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Paint and Robots

Friday, July 29th, 2005

My cousin David was in town recently on summer break from his studies at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich. He put me on to these sites - f18institute - they’re the people who built the Stelarc spider robot and have some pretty insane projects, and
Hektor - a groovy swiss group - have designed a digi-input graffiti kit that fits in a single small suitcase and consists of a spray can holder, 2 motors, some belts and cables, a battery, circuit board and laptop. They started graffiti-ing simple text and have since elaborated the fonts, played with multiple-colour output and moved on to oulined versions of william morris prints. They more recently introduced Rita - who draws, erases, and redraws with whiteboard markers…what will they think of next.


Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

I’ve just re-re-rediscovered a little postcard i was given a few months ago because it has an image of the Seattle Public Library photographed by Frank van der Salm. I’d never seen his work before, but just spent some time at his website and those of the galleries that represent him (MKgalerie in Rotterdam and Jan Kesner Gallery in Los Angeles). With many images he plays with depth of field to throw the whole composition of balance - and makes gigantic buildings and infrastructures appear as if made of card. I wanted to link to a few of my favorites, but there are so many it would become tedious. go look.

Hiatus no longer

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Many apologies for the extremely long break between postings. As some of you may know it’s been pretty busy around here – but hopefully things settle into place fairly soon. Just wanted to post a reminder regarding end of year shows here in London. The AA’s will open July 9 – so come to 36 bedford square at 6:00 to load up on drawings, models, images, films, champagne and strawberries.

Before that, the Royal College of Art is opening their end of year 2005 Show 2 (show 1 just finished last week). I was involved in designing the installation for the IDE (industrial design engineering) with 3 students from the program. Plan on a visit, the work is great - open from 24june - 3july.

Central St Martins degree shows also run throughout june, so click here for full details and locations.

If you want to be outside, go to Hampstead Heath to see Giancarlo Neri’s The Writer at the bottom of Parliament Hill. Apparently it’s a ‘monument to the loneliness of writing’. If you’re lucky a nimble climber will scale the chair as happened when we went. when asked how he’d get down, he replied ‘uh, i hadn’t really thought that far ahead…’ click here for pic of table + chair.

de Lama Lamina

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Went to the AA’s screening last night of Matthew Barney’s new piece de Lama Lamina. Rather than try to describe it - i’ll refer you to the artist’s own words in this article. It’s a collaboration with Arto Lindsay who introduced the film.