I have been walking past the giant (and ageing) public housing buildings in Fitzroy over the last few weeks, marvelling at their ugliness to some extent - but also the vibrant community that lives there, the lovely eucalypts that they had the foresight to plant, and more. But these towers, surrounded by park during the … Continue reading Communal living
Several people have contacted me looking for my article "Ruminations While (Audio)Walking" which was published in Extensions in 2009. Apparently it is not available online anymore, but I am more than happy to share the full text here. In fact, I'm chuffed that it is still being read! The original publication had audio clips embedded which I … Continue reading Ruminations [full text]
"the distinction between museums and archives (and by extension libraries) is collapsing in most people's minds." Interesting keynote 'We Were Otaku Before it Was Cool' from Aaron Straup Cope, from Cooper-Hewitt and the Smithsonian, playing with some ideas about curating archives in the digital (within the not so) world. This is interesting to me because it … Continue reading There is no design, only reckoning
'A view with a room' by Elizabeth Farrelly (SMH 14 April 2012) For the traditional city is indeed a pocking of the planet's surface - a teasing and hummocking of its material to create a common nest of sufficient complexity and comfort to satisfy our immaterial needs as well as our physical ones. The familiar … Continue reading From a view with a room
Highly recommend the blogging of the great Vanessa Berry. In particular, she has been blogging about the city of Sydney at Mirror Sydney and for the Museum of Sydney's Public Sydney blog. Recently she posted a farewell tour of the Sydney monorail, and as a long-time big complainer about the monorail I had to comment... You are … Continue reading Schmonorail
Been looking at the work of Canadian designer Ying Gao. Always interested in the way form and volume can be used in wearable objects. And her work oscillates between such objects that might be more commonly called 'clothes' and other, much more odd socio-environmental interactions. Dezeen has featured her gaze-activated dresses which glow with photo-luminescent … Continue reading Ying Gao
Think I might have missed a calling in experience design/ museum display. Bite-sized, idiosyncratic social history... in a disused elevator shaft in New York. “There’s this whole world of artifacts that go unseen because they’re details of everyday landscape,” says one of the founders, Alex Kalman. Read a recent review in the Gothamist.
Moving pod prototypes are proliferating... but how far have we moved on from the Sinclair C5 from 1985? Also check out Organic Transit's Elf.
How interesting to open the Herald this morning to see (coincidentally I'm sure) two major, scape-changing, high-profile Sydney building developments unveiled on the same day. And what different projects! One, the much maligned Barangaroo site, sees a congregation of generic office towers crowding down towards the harbour edge and looming ominously over the (quaint, diminutive, … Continue reading Passing through
(an excerpt from an article I'm working on...) In a cultural-geographical sense, the international airport is one system implicated in both the fears of cultural degradation and the celebrations of new hybrid forms brought about through contemporary globalisation, as people and places are brought together through greater speed and frequency of encounter. The old routes … Continue reading a little airport writing
Inhabit recently posted this intro to the new Transbay Transit Terminal in San Francisco, currently under construction. Not only will it have wind turbines and geothermal heating and grey water recycling, it will have a "5.4 acre green roof that will act as a city park and will host variety of cultural activities." Are you … Continue reading transporter
Passage: from tunnels of light I turn into dark, swapping fractured fractals and the dry sniff of the arctic for a slumbering under-earth kiln... I'm hoping to win a trip to Copenhagen with this description of my experience of Olafur Eliasson's installations currently on at the MCA in Sydney. The competition asks you to devote … Continue reading have you taken your time?
40 Yrs of Kaldor Public Art Projects @ the Art Gallery of NSW War and Peace and Inbetween (2009) by Tatzu Nishi Tatzu Nishi's intent here is to reframe the familiar and thereby make it strange, but there is an unexpected and strange Ikea-ness to this installation - inside and out. Externally, a mess of … Continue reading An Ikea Christmas #2
I love miniatures. In school I would stay up into the wee hours working on 10x10cm paintings with my size 0 brush (the 'eyelash' brush). And I have had a soft spot for the micro-cosmos of terrariums since I used them in the set design for Babushka in 2004. The attention that the mini incites … Continue reading bigness of the mini
Pressed into a shallow heated space between audience and front curtain, the five performers of This Kind of Ruckus stand poised, ready for action, red crepe pom-poms quivering just slightly. ‘It’s theatre,’ they seem to say, ‘It’s a show.’ But that’s a complicated idea in the world of Version 1.0’s politically charged, verbatim theatre. Even … Continue reading This Kind of Ruckus
I remember hearing about Cassandra Jones' cheerleader wallpaper years ago, but this interview with the artist also takes a look at recent animations using found photos. Suns set, moons wax and wane, birds fly... like most animation, it appeals to my ocd nature, and like all photography, it deals with the de/re-construction of time and … Continue reading Cassandra Jones interview
Psychiatrist Dr Karen Norberg, of National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, spent a year knitting an anatomically correct replica of the human brain. Full story in the Telegraph here.
Was recently reminded of this strange and wonderful bit of writing from Ben Marcus' The Age of Wire and String. As we approach the final week of Masterchef, it reminds me of afternoons in costume history class and painting plates of costumes through the ages... It makes perfect sense, and yet - what?!? Eh? I … Continue reading ‘food’
Been an extra pair of hands for video artist Sam James this week, as he works in the studio on a new installation work titled The Nest. He said in a recent interview for Realtime, "The main notion is that space is a series of interconnected links, like a nest. With conceptual forms similar to … Continue reading Sam James’ The Nest
A friend put me onto some little page-turning videos on youtube from Moleskine's Detour project, a touring exhibition of illustrated notebooks (more info). Ahhh - paper, pen, pencil... the simple things. Love this one by French artist Marianne Fountain which is like a flip-book animation, wrapping cartographic views of the city and the evolution of … Continue reading Moleskine animations
Have a look at Kacie Kinzer's Tweenbots here. She says, "Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim … Continue reading Tweenbots in the city
I have been meaning to write a little ditty on performance, pop culture, and transformative experience - via some Christmas performance events I've run into over the last couple of years. Given that it is now March and approaching Easter, my Christ days are a bit out of whack. Nonetheless... First there was the Broadway … Continue reading An Ikea Christmas
Have a look at this great article by Tom Vanderbilt for Design Observer on the Montréal Metro and the music within the machine... Tom is led to thoughts on early electronic music and the coincidences of design, but I'm really interested in the oddly banal/intriguing experiences of transportation and transiting in the everyday. I have … Continue reading Music within the machine
The City of Sydney is hosting an upcoming talk as part of their 2030 Sustainable Sydney vision. Connecting Cities London-Sydney-Mumbai Ideas & inspiration for sustainable cities with Adam Spencer, Clover Moore, Nicky Gavron (London) and Dr Shubha Raul (Mumbai) Thursday 23 Oct 6.30-8pm State Theatre, 49 Market St Sydney Free but you need to get … Continue reading Connecting Cities
Duncan Speakman (an audio walker from Bristol in the UK) was in residence at the Performance Space in Sydney in August/September making a walk of Redfern. Performance Space is bringing back the audio walk for a second season in its Spring Block so go and walk the walk (as they say)! You can pick up … Continue reading Boundary Songs at Performance Space
In or around Newcastle? This is Not Art - Electrofringe, Critical Animals, Sound Summit and the National Young Writers Festival - are on this coming weekend. I've curated a program of recent Australian and New Zealand shorts with choreographer Anton called ReelDance: Take08 for Electrofringe. The program includes documentaries that explore social and cultural relationships … Continue reading Take08 at Electrofringe