Monthly Archives: April 2011

Summertime and the living is easy…

Post-dissertation Aberdeen is warm and sunny and chilled out. Back home in Ireland, our dog Bailey is relaxing. After I hand in my essay, I’m doing the same.

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Children falling

You laugh. Then you feel guilty.

(With many thanks to Annie Braithwaite)

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Fernando Vicente’s Anatomias

I have a whole list of artists in my head who, in a dream world, I would be able to pay to paint my portrait. Fernando Vicente is one of them. His Anatomia series portrays people with areas of their bodies open as if for dissection.

Some might find the images disturbing or unsettling, I just think they’re stunningly beautiful. His style is like a much, much tidier version of Francis Bacon. Wow.

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A village with no roads and the end of suburbia

Welcome to the village of Giethoorn, in the Netherlands. It has no roads.

Peak oil is the term used to describe the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline. It has most likely already happened. The ramifications of this are incredibly diverse and will affect everything from town planning to food production. Without oil there would be no such thing as suburbs or the Green Revolution. If oil were to disappear tomorrow, there would be no cars, no central heating, no shopping for the majority of people in the world.

This documentary was released seven years ago, which makes it all the more terrifying. Since that year, China’s annual car production rate alone has gone from 4.4 million to 18 million. A YEAR.

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I have completed my dissertation.

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Lazing is not what I’m doing

It’s sunny outside and has been for the past week. I’m stuck inside with my dissertation and an essay. There is a whole list of things I’d rather be doing.

Right now – that’s definitely on the list.

The blog will be slow for the next couple of days due to academic commitments. Go outside, or read a book. Or listen to Sunny Afternoon in the sun on my behalf:

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Other people’s dreams

We all have hopes and dreams. Some of the best art is the art that makes you see yourself in a new light.

Candy Chang is a Taiwanese-American public installations artist, designer and urban planner who has worked all over the world in places as far flung as Nairobi, Helsinki and Vancouver with organisations such as The New York Times, where she was a creative director, and Nokia.

Now living in New Orleans, Chang’s latest installation is called ‘Before I Die’.

“Before I Die transforms neglected spaces into constructive ones where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us. It turns out this entire process (including obtaining official approval from many entities) has been a great lesson, experience, and project in itself – more on that later. If you’re in New Orleans, stop by the corner of Marigny and Burgundy (900 Marigny Street) to add your thoughts to the wall and see what matters most to your neighbors. It’s a question that has changed me in the last year, and I believe the design of our public spaces can better reflect what’s important to us as residents and as human beings.”

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