‘Casseurs’ then and now.

Riots and strikes in France this week have been widely publicised. Refineries have been closed, rail travel affected, and according to the BBC, “Riot police battled protesters in Paris and other cities, making 77 arrests, while 15 officers were injured and cars and shops were vandalised.” Much has been made of the activities of ‘casseurs’,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…