Michael Selzer on asymmetry and its discontents

Michael Selzer’s Civics lecture before half term was centred around the themes of symmetry and asymmetry, but it allowed us to explore a lot more than that. His breadth of architectural knowledge shone through with each quote and diagram that he explained, and his proficiency on anything art-related became more and more apparent with each moment. He had a positive and audience-gripping delivery that had the assemblage jumping at the chance to question him for half an hour after the talk ended. Selzer not only described the history of symmetry with witty anecdotes and snippets of Italian, Latin and French, but also showed the art and design based sides of his intelligence. Maths, Latin and Art students alike, the entire auditorium was enraptured with his personable conveyance and sagacity.

By Sisi Johnson, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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