British Conceptual Art

There’s an exhibition of British conceptual art, 1964 – 79, at Tate Britain at the moment. The catalogue sees stages in the development of conceptual art: – new frameworks: slightly childish reaction against contemporary Modernist art as described by Clement Greenberg, although many early UK conceptual artists did not knowof US equivalents and worked in…

Cyberparty: Popular Politics in Digital Times

A conference at Kings last Friday had something of the excitement, the sense of destiny, that delegates must have felt at the early socialist meetings (perhaps the Second International meeting in London in 1896, held not so far away from Kings). Here was an international group of people making new things happen in politics, people…

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…

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 problem with corpuses…

A previous post describes several attempts to provide ‘creative’ programmes – systems to write poetry, music, or even complete musicals by computer. My concern is that most of the presenters started off by saying ‘we built a corpus of jazz chords/ stories from hit musicals / pictures/ words’ and then went on to analyse the…