Archive for August, 2006


ArtsBot Gent, a “robot talent show” for art-making robots, is calling for entries. It’ll take place in Belgium in late 2006. Talking of robots — a huge stash of old Jack Kirby monster/robot comics.

Adam Elsheimer

The Sunday Times reviews a show of paintings in Edinburgh by Adam Elsheimer. Some of his work (1/2/3) undoubted influenced one of my favorite painters, Samuel Palmer.

Rebekka Guoleifsdottir

The Observer profiles Icelandic photographer Rebekka Guoleifsdottir.

Tax and artists

The Scotland on Sunday newspaper outlines the complex mix of UK tax laws, as they relate to artists. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Scotland is seriously considering tax exemption for artists. Meanwhile, the dream of opening a Scottish National Photography Centre seems to be in question.

Ultravox remastered

FACT magazine offers an appreciation of the works of pop genius that are the first three Ultravox! albums, all of which have just been re-released, re-mastered and with extra tracks. Don’t confuse them with the useless Midge Ure-era 1980s Ultravox — this is the 1970s version of the band with John Foxx at the helm […]

A Canterbury Tale

While the UK gets the Powell & Pressberger masterwork A Canterbury Tale only as a £3.99 no-frills bargain-bin DVD, the USA gets a sumptious new DVD of Canterbury Tale packed with extras. There’s commentary, extra scenes, interviews, two documentaries, video art by Victor Burgin (no less) based on the visionary elements of the film — […]

Canal Mania

There’s a new game, and it’s set on the West Midlands canal system — Canal Mania. No, it’s not Grand Theft Auto in a narrowboat, it’s a canal empire-building sim/rpg set during the Industrial Revolution. It sounds like what the Black Country‘s been waiting for. Go on, you know you want it. [Hat-tip: Granny Buttons]

The Art of Pop

The final programme in the BBC radio series The Art of Pop is now online. The series looks at the interactions between British art schools and British pop music.

The Mathematics of Love

It’s rare that a novel gets it right about the practice of photography, still less that it gets rave reviews. The Mathematics of Love sounds like one one of those “time-slips in an ancient English landscape” tales that were popular in the 1970s, or perhaps ‘John Cowper Powys meets Dickens’. The novel is getting excellent […]


Ouch — first bloggers blow a huge hole in the credibility of Reuters, and now Wired is withdrawing news stories too. Let’s hope it’s because the new owners of Wired are rooting out the dead wood there, ready for a revamp. Once Wired was an essential magazine, but now it’s long-since been overtaken by magazines […]


A glimpse into the spiritual home of Brian Eno, The Normal, very-early Human League, Gary Numan, and John Foxx — the photography archive of the BBC Radiophonic Workshops. For those outside the British Isles, who may be puzzled, the Studios were where BBC audio boffins created the Dr. Who electronic theme music (.ogg file, 300kb), […]

“Come, friendly CPO’s, and fall on Stoke…”

The new government Land Registry quarterly report is out. The average price of a terraced house in the city of Stoke-on-Trent has jumped from £68,272 in Jan-Apr 2006, to £72,352 in Apr-June 2006. That’s a rather healthy rise of £1360 per month since the springtime, which means my house has been earning me about £313 […]

“Authentic blogs in English”

David Sifry posts his musings on the apparent exponential expansion of the blogosphere. The fly-in-the-ointment, however, is a rigourous mid-2005 academic study called Characterizing the Splogosphere from the University of Maryland. It found there were a little over 500,000 of what they termed “authentic blogs in English” on the planet, after they had filtered out […]

Take a pica

Whatever next; a font gets a biopic movie.

Cahun & Moore

The Telegraph profiles eccentric photographers Cahun & Moore. Since being ‘rediscovered’ through the major 1995 retrospective Claude Cahun, Photographe in Paris, their work has steadily become known to a modern audience. Now a new book collection of their work has just been published. And there’s also a new 55-minute film that’s currently doing the rounds […]

Good vibrations

One ambitious photographer is combining his slide-show with a full orchestra.


Oh, this looks fab. It’s still in beta, but Mudbox v1.0 might just be the intuitive 3D ‘brush sculpting’ software that many artists need. It exports models in .obj format. Now if only it could be hooked up to some kind of real-world USB ‘carving device’ that one could wave around in space – “Wacom […]

On the shelf

Recently added to my Amazon Wish List: Else/where: Mapping and Ambient Findability.

Field of dreams

The Telegraph reports on Paul Obee’s death, and the impact on crop-circle artists in the British Isles. Another factor, not mentioned, is the emigration of another leading maker. A book, to be published at the end of August, documents the works — The Field Guide: The Art, History and Philosophy of Crop Circle Making. The […]

Windows Live Academic

Windows Live Academic beta, Microsoft’s new search competitor to Google Scholar.