Stuck to the busy street.

This artist Chris Nixon was asked to  create a black and white typographical poster based on the city for the London Design Week exhibition. After realising that a city was made of people, the artist wanted the people of London to have an input on the design itself; their actions to manipulate how the design would be formed. Participatory communication, use of space, and sole prints!


A beautiful Animation film by Johnny Kelly who works from London. This work talks about procrastinating and you don’t have to watch it if you are not procrastinating but it is mind-boggling and oddly relaxing to watch. This was done as a part of his graduation film for MA in animation at the Royal College of Art. An investigative and exploratory hands-on gloves-off study into the practice of putting things ‘off”. Sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two dozen other things first. Sound design by Mike Wyeld, with a voice over by Bryan Quinn. It’s a marathon of visual permutations!

Copyright Royal Academy of Fine-Arts Two-Thousand and Seven.

Experience of a Third World Person

In 2003, in Istanbul, Doris Salcedo made an installation on an unremarkable street comprising 1,600 wooden chairs stacked precariously in the space between two buildings. This work functions as political and mental archaeology, using domestic materials charged with significance and suffused with meanings accumulated over years of use in everyday life. More than just a pile of chairs this work is more like sculptures that take on the resonance of something lost, broken or mended.  Salcedo uses both gallery spaces and outside locations to create vertiginous environments charged with politics and history.  . Be it the antique invention – a chair that everyone uses everyday or a crack on the floor (see the image below), the work makes one take a second look at what one has neglected for long. This work below, entitled Shibboleth 2007, runs the full 167 metres of the cavernous hall on London’s South Bank. It begins as a crack then widens and deepens as it snakes across the room symbolising racial hatred and division in society. Salcedo claims the work took her over a year to make, and apparently spent the past five weeks installing it in the Tate. But she refused to reveal how it was achieved! It has taken five weeks of work here with very considerable disruption to the hall. It’s not an illusion – it’s there, it’s real.


The Art of Protest

2009, 3 mins

“The global antiwar-marches that preceded the invasion of Iraq in 2003 were the largest the world has ever seen. Similarly, the events that occurred in the build up to COP15 in December 2009 were the largest climate demonstrations ever held. It is then somewhat surprising that these protest had little or no effect on the decisions made by those in power. This short film is not meant as an attack on those who protest, nor is it a total condemnation on the act of protesting; a technique that been successfully employed by some of the most humbling figures in history. Rather, it is an attempt to explain how the act of demonstrating has been significantly changed by those in government, and by those who helm activist groups. The footage is from The Wave demonstration that took place in London on Saturday the 5th of December, 2009.”

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