Aircraft Carrier

I've never attended the architecture Bienniale before but have attended the last few art ones. Obviously with architecture there's going to be more of a turn to 'look how high my skyscraper is' and away from 'let's actually do something interesting' than with the art world and there were instantly forgettable rooms of clever little models and earnest eco schemes abound. However, the filler was generously padded with killer.


Aircraft Carrier advice

Israel's Aircraft Carrier was one of the first things I checked out and it's a damn shame because it was one of the best things there. The work revolved around a satirical examination of the privatisation of Israeli public companies by US companies in the seventies and eighties. This was displayed in videos and prints throughout the show but the genius was in the objects around the space.

Privatisation monopoly

Privatisation monopoly


Your country needs you to save

The upstairs hosted the main gallery where regularly spaced plinths held various satirical objects and parodies. A Monopoly board replaced with ex-public companies, a jet fighter mobile, a bottle of 'holy land', chewing gum wrappers designed to look like medal ribbons, IBM ties in Hebrew, oil drum pen holders, savings tins, chocolate coins with a Shekel on one side and a US dollar on the other and a couple of other small, clever items.

Holy ground (bought some of this)

IBM tie

The real clincher was the fact that these items were for sale. Downstairs, and at very reasonable non-art prices were all the various little things. I myself picked up a bottle of the 'holy ground' and a highly brandishable Milton Friedman notebook. But of course it took me a few days to realise that the shop wasn't a separate entity from the gallery and that I had played right into the hands of the entire set up.  Just as in the story they satirised, here were little slices of Israel at reasonable rates ready to be bought by the international community.

Aircraft Carrier advice

Major Lazer

I spent the whole weekend at my good friend and sometime collaborator Ferry Gouw's house working on this music video for Major Lazer. Check it out.


Been a while...

Things have been getting busy. I've taken up a place at Superflux where I'm helping them cap off their project with Studiolab and various other exciting and secret things. Hopefully I'll be starting my own project with Studiolab in the next few weeks too. Then I'll develop or expand off that project for the SPACE residency which I'll probably be starting early next year. 

I should be doing a talk for AlterFutures on the 30th October (more updates later) with esteemed peers Benedict Singleton and Justin Pickard on policy and design which should be kind of exciting.  Ilona Gaynor and Benedict, under the name of their new studio: Department of No, myself and David Benque are also in the very early stages of a large and pretty crazy project as well as plans between myself and David to launch a social-networking based project.

On top of this, I'm tutoring a group of the final years at IMI LCC through the end of their BAs and doing some pretty exciting commercial briefs, including a music video that's coming out tomorrow. I'm going to try and rejuvinate this blog as well and perhaps re-hash the website to deal with the ever-present problem of putting weight on the 'right' projects while showing variety.

Regrettably, the technology has not yet been developed which allows me to create a post as I think of it and by the time I'm sat down in front of a computer, my mind has gone blank.

Here's a video of Zizek bemoaning tulips: