Translations for industrial designer Alfred van Elk

Through the proverbial grapevine I am occasionally approached by organisations and individuals who sit more in the design and architecture corner than in the visual arts. I always enjoy the challenges that may offer, and certainly when it comes to translations, it keeps me informed as to what’s happening in those sectors now, often specificallyContinue reading “Translations for industrial designer Alfred van Elk”

CVAN Creative Writing programme

After having worked with several ‘mentees’ of the CVAN Creative Writing programme, a quick update with links of texts they have published. The idea of the workshops and the mentoring scheme was that writers based in the North-West of the UK were offered the opportunity to work with a mentor in trying to develop theirContinue reading “CVAN Creative Writing programme”

Living in the Endless City

The companion to The Endless City, with the same mix of writing, images, and incisive data on the field of urban development and its related disciplines, and again edited by Ricky Burdett of the London School of Economics and Deyan Sudjic of the Design Museum, London, this time assisted by Ömer Çavuşoğlu. The book focuses on Istanbul, MumbaiContinue reading “Living in the Endless City”

The Endless City

The Endless City follows the first six conferences organised by the London School of Economic’s Urban Age project. The project is an ongoing investigation into the future of cities. The book was co-authored and edited by Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the LSE, and Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, London. The Urban Age conferences – organised by the London SchoolContinue reading “The Endless City”

The Invisible in Architecture

The Invisible in Architecture is a book that followed an ambitious series of talks organised by Ole Bouman and Roemer van Toorn. I worked on proofing, and small copy-edits, over a period of about 4 years, before the book was finally published in 1994. The scope and scale of it (520 pages), with texts grouped around aContinue reading “The Invisible in Architecture”

Drawing a Tension

In 2008 Jürgen Bock was invited to curate a show of work from the Deutsche Bank art collection and its then 53,000 art pieces. He came up with a selection of 134 works by 28 artists for the show, which took place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. The catalogue gives priority to the individual artisticContinue reading “Drawing a Tension”

Jürgen Bock – From Work to Text

Following a series of six exhibitions and a symposium at Centro Cultural de Bélem in Lisbon in 2000–2001, Jürgen Bock invited me to work on the texts for the book. The publication contextualises the exhibitions – which included shows by Heimo Zobernig, Nuno Ribeiro, Eleanor Antin / Harun Farocki, RenéeGreen, Nathan Coley and Alan SekulaContinue reading “Jürgen Bock – From Work to Text”

Ângela Ferreira – Hard Rain Show

The starting point of this catalogue was an exhibition scheduled at the Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon to show the work Maison Tropicale, which Ângela Ferreira developed for the representation of Portugal in the Venice Biennial 2007. In the exhibition ‘Hard Rain Show’ she also showed older pieces and a new work especially developed for that show. TheContinue reading “Ângela Ferreira – Hard Rain Show”

Ângela Ferreira – Maison Tropicale

I’ve worked with German curator Jürgen Bock on and off for years. I was introduced to him via Scottish artist Nathan Coley, who had had a show in the space Jürgen curates, alongside being director of the Maumaus art school in Lisbon. In 2007 Jürgen was curator of the Portuguese pavilion in Venice, which showedContinue reading “Ângela Ferreira – Maison Tropicale”

Has Man A Function In Universe?

Has Man A Function In Universe? is part of an ongoing project by Gavin Wade to develop forty projects related to forty questions written by R. Buckminster Fuller. Each project is an artwork or a combination of artworks, developed in response to one of the questions. Of all the questions ‘Has Man A Function InContinue reading “Has Man A Function In Universe?”

Slavs and Tatars – Kidnapping Mountains

Kidnapping Mountains is a playful and informative, exploration of the muscular stories, wills, and defeat inhabiting the Caucasus region. Comprising two parts: an eponymous section addressing the complexity of languages and identities on the fault line of Eurasia, and ‘Steppe by Steppe’, a restoration of the regions seemingly reactionary approaches to romance. Slavs and TatarsContinue reading “Slavs and Tatars – Kidnapping Mountains”

Heather & Ivan Morison – Falling Into Place

In a range of their work, Heather and Ivan Morison had explored the currency of shelters and escape vehicles – things that can either transport you physically or mentally away from the here and now and help avoid, or offer refuge, from future disaster. The film Dark Star (2006), and the timber structures Pleasure IslandContinue reading “Heather & Ivan Morison – Falling Into Place”

Luca Frei – The so-called utopia of the centre beaubourg, an interpretation

Appearing under the pseudonym Gustave Affeulpin in 1976, and coinciding with the inauguration of the Centre Beaubourg in Paris, Albert Meister’s fictional text La soi-disant utopie du centre Beaubourg imagines a radical libertarian space submerged beneath the newly erected centre-piece of French Culture. In a world turned upside down, the 76 storeys submerged beneath theContinue reading “Luca Frei – The so-called utopia of the centre beaubourg, an interpretation”

Make Everything New: A Project on Communism

Communism is routinely defined as defeated and its conquest the subject of regular celebration. Caught in the disappointment and negative connotations of the past, it has become all but unthinkable. Make Everything New – A Project On Communism seeks to rescue the idea of Communism from this trap. Collaborating with artists, writers and collectives, thisContinue reading “Make Everything New: A Project on Communism”

Ahmet Ögüt – Tahrite Bugün/Today in History

Parodying the format of a regular newspaper column, Today in History/Tarihte Bugün presents a series of drawings and paraphrased stories, extracted from Turkish newspapers from the last four decades. The news stories are sometimes poetic, sometimes overtly political, and sometimes strangely surreal. Dislocated from their original context and presented as an artist’s impression, the workContinue reading “Ahmet Ögüt – Tahrite Bugün/Today in History”