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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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A new vision for bookshops


Image courtesy of londondesignguide.com

Bookshops are declining. So claims Jamie Byng of Canongate Books, a company which has twice been voted Publisher of the Year, in this month’s The Quarterly Magazine. I’m ready to believe that – Borders is gone and e-books are on the rise. It’s easy to imagine a future where books are only browsed for digitally. Continue reading

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Post-Modernism at the V&A


Image from Nick Sherwood

I went to this exhibition without looking up what it was about beforehand. I knew the format to expect: it would be in the gallery near the smaller shop, and there would be a lot of vinyl lettering on the wall, probably lots of black shiny panels with white plinths and glass casing. That’s the way the V&A rolls.
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Power of Making


Steven Hawking superhero suit, Michael T Rea
I laughed out loud when I saw this. A wooden prosthetic body so Steven Hawking can be a superhero? Brilliant!

The Power of Making exhibition at the V&A was crammed full of extraordinarily made objects, most of them extraordinary in other ways too. Here’s a selection of what I found the most inspiring from the exhibition.
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Decode at the V&A

Decode was a fantastic exhibition at the V&A last year. It helped me understand the potential of interactive technology – for me it was an important moment for inspiration in my ideas. Because of this exhibition I decided to volunteer at Kinetica Art Fair in February this year, which provided me with further ideas fodder.

Decode was curated in collaboration with onedotzero.
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Spineless Classics

I surreptitiously took photos of these in the V&A shop but they came out terribly. So I’ve got these images all from the Spineless Classic website. They’re large posters of whole texts of much-loved books, all available from the V&A shop online. They’re about £40-£45 each.
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Javier Mariscal at the V&A

This chair was next to the Jameel Prize. I think it’s part of the permanent collection – I think it was a new acquisition of the V&A though.
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The Jameel Prize 2011

This was the Jameel Prize exhibition this year at the V&A. I’m not sure when it will be open until; it’s going on tour at some point. Zaha Hadid is the patron of the prize, which is awarded to artists or designers inspired by Islamic tradition.

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Brutal Simplicity of Thought at the V&A

‘Brutal Simplicity of Thought: How It Changed the World’ by M&C Saatchi was at the V&A in the Sackler Centre in September. I thought it was fantastic so I took pictures of all of it.

‘Simplicity looks easy. It’s not. It’s easier to complicate than to simplify. This display by M&C Saatchi brings to life stunningly simple examples of concepts that have changed the world – from God to the humble paper clip; it celebrates moments when Brutal Simplicity of Thought ruled the world and showed that Nothing is Impossible. Based on the soon to be published book Brutal Simplicity of Thought (Ebury Publishing), this display aims to make us see everything afresh. It is the distillation, in words and pictures, of the Saatchi approach.’ – V&A website
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