Thursday, 20 June 2019

itsthattimeoftheyear


well the second exhibition I have been part of this season is finished - the Textile Design BA show at NUA looks good - some great bold images and detailed material manipulation - it opens on Monday night, although I will be at New Designers putting up the third show. Meanwhile plans for the forth, the Book Art MA at Camberwell are underway. We start building next Tuesday. This time of year is full of possibilities.
Having a week in a hotel in Barnsley meant that I caught up with all the latest Netflix offerings - Always be my Maybe - surprise, it all come right in the end............ Murder Mystery - fun, of a kind............

Sunday, 16 June 2019

itsbeenalongweek


well - its been a full week in Barnsley - hanging the third year show and assessing all three years of the MA for the Open College of the Arts. It's always a full on experience but highly enjoyable with tight deadlines. Meeting people whose lives you have been linked with for 3 years for the first time in the flesh is a wondrously odd experience - it is one of the joys of the job, connecting with the familiar. 4 mini collections of images - hanging, close ups, the work and the private view. looking forward to East Anglia after the dress code and the delicacies on offer in the market - what and whose pets have they chopped up?

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

theaterchangesyou


a weekend of theater - Pulse in Ipswich was full of possibilities - it is such a life affirming experience to watch young people getting on with it. For me the stage is a space where human vulnerability is turned upside down. https://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/pulse-festival/  For years I preferred cinema where I didn't have to worry about people in front of me but through attending festivals like Pulse (where I saw 24 shows in 2 days) I have come to realise that the human exchange is the point - the fear of failure or more like the sharing of humanity is all part of the experience. It is still on and I recommend trusting the organisers China Plate and Wolsey Theater in Ipswich https://www.chinaplatetheatre.com/projects and dropping in to see something that will change you https://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/
Whitecube in Bermondsey has Sarah Morris paintings but the film Finite and Infinite Games (2017), was the highlight for me - so much so I will be returning. Titled after novel by James P. Carse, the film was shot in Herzog & de Meuron’s extraordinary Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg. Polymath Alexander Kluge is in it and is somebody I have to find out more about.
Teaching wise I am in the glorious storm of assessing, hanging, exhibitions, lists and general problem solving. It's a great time to be alive - I love this time of year, of decision making and possibilities for the future.

Monday, 27 May 2019

newspacesandnewwork


In between the busy time of assessing and creating exhibitions as part of my teaching duties I've been working on the second iteration of knowwhere, the miniature space within the studio. This is a series of works based on the structures that support works within museums. Meanwhile some exhibitions - Mike Nelson's poignant display at Tate Britain  https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/mike-nelson  Joanna Piotrowska's extraordinary photographs at Tate Britian https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/joanna-piotrowska Kate Coopers formidable videos at the Hayward https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/blog/interview-artist-kate-cooper Us https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6857112/ was truly disturbing, a dark tale of slavery and oppression in a capitalist world. Catch 22 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5056196/was another study of capitalism, another form of control. Less than a week to go to Pulse at The Wolsey in Ipswich - so much theatre in two days - scratch day and suitcase day are upon us  https://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/brochures/pulse-festival-2019/ suitcase day is such a great idea - having to bring all props for the show on public transport in a suitcase.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

calmingfrenchnessandsomemore





My paper/presentation at turn the page symposium  https://www.turnthepage.org.uk/  seemed to go well - it was a little rambling as I attempted to cram 27 years of thinking about book art and bookness into 40 minutes. It was great to be surrounded by like minded people and listen to inspiring presentations - Maria White speaking about the idea of collecting was absorbing and Kate Farley's thoughts about reading patterns has got me thinking!
I recently went to the extraordinary Chateau la Coste https://chateau-la-coste.com/en/walk/ a space of splendid calm where art wine and architecture are surrounded by ancient Provence landscape. The work of Tadao Ando is particularly special. After staying at imprints http://imprints-galerie.com/ in Crest  where the market is so wonderfully French - if you boiled down all of Frenchness you would get this place A quick trip to Marseilles is always a bonus and in the railway sidings I noticed this building.
It's that time of year when several festivals are in full swing - at Aldeburgh Festival I saw Bastard Assignments https://bastardassignments.com/  who make experimental sound performative work - Neo Hulcker's piece crackles was excellent. At Norfolk and Norwich Festival Shon Dale-Jones of http://www.hoipolloi.org.uk/  has been performing a trilogy which demonstrates his wondrous storytelling skills. I'm looking forward to Pulse at the Wolsey in a couple of weeks https://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/pulse-festival/  Meanwhile it's also that time when assessments are about to kick in - so far a day of reading reflective thinking and professional practice thoughts has been informative.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

turnthepagetalkingandsomethinking

the nicest comment so far has been that my rambling pluralistic presentation contained nothing controversial but was inclusive and allowed people to realize that its okay - relax - play. this is a link to the presentation given at the Turn The Page Symposium in Norwich @ttpABF - https://www.slideshare.net/l.bicknell/ttp-2019-les-b-with-links

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

knowwherestartshere


I have a created a new space called knowwhere - it will be a place to show large scale work within a small space. the first show is of pieces that came out of a making day for the Open College of the Arts - OCA. Meanwhile I'm working on the talk for Turn the Page - its developing into 3 stages - 1 bookness explored, 2 the practice created as a result working within the concept, 3 specific deep dives using recent activity - Book as hand tool for thinking maker – object – audience, space of a book - the influence a book inhabits and rethinking the idea - the books influence. The images are sorted I just have to work out what words go with this.
meanwhile I have to recommend a couple of books - 4321 a stunning book by Paul Auster https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/27/4321-by-paul-auster-review it is a mind swivelling trip of possibilities that might just make you rethink your life - everything will be. Middle England by Jonathan Coe https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/25/middle-england-jonathan-coe-review  is a dark comedy commentating on our time. I sat through all 10 episodes of Homecoming https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7008682/?ref_=rvi_tt  in two sittings in a kind of moreish exercise where you are unable to stop watching. The show has some excellent acting in between the rather odd (in a good way) cinematography. Lunatics by Chris Lilley goes up to a mythical line of acceptable taste and sort of rubs it out - but again in an interesting way. The Orville by Seth MacFarlane is a great comedy nod to Star Trek - worth a watch but it doesn't stress the brain cells too much but again this may be a good thing. Serenity has had a tough ride with the critics, yes its wooden, yes the twist is signposted a mile away, yes everybody is a 2D trope but I really enjoyed the beautiful sadness. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6476140/?ref_=rvi_tt

Saturday, 4 May 2019

teachingroundupandfolding


Planning towards the final show for OCA is well underway - the exhibition will be an eclectic affair which is what you would expect from an exhibition of international students from all over the world.  checkout the work at https://www.instagram.com/duodecimalart/  Year 3 at NUA is culminating in a few weeks - as ever it's that time in the education cycle where we have a graded engagement with the final process. The range is from people who have planned and are working through their lists through to those looking for a time machine to try and solve their issues. Camberwell starts again in a couple of weeks, it will be interesting to see what the students have been working on over the Easter 10 weeks of non teaching.  Meanwhile the work for the exhibition in Wyoming has been sent off. I am particularly excited by the editioning process and final outcome of one of the handheld pieces that started life with nanotech in Cambridge.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Monday, 15 April 2019

seeingstuff


A truly lovely wedding in London (you know who you are) was a great excuse to see some exhibitions - 180 The Strand has an awesome VR piece by Gormley and Natarajan. One of the most comprehensive, all-encompassing experiences I’ve ever had - bouncing on the moon was a highlight, the effect of the equipment totally controlling my movement was dizzyingly wonderful. http://www.thestores.com/london Norah Keil at the ICA was a little underwhelming, although the audio guide was a good idea. Soft Opening, a window space at Piccadilly underground station had some nice fans by Jonathan Small. Alison Jacques had a beautiful visual conversation between Donald Judd and John Wesley. The stylish fashion photography at Somerset House by Moon and Ng was intriguing. The Serpentine had Hito Steyerl’s stunningly technological florals and Emma Kunz’s mesmerising geometric doodles - both beautiful but strangely unimportant, there was just so much of it. I recommend the truly excessively layered work of Christian Marclay at White Cube, Masons Yard. https://whitecube.com/exhibitions/exhibition/christian_marclay_masons_yard_2019 Haegue Yang at South London Gallery has some work with blinds last see in Venice in 2009. Franz West at Tate Modern was a mixed bag. As is often the case of these huge retrospectives of men there are many uncomfortable pieces - unsure if different times is an acceptable excuse.  
Got to see the Bloomberg space to check out the Roman Temple of Mithras recreation. If you consider the whole thing as an elaborate art trick rather than a rather misguided over-sold archaeological one it makes the whole experience so much more interesting. 
Fleabag was a gem,  Destroyer https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7137380/?ref_=rvi_tt is so beautiful but pay attention the screenplay has a beautiful twist if you can get past the general intentional grime of the films tone. Escape Room was a rush of WTF moments but inevitably the ending was fairly signposted.

Friday, 5 April 2019

lookingforwardandorganising


today is a busy day of organising - work for a show in Wyoming, fabric for new shirts to be made and materials for tomorrows making day at OCA - a kind of observed together yet apart day of art studio practice - wonderfully engaging. I have been buying 'interesting' fabric and getting shirts made - some examples. Beginning to get excited about a few events coming up - in the short term tonight its Russell Maliphant's Silent Lines at the Dance House in Ipswich. Later - its Latitude which has become a little main stream so it's only its location - literally 8 miles from my house which makes it almost rude not to go...wandering into Underworld outside late at night has got to be okay. On the longest day there is First light in Lowestoft a FREE 24hr non-stop, beach festival https://firstlightlowestoft.com Its the year of Venice Biennale which is always awesome - the title May you live in interesting times feels like a threat! the excitement is bursting, especially as Jimmie Durham has been awarded the Golden Lion - his smashing objects video is hilariously disturbingly sad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SOj9vumZOY I can almost taste the Aperol Spritz and feel the warmth of the sun after a long day of 'art looking'. In terms of screens the Beautiful yet chaotic Marwen is worth a watch https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3289724/ The new series remake of Hannah seems unnecessary. Glass was a little disjointed to keep up and in the end I ceased to care but Samuel Jackson wears a great suit!
Got to go to the new Escape Room in Saxmundham, Suffolk - surrounded by wondrous airstream land yachts that you can stay in https://www.suffolkescaperoom.co.uk/  based on a WW2 theme - my first time in one - it was interesting/intriguing with clues everywhere - we got out but maybe a little bit of luck helped.

Friday, 29 March 2019

theendandthebeginning


life at University continues its unforgiving march of time. We are in the time of universal fear where students realise that this life will end and the reality of life outside education will start. How will they manage? Will seminars about self employment, how to pay tax, training around interview techniques and the building of portfolios ever be enough? But I feel at least we are trying.
OCA teaching goes from strength to strength, the latest project - Testing Your Boundaries is a wonderful space of experimentation. It takes on the form of a kind of contractual permission where students who have waited to do something find release and create incredible work in such a short space of time. It is a pivotal moment, they use it as a springboard, the ripples of which can be felt throughout the rest of their time at OCA. It is genuinely exciting to be in the presentations.
The OA turned out to be a twisted mind meltdown which wasn't helped by the conflation in my own brain between time travel and multi dimensional existence......now we are all in the OA.
Destroyer https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7137380/?ref_=nv_sr_1 was difficult as the main character, played by an unrecognisable Nicole Kidman is was relentlessly unhappy - the clever twist in the time line is quite revelatory.
The Synthetic anatomy table displays at Kings were wonderful. The culmination of the project is always tricky - the challenge is to show both the process of working together - the journey of the project and also to demonstrate the actual concepts of the project the group is working with. It was great to work with the inspirational Shelly James and Celia Pym assessing and running a feedback session for the students, focusing on the clarity of presentation and communication. It's interesting to think that it all started with the Crafts Council Parallel Practices initiative. As ever the lab we were working in had a disturbing/interesting object - I so don't want to have to use the shower or be in the room when it is used.
went out to see a couple of shows - Spruth Magers - http://spruethmagers.com/exhibitions/492 has a stunning show by Reinhard Mucha - the work is a series of found/constructed beautifully constructed narrative vitrines.It also has a great floor.  Hauser and Wirth has a couple of exhibitions that are a little yes-i-get-it-but-there-is-nothing- really-to-hold-me-here. GAO has a fun VR set up but the smell of balloons and the pink light made me a little heady!

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

rocksgotoffandon


an interesting workshop this past week included bonding materials with year 1 at NUA where we managed to work with various plastics, rubbers and sublimation printing to create new materials.
It was good to go North for 36 hours to run book art surgeries in Leeds at The Tetley as part of Pages. Managed to cram in going to Laynes for tasty vegan breakfast in a beautiful design setting, Bundoburst for Indian street food bursting with taste and atmosphere, craft beer at Outlaws Yacht club and extraordinary cocktails at a place I can't remember...... a quick trip out to Ilkley before getting back saw a brisk wander around the moors which was a very different landscape experience to my big sky flat East Anglia experience. I spent most of the journey organising my talk for Turn the Page bookart conference in Norwich, still lots of culling otherwise it would be a 5 hour marathon. https://www.turnthepage.org.uk/ 
Meanwhile watching Idris Elba DJ in Turn Up Charlie.... it did its thing, the episode at Latitude was fun, spotting the familiar areas, started on what is a total mind scramble, the second season of OA. At the moment in wtf territory with seemingly random, visually glorious acts happening without the support of a narrative. films Mule, too many dubious moments to let its strengths fly and Mary Queen of Scots looked great, the hair alone was worth watching it for. new podcast business wars has an interesting take - so far Marvel v DC comics was fun with a few moments of insightful gossip..

Monday, 18 March 2019

creativerangeanddisplay


some images from the shop at Japan House - it's so full of ideas. Meanwhile I have a piece of work in The PAGES exhibition  - it has started its short tour of three Yorkshire venues - ROAR http://rotherhamroar.com The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley www.cooper-gallery.com Doncaster Art Gallery & Museum www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/culture-leisure-tourism/doncaster-museum-and-art-gallery Interchange at NUA was a creative space without answers or direction - this was a challenge for some individuals but there was some  interesting learning. MA Book Art students have been displaying their altered books in a small exhibition in the library at Camberwell. I'm looking forward to a bonding session (in the technical not psychological sense) with year 1 at NUA - I have been working on the planning for this for a while and hope to demonstrate some of the technical lessons learnt whilst working at the Maxwell Centre Nanotech in Cambridge, the wonders of the heat press. Friday sees me in Leeds at The Tetley as a kind of book consultant attempting to support people exploring the book https://www.thetetley.org/whats-on/artists-book-advice-surgeries-at-the-tetley In terms of screens Stan & Ollie was a sweet and tender experience, Mary Poppins returns reminded me why I didn't enjoy the first one, all those jolly working people getting by and slightly too knowing children all within an Edwardian tweeness. After Life the latest Ricky Gervais work is worth watching if only for the wonderfully true to life use of swearing, but it also has something to say about grief.


Sunday, 10 March 2019

borofoldsandtime


my work is going to be in a couple of exhibitions so making and thinking and packing work - Constellation: Inspiration and the Artist Book in Laramie County Library their annual invitational book arts exhibition in Cheyenne, USA. Work will be part of a touring exhibition coming out of the great team in Leeds who bring us PAGES Meanwhile - A week full of teaching - Mid Point Reviews, preparations for embedded book seminars, group crits, individual tutorials and a presentation around fantasy portfolio's. A day at Middlesex University working on the Craft Design Course was fun - teaching (engaging with students) without the usual bureaucracy I engage with. Undertaking the preparation for the day and working with the numerous paper structures gave time for reflection on the work I have been doing myself in this field over the past 4 years. I also managed to pull together some interesting ideas that I have been introduced to as part of the work at Kings with anatomy scientists around splitting and joining mobius loops and chirality. It was my birthday this week and presents included a really beautiful piece of Boro fabric from a farmers coat that has just the feeling of age within it - quite mesmerising with each stitch and piece of cloth having its own story embedded within it.  Went to see Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall in London https://www.witnesscountyhall.com/ a fun jaunt into theatre - essentially a courtroom drama but in a splendid room - the old GLC Council Chamber. In terms of screens - I gave up on workin mums - just too painful in so many ways, This Time with Alan Partridge is savagely observant,  Instant Family was  more than a screwball 'person out of place' genre but it had moments of thoughtful commentary around issues of adoption. Isn't it Romantic https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2452244/  is a splendid cliché of genres with some laugh out loud moments. I was meeting people at the Barbican (excellent Negroni's at the Martini Bar) so popped into the Curve Gallery but  I needed more time to see the fascinating work of Daria Martin so I shall be back. Just looking around for newish sounds and came across Cillian Murphy's Music Mixtape - not really new but gloriously eclectic - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00039mn and This American life podcast threw up Ozzy Osborne's version of working class hero - which might just be better than the original - sacrilege. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTF6n-JxQ9g 


Monday, 4 March 2019

texttilestilestext


4 days in Porto and back in the UK travelling for the last time as an EU citizen - what to say. Porto is a tough city to move around - with much to navigate between steep hills and seemingly random acts of traffic in between dodging trams. Got to see some interesting art and spaces - sometimes in the same place. Must sees are Serralves Museude Arte Contemporanea where there was a challenging show by Joana Vasconcelos, great work exploring gender, the role of the object and all done in a dark humour. The piece titled Birka used the language and cultural connections embedded and rooted within textiles to communicate a rich and powerful message - often the idea that textiles does this is lost on people who think textile design is about cushions, that is if they think at all. 
Hung in the pink Casa Villa there was an obscure show of Miro’s work specifically focusing on work where he attempted to destroy the notion of art- lots of burning, hacking, cutting and painting out areas in black. The Museu da Misericordia do Porto is a finely tuned museum telling the story of the space through a small number of stunning objects and should be on a list. The Clerigos Tower has tremendous views. Possibly the oddest space is under Igreja de Sao Francisco where all the Franciscan community were buried. In the main the churches were the high points, obviously the cathedral but smaller spaces hold exquisite riches. 
And then there are the tiles - they are everywhere covering exteriors of buildings and interiors of churches - their state indicates the state of Porto itself - a bit run down and lost but also rebuilding and renovation around every corner, developments of modern contemporary buildings next to deserted and abandoned ruins. 

Saturday, 16 February 2019

watervsemtex


the weeks travel has been all about the really poor train service, missed connections, random cancellations, waiting and standing in overcrowded, cold, expensive trains (thank you GreaterAnglia).
In terms of teaching it's been a series of moments of real positivity, of changing and expanding minds in many ways along a spectrum. From the ongoing developmental opportunity afforded  by working with young people in the long-term to the explosive OMG moment when invited in to 'cause havoc' (old skool) - it covers a array of emotions from the idea of feeling you are watching water wear away a stone over a million years to the extensive use of Semtex! both have their value but one is so much more fun!
meanwhile I Spent 25 minutes in the Whitchapel Gallery to see This is Tomorrow - but it costs £12.50 each so for two people - £25:00 - we spent a pound a minute in the space ......uuummmmh....... the show was mixed but with a couple of nice collaborations between Artists and Architects but  - £25:00. meanwhile I popped over to Cambridge to the Private View of the Exhibition: Ground Zero Earth. There was a panel discussion dedicated to the study and mitigation of existential risk (not Sartre but our actual demise as a species) which covered a huge range of topics including the merits of Ai, machine learning, the role of art in time travel, the hierarchy within technologies, health and the future, sentient plants, dystopian utopias. The show is spread over 3 floors on the Alison Richard Building and worth dropping in if you are in Cambridge (as is walking into the Zoological Museum to see some incredible examples from the world of animals, weird stuff, but then isn't everything when displayed in a museum, for 30 mins). The themes in the show and discussion tied in with a recent podcast from New Models it was looking at the aesthetics of 4 Chan and ideas of authenticity in current  Design and Social media within a capitalism structure, recommended (Episode 7). films and screen activity this week have been mixed pod save America and Stephen Colbert on The Late Show continue to be a thorns, pointing out the obvious in the steady stream of madness. Backtrace - oh dear,  the Girl in the spiders web - more of the same from Stig, Ken Jeong on Hotones was an odd star, StarTreck Discovery continues to be intriguing with stunning visuals and just started season 3 of True Detective which is as gloriously dark as ever.

Monday, 11 February 2019

burningpipesandotherstuff


Another weekend of chain-sawing and burning (outdoor housework) but I also managed to check out a couple of work in progress at Snape Maltings in Suffolk - on Saturday Indus was a piece in development by an interesting group including singers, a composer, writer, dance and movement. In my mind it threw up lots  of thinking around the idea of interpretation and a voice in terms of audio description. The second work I saw on Sunday was a kind of mash up - as if the Cantina band from Star Wars was from a folk background. A brass folk band mixed with musical theatre. I love going to see stuff at Snape, especially in the Hoffman building when the exposed pipe work is a dream. Meanwhile James Cousins Company at Dance House in Ipswich was awesome. It was all about balance and completeness, examining  wholeness. Structure v content, the connections we make how we and learning from it. Green book is a moving tale but mainly its stature is held up by the stunning performances from the lead actors https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6966692/

Friday, 8 February 2019

alongweekwithsomethingstosee


if you like your films full of bad people getting what they deserve - the equalizer is for you https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3766354/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1 if you like your films confusing and fragmented involving ideas such as good and bad not being so obvious Happy End is for you https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5304464/ The Sisters Brothers is a thoughtful jaunt - violently brutal but I struggled with the fact that its categorised as a comedy https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4971344/ Widows is a masterful piece of cinema - from the sublime camera work to the clever scrip and the stunning acting - it's a commentary on black lives matter, poverty, Me Too, class without been even mentioning it - all within a tight caper movie https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4218572/ Can you ever forgive me  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4595882/ was a gloriously debauched episode, I loved Richard E Grant louche portrayal so much that I had to go watch Withnail and I clips on Youtube.
the concepts informing Russian Doll on Netflix promise lots but 6 episodes in and it's still a gentle series with limited twists and turns with inadequate laughs but - I shall persist.
some recent exhibitions - Rags Media Collective at Frith Street has a sound and video piece within a padded structured room which has peep holes and built in seating to hear the sound pieces.  https://www.frithstreetgallery.com/exhibitions/raqs-media-collective  at Gasworks Libita Clayton has created a womb like gravel sound space, entering it is fun. https://www.gasworks.org.uk/ The Prototyping exhibition at Japan House is interesting with some great biomorphic design, although the expensively exquisite shop is beautiful and having visited the excellent  the 3D printing company, Digits 2 Widgets https://www.digits2widgets.com/  I felt that I has already seen a lot of this type of work https://www.japanhouselondon.uk/whats-on/prototyping-in-tokyo-illustrating-design-led-innovation/ Gagosian has some glorious drawings from Walter de Maria, he of the earth room in New York, but here the ideas rather than the things are to the fore. Downstairs at BlaineSouthern there's a group show of abstract work and on the ground floor the giant jenga blocks and heavily textured paintings by Bosco Sodi https://www.blainsouthern.com/exhibitions/bosco-sodi-heavens-and-the-earth
A week full of teaching - Camberwell has been all about defining finishedness - a gloriously futile task but along the way some fascinating conversations (which is obviously the point). With OCA we are testing boundaries - a brief that always delivers exciting  journeys for the students - this year has some challenging proposals, especially for students navigating the cultural politics of the Middle East. At NUA we are starting the Final Projects and the yearly fear comes hand in hand with the realisation that they get to leave very soon. If only there was a time machine. For myself it's been all about organising behind the scenes - started to plan the paper for Turn the Page, organise the ideas and gather materials for a number of workshops including synthetic anatomy and visiting artist at Middlesex. Images courtesy of going through books at a friend's house.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

timewritingtime

Thought it was time to update the list. all the titles of the dissertations submitted to the MA in Book Arts at Camberwell College of the Arts from the beginning of the course to now. This is the penultimate year that students will hand into the course before it folds. I have a weird relationship around responsibility to this large pile of paper - what is its value? To burn it or to spend time archiving....for what? It is the only intact set in existence but so what? Anyway.... Its interesting to note the interests of the students evolve over time, some of the content is so wonderfully specifically focused while some gloriously general but all born of thoughtful conversations, some still etched in my mind. I also note some the writing structures they adopt to cope with the task, that of comparison. Maybe the list is an artwork in itself?

Titles
1996
PERSONAL STATEMENT 
Notes and Fragments: The documentation of the development of an idea
Books: Public or Private objects?
WRITTEN STATEMENT
written statement
INTERVIEWED IN THE BOOK ART STUDIO
WRITTEN STATEMENT
STATEMENT
Written Statement
A METAMORPHOSIS AN ADVENTURE INTO BOOKARTS
1997
FRAGMENTS – PROCESS – SENSORY IMPRESSIONS
- JOURNEY WITH UNPREDICTABLE END -
An Unprecedented Event
Language as Art, Typography as Language
On Medieval Manuscripts
ABOUT BOOK ARTS
SEQUENTIAL ART or (The invention that is Art)
MA BOOK ARTS
A Projection. A theory
Book arts, Architecture, Space, Place, Paper and me
Mid-century Disjunction: the Fate of Early Modern Typography and the Evolution of Artists’ Books As Traced In the Work of Johanna Drucker
books as visual form for communication
1998
Memories of my food in the 1970’s, 1980’s
ESSAY: ART AND ECOLOGY
Low Culture, High Art
DOCUMENTING THE CITY
Time
Not At Home: in search of green ornaments – a collected narrative
Halfway to Inevitability
The Booked Block
1999
Judging A Book by it’s Cover: Questions of Legitimisation, Aesthetics, and Audience. A Catalogue Essay.
MA Book Arts
ROCK & ROLL an archive
- Found Words – The use of found words and objects in Book Art
Trivial Tales About Nothing At All
STRUCTURE
GIVER OF LIFE about rituals and metaphors, about domestic and the feminine in life and art.
Aspects of Exhibitions and Collections
UNDERGROUND
Thinking about reading
The narrative of London
2000
Silent Books
Towards Process as the work and Reading as the practice
Natural Mystic & Book
Personal Experience and the Book Outcome
IF YOU WOULD LIVE HERE YOU WOULD BE HOME NOW
(Space is everywhere open…We are in this place)
NARRATIVE AND CONCRETE SYSTEMS IN BOOK ARTS; through the book structure and content
The book: a psychosocial metaphor
SQUASHED FROG
CULTURE JAMMING; Its relation To My Work As A Book Artist
War, Art, and the artist as the recorder of History.
Are the contemporary pop-up books really that much better than the Victorian ones?
MA Dissertation Book Arts 2000
THE TRIAL AND CHANGE AS AN ARTISTIC FORM OF BOOK
2001
Approaches To Depicting Space
Books as Objects
A comment on repeat through artists books and multiples, form and process.
Time and the Artist
INTRODUCTION TO DOMESTIC PHILOSOPHY ABOUT ART, AUDIENCE AND THERAPY
on coming to book arts
Knock! Knock! Bang! Bang!
Public Space: Room for Authority or Art?
The influence of psychological theories on changes in representations of childhood in art since the Romantic era
‘Focusing on Studio Practice’
Alice in Wonderland
Opening the Text: The Book as a Hypertextual Object
An investigation into the Context of My Studio Practice
Evaluating House and Home
The True Nature of Conservation: Are Conservation Ethics Commensurate with Contemporary Art Practice?
2002
An Investigation into the “Disappearance of the Book”
The gap
The efficacy of the diary format in artists’ book.
Between Author and Reader exploring the notion of the writerly and readerly within the work of Susan King and Lygia Clark
Savouring the recipe book
The library of unpublished books: From fiction to reality
Visceral Passage: Reading the Book as Body
In/Outside Space: The shifting boundary between private and public…how it structures our homes
Un Coup de Des: Musique Meditation on a Musigram
Book as Box : Box as Book
ELUSIVE/ALLUSIVE: Book Arts and the Undermining of ‘Truth’ and ‘Reality’
A comparison of, and investigation into, Michael Landy’s break Down (2001) and Susan Hiller’s After the Freud Museum (1995), with reference to the role of research within artistic practice as compared to academic models.
2003
The Precious and the Processed: What are the implications for the status of the art object and the integrity of the artistic vision within the medium of artist publishing?
Man, Earth and Presence: Self-awareness in Floor-like Piece of Work
The System of (Book) Art
Description of Life a Users Manual
The Visible Word Concrete Poetry and Book Arts
Art, Therapy and the Artist’s Book: Inspiration from Eva Hesse and Lygia Clark
2004
How could language shape the future?
The Narratives of the Cabinet of Curiosities in 16th & 17th century Europe and Contemporary Book Artist Practice
To receive or not to receive: choice, the gift, and art.
The Surveillance of Everyday Life: Appropriating City Space/Book Space
The book as a space within contemporary curating
CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
Cultural shift in relationship to the significance of objects, as seen in British collections from the sixteenth century to the present day, with particular reference to the Enlightenment Exhibition at the British Museum, the Soane Museum and the Saatchi Collection.
The Visual Power of Language Language Play/Word Play
The Erotic and the Innocent: The role of the child/adolescent as seen through the role of Hans Bellmer and Dorothea Tanning
What is the role of a visual style and media in the development of the content of a visual book?
Magic Lantern
How the Viennese painter Gustav Klimt appropriated motifs from the Archaic Greek Art period in his paintings and in what way this engagement might have affected his formation as a mature artist in his career?
RELATING TO DISEASE: The Narrative Origins of Medical Artists’ Books
How do the books of Susan Hiller and Joseph Cornell differ in their presentation and revelation of an inner, emotional journey?
In relation to my own explorations of an empty three dimensional book space, how effectively have Rachel Whiteread and Johnathan Callan articulated negative space and to what extent in terms of the book?
This is me, this is you: Ubiquity of self
How do Joseph Cornell and the collaborative artists cris cheek and Kirsten Lavers (T.N.W.K.) use systems of objects to give a sense of implied narrative?
2005
An artists’ search for sense of self, time and place, reflected back through the Mother’s Gaze
Memory as a vehicle for self-exploration, or a gateway for others?
Revisiting the Sublime Through Mariele Neudecker and Alison Wilding
Exploration of inner and outer spaces in book: Through analyzing works of Richard Long and artist books of Telfer Stroke and Helen Douglas and Michael Snow’s, Cover to cover and Real Fiction, I will examine the ways of depicting spaces within book structure and spaces in nature.
When Craft Is Applied Into Book Art
Through the exhibition Body Worlds I will examine the relationship between art and science and the issue of consent in display of the human body within didactic institutions
Is the Use of Photography in Documentation of Ephemeral Art Inherently Contradictory?
What Role Does Freedom play in the work of Joseph Beuys?
Read me, Seymour! Considering Book Art worthy of analysis as ‘text’.
The influence of the “Duesseldorfer Schule” of Bernd and Hilla Becher ass seen in the works of their former students Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff and Andreas Gursky.
Art imitating life, Life imitating art
The presence of mental anxiety in the artwork of the displaced
Portraying the Stories: Paula Rego and Illya Kabakov’s visual-storytelling practices in art context
THE ART OF NOTATION: THE MUSIC DRAWINGS OF TOM PHILLIPS
2006
Extended Artist’s Statement: Shaping the Gathered Parts
ON COLLAGE
THE WAY OF TELLING A FAMILY AS A ROUTE FOR SEEKING AN IDENTITY
Visual Approaches of Reading sound and Listening image
Visual Sequences : speeds of reading
The Embodied experience of space: Michael Snow’s Cover to cover
The Container of Fixed Truths
Words of Comfort The Book As A Fashion Item
Alter-ed books. Alter-ed narrative? Two Famous Artists compared and an Emerged One takes her position.
The Journey in Book Arts
This paper is an examination of my own practise, compared and contrasted to “The Sleepers” by Sophie Calle and Martin Newth’s “8 Hours” I intend to explore the ideas of voyeurism in my work and where my practice stands in relation to book arts.
2007
FUTURISTS The roots of the controversies
Where the Art Lies
Feeling the book: The book in the digital era
The promotion of the moral and social development of the child through fairy tales
A Study on presenting the words on paper structure
The assumption of casualness and the discovery of intensity
Absence/Presence
MUSICAL SYNAESTHESIA
How Have Ideas Of Fiction, Theatre and Literature Influenced Ilya Kabakov’s Installations; ’10 Characters’, and ‘The Artist’s Despair, of the Conspiracy Of The Untalented’? How Do These Ideas Relate To His Thoughts On ‘TotalInstallation’ and What Effect Do His Concepts and Techniques Have On My Own Artistic Practice?
Deconstruction/Construction
HOME
2008
Touching as reading – When does touch make a reader become the content of a book?-
The book as a Document – Personal Statement and the audience Exploring the notion of documenting in Artists’ books and locating their audience by portraying and critically analyzing ‘Autobiography’ and ‘Break Down Inventory’, works by Sol Lewitt and Michael Landy respectively.
History and foresight of public libraries in UK
Shaping issues of personal verus global feminist issues through evocative memories within the context of book arts and particularly in consideration of book structure.
Existence of Book and Book Art
Semiotic Guerrilla War
Hunting Rabbit
What is the difference between a book and an artist’s book? What I pay special regards in creating my project?
Migration
The Aspects of Narration-Narrative relationships with the object.
Through comparing and contrasting three artists’ books: String Book, Mirror Book and Killing Book; this essay examins the physical structure and materiality of books in order to articulate a non-verbal sensational language, which is highly concerned in my book art practice.
2009
Does Unconventionality aid or constrict book art, or any form of artwork?
SEEKING FOR FREEDOM – THE INSTALLATION ARTS OF ESCAPING FROM THE SURFACE
The transitions of daily life in living spaces andpublic spaces.
A comparative evaluation and analysis on the works of Sophie Calle, Paul Auster and Michel DeCerteau in the context of the pedestrian self belonging to the urban life journey.
How everyday objects infused with personal/sentimental value are translated into artworks of public significance.
Future tense: Steampunk in Contemporary Art and Artists’ Books.
GREEN WORDS
Using Heidegger’s ideas on the nature of time and relating them to Keith Smith’s book 91, this paper will investigate book as a form of living art/live experience.
What would be the aim as an art practitioner by giving value to the collection of the disposal, the clutter, or the remnants of the ordinary, within the context of the scarce and the abundant in both Ilya Kabakov’s work The Boat of My Life and Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules.
MULTISENSORY INTEGRATION IN INTERACTIVE MEDIA ART: PRACTICE AND EXPLORATIONS WITH INTERACTIVE MEDIA ARTWORK FOUR SELECTED ARTISTS
By using both visual and haptic methods I intend to investigate ‘Cover to Cover’ by Michael Snow and ‘In Between’ by Kate Farley. This paper will compare and look critically at the ways these artists create visual spatial experiences in their work.
HOUSE AS ART Monuments for memory – Vessels for living.
2010
Chance as an agent in art
To what extent does Marinetti resolve the apparent paradox in his work of achieving a spatial and temporal extension which allowed simultaneous communication and sensation?
Investigating connections between the objective and subjective systems of classifying found material, I will be comparing Mark Dion’s ‘Tate Thames Dig’ with Joseph Cornell’s ‘Planet Sex’ Tete Etoilee, Giuditta Pasta (dedicace), in order to establish how the ephemeral can become precious.
IN THE LIGHT, ONE IS AWAKE
Does a comparison of Walking and Sleeping by Richard Long and Seven Walks London 2004-5 by Francis Alys reveal the differences between urban and rural walking or merely the difference or similarities between two artists who walk?
Materials can speak for themselves without words in Book Arts
OUTLINE OF ROBOTIC AND MOSAIC ART IN EDUARDO PAOLOZZI ARTWORKS CHILDHOOD MEMORIES, TEXT, FORM AND IMAGE AND THEIR PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIPS
Is the future of comic Books related with that of the book?
“The availability of touch in art galleries and museums” A study of today’s defined values and a personal experience from two tactile exhibitions.
Typographic Expression in Visual and Concrete Poetry How can typography successfully convey ideas of the text and add expression to printed word in visual/concrete poetry.
Imposed Passive Participation. By contrasting specific artworks by Susan Hiller and Sophie Calle I will discuss how personal artefacts are made public in order to create and develop an intimate relationship between the artwork and the viewer elicit a personal response and place the viewer into an integral part of the work as a passive rather than a passive observer. 
The Art of Book Structure – Deconstruction Book Body
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ENERGY OF HANDWRITTEN TEXT IN COMMUNICATING EMOTIONS AND IDEAS IN VISUAL ARTS BY LOOKING AT VAN GOGH’S LETTERS, CY TWOMBLY’S DRAWINGS AND SOME CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS
2011
What else besides the body, could physical thinking look like? A discussion of the intersection between art and dance in response to Catherine Wood’s article The art of writing with people.
The book, socially collaborative art.
Reading in space – at what extent does language control the space that it is placed in or is that control dictated by the space in which the language sits?
Interpretation and Categorisation of Fired Books in Book Arts: Three Books by Yohei Nishimura.
Can and should all art be considered therapeutic to the artist and viewer, and in what ways can any therapeutic benefits be further exploited?
Destructive art and auto-destructive in contemporary art is based on the dismantling of forms to create new forms, Where, then does the value in such art lie?
Five senses of book
Journey to the centre. How do contemporary artists use the device of spots and circles as strategies to individualise elements of graphic culture within their practice?
In what ways has the use of language in art changed since the 20th century movements of Dada and Surrealism, and what is its role in contemporary art?
Silhouette Art: the aesthetics of concealedness
In what ways have time and space been expressed by artists in relation to artists books?
HOW DOES THE EVERYDAY MANIFEST IN CURRENT ART PRACTICES? TECHNOLOGY, RELATIONAL AESTHETICS AND THE URBAN LANDSCAPE
Does fashion blur the boundary of gender or not? – from French fashion to Leigh Bowery’s Art
In what ways does the writer Vladimir Nabakov and artist Joseph Cornell approach the challenge of rendering desire in their works?
Might consideration of the artists’ book prove fruitful when considering the evolution of other topics, for example happiness?
Is the repetition of daily life really boring and meaningless? Which artists convince us the repetition is both enjoyable and therapeutic?
2012
Blank But Not Empty: The hidden information of the Blank
Difficulty of dealing with personal Memories; The gap between Hiding and Sharing
The page transition in inkless books of two artists (Ronald King & Keith A. Smith)
Cultural transmission & importance of ancient books study case sutra of Mountain and Sea case
HOW REBECCA HORN AND LIN TIANMIAO, REVEAL THEIR FEELINGS OF BEING BOUNDED UNDER THE TOTAL DIFFERENT CULTURE?
What is the use of repetition communication in the works of Kusama and Warhol, and What’s the difference between communication of their works?
How does the photography worth of Helen Douglas and Michael Snow build narrative without text?
How do some artists’ books of Ken Leslie, Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck and Ronald King express thinking of Samsara
The Imagined Reading Machine: In Bob Brown’s printed experiments in optical reading, does the reader become the Reading Machine?
Representation of weeds in the works of the artists, Kim Beck I Tracey Bush I Beverly Penn I John Dilnot.
The relationship between the structure and content in three artists’ books (A Maze in Book, Out of Sight, Daily Mirror)
ARTISTS’ TRAVEL BOOKS AND THE READERS AS TRAVELLERS How do artists manage to create journalistic travel book artworks with elements for reflecting both personal impression and objective awareness of the destination?
Interactive Aesthetic Experiences in Food-related Arts
Search for a reform consumer society
Can Tom Phillips’ ongoing art work A Humument provide us with clues as to the conceptual form of books in the future?
The Renaissance of Writing
Between mark and script: ambiguity
Healing the fabric of the universe : an imaginal approach to arts practice through the works of Atsushi Takenouchi and Louise Kenward.
How might the book function as a transformational object? Can the theories of D. W. Winnicott and Christopher Bollas help to determine the use of the book as a transformational object in works by Graham Rawle and Henry Darger.
2013
Material in book arts: exploring the relation between material and the body of artist books
Repetition in Artists' Books
How have the foundations of Collage influenced the Assemblage of Book Art?
Variable readings: A throw of the dice will never abolish chance.
"How frame and time work as a tool to depict the landscape"
FORGETFUL MEMORY, UNREADABLE BOOKS.
Diary as Art: exploring Dieter Roth’s diary works in relation to Fluxus
How are the formal and structural elements of the comic book utilised by creator and reader in the construction of time?
The interplay of movement and bookstructure: movements interplay with book structures in relation to readers by comparing Ed Rusha’s Every Building on the building on the Sunset Strip and Stephanie Ognar’s Flip Book Bath
The Physically of the Book, The Richness of Reading Experience
How the content of Keith Smith’s Snow Job and Susan King’s Lessons from the South are enriched by creating the text’s visual form on typography and book structure
Quality abstract in photography exploring the photos in Paris shot by William Eggleston regarding the notion of Geometric abstract painting
Memory and Memorial – an evaluation of their relationship with the textile object.
Paper Fanzines: Nostalgia for Golden Ages of Rock Music, or a Quest for Authenticity? What drives modern music fan to reach for increasingly obsolete tangible media forms?
How are the issues of ‘place, voice and subject’ more successfully communicated in Get Here (Imogen Stidworthy, 2006) through focusing on the participatory nature of the work?
How does the inclusion of text add to the narrative dimensions of photography? Looking at the work of Clarissa Sligh, Duane Michals and Shirin Neshat.
Marching Backwards into the future. Or why does McLuhan, Flore and Agels’s The medium is the massagefeel so now?
2014
The implication of Conceptual Art in books – Is a book could be a tool to convey the concepts as an art form to bridge artists and viewers
Examining spiritual experience as the purpose and function of art: Tracing numinous in the work of James Turrell and Giuseppe Penone
The relationship between artworks and environmental protection – How artwork as a tool to remind people of the environmental issues
‘Faceless self-portrait’
The possibility of book to represent place
How the places could change artworks display?
2014
How are the different interpretations of place and memory reflected in the imagery, design and structure of two different artists' books?
THE ART OF NOTATION: THE MUSIC DRAWINGS OF TOM PHILLIPS
Image: consciousness and bliss A play of Visual Perception and Meanings
THE INVISIBLE BOOKPRINT
How book artists represent memory of a place and how these memories are translated to communicate with the readers
Eastern Art Philosophies Influencing John Cage and Western art Influencing Huang Yongping Xu Bing: representing the characteristics of their time or acts of imitation
The work of Seance: How materiality affects absence in translation in Anne Carson's Nox and Christian Hawkey's Ventrakl
How do Kenneth Goldsmith and Simon Morris use compositional strategies of copying to produce new works within the context of a digital age?
2015
Nothing Matters: Situating the Audiences' Experience of Katrina Palmer's 2015 Artangel Commission on Portland
Behind the Line Comparing and contrasting approaches to Mathematics applied in the work of Agnes Martin and Cam Wong
What are the different aspects of Interactive arts, and is it still possible for artworks to be interactive without the use of technology?
RESPECT TO NATURE A brief analysis of land artists' Natural consciousness - take Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long as example
Haptic Communication of Imagination and Reality
Toys of Imagination: Exploring Joseph Cornell's artwork in relation to appropriation and the arrangement of collecting material imaginative interact with viewer
Mapping in the work of Victoria Brown, Zero Per Zero and Becky Cooper
Impermanence in the work of Helen Chadwick, James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson
Nothing, yet everything
An analysis of lines and lines movements, using ideas in Ingold's book on the line and relating it to Keith Smith's 'Book 91'and Sol Lewitt's book Circles & Grids' and how they explore this idea.
Reading in space, using the books as materials -Exploring Brian Dettmer, Georgia Russell and Guy Laramee's works.
Deconstructing Physical and Metaphysical Space: A structural investigation into humanistic metaphors applied to the use of Deconstructivist language within the spacial arts of Daniel Libeskind
2016
Compressing Multi-Dimensional Narrative into Two-Dimensional Plane: An Analysis of how time, space and movements have been illustrated into plane canvas by modern artist.
What can the use of Synesthesia in the work of Rachel Morris & Terri Timely tell us about the future of physical books?
How do the works of Richard Long and Hamish Fulton differ in the way that they replicate the experience of the natural world within the context of an art gallery?
CAN THE DOMINANT ART WORLD ENGAGE IN 'SOCIAL SCULPTING' AS A CRITICAL METHODOLOGY FOR ITS INTEGRATION IN THE SUSTAINABLE MOVEMENT? extracting effective strategies from artists Crawford & Cross and David Cross' work
Could photography be used as a tool to help improve memory and repress development of the disease dementia
The potential of space and its accessibility to the public
The Space in the Fold and Folding
How the Use of Thread Helps Artists Enhance Their Projects' Narratives
How does redaction increase reader participation in creating meaning? a comparison of reworkings of: Un coup de Des Jamais N'abolira Le Hazard and John McDowalls MASK.
2017
What is the relationship between text and page in the bookworks of Thomas A Clark?
Unconventional approaches to magazine editing - The role of two avant-garde magazines, 0 to 9 and Decoll/age in the 1960's -
A discussion of the coexistence of humans and surveillance, through the study of surveillance artworks.
Shhhh!: Investigating Bob Cobbing's Whisper Piece and the impact it had on the Artist's Subsequent Practice.Time as the subject of the artwork: Exploring the connection between time and artwork about time.
Found Objects in Sophie Calle's Works and the Building of Narrative Behind Them
In what way does the work of Jenny Holzer, Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries and Barbara Kruger disrupt reading habits and spaces within a specific medium and or place, making use of the medium's intrinsic meaning, and promote critical reading and thinking?
HOW BOOK AND PERFORMANCE ARE PRESENTED IN RELATION TO EACH OTHER, AND WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON THE AUDIENCE OF DOING THIS?
2018
How does the Materiality of the Artist's Book Help to Augment an Understanding With Respect to Creating a Narrative About Memory and Identity?
The Separated Hand  Comparing and contrasting how the principles of sign language and gesture have been used to create narrative and meaning in Propaganda Posters, the works of Wanda Bernardino and online advertiser/content creator, Gelcream
Between art and erotic: A Visual analysis of homosexual publications based on Queer Theory
Weaving Words Give some examples of the ways in which weaving has influenced the English language.
Optical Illusion
Investigating successful models of collaboration in the UK's art publishing activity.
How has control of process and outcome been given away from author to the audience in the contemporary book art?
Contradictory Thread
Misery as an inspiration for the creation of art Comparing and Contrasting the work of Tracey Emin and Louise Bourgeois