Archive for December, 2010

Jamie Baldridge

Jamie Baldridge of Australia. Dystopia series: “A Ten-Penny Prophet”

Phil Daintith

19 year-old Cheshire lad Phil Daintith has created a wonderful series of long-exposure night pictures titled “British Under the Stars”… British Under the Stars series: Old caravan in Swettenham, Cheshire East.


Joschi Herczeg and Daniele Kaehr… “create light illusions using highly complex pyrotechnics. In their series Explosion, they built a custom-made detonator, which is connected to the camera s and synchronized to snap a photo at the very moment of the explosion.” Above: “Explosion 1” (detail) (2009)

Jim Kazanjian

Jim Kazanjian

Lighting up 3D printing

Flickr Gallery for the Sketchup 3D printed lamps competition. Designed in Sketchup, printed by a 3D printer… “we got together with the Google SketchUp team to devise a Design Challenge that will test your product design and SketchUp skills to the limit. We’ve decided to let you make your very own 3D printed lamp. An […]


Wirify is a free service that lets you turn any web page into a ‘wireframe’, so you can see the underlying structure without being distracted by the content. It’s packaged as a bookmarklet that links to the service.

It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw it Up

It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw it Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology, a Nov 2010 report from Public Knowledge, focussing on the IP implications… “One of the goals of this whitepaper is to prepare the 3D printing community, and the public at large, before […]

An Evening With… The Oliver Twins

Birmingham Metropolitan College has “An Evening With… The Oliver Twins” on 25th January 2011 at the Great Barr campus in north Birmingham…. “Meet Philip and Andrew Oliver of Blitz Games Studios, hear them talk exclusively about their 30 years of industry experience and get advice on how you can get into the videogames industry” £2.50 […]

Ida Kar show in 2011

Forthcoming in 2011, a major show of the work of Ida Kar at the National Portrait Gallery. 100 photographs, on show from 10th March – 19th June 2011. The NPG purchased Kar’s archive in 1999, and the show will display previously unseen work. The show will also be accompanied by a book, for those who […]

17% cuts to Brum arts budget

Chris Unitt digs up the real arts budget for Birmingham in 2011/12. An overall 17% cut for 2010/11, it seems.

Phone borders

Interesting map of the English regions, according to the tracking of phone call destinations. Interesting confirmation of the border between the West and East Midlands, and also the way in which the West Midlands stretches into the Welsh Marches — and even seems to extend all the way to the coast (at St. Davids?).

Neo-Victorian Studies – steampunk special issue

New issue of the open academic journal Neo-Victorian Studies, on a theme. Including: * “Betrayed by Time : steampunk & the Neo-Victorian in Alan Moore’s Lost Girls and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” * “Time Machines : steampunk in Contemporary Art”

Regional Observatory up for sale

Want to buy a slightly worn Regional Observatory? Ahead of its abolition, Advantage West Midlands is seeking a buyer for the regional research and statistics analysis unit. It seems like only yesterday that I was at the launch event for the creative industries part of it…


Invisible Forces, photographing electro-magnetic fields around everyday devices… Invisible Forces from Tony DeVincenzi on Vimeo.

How To Make & Publish A Photobook – 2010 edition

The British book How To Make & Publish A Photobook now has a 2010 edition, and is also available as a £12.50 PDF download. Not available via Amazon, for some unknown reason.

David Wojnarowicz film now online

A U.S. art gallery, associated with the venerable Smithsonian Institute, buckles under pressure from The Catholic League, and pulls a filmic meditation on AIDS and its victims, by David Wojnarowicz. Followed by hysterical calls for funding cuts from a US politician. The creator of the soundtrack used in the censored film responded pithily… “What the […]

Creative Clusters and Innovation

Creative Clusters and Innovation, a new NESTA report that examines… “the role that creative industries play in local and regional innovation systems” It’s a follow-up to 2009’s interim The Geography of Creativity, which examined how… “creative industries contribute to regional innovative performance”

English Horrortige

English Heritage has sent legal letters to libraries in the UK that are selling images of Stonehenge, claiming it “owns the copyright on Stonehenge” and demanding that they pay up… “Please be aware that any images of Stonehenge can not be used for any commercial interest” Ridiculous. Go to the Flickr Creative Commons Search. Keep […]

Google Earth 6 out now

Google Earth 6, available for download now. The combination of the hundreds of 3D buildings for Birmingham city centre, and the seamless Street View integration, is certainly impressive. This software must be pumping billions into the UK economy every month, in terms of saving time and bother. Above: Isometric view of BIAD, Gosta Green.


Some of the latest official statistics for the UK… * Between 32% (Wales) and 23% (London) of UK households have no PC. * Between 39% (Wales) and 28% (London & South East) of UK households have no net access. * Around two million children in the UK don’t have internet access at home. * Between […]