Archive for June, 2007

So what do you do?

The new DEMOS report, So, What Do You Do? : a new question for policy in the creative age, is now available online as a free PDF. “Our current approach to publicly supporting the creative industries or — to be more precise — creative practice isn’t working.” … “A way of organising that is impossible […]


Hhhmm… I was finally persuaded to download and install Internet Explorer 7. Not a pleasant experience, as it stomped on my wireless connection settings (although soon auto-fixed with a quick flick of the “repair” button) and also decided to have a merry dance with my browser buttons and toolbars. But after an hour of fiddling […]

Local Edition

Nice; my little patch of Stoke-on-Trent has a sparky new independent community newspaper, run by a journalist from London who moved up here recently. Issue 1 is online in full, as a PDF… Some good articles, and it also appears to do a nice line in satirical humour… “Residents have reported improvements in conditions on […]

Fake or photo?

“Fake or photo?”, an interesting test to see if you can distinguish computer-generated pictures from real-life photographs.

New Street makeover

Oh gawd… very nice that it seems they’ve obtained the money for a Birmingham New Street station makeover, but sad to see that “airport-style waiting areas” are still on the agenda, at which you would have to sit and wait (or, more likely, stand while enduring muzak, mobile phone yak, and TV screens) before being […]

Staying ahead

A heavyweight Work Foundation report, just published: Staying ahead: the economic performance of the UK’s creative industries. Quote… “…peer-to-peer software programs such as BitTorrent…” Durh. BitTorrent is a protocol, not the name of a program. Update: I’ve now read through it. It’s an interesting collage of a large number of previous reports and papers, but […]

Multiple sketches

What a usefully simple way for an artist to present multiple drawings of the same subject…

Google Time Warp

800,000 aerial pictures of the British Isles, dating back to 1919, have been saved for the nation. Let’s hope for some future funky “time warp button” integration of these images with Google Earth. Ideally, complete with a snippet of Doctor Who theme music as you zoom back through time…

Modernist steampunk, anyone?

Just in time for the press silly-season, the British steam car challenge. Actually, it might not be quite as silly as it sounds. Practical steam technology has continued to be pushed forward radically since the Victorian era, and is now in a very interesting position, according to this fascinating BBC radio documentary (has the ‘listen […]

Manga artists get subsidised housing

Nice; in Japan young comic book creators are starting to be seen as ‘key workers’ and thus qualify for subsidised housing.

Photos 2 html

Is it a photograph, or is it simply html text, a massive list of html color codes assembled inside a table structure?

Lichfield Angel

Partly destroyed in a Viking attack on Mercia around the year 800, the Lichfield Angel is to go on display once again at Lichfield Cathedral, as part of the building’s £8m renovation… He looks as though he has an oddly-huge chin; in fact I think he’s meant to have a tidy beard.

British hopes

A Times sub-editor unwittingly pens a quintessential line of national poetry… Although perhaps we should remember what Raymond Moore (see below) said about the British and rain… “If we did but know it, the weather we so revile in these islands is about as perfect for photographic purposes as it could be made”¦ To this […]

Catalogue raisonne for Raymond Moore

Very cool; a free online catalogue raisonné of the compete works of Raymond Moore.

Art : 21

PBS in the USA have been beavering away to make three seasons of Emmy-nominated TV documentaries about 21st century artists, Art : 21. All three seasons are now available as boxed DVD sets, although it’s cheaper to buy seasons 1 & 2 via Amazon UK.

‘The Szarkowski’

The kid from Ashland, Winsconsin, made good; John Szarkowski has had a hotel room named after him…

Engines of our ingenuity

Engines of our ingenuity, 2049 x 4-minute audio talks on inventions and inventors. It seems they’re broadcast as fillers on national public radio in the U.S.A. They’re made by the University of Houston, and look at “the machines that make our civilization run”. If Windows Media Player chokes on the .m3u files, just set Media […]

Rock stacking as an art

Goldsworthy-inspired simple rock stacking and balancing. Like all emerging ephemeral ‘earth art’, it’s often fleeting and thus has an intimate connection with photography. YouTube videos of rocks being balanced are here. I especially like this strange video…

New galleries at the British Museum

The Guardian reviews the newly refurbished and reorganised prehistoric and Roman galleries at the British Museum. I was down there a couple of months ago, but now I feel a return trip coming on. I hear they’re also planning a new £100m extension, hopefully with the air-conditioning that seems to be absent from the current […]

Commons Select Committee, on the arts cuts

The Parliamentary Commons Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport weighs in on the coming arts cuts, while also making claims about the size of the creative industries in the UK. The report is not yet on the Select Committee’s web-site, but it’ll be interesting to read the detail when it is.