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Christmas 2014. Inspired by Barrie Tullet. Sorry Barrie. And typed very badly on my Smith Corona Sterling ‘Floating Shift’ typwriter. I’m very pleased with the opportunity to apply Tipp-Ex, but can’t believe how badly I’ve done it.

IBavaria, Schumann, Arzberg, Germany
IIBohemia, Made in Czechoslavakia
IIIBone China, England
IIIICovent Garden, Wedgwood, of Etruria & Barlaston, Made in England
IIIIICrown Ming, Fine China, Made in China, Jian Shiang
IIIIIIDuchess. Bone China. England
IIIIIIIEvesham, Royal Worcester, Fine Porcelain, Made in England
IIIIIIIIFairfield, Royal Doulton, Made in England
IIIIIIIIIFancy Free, Royal Standard, Fine Bone China, England
IIIIIIIIIIGainsborough, Bone China, Made in England
IIIIIIIIIIILongton. Stoke on Trent
IIIIIIIIIIIIPoole, England (x3)
IIIIIIIIIIIIIRainbow, Royal Albert, Bone China, England (x3)
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIRondeley, Fine English Bone China, Made in England (x6)
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRoyal Kent, Bone China, Made In Staffordshire, England
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISpindrift, Doulton & Co. Limited, Made in England
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIStudio, J & G Meakin, England

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Happy accidents in translation


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

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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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My text based work ‘Jodie Foster is okay to go down the worm hole.’ has been selected for QUAD’s Event Horizon exhibition, which opens on the 27 September.

The exhibition call asked for works that responded to the question:  “If the improbable were possible and you leapt into a black hole or a wormhole – the cosmos’ equivalents of trapdoors and hidden doorways that cut through the fabric of space-time – how do you envisage this experience?”

I don’t know how to begin to imagine it. But I do know that I admire Jodie Foster’s pluck and determination to have a go very inspiring. The full text reads ‘I’M / OK / TO / GO / x15’ and is from a pivotal scene in the feature film Contact (Robert Zemeckis, 1997). She repeats it about 15 times (it’s hard to be exact, it’s quite fragmented).

The five text panels will be laser cut and wall mounted in sequence. The second image is my hand cut test version, straight lines are ok but even with a French curve I couldn’t manage the demanding curves of four Os and one G.

Event Horizon

27th September – 1st December 2013
Exhibition around QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces



In Cambridge a couple of weeks ago to meet Robert Good and Matthew Wilson (a:l:l organisers) and fellow artists. We talked about our ideas for October and then toured the different venues in Cambridge where work may be sited. It was a great day that generated lots of ideas about the project. Much more information and photographs on the art language location blog.