Upside Down, Left to Right

Posted by Ian on Feb 6, 2012 in blog

A short (but inspirational) film about letterpress and one of the few remaining movable-type printing workshops in the UK, situated at Plymouth University, featuring Paul Collier.

“Cities” by Radiolab

Posted by Ian on Dec 4, 2011 in blog

Cross-posted from Urban Cultural Heritages & Creative Practice: The ever inspiring and engaging duo of Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich who compose WNYC’s Radiolab assembled this provocative podcast back in October 2008 exploring the underlying myths, mathematics and magic that may explain the personality of our urban centers. From Radiolab: [Listen here] In this hour […]

Nostalgia Machines

Posted by Ian on Nov 19, 2011 in blog, news

The David Winton Bell Gallery will present Nostalgia Machines from Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 through Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. Exploring the intersection of nostalgia and technology in contemporary sculpture, the exhibition, curated by Maya Allison, features artists Meridith Pingree, Jasper Rigole, Jonathan Schipper, Gregory Witt, and Zimoun. An opening-night colloquium will be held on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at […]

Photosynth of ‘Space replaced by volume’

Posted by Ian on May 6, 2011 in blog, news

I’ve been experimenting with Microsoft’s re-launch of Photosynth as a mobile application. Here I’ve applied it to documenting Dennis McNulty’s exhibition ‘Space replaced by volume’ which is currently open at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University. As it is often difficult to capture the spatial relationships between works in the documentation […]

Revisioning Heritage: The Prague Astronomical Clock by The Macula

Posted by Ian on Nov 15, 2010 in blog | No Comments

We’ve been enjoying the spectacle of video-mapping for the last few years, with companies such as Nuformer have wowing us with stunning projections giving new life to old facades. On 9 October 2010, the past took a big step into the future (or perhaps just the present). Prague-based, The Macula performed an epic video-mapping spectacular […]

Russia’s YouTube Whistle-blower

Posted by Ian on Aug 3, 2010 in blog | No Comments

We’ve had virtual choirs, countless bad cover versions of popular songs and opening credit sequences from nearly every 1980s children’s programme that was ever produced… Though the fascination with the ability to syndicate one’s individual AV perspective and persona has produced an amazing tool documenting and sharing the complexity and diversity of human creativity and […]

Pixel Art – A documentary

Posted by Ian on May 27, 2010 in blog | No Comments

A great review and reflection upon a contemporary art/music movement, exploring issues around nostalgia and heritage.

The attack of 8-bit nostalgia

Posted by Ian on May 27, 2010 in blog | No Comments

As we’re well into the first year of the second decade of the 21st century, we’re putting some serious temporal distance between us and the nascent days of graphic user interface (GUI) culture. It’s not surprising then to witness the recursive loop of nostalgic reworking and temporal mashup of bits (all 8 of them) of […]

Eyjafjallajökull and the subliminal sublime

Posted by Ian on May 24, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Just a few weeks ago, an intrepid photographer embarked on a valiant mission – to counter the overwhelming number of ‘mediocre pictures of that volcano in Iceland that no one can pronounce the name of’. For a media that seems obsessed with stories of immense cataclysm and catastrophe, it does seem surprising that most of […]

Experiencing museums

Posted by Ian on Mar 4, 2010 in blog | No Comments

Here are a selection of cinematic representations of museum experiences… Play it again Sam (1972) – Unidentified NY museum (The Met?) National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985) – The Louvre Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – The Chicago Art Institute The Thomas Crowne Affair (1999) – Unidentified NY museum (The Met?) Russian Ark (2002) – The […]