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. http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern