narrative fallacy and a fridge magnet

At the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Between 1880 and 1890 Vincent Van Gogh produced over 2000 artworks, and, so the story goes, died in poverty and mental illness, never having sold anything. Thereafter his genius was gradually discovered and he was acknowledged as a key figure in the history of art. Tortured and misunderstood…

Stanford Daily | Top 10: Classes

The Stanford Daily, the venerable student-run newspaper, has included my design class (An archaeology of design – ten things [Link]) among Stanford’s top 10 [Link] – “the courses you have to take before you graduate”. It’s great to get this recognition, and from the students (nearly a third of Stanford undergrads sign up). What is…

third (creative) spaces

I have always been fascinated by places like railway stations, hotel rooms, bars and cafés, airport lounges, onboard a long-haul flight, looking out of the window. Some of them anyway. Neither here nor there. Interstitial. Liminal. Transitional. Conduit. They can offer permission to step to the side, think, imagine, to interrogate complacency. They are the…

heritage futures – a design paradigm

Last May I delivered the Reinwardt Memorial Lecture at Amsterdam School of the Arts – [Link] This week it was published as an illustrated booklet – Let me tell you about Hadrian’s Wall: Heritage, Performance, Design The 2012 Reinwardt Lecture. Amsterdam School of Arts, 2013 Background: phases in the growth of the heritage industry this…

move over Instagram – here comes the past

Camera Awesome for the iPhone – playing with the filters – so many of which simulate analogue film – capturing what becomes of what was – materialities, quiddities Café Scheltema, Amsterdam – [Link]

Old Amsterdam – Café Scheltema

The way things used to be? Talking heritage with Rob van der Laase [Link] – the way the past is cleaned up, filtered, extraneous matter removed – that we might more appreciate a clear narrative – that this did indeed happen here. Here – a remarkable untouched remnant of a meeting place, famously associated with…