I’m contributing a series of psychogeography articles to Now Then magazine, the free, newish Manchester edition of a Sheffield publication. They’re going to be published under the banner “Nowhere Fast” and will look/reveal/take the piss out of some of the absurdities that make Manchester the place it is. The first article is in Issue 5. It’s out now and can be picked up in the Northern Quarter amongst other places or read here on-line (I’m on page 19). Elsewhere is an interview with Michael Palin no less.
The first article in the series is about the phenomenon of buildings getting called ‘One’ by developers who blight the land. I’ll post the full text of the article along with more photos here on my blog, but in a super augmented reality stylee you can visit the Google Map of the article and maybe even walk the talk by clicking here. Future episodes will include riots and public loos, so subscribe now.
Photographs are vague. Their meanings can be open to different readings. I’m less and less inclined to publish pictures without accompanying words that make their meaning explicit. I’m also much more interested in vernacular and snapshot photography than most work that tries to have artistic meaning. Recently I’ve been interested in the Cold War and came across a photo on a Tumblr page that encouraged me to speculate on “what the fuck that’s all about then?”. It was also a good excuse to make a video – especially as one of my nieces is a film editor. So here then is a 15 minute documentary by me and Cat Gregory which lacking a real title, we’ll call “Atomic Witch”.
Now there should be a word for visuals that have an incongruous soundtrack. Perhaps there is. If you’re not sure what I’m on about watch the opening titles to ‘Dr Strangelove’ – or you could watch my take on them…
We’ll celebrate this blog’s 350th post with a big explosion…
I’ve got a picture in a group exhibition called “Reconciliation” at The Funky Aardvark(!?) 51 Bridge Street Rows East, Chester CH1 1NW. Not my usual sort of image – the face is a photo of a statue I photographed in Washington DC in 1989, the planes are from the font Carta. It was done at the time of the second Iraq War and is based on the Spanish Civil War poster “If you tolerate this, then your children will be next”.
The only ever re-make that’s better than the original! A new HD version of my sound installation shown at Blank Media Collective’s 2011 ‘Title Art Prize’ exhibition. 100 Breaths Per Minute is one minute long and features 100 breaths taken from the inhalations of BBC Radio 4 announcers as they draw breath before introducing the next programme. The video was filmed on a Fuji X10 compact camera and thanks are due to Muji for the loan of their wall mounted CD player.