article. It elaborates on all the work and refinement that a two and half minute sequence took. This is somewhat expected coming from such a meticulous and skillful director like David Fincher. The opening sequence of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is worth the price of admission alone.

8. The discussion in lecture on Terry Smith’s “What is Contemporary Art?” really made me think. The idea that we don’t live in a definable epoch, as Smith put it is something I think extends into all realms of culture today. Everything so much more connected and seems “smaller” for lack of a better word. Everything influences everything and bleeds onto one another, almost everything is undefinable, not just the art of today. Which also leads me to the same question Smith ended with, what does this mean for humanity? Is it good/ bad/neither for the future?

9. I have attended the Denver Art Museum, but only when I was younger for class field tripe and things like that, so I don’t recall a specific exhibition.


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