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Happy accidents in translation


Rubbish Gallery at ADCo.

I submitted an image of my laser cut off-cuts to Alice Bradshaw’s Rubbish Artists’ Brief at ADCo. It’s online with other artists remnants of their practice. Alice (Museum of Contemporary Rubbish) is the guest curator for Advertisiting Exhibitions first online gallery.

Alice Bradshaw
Museum of Contemporary Rubbish


Carbon (1′, 2001, RCA)

Carbon, a one minute film I made at the RCA in 2001, is being shown in ’Kinetic Typography’, part of the  #SEENINTHEDEEN exhibition at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen.

The exhibition runs from 22 November to 21 December 2013. More information at Peacock Visual Arts.

Peacock Visual Arts
21 Castle Street
Aberdeen AB11 5BQ
Scotland, United Kingdom
01224 639539

Gallery Opening Hours
Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm

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Cambridge, 17 October  – 13 November

Yesterday I attacked Cambridge with my corrugated cardboard quiver of one hundred arrow shaped ‘cautionary’ paper bookmarks.

My targets were Adam Smith, Darwin, Malthus, Riccardo et al. in the stacks of the Philosophy Library at the University of Cambridge, Sidgwick site.

I didn’t find Smith’s ‘An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations’ (1776) but I did discover his ‘Essays on Philosophical subjects’ (1795) under Modern Philosophy in the Metaphysics section A32 – A42.

I set to work. Because the bookmarks work best when massed together I clustered them around Adam Smith in a small space between two book stacks and now that the bookmarks are installed I’ve realised that /CAUTION/ is a sculptural and spatial installation that disrupts the grid of the library system.

The bookmarks are oversized and too large to be placed inside books so instead they are positioned in the spaces between the individual books, projecting out of the stack and into the library space. The bookmark’s diagonal motif – seen in its design and structure and its use of metaphor – extends the Cartesian x y plane of the library structure, experienced in book case, spine and shelf by extending along the z axis into three dimensional space.

The bookmarks themselves will be prone to disruption and displacement because the 70 or so placed in the Philosophy Library impede the students access to books. Over the duration of the art:language:location exhibition the installation is liable to displacement, replacement and destruction. Its final form is largely dependent on the engagement and playfulness of the faculty’s Philosophy students.

Or maybe they will stay away and not touch, because when I had finished making the installation I saw that the massed bookmarks presented an angry cluster of dense yellow and black darts or quills to the library suggesting that (the) books are not for reading.

A smaller cluster of bookmarks has also been installed in the stock of Plurabelle Books.

Casimir Lewy Library
Faculty of Philosophy
Sidgwick Avenue

Library Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm

Plurabelle Books
Homerton Business Centre
Bldg 3
Purbeck Road


Jodie Foster is okay to go down the wormhole

My text based work Jodie Foster is okay to go down the wormhole installed at QUAD for the group exhibition Event Horizon (Friday 27 September to Sunday 1 December 2013).

Walking up from the mezzanine to the first floor and looking back down again and noticing how its almost impossible to photograph the work in situ. It’s not really a mezzanine, it’s somewhere where the staircase stops and turns a corner, affording a view of the Market place and also a peek down to the BFI Mediatheque on the ground floor (not shown).

Marzipan_01 Marzipan_02 Marzipan_03 Marzipan_04This book is devoted to Marzipan and its many uses. We will not argue the merits or otherwise of using our Ground Almonds or Marzipan or Macaroon Paste. It is sufficient to say that all three, providing correct mixings are used, will do the job, but we would stress that modern practice is to use properly balanced manufactured products which do not vary in quality or consistency.

You can do no better than continue to put your faith in RENSHAW.

From the forward to MARZIPAN by John F. Renshaw & Co., Ltd, Mitcham, Surrey, England (n.d.)

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EH 02 OK
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EH 04 GO
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Jodie Foster is okay to go down the wormhole

My text based work Jodie Foster is okay to go down the wormhole is in the group exhibition Event Horizon at QUAD, Derby from Friday 27 September to Sunday 1 December 2013.

The work is made from the short phrase “I’m ok to go” which is repeated approximately 15 times by the actress Jodie Foster (playing scientist Eleanor Arroway) in Robert Zemeckis’s feature film ‘Contact’ (1997).

At a pivotal point in the film Jodie is found on the cusp of a very flashy CGI sequence that will launch her into the unknown and fling her down a wormhole to eventually arrive at a distant planet called Vega. There she will meet an alien who has considerately taken on the outward appearance of her deceased father (to make it less psychologically overwhelming for her).

The work celebrates Foster’s performance and her absolute desire to inhabit the role of a space scientist – on the cusp of what must be one of the greatest theoretical journeys unknown to humankind – to offer an alternative version of a fictional visualisation of an unknowable event.

Jodie Foster is okay to go down the wormhole is about performance, belief, anticipation, not knowing and Hollywood. It recontextualises a text from a significant and well-known work of popular culture to explore the theme of the Event Horizon exhibition – ‘the great sense of the unknown’.

Event Horizon is part of the Time Travel season at QUAD that also includes the Lindsay Seers show ‘Monocular4’ in the QUAD gallery.


These are photos of  ‘WARP + WEFT’ by Katharina Hinsberg from the textile arts exhibition Cloth & Memory (2), curated by Lesley Miller.

The work of 23 UK and international artists is exhibited in the former Spinning Room of Titus Salt’s Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford.

In 1853 when the mill complex was completed, it was the largest factory in the world and in its heyday the mill manufactured over 30,000 yards of alpaca cloth (using fleece imported from Peru) per day. The Spinning Room is 168 meters long and the exhibition catalogue details how at the peak of production the Spinning Room ‘contained 16,380 cap spindles for spinning yarn. Raw fleece arrived at the top of the building and was processed down through the building to emerge as finished cloth.’

Hinsberg’s work responds to the space the exhibition inhabits. It references the materiality of the spinning process by its use of a simple red yarn that is used first to measure the space and then as material to remake the room as a scale model (1:100) plan or diagram. The yarn is material, memory, measurement and dimension. Employing the line and the grid she creates an abstracted but tangible model of the space and its history that makes connections between yarn, weaving, production, architecture and process.

Cloth & Memory (2)
Salts Mill
West Yorkshire BD18 3LA

CAUTION TShore 72DPI Border


A small cautionary bookmark that acts as sign, symbol, warning and placeholder.

The bookmarks will be deployed randomly within the open access stock of the University of Cambridge’s Philosophy Library.

The form of the bookmark is based on the alternate black and yellow oblique stripe pattern of hazard or caution tape, also known as Barricade tape – a visual warning system that is understood to communicate danger, caution or hazard.

The bookmark duplicates and reverses the oblique stripe pattern to create a chevron that is then crudely fashioned into an arrow or pointer that is aimed at the library stack.

A cautionary warning is contained within the bookmark.


October 17 – November 3 2013

Casimir Lewy Library
Faculty of Philosophy
Sidgwick Avenue

Library Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm

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Wirksworth Festival 2013

Tape Measure is finished, delivered, assembled and safely installed in the window of Airr Clothing, Market Place, Wirksworth.

The festival starts today and is on until Sunday 22 September.

Wirksworth Festival 2013