Elevate Ensemble – presence and absence

Wonderful performance from Elevate Ensemble last night at San Francisco Conservatory. Superbly introduced and conducted by Chad Goodman. Highlight for me – a ¬†joint work “Bethlehem” by composer Danny Clay and photographer/urban archaeologist Jeremy Blakeslee Ambience and presence – in the old Bethlehem shipyards in San Francisco. Or rather absence – got me thinking again…

chorography – media materialities

Gallery – [water pigment paper] Working on my text accompaniment to the guide to Paul Noble’s art work, on display currently at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, has had me reflecting again on just how we might describe an encounter, in this case with a world of the imagination, a curiously enigmatic cosmopolis. (As an archaeologist…

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…

Belsay

It looks like one of those wonderful winter late afternoons in the north east of England – sunlight after a morning of heavy rain. Gilbert (Cockton) and Ros (Stansfield) have been out at Belsay, Northumberland [Link] – that extraordinary landscape of classical formalism and gothic romance. Here’s Gilbert’s superb photo of the old border tower…