Psychogeography in London

A day long meeting about ‘Mythic London’ at Treadwells yesterday brought together several psychogeographers. Iain Sinclair, author of ‘London Orbital’ about the M25 and ‘London Overground’ about the Overground line, is perhaps the best known. “The heartbeat of the new London might be revealed, I felt, by tracking the acoustic footprints of the railway for…

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Unfortunate Signs 3: totally wasted data?

Four copies of a free newspaper on the floor of a District Line train in London. The paper has 52 pages, with type faces as small as 6pt. Some of the pages are totally taken up with adverts – eg for half price shelving bays.               Others provide an…

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Biancoshock: Web 0.0

Biancoshock is a Milan-based artist who describes himself thus: “For a very long time he didn’t consider himself as an artist, until, one day he decided to understand the purpose and the nature of his work…Soon becomes clear that there is no existing “category” that can fit his urban inclination, typical of the Urban Art,…

Book review: ‘Two Bits’

Book Review: ‘Two Bits‘ by Christopher Kelty. I don’t normally review books, but this is such a good story, so badly told, I have to blow off steam somewhere. Kelty’s book is about the history and development of the ‘free software’ movement. He charts the development of UNIX and the dreadful muddle that ensued, leading…

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Squidsoup at Watermans

Two small shows at Watermans at the moment. SquidSoup‘s “Shakespeare Reloaded” is a “dynamic digital projection made of animated texts and quotes from Shakespearean characters…Using text-based projection mapping and self-animating visuals, Squidsoup’s display reacts and changes to the actions of passersby…”     Altered Landscapes by Juan Delgado is “An immersive multimedia installation which tackles…

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Venturing Beyond

Venturing Beyond – Graffiti and the everyday utopias of the street is currently showing at Somerset House. The exhibition blurb says: “In a literal sense, graffiti compels its practitioners to ‘venture beyond’ spatial and architectural boundaries, but also metaphorically provokes them to ‘venture beyond’ conceptual frontiers, to form new ways of thinking, acting and being…

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Unfortunate signs 2: an overzealous signifier?

The toilets in Somerset House are unisex. Outside them is a sign showing two separate people, one the standard female symbol, one the standard male, in other words, either gender can use the facility. (XOR; in logical terms.) On the door of the block itself, however, is a sign showing the male and the female…