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Gesamtkunstwerk
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Gesamtkunstwerk

Hello! Sorry for that hiatus. I’ve been off the road, in the writing jail, and in the media space of launches and hunches. I’ve been busy too with some of our visiting artists who have been in town, sneaking about, thinking up their schemes. George Bures Miller has been in our midst, popping in and … Continue reading

…Enter the Queen
Art / Travel

…Enter the Queen

If Antrepo no. 3 provides the epicentre of the Istanbul Biennial’s theme of contested territories, with works that interrogate the systems and outcomes of urban developments and economic banishments, then the Galata Greek Primary School offers projects of a more individual and subjective feel. This is a lovely venue, and continues the idea of Istanbul’s … Continue reading

Sausage with the lot
Art / Food / Travel

Sausage with the lot

I’m not sure if the food critic, Anton Ego, in the animation film Ratatouille, was from Lyon, but his rapture for the humble Franco­–Italian vegetable dish – a rapture which transports him from the mean pages of criticism to the reveries of his childhood home, mother’s cooking and the life of the Provençal (evoking the … Continue reading

California Dreamin’
Art / Food / Travel

California Dreamin’

Coyotes, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, owls, mountain lions, feral cats, gophers and assorted squirrels … LA is a virtual Disneyland of fauna this season, and hot hot hot with no cool breeze in the humid air, or on the radar. Hummingbirds are so tiny. When you see one up close you can but marvel at the compactness … Continue reading

Big art in Beijing
#19BoS / Art / Travel

Big art in Beijing

Big. Big city, big population, big traffic jams, big smog, big art. Art made by factories out in the Beijing burbs and in regional cities for the city marketplace, destined for the western culture rooms of collectors with big cash to splash and no time for contemplations. Not entirely, of course, but that is the … Continue reading

The genius of George Jetson
Art / Travel

The genius of George Jetson

The genius that was Hanna Barbera’s George Jetson predicted many things. Skype, internet shopping, companion robots, digital inputs and sky high living … and now, I suspect, provided the blue print for modern day Shanghai! Perhaps a VCR tape of, ‘Meet George Jetson. His boy Elroy. Daughter Judy. Jane his wife.’ made its way through … Continue reading

Typhoons or not!
Art / Travel

Typhoons or not!

We are on the road again and travelling through the blunt and sometimes modular variegations of the high and unremitting verticality, which presents as the new world, concrete sublime (or dystopian sublime if you like) that is Hong Kong. We swoosh and slide and my very careful driver Raymond laughs a lot and announces, ‘It’s like … Continue reading

My friend Marah …
Art / Travel

My friend Marah …

My friend Marah signed me up to the Wordsmith a-word-a-day thing-a-me and so I have an entertaining flow of verbs, nouns and adjectives popping into my mailbox daily. Birdlime appears today. But because I misplaced my reading glasses I thought it said birdline, and that appealed to me quite a lot as I was thinking about … Continue reading