Sunday, 21 September 2014


a totally bonkers film entwining moments of madness,
a lecture, special effects, car chases, and theories around time and space!!
Lucy is Luc Besson squared; it’s so drenched in ‘Bessoness’ that its laugh out
loud preposterous but it comes at you so thick and fast that you stop thinking
about notions of reality......  Desert Islands Discs is back and it starts with the wonderful Steve McQueen – it’s a beautifully straight and honest
session especially his answers to his supposedly prickly reputation – all surrounded
by some excellent tracks meanwhile working on presentations for next year at NUA feels good – considering the developing needs presented to lecturers by new cohorts of students and finally creating work for  squeeze fold bend and expand coming to Nicholas Jarr late but enjoying his remixes of familiar tracks esp Mulatu Astatke - Yegelle Tezeta Nina Simone - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues and also his solo work and Darkside

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


A most excellent and full day at Camberwell working on the book art course. In the morning– a demonstration/workshop that explored holistic bookmaking including idea initiation, image and text generation in relation to each other, sequence as spaces in time, the concept of structure in relationship to the core of an idea and form as content. In the afternoon two presentations; 1 – looking the value of the reflective journal included building diagrammatic explanations of practice and its relationship to the connections in our lives. 2 exploring the idea of the book and our relationship to it. 

Sunday, 14 September 2014


finally managed to get round to watching Frank –
Fassbinder yet again manages another intense performance - presenting a range
of powerful emotions – this time from behind a giant papier-mâché head! – a glorious
film about illness, hope, dreams and the purity of the creative act – a must
It was great to see the skip sisters -
featured in the Saturday guardian over the weekend – they made some great stuff
out of what is left behind – wonderfully creative.
and even though Frank isn’t about Frank Sidebottom it made me
reach for my Frank Sidebottom vinyl - enjoy

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Giulio Paolini’s show at The Whitechapel Gallery To Be or Not to Be is a body of quizzical, clever work that repeatedly refers to itself within each artwork as well as outside to the 'tradition' of looking and referencing. Clever in that the viewer is constantly deconstructing and decoding visual game play (artist as master thief or serial killer leaving clues to be unpicked and solved by downtrodden detectives) one feels as if a spectator in a temporal game whose rules are in flux.
I last saw the work of Kader Attia at Tate Modern - it was a powerful dual slide show juxtaposing images of WW1 soldiers facial reconstruction with images from an archive of everyday items that had also had their lives extended by ingenious fixing(s). The show at the Whitechapel continues this theme with disfigured marble busts of soldiers next to repaired Arabic leaning boards. Within the building there is a lot to see if you throw in a series of films shown in the Zilkha Auditorium, the socially engaging work by Stephen Willats, Francis Upritchard's Zabludowicz collection Project where he has worked with Brazilian rubber to create a series of intriguing animals and the selection of sculptural pieces by Mike Nelson from the V-A-C collection. But I'm waiting for the Richard Tuttle show which coincides with the Tate Turbine Hall Commission that I saw being built the other day - it is very large and I think could be a winner.

Its the Chinese moon festival – yes the moon has been quite incredible over the past week – so a trip to China Town to buy moon cake in celebration.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014


Well a full-on two days so far this week – finalising timetables at NUA for the textiles design course – building on our previous experience and introducing current themes as ever - its going to be a full year! Then delivering on-line a briefing session for a module that I’m running for the OCA. It has its focus in testing boundaries by considering audiences and the spaces where the work that we make is made public. Off to London and symposium 1 at Camberwell, the new cohort of Book Art students is eclectic and wonderful – my notes of the session include – looking at things I didn't understand – failure is wonderful – unconscious recollection – the invisible in books – the choice we made to know something – ritual as transformative – codes for communication – house as a container – book as opera – information is beautiful – visible and invisible graphics – what does reading look like? – thinking smoothly – recognising the whole life of an object – using photographs rather than taking them – there is something there but I'm not sure what it is.

Then off to Tate Modern – the Malevich show is quite breathtaking in a cerebral thinking way – the room of works on paper mapping his developments over a number of crucial years is incisive, outlining the importance of drawing as a tool for thinking – the recreation of the seminal supremacist exhibition is marvellous, to be in the presence of work after being enamoured by the images for so long was quite moving but the real gem was the ‘education’ room where Malevich’s theories on painting and the relationship between colour and music is laid out on huge charts. If you are interested in art and education you have to see this work.

Thursday, 4 September 2014


The program for the wondrous SPILL festival is out with the theme ON SURRENDER it’s going to be a storming few days in Ipswich between 29 Oct – 2 Nov 2014. Already looking forward to it especially Incorruptible Flesh by the iconic Ron Athey.

Meanwhile work continues on researching new ways of thinking about folding, collapsing, bending and expanding – maybe platonic solids are the answer... 

Friday, 29 August 2014


last night’s poetry prom at Snape with John Hegley and Ian McMillan was a nice evening of light entertainment – sounds like a negative but nice is ok. It was all very cosy and maybe asking for a little grit would be calling for the wrong thing in the wrong place but I can’t help thinking that with 800 people in the audience for poetry you couldn’t have introduced them to more voices – Byron Vincent  is the lost child of Hegley and Richard Dedomenici would connect with McMillan’s acquired/stolen signage. Now that would be an interesting evening.
Anyway – I’ve started to look through the folded paper archives in my studio with a view to starting work on Squeeze Fold Bend and Expand - Structural Memory in Deformable Objects along with some light reading about rat skeletons.

meanwhile on the watching front the beautifully shot, colour saturated Utopia – the first series, although fractured with no explanation of anything story wise was quite startling with utterly arresting imagery. The original version of House of Cards is fascinating – cluttered with class war and leaden 80s-ness!