Monday, 31 August 2015


the films are growing as I work with the software! - the sound nods towards sci-fi and dislocation meanwhile before they are gone a chance to think about the deep rooted value of art schools in the culture of our society.... if you have a moment (2 hours) I recommend that you to take time to listen to Jeremy Deller on 6 music talking knowledgeably about the relationships between art and music - listen on or near a computer so you can follow up all the links from the thoughtful and intelligent talk as you go along  - (maybe leave 4 hours)!

Friday, 28 August 2015


I'm sure that enjoying Danger 5 is incredibly dubious but it really is quite wonderfully bizarre - check out the clips on YouTube or binge on Netflix for a truly knowing experience and finally the deeply disturbing and superbly paranoid mr robot is a must for all conspiracy theorists.  
meanwhile working on sound for the videos - picking up on some previous work - sound enables rethinking the visuals - bringing a mechanical 'something' to the work that I feel will be part of possible futures - some links to videos with the sound attached.....

Thursday, 27 August 2015


working on a number of films for the nano project - some short tests exploring shadows, layers and reflections that are created by letting the wind move the lazer cut fabric in what sun we have had. 
meanwhile the good weather (!) has meant a rash of film watching - the Falling - an otherworldly tale but unsure about the acting. Avengers Age of Ultron - Robert Downey has all the best lines and you have to wait for the extraordinary balletic slow motion defence of the 'key' sequence but leave your brains at the door. Slow West - a beautifully sad story, the stillness is mesmerising as is Fassbender.   

Thursday, 20 August 2015


spent the day wading through 5 lectures from MIT on Godel Escher and Bach at part of the nano project so needed some light surfing - whilst checking out some interesting new links came across new jewelry by Sarah Angold - just great colour and form - they'll be on a list - her website has some great product -

Wednesday, 19 August 2015


working on a series of new moving images - the nano project is turning into a film project at the moment - both from the creation of gifs in Photoshop and also animation through sketch-up.

Monday, 17 August 2015


Staying in a house in S France for 7 days in Esparron-de-Varon - I managed to walk the 10 feet from kitchen to garden view overlooking the lake to read - there was an overall sense of connection between and within the books - we are all lost in some way but decisions can bring understanding. Some recommendations - the Goldfinch : Donna Tart, truly truly beautiful words - your fathers where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever : Dave Eggers, exploring the deceit surrounding unfulfillment - the Children Act : Ian McEwan, exploring the weight of decisions - Cloud Atlas : David Mitchell, exploring the dazzlingly interconnection of individuals - How to be both : Ali smith, wonderfully crafted words bestowing the opportunity to see alternative  worlds - Us : David Nicholls, I have never laughed uncontrollably and then cried uncontrollably so much whilst reading in my life. Stopped in Paris on the way down to see work at Palais du Tokoyo - it's an exciting playful space, always challenging. There's always a mixture of shows but a video piece by Tianzcho Chen was the most extraordinary work I have seen this year. On the way back from Esparron I stopped in Paris and went to the Pompeii Centre to see the extensive show of Mona Hatoum's work, taken by her use of textiles, especially the Palestinian windows women's embroidery project, but the earnest integrity of the early performance pieces especially the raw walk through the Brixton of 1986 stays with you. Spent several days in France travelling great distances on clean trains that were on time only to find myself at Liverpool St Station to find delays and cancellations......nothing changes.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015


more moving surfaces for the nano project - thinking about movement and scale - also some more 'draft ideas' around art science differences - all up for discussion - babies don't do science - can one just start doing science without knowledge? art starts with the individual - science informed by lots of othersbusiness and commerce pushes from the end - companies and galleries support what the work becomes and where it goes - this then starts to define what is researched or made and eventually defines the research. the idea of truth - looking for answers - that there is an answer or answers out there - making art as a way of making sense of the world - people use science to do - to eventually enable them to do things - the idea of skill and craft - knowledge of how to do things, making - the craft skills of art and science have parallels - separate from the idea of thinking - this enables them to make although art can exist without this can science? -  there is a wider audience for the outcomes of what can be made from science but do scientists have an audience other than themselves when making? - to enable them to think and deduct? - language - art is concerned with creating an individual, personal language  - does science have the opportunity for a personal language - or is it all a universal language? is all the science within a particular field the same? art starts with knowledge which informs thinking and looking which leads to making - science starts with the knowledge of many which informs thinking which leads to making which creates knowledge to be used in some way

Monday, 3 August 2015


a recent trip to Coventry threw up some interesting moments - among them standing where I once saw the Specials in what was Tiffanys - a night club but it's now the Library and the market seemed smaller.

Sunday, 2 August 2015


initial moving images from the Nano project - some of the films created within the Google sketchbook software and others developed by a more circuitous route via screen shots, Photoshop into gifs