a visit to a studio – cultural entanglements

This evening Molly and I visited the studio of Ghiora Aharoni. I had been here in November, as part of the class on antiquarians and design – [Link] Then it was a visit through Peter’s iPad camera – on Skype. This evening the occasion was a reception to celebrate Ruby Namdar’s novel, ten years in…

Helen Shanks – an archaeological sensibility

Helen has just launched her web site – http://helenshanks.com Ceramics connecting quiddities, material engagement, deep history, hylography, the skeuomorph – the life of things – see some recent comments – [Link] [Link]

Get Carter – then and now

“Get Carter” (Mike Hodges 1971) – Michael Caine’s finest movie role. Set in the North East of England. Visiting one of the locations – Blyth – once the biggest coal port in Europe, shipping 7 million tons in 1961, from these great wooden staithes, now gone, but for the jetties. Another archaeology of the contemporary…

forty years on – restaging – return – nostos

I have just received the wonderful photo book of Mike Pearson’s new work – The Lesson of Anatomy 1974/2014. On 5 and 6 July 1974, the newly founded Cardiff Laboratory for Theatrical Research (later Cardiff Laboratory Theatre) presented The Lesson of Anatomy: The Life, Obsessions and Fantasies of Antonin Artaud in the Sherman Arena Theater,…

ruins – thoughts on the aesthetic

An exhibition currently at the Tate in London is exploring British images of ruin since the 18th century. Ruin Lust, an exhibition at Tate Britain from 4 March 2014, offers a guide to the mournful, thrilling, comic and perverse uses of ruins in art from the seventeenth century to the present day. The exhibition is…

Ruin Memories

The Ruin Memories project is drawing to a close. Here is the introduction to the final portfolio: Modernity is rarely associated with ruins. In our everyday comprehension ruins rather bring to mind ancient and enchanted monumental structures; an archaeological dream world featuring celebrities such as Machu Picchu, Pompeii and Angkor Wat. Yet never have so…