Monday, 28 December 2009

Life on a stage

"He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, 
because he never knows what part of his life 
he is going to have to act in next."
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Christmas is time to eat.....artisan biscuits


These are as delicious as they look.  Good quality ingredients, beautifully designed packaging (by design company Irving & co.) and poetry themed! My favourite flavour is The Owl and the Pussycat.  Click here if you're tempted!

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the s
tars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are, You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!' by Edward Lear 

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Air Bear

Joshua Allen Harris creates inflatable street art.  He positions bin bags on top of subway vents, which inflate into animated sculptures once the air travels upwards.  Search on youtube for more, including a giraffe and an ape..

Sunday, 6 December 2009 one for luck

The sneaky magpie tagged me in her list of 'The 7 Things I Love' here is mine

Sophie Calle Suite Venitienne

‘For months I followed strangers in the street. For the pleasure of following them, not because they particularly interested me. I photographed them without their knowledge, took note of their movements, then finally lost sight of them and forgot them.

At the end of January 1980, on the streets of Paris, I followed a man whom I lost sight of a few minutes later in the crowd. That very evening, by chance, he was introduced to me at an opening. During the course of our conversation, he told me he was planning an imminent trip to Venice.’


music to move you..or me at least


the sweetest


my new(ish) love

Native Indian Culture

Dim Sum Dumplings

yum yum yum yum yum yum yum!

 The Eiffel Tower (..and all related merchandise :)


and one for luck.....

Omar Little

best gangster ever (from The Wire..if you haven't seen it then now's the time)

Sunday, 29 November 2009

A thought...

from here 

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


I like it do you?

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Rodrigo y Gabriela

I'm going tonight to the Hammersmith Apollo to see them...should be good!

Friday, 13 November 2009

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Western Spaghetti

by PES

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Sit Here

Becherovka, a Czech whisky encourages people to “Get Closer” on this bench

Slimming brand Sim Fast bench ad


Companhia Athletica placed slanted benches in parks to encourage people to keep walking

from here

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Obnoxious people have the right to freedom of speech too, don’t they?

by Obey

Tonight, Nick Griffin leader of the BNP will be on BBC Question Time.  The BBC say that any legitimate political party who has obtained seats in the European parliament should be allowed on the program, regardless of their views and policies.  Many other people disagree and are outraged that the BBC (funded by the us - license payers) is giving a platform on live television to such a racist organisation which only allows white members.

This article (where I stole my title from) says some good stuff..

Monday, 19 October 2009

They must find it difficult...

"They must find it difficult...
those who have taken authority as truth,
rather than truth as authority"
Gerald Massey

I watched Zeitgeist (again) the other day and picked up this quote as one of my favourites.  You can watch it here.  

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Dance Dance Dance

A phenakistoscope disc by Eadweard Muybridge (1893) from here

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music" 
Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, 12 October 2009

I want them all!

Louise Bobbe has a new exhibition opening this Thursday at the Stephanie Hoppen Gallery in London.  Her work is a dream...sensual, seductive and serene, each piece telling its own story, filled with tension and intimacy.

Not to be missed!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Mutate Britain - One Foot in the Grove


Went to an amazing opening last night of the new Mutate Britain show called 'One Foot in the Grove' in Ladbroke Grove London featuring some amazing artists.  The highlight was a horse made out of metal, wires....and other bits of 'rubbish'..  The artist had a remote control and made it gallop around the space neighing loudly and blowing fire from both ends!  Two young kids (I assume the artist's) were riding on top of it..looking very casual about the whole affair, while scared members of the audience (me..) were being chased by a fire breathing robotic horse!!

The horse was made by Mutoid Waste Company who became famous from their 'Trash City' stage which appears yearly at Glastonbury Festival.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Sophie Calle at the Whitechapel!

I am so excited that Sophie Calle has a new exhibition coming to the Whitechapel Gallery from Oct 16 - Jan 3.  I went to an exhibition at Camden Arts Centre years ago which was so inspiring. The quote below sums her up for me..

"I saw him for the first time in December 1985, at a lecture he was giving. I found him attractive, but one thing bothered me: he was wearing an ugly tie. The next day I anonymously sent him a thin brown tie. Later, I saw him in a restaurant; he was wearing it. Unfortunately, it clashed with his shirt. I was then that I decided to take on the task of dressing him from head to toe: I would send him one article of clothing every year at Christmas. In 1986, he received a pair of silk grey socks; in 1987, a black alpaca sweater; in 1988, a white shirt; in 1989, a pair of gold-plated cufflinks; in 1990, a pair of boxer shorts with a Christmas-tree pattern; nothing in 1991; and in 1992, a pair of grey trousers. Someday, when he is fully dressed by me, I would like to be introduced to him."

--from artist Sophie Calle, An Appointment with Sigmund Freud (Thames & Hudson, 1999)

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Sonnet XVII

Sonnet XVII

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Pablo Neruda

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Molly Lewis

Ukraine's Got Talent

Kseniya Simonova won Ukraine's Got Talent earlier this year with this powerful 'sand animation' depicting life during USSR's Great Patriotic War against the Third Reich in World War II.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

London Skies

Why are clouds and skies so fascinating? I'm always snapping's a couple of my favourites!

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Delicious Autumn!

Vincent Van Gogh 

 "Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."  George Eliot   

Friday, 25 September 2009

Revolution on Paper


New show at the British Museum called Revolution on Paper- Mexican prints 1910-1960.

    "Between 1910 and 1920, Mexico was convulsed by a socialist revolution that aimed to topple the elite ruling class and improve conditions for society at large. The left-wing government which emerged laid great emphasis on art as a vehicle to promote the values of the revolution. Walls of public buildings were covered with vast murals, and workshops made prints for mass distribution."

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Monday, 21 September 2009

Spiral out of control

thanks If Jane for the theme...does anyone else have an inspiring spiral to share?
images via here and here

Sunday, 20 September 2009

How to

 image via de beaux cheveux

I wonder what it says in there....

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Gentlemen of Bacongo


'Sapeurs' the elegantly dressed dandies living in the heart of the Congo, photographed by Danielle Tamagni for her book, 'Gentlemen of Bacongo' cool!  Published by Trolley, it is launching in the UK in November with an exhibition here.