Archives for the month of: May, 2013


A recent purchase, research for ‘Tape Measure’. One old typewriter ribbon from Imperial Business Equipment Ltd., Leicester, England. BLK/RED

GN1 Gary Numan deskGN2 numan_pleasure_BGN3 gary_numan_the_pleasure_principle-e1303159155149GN4 gary-numan

I came across the model of a key pleasure principle prop and well one thing led to another.

Tape Measure Final 96DPI

This is my first working drawing for Tape Measure, an installation for the Wirksworth Festival 2013. I was thinking of a blueprint when I made it and I do realise that I have to stop using that image > adjustment > invert button in Photoshop. The dimensions are not fixed yet or a decision made on how I’m going to make it. I think there may be some structural issues to overcome because the disc will be made from a continuous winding of paper, carbon paper and typewriter ribbon.

Misery generates hate Square

I moved to Derby at the end of March 2013 and soon after heard that my proposals for the Wirksworth Festival and the Belper Art Trail were both successful. Belper and Wirksworth are both just up the road from Derby. The Belper Art Trail is in July, and the Wirksworth Festival is in September. Also a proposal to art:language:location, an art exhibition in Cambridge (October) was successful too.

I’m going to be making two installations, ‘Full Employment in a Free Society (1944)’ for Belper and ‘Tape Measure’ for Wirksworth and one intervention ‘Caution: Misery generates hate’ for Cambridge.

All three works are concerned with language and text.

‘Misery generates hate’ is the clarion call of ‘Full Employment in a Free Society’ (1944) by the British economist and social reformer William Beveridge. This book and the report that preceded it (Social Insurance and Allied Services, known as the ‘Beveridge Report’, 1942) mapped out the blueprint for the post war welfare state and its attendant qualities of publicness, common ownership and the public good. ‘Misery generates hate’ is from the novel ‘Shirley’ (1849) by Charlotte Brontë. Shirley is a romantic and dramatic novel that fictionalises elements of the West Yorkshire Luddite uprising of 1811/1812 when skilled workers in the textile industries sabotaged and destroyed the new machinery that was being introduced into the workplace and directly threatening their livelihoods and jobs.

art:language:location is the first to have pages up about participating artists and more information about the exhibition which ‘aims to punctuate Cambridge with a series of visually exciting and unexpected encounters in which our everyday interactions with text can be explored and challenged’ can be found here.