Monday, 24 October 2011

Body - Object - Space

Current Art School Project is "Body - Object - Space"

Just had my tutorial and Brian suggested I look at the work of:

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Pole of Inaccessibility

from wikipedia:
"A pole of inaccessibility marks a location that is the most challenging to reach owing to its remoteness from geographical features that could provide access. The term describes a geographic construct, not an actual physical phenomenon, and is of interest mostly to explorers"

Something I can't quite put my finger on fascinates me with the idea of this.  It's like a non-place, somewhere that is defined by its disconnection, which seems like the inverse of how any other place might be defined.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Reconstructing visual experiences from brain activity evoked by natural movies.

A research team at UC Berkeley has been decoding dynamic natural visual experiences from the human visual cortex using an mri scanner... the clip on the left is the clip that was being watched, the clip on the right is a reconstruction based on the viewers brain activity as sampled by the scanner...
I wonder if this will ever develop into a technology capable of recording our personal experiences - like in the 90's dystopian movie "Strange Days"...

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

The Artist as Magician and Alchemist

Came across an abstract of an dissertation entitled "The artist as 'magician' and 'alchemist' between production and perception, Occult traditions in European art history after 1945, A comparative research study- beginning with Joseph Beuys" by Verena Kuni

Which mentions:

Joseph Beuys; Rebecca Horn; Anselm Kiefer; Sigmar Polke; Marina Abramovic; Matthew Barney; Anna Blume; Bernhard Johannes Blume; Sylvie Fleury; Yves Klein; Jonathan Meese; Mariko Mori; Hermann Nitsch; Vettor Pisani; Ulrike Rosenbach; Niki de Saint Phalle; Daniel Spoerri; Gilberto Zorio a. o.

I will link these as I check them out...

The original dissertation is in German, so I'm hunting for a translation - I might have to use google translate which is bound to give some comic results...
The english abstract is here
and the german dissertation is here

Saturday, 6 August 2011

World Map Projections

Fascinating site full of world maps projected to show country sizes in relation to a host of different statistics (e.g. world population, life expectancy, literacy etc etc etc)

Friday, 29 July 2011

Joseph Beuys

Getting a lot of synchronicity - I get the feeling I want to be exploring/thinking about Joseph Beuys' work...

here's some links before I forget them...

Got this: Felt Hat: Joseph Beuys out of the library to read...

Monday, 25 July 2011

PBS: Art21

PBS: Art21 - a series of films made by the American Public Broadcasting Service about contemporary american art (in the 21st Century)...

Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Getting into bookbinding - came across this blog which has a nice set of images showing a simple hardback binding being made...

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Art School Project: Project-Proposal-Pitch

For my next project at school:

I've decided to develop a proposal, or series of proposals for the Bridge to Nowhere - an unfinished pedestrian bridge that crosses the M8 at Anderston in Glasgow. The bridge is about to be redeveloped/completed as part of a Sustrans cycle network project. I like the idea of developing a sculpture that will be visible from both the M8 and the cycle paths/bridge.

I've setup project specific blog at:

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Marco Donnarumma - Music for flesh II

Body Music:

Creating music from muscle sounds...

from his website: "Marco Donnarumma (Italy, 1984) is an independent new media and sonic artist, instructor and performer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK."

I met him at a PureData workshop he delivered at the CCA in June 2010... He's committed to open-source and has been delivering workshops and encouraging PureData user groups, including a Scottish PDUsers group that meets up in Glasgow periodically.

Friday, 18 February 2011

The body as a site of cultural representation

Current Project:
The body as a site of cultural representation...

Things to look at:

Bruce Nauman (on Wikipedia, Tate)

Chila Kumari Burman (homepage, British Art Council)

Diane Torr (homepage, Wikpedia, Scotsman interview)

Douglas Gordon (Wikipedia, Southbank exhib, Gagosian)

Frances Bacon (Wikipedia, Tate, his Estate)

Frida Khalo (Wikipedia)

Helen Chadwick (Wikipedia, Guardian interview, notebooks at Henry Moore Institute)

Jenny Saville (Wikipedia, Saatchi, Guardian interview)

Joel Peter Witkin (Wikipedia, Edelman Gallery)

John Copeland (homepage, artnet)

Kiki Smith (Wikipedia, MoMA)

Marcus Coates (Video on Tate Channel, Nomad)

Marina Abramovic (Wikipedia, MoMA, Guardian interview)

Mona Hatoum (Wikipedia, White Cube, Tate, Guardian interview)

Paul McCarthy (Wikipedia, Tate, Saatchi)

Rene Margritte (Wikipedia, Foundation Margritte, Rene Margritte Museum)

Rosemarie Trockel (Wikipedia, Tate, Frieze Magazine)

Sherin Neshatt (Wikipedia, Guardian interview, Time photo essay)

Susan Hiller (homepage, Wikipedia, Guardian interview)

Vanessa Beecroft (homepage, Wikipedia, Guardian interview)

Yinka Shonebare (homepage, Wikipedia, Tate)

Yves Klein (Yves Klein Archive, Wikipedia)

Chapman Brothers (homepage, Wikipedia, Whitecube)

Chuck Close (Process and Collaboration, Wikipedia)

Dorothy Cross (Wikipedia, Guestbook Lecture on Youtube, Kerlin Gallery)

Franco B (homepage, Wikipedia)

Hew Locke (homepage, BP artist talk on Tate, Wikipedia)

Janine Antoni (Wikipedia,

Jo Spence (Authorised siteWikipedia, Portfolio article, Biography)

Kamarooz Aram (official site, Perry Rubenstein Gallery)

Kara Walker (Wikipedia, Walker Art Centre resource)

Lucy Gunning  (Tate-Intermediate II, Re-Title, Chelsea College Profile)

Marc Quinn (Official, Wikipedia)

Marlene Dumas (Wikipedia, Saatchi, Tate)

Mary Kelly (OfficialWikipedia)

Orlan (official, Wikipedia, article/essay on Stanford)

Pippilotti Rist (officialWikipedia)

Raimi Gbadamosi (Wikipedia)

Richard Billingham (Wikipedia, BBC, Independent Interview)

Rineke Dijkstra (Wikipedia, ArtNet, Tate)

Ron Muek (Wikipedia, his Studio)

Sally Mann (Wikipedia,

Smith/Stewart - Gallery Site

Zarina Bhimji (Official, Wikipedia, Tate)

Friday, 4 February 2011

Monday, 17 January 2011

Arthur C Clarke Quote

"How inappropriate to call this Planet-Earth, when it is clearly Ocean"
-Arthur C. Clarke

Artists relevant to Site-Place-Context Project

Paul and Ken suggested I look at these artists in relation to my research for the Site-Place-Context project I am currently in the middle of:

Billy Brandt - especially the Wuthering Heights photograph
Cathy Chambers - Bronze 3d maps
Michael Visocchi - Buildings and maps
Charles Simmonds - mysterious miniature buildings
Nathan Coley - Buildings

Printing big Aerial Pics from Google Maps

Video here showing how to make a google map (e.g. aerial photo) as large as you want for printing etc...

Works: I did it: I've now got an A0 (that's over a metre wide) print of Garnethill in Glasgow taped to the wall in the Sculpture studio...

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Online slick presentation maker... eat your heart out powerpoint...