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…

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…

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…

The art of Bots

Brilliant little exhibition at Somerset House this weekend, organised by AND. Artificial selfie by Daniel Armengol Altayó is a mobile phone which continually takes selfies of itself (using a mobile ‘finger’ to touch its screen) and then uploads them to instagram. As the artist’s statement said, “A selfie is a paradigmatic way to prove to…

Supercollider Workshop

Musichackspace held a workshop on Supercollider last week, led by Shelly Knotts, to ‘Learn the basics of setting up a live coding session and making soundscapes and beats with sound synthesis and patterns in SuperCollider’. A good evening, though I won’t go to the other three in the series for cost reasons. I’ve got the…

Unfortunate signs 1: dead statues

Two statues in the beautifully sunny Embankment Gardens appear to have no living referents – not even living in the metaphorical sense, ie remembered by anyone. First, Sir Wilfred Lawson, of whom wikipedia says: “Lawson was a member of innumerable societies and pressure groups, and made many political speeches throughout his life on a wide…

The costs of being an artist: Axismedia and a-n

Axisweb describes itself as a “community, where artists, makers, creators and art professionals showcase their ideas, talent, opportunities, develop new audiences and build networks. As a UK registered charity we exist to support and champion artists…. We’ve designed our membership services around artists. Our offerings support artists creativity and careers with tools to improve exposure,…