|Jose Gamboa Teehankee|
R. When I was into scuba diving, I experienced wreck diving, which is one of the attractions, aside from just regular diving, that draws recreational and serious divers to my country. You can see these planes, submarines, battleships, and so on, lying on the ocean floor and becoming part of the underwater landscape. It is eerie and amazing. This latest discovery of the Musashi battleship headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is interesting from a historical and archaeological standpoint, but at this time I haven’t considered doing a cultural project on it.
Q. Jose, as a last question: in your blog you recommend some readings for people who come back to the classroom after some (long) break – Chris Gillebeau, The art of non-conformity and, Kio Stark, Don’t Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning Anything -. Why do you recommend these readings and what do they mean to you now that you resumed your studies?
R. Well, before Spain, I was looking at Canada, UK, Australia and the US as study destinations. They all had art/design institutions with great reputations, but they were all really expensive, and unless I got a scholarship, I couldn’t afford their fees. But these schools were getting students, many of whom were going into debt just to get a piece of paper that did not guarantee a job in the field they were studying. Sometimes they weren’t even sure about why they had chosen these fields.
These books talk about how to get an education without spending a small fortune or going into debt, and it also reinforced the whole ‘learn by doing’ philosophy that I had been practicing as a self-taught illustrator/painter/graphic designer. It gave me realistic expectations. It meant that I knew what I could afford and what I was getting out of the program… which is exactly what I put into it, and most of all, how much I learned when I was outside the classroom.