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What Marina Abramovic’s art has in common with my design approach

I went to Marina Abramovic’s show at the Serpentine Gallery last year, and like most of the other visitors, I was profoundly moved. She is pushing what art can be – she is making art out of interactions.

In this Ted Talk she explains principles behind her work.

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Tornado made from water vapour

Artwork by Alistair McClymont
“The Limitations of Logic and the Absence of Absolute Certainty” was a tornado shown at the CA2M Museum in Madrid and Laboral in Spain, Shoreditch Town Hall at the Concrete and Glass festival.

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Memory Palace


Johnny Kelly Image from V&A website

Memory Palace at the V&A has a fantastic exhibition concept: 20 illustrators and artists express one dystopian story, written by Hari Kunzru. I would recommend this exhibition to anyone interested in visual narratives. The exhibiton ends with the opportunity to add your own memory to the collection. Continue reading

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The Happiness Machine

Alice Osborne and Ella Britton have created a Letter Writing Machine. They put it into action on Saturday at the Knee High Play Space in Gabriel’s Wharf. Continue reading

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The Spirit of Utopia, Whitechapel Gallery

The Museum of Hypothetical Lifetimes

At the Spirit of Utopia exhibition, I was half an hour late to meet my friend whose phone had recently broken. With no way of contacting her, I asked all of the gallery attendants if they had seen a girl with short dark curly hair. They mostly looked at me suspiciously since I also have short dark curly hair, and most of the gallery attendants are artists, probably expecting performance art trickery. Yes, they had seen me with my hair, but not my friend. I was left to enjoy the exhibition alone. Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman ‘Make Good Art’


If you’re looking for inspiration, watch this speech by Neil Gaiman for 2012 graduates. It’s about working as an artist (of any kind). It’s hopeful, and makes you feel like it’s ok to break rules.

A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back.

…I decided that I would do my best in future not to write books just for the money. If you didn’t get the money, then you didn’t have anything. If I did work I was proud of, and I didn’t get the money, at least I’d have the work.

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House of Illustration

House of Illustration are teaching literacy through illustration. What a great idea.

‘PICTURE IT: Inspiration through Illustration is the House of Illustration’s pioneering education programme championing creative approaches to literacy. Professional illustrators work with pupils and teachers on individually-developed practical illustration projects that provide a creative approach to literacy and other topics across the curriculum.

Confidence in literacy underpins confidence in learning in all subjects. Illustration is an ideal medium for developing communication, reading and writing skills, alongside imagination, creativity and art expertise. Children taking part in our projects develop self-expression, increase their ability to communicate ideas, stories and facts and feel a great sense of pride in their professional results.’

Now that’s designers rethinking an issue previously not considered relevant to us. Go designers!

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