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The Isle of the Dead: the Jumper

The Isle of the Dead: the Jumper

Mentioned in Ballard’s The Crystal World and strongly hinted at in Nabokov’s Despair, I’ve always loved Arnold Böcklin’s The Isle of the Dead.

Here’s a version…

And now I have the jumper. I am the Isle of the Dead – a veritable picture of goth in mohair-blend by Coach. I’ve not loved an item of clothing as much as this since my Hi-Tec Nationals, circa 1985. Listen to some Rachmaninov and stare at the fine mohair blend – of death…

Hen Ogledd – Mogic

Hen Ogledd – Mogic

Thanks to CS, I got along to Platform to see Hen Ogledd, my new favourite band, who like eye imagery as much as ‘eye’ do (I know!) and who’s new LP Mogic is, like, totally that. I’m trying to use a lyric in my PhD write-up. Let’s see if I can squeeze it in… The tunes are on Spotify and you can watch videos on that YouTube that they have nowadays, so I hear…

Review of Platform gig is here.

More on Hen Ogledd’s Mogic from The Quietus here.

Buy Mogic here.

More on Platform here.

EVERYBODY IN THE PLACE, AN INCOMPLETE HISTORY OF BRITAIN 1984-1992

EVERYBODY IN THE PLACE, AN INCOMPLETE HISTORY OF BRITAIN 1984-1992

The other week I went, in the ever-excellent company of UoC Institute of the Arts students, to see the latest at the Modern from Jeremy Deller. It’s fantastic. Of course I liked it – I’m a teacher 4 days most weeks, but it was also great to remember the pre-phone costume and spirit of the late 80s/early 90s. A wee bit later I was heading to Mad Dog, somewhere near a motorbike showroom on the clyde… Get along to Everybody in the Place…

Artist Talk – Moving Mountains Art in the Environment – Millom Palladium

Artist Talk – Moving Mountains Art in the Environment – Millom Palladium

Thank you to Moving Mountains artist and curator Irene Rogen, Phil of the vital Signal Film and Media, Frank (not Santa), Mary (who hung out with Norman Nicholson when she was a child!) and everyone who turned out of my talk in Millom the other week. Drinks were served and badges worn.

Jane Topping, Newspaper or (Memoirs of a Spacewoman) – A No. 35 Project – Opens 12-6pm 8th Dec. 2018

Jane Topping, Newspaper or (Memoirs of a Spacewoman) – A No. 35 Project – Opens 12-6pm 8th Dec. 2018

Consider yourself officially invited to Newspaper, a collaboration with Alex Hetherington – the last of his innovative No.35 projects in Stirling and a celebration of the entire series of shows, performances and films:
More on Alex and his numerous projects here:
The Influencing Machine – ngbk, Berlin – a secret peek…

The Influencing Machine – ngbk, Berlin – a secret peek…

Hi you,

I maybe shouldn’t share these images, which are merely mocks, but I’m too excited about the incredible work going on in Berlin, towards the ngbk* show The Influencing Machine. My work www.rabbitcottontoothcottonrabbit.com will be in the show, and in the associated publication.

The show is curated and made real by a working group consisting of Vladimir Cajkovac (curator), Kristina Kramer (translator and curator), Bettina Lehmann (curator), Sophie Macpherson (artist), Tahani Nadim (academic), and Neli Wagner (curator), plus all the good folk at ngbk.

Contributing artists include Anna Bromley, Kajsa Dahlberg, Egemen Demirci, Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Fokus Grupa, Eva & Franco Mattes, Mimi Onouha & Mother Cyborg, Sascha Pohflepp & Chris Woebken, Tactical Tech, Jane Topping, Sarah Tripp, Clement Valla, Laura Yuile

The exhibition seeks to address recent debates on the manipulations of socio-political processes (particularly elections) by bots, automated processes programmed to interfere in online networks and communications. We are interested in extending the available vocabulary and imagination for talking and thinking about the phenomenon of “political bots” in a two-fold manner: Firstly, by focusing on the socio-material dimensions of “bots” (infrastructures, labour processes, historical narratives) and secondly, by suggesting that technologies such as bots are always already political, that is, they are the articulation of historically specific interests and positions.  (Tahani Nadim)

The Influencing Machine runs: December 1st  to January 20th. We should, like, totally go.

See also: https://www.ngbk.de/de/show/31/the-influencing-machine

*The neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), founded with a grass-roots structure in 1969, is today one of Germany’s most significant and largest art societies. The unique structure of the nGbK enables its members to directly influence its thematic orientation: exhibitions, interventions, research projects, event series and publications are developed in interdisciplinary project groups. The nGbK has established itself as an innovative venue for contemporary art and exhibition production which has left its mark on generations of curators, artists and creatives, and whose experimental exhibition concepts count as path-breaking. They have provided important impetus and continue to engage with relevant socio-political topics. Themes such as racism, National Socialism and urban politics are negotiated time and again, with a further focus placed on (post)migrant, (post)colonial and gender issues. 
nou is a semi-finalist at the Australian Independent Film Festival 2018

nou is a semi-finalist at the Australian Independent Film Festival 2018

Smashing to find that the AIFF has had its interest piqued by nou (2018), but can I get to Brisbane based on this, relatively flimsy, excuse..?

no.

https://www.facebook.com/ausindefest/

 

The Bear

The Bear

Close the internet! This is my colleague R’s new house mate. I kid you not. This is The Bear.

As of today, no further cats are required.

Peter & nou – new images

Shot by designer Matthew Walkerdine for his website, I’ve half inched these gorgeous new images of Peter & nou.

All those ‘corrections’ in Peter were drawn by me and then scanned and overlaid on the original text by Matt. Matt is, as is artist Jessica HigginsGood Press.

 

Harrison – the bookmark

Harrison – the bookmark

So, this exists. You can get one at Poundland – for a limited time before the high street leaks into an oily black sinkhole.