Hopefully the new Eastside Park (eta Summer 2012) will come with lots of innovative opportunities for artists, beyond the usual inoffensive municipal sculptures. Might I suggest a small “sonic shed” be included in the plans, devoted to giving artists-in-residence the tools and the workbench needed to regularly ‘plant’ sets of ambient/micro ‘sonic artworks’ around the […]
Archive for November, 2010
30 Nov 2010 at 14:46
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The law of unintended consequences. Make cigarette packs more and more off-putting, and thus provoke the return of the elegant cigarette-case — in either faux-antique reproduction, or new designs…
30 Nov 2010 at 13:51
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Birmingham Central reports that… “Planners have approved the redesigned Eastside City Park and the new science garden fronting Thinktank […] Work on the park will begin in May 2011 ready for a grand opening in July 2012” High-speed rail lines might carve through the south-west bits of the park (and the proposed new BIAD campus) […]
30 Nov 2010 at 12:29
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MTM London’s new report: Digital audiences : engagement with arts and culture online (Nov 2010).
29 Nov 2010 at 18:44
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Tony Ray-Jones’ old school — Christ’s Hospital, in West Sussex — is offering a rare chance to see an exhibition of his prints (29th Nov 2010 – 9th Dec 2010).
Lucas Foglia, Re-Wilding — a photo series of those trying to live self-sufficient lifestyles in the south-eastern USA.
Camera-less photography, on now at the V&A in London, in the form of the exhibition by a new book… Cover of the book: Adam Fuss, Butterfly Daguerreotype — from the series ‘My Ghost’ (2001).
29 Nov 2010 at 18:02
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A celebratory exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of Fay Godwin‘s seminal book Land, which was a silent but effective voice in the fledgling UK environmental movement of the mid 1980s. The exhibition is at the National Media Museum, Bradford, until 27th March 2011.
29 Nov 2010 at 17:00
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Hidden Park… “… it’s a [mobile, GPS-based] computer game that gets the kids off the couch and playing outdoors. The application uses all the features of the iPhone to lead children into a fantasy world of trolls, fairies and tree genies – right in their local park! […] you can set up a version of […]
Why work often can’t be done at the office. Who knew?
28 Nov 2010 at 14:36
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Inspired by The Register’s gallery of dust horrors, I’ve de-dusted the inside of my PC. Above: Creative Commons pic from RandyWombat.
A lifetime’s collection of over 2,500 old pictures of people with toy sail boats.
Engage Catalogue of Games for Learning 2009-2010 (PDF link, 26Mb). 33 serious and commercial games that can be used for learning.
Boilerpipe. It does what the Instapaper service and the Readability bookmarklet do — tries to strip away the sidebars, ads and all other clutter from around a long article or a blog’s front page, to leave the core article(s). Useful when you’re abroad and using a slow public computer on which you’re not allowed to […]
22 Nov 2010 at 18:46
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A manifesto for UK indie comics in 2010. Pretty agreeable stuff. Picture by Garen Ewing (who is entirely unconnected to the manifesto).
Stoke-on-Trent, historically one of the richest and most musically active parts of the West Midlands — and left off the list for the British Library / Arts Council’s new local music portal/archive. It’s not on the long-list either. Nor is Staffordshire. Search box? Er, no. Plonk. (Yet it does list Leicester on the front-page menu, […]
21 Nov 2010 at 13:45
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Just published. Giesecke, R. & Immonen, S. (2010). Media Sector Business Drivers in 2020. It’s a Kindle-unfriendly double-column PDF, but the Adobe Reader “save as text…” function handles it fairly well.
The Arcade Barn is a vintage videogame museum of coin-operated cabinets. Its rather far away from the Midlands — in Exeter, Devonshire — but it’s great that such a museum is even happening in the UK. It’s apparently been featured in a recent issue of Retro Gamer. All proceeds go toward keeping the cabinets running, […]