Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Monday, 25 November 2013


organising Pech Kucha presentations for year 2 textiles students 

Sunday, 24 November 2013


Working on a piece of writing for an academic journal based on the ‘manual’ for unpicking and rebinding whilst listening to a lot of electronic music
Meanwhile the facial hair look is not for me and can’t wait till Dec 1st but enjoying the conversations that the hirsute look gets and trawling the internet for images  http://selvedgeyard.com/2009/11/04/chosen-few-east-bay-dragons-americas-black-biker-set-revisited/

Sunday, 17 November 2013


I’ve been playing a lot of vinyl from the collection this week – as well as wallowing in Talking Heads I’ve been reappraising Yello – was it really 1981....
Managed to see the wonderful film – Jesus Henry Christ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1393742/ and spent most of it beautifully distressed – a gorgeous looking film exploring the idea of childhood – you will weep.
Caught the latest faster than sound event at Snape Maltings is a site specific installation called nocturnal. http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/events/britten-centenary-weekend-faster-sound-nocturnal  It’s a very beautiful piece using a camera obscura to show a film twice. It’s on till next week if you’re passing it’s worth a look/listen.
Already bought tickets for the next faster than sound event in February Place: Occupation. http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/events/place-occupation and am already looking forward to it, especially the new commissions.

The New Wolsey Studio is showing the latest work by Robin Brooks Britten’s Got Talent http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/brittens-got-talent/ its very funny and has an irreverent tone that picks up some of the interesting lesser known traits of Benjamin Britten I saw the read through so am intrigued to see how the music and songs have been integrated.

Sunday, 10 November 2013


Two busy weeks both in the past and also the upcoming one. Three interesting embedded book seminars at Camberwell explored aspects of the book in interesting ways: structure, materials and diary, run by the students they bring a wide range of approaches and content from around the world to the themes. I have also been accepted to write a paper for the first Bright Light journal Implicit Geographies. I managed to see the excellent show at the Gagosian the show is over - The exhibition is about abstraction and the end of painting and some excellent work is shown, its worth a look and is on till nov 30th. http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/the-show-is-over--october-15-2013

The week coming up has Pecha Kucha’s from year 3 at Norwich, holding an on-line seminar with the Open College of the Arts http://www.slideshare.net/l.bicknell/unpicking-and-rebinding-talk-27241570, running a workshop with Nigel Aono-Billson www.nigelaono-Billson.co.uk on the Graphics course at Norwich http://www.slideshare.net/l.bicknell/revelation-in-folding, attending an interview at UCS for the Exchanges 2 artist residency, deconstructing textiles at Norwich with year 1 students http://www.slideshare.net/l.bicknell/09-008-extending-textiles-a, and then looking at work related learning with year 2 but the latest obsession with fire in the booth and Charlie Sloth has led me to Mic Righteous – most excellent

Sunday, 3 November 2013


An interesting evening at Snape Maltings on Friday night – Britten’s Death in Venice. I've been playing the original 3 disc LP recording made at Snape in 1973 conducted by Britten, sung by Peter Piers and with all the Sutherland artwork in order to get into the mindset. I also skimmed the Thomas Mann novel! http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/events/death-venice-first-performance 
The music and voices were excellent but the direction a little clunky – it was almost a period piece as it was the recreation of the 2007. Although I did enjoy the flooded stage. Meanwhile its Movember http://uk.movember.com/  and have decided to go for a 70s biker look – shaved head, extended side burns and trucker moustache. We shall see how this look goes!