RSA 250th anniversary event

The RSA has been going for 250 years. I joined it because it seemed to be one of those Establishment institutions that had license to promote dangerous and subversive ideas without being pilloried by conservative forces. The RSA has now revisited its 01754 mission mission to focus on social and economic challenges such as sustainability […]

More art radio

New Media Scotland supports a series of sonic art webcasts under the DRIFT name. This week (23-29 May) they’re running a series of themed radio programmes under the title Resonant Cities, curated by Robert H. King. There’s quite a long-winded login process to negotiate before you can listen to the programmes or even read the […]

Authorial archiving

One more perspective on my current pre-occupation with cultural collections and how we learn from them… Robert Fripp’s diary entries for 7th and 14th May 02004 chart his current work on what appears to be a multi-volume archive: The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson; Crimson being Fripp’s on-again/off-again band for the last 35 years. […]

Learning from Tom Phillips: We are the people

From abstract theorising about cultural collections to concrete practice. Tom Phillips currently has 1,000 (out of his collection of 50,000) postcards on display at the National Portrait Gallery, as part of an exhibition called We Are The People. Alongside the exhibition, Phillips guides how people can interpret and learn from the collection. There is a […]

More on unprogrammed learning

My last posting on unprogrammed learning was half-baked and unfinished. So will this one be, since I think it’s the kind of problem you have to nag away at repeatedly. If and when a solution becomes clear, it will no doubt appear ungratifyingly obvious and simple with the benefit of hindsight… To recap, the Museums, […]

Are you red/green colour-blind?

Shocking confession: the DJ Alchemi web site has had a red/green colour scheme for over six years and I’ve never looked into (or even considered) how it looks to colour-blind people. Jakob Nielsen’s latest guidelines for visualising links identify potential risks for using red and green for link colours. This article on colour-blindness and web […]

Lord Puttnam lecture on digital technology and film

Following on from their very useful digital film event last November, Cass Business School is hosting a lecture by David Puttnam on The Impact of Digital Technology on the Film Industry: Opportunity or Threat? on 2 June. Here’s the link for more details and registration. It’s free (including the drinks) and less than 200m from […]

New(ish) art radio station

Building on my contention that the Internet is bringing us a golden age of listening experiences (or ‘radio with knobs on,’ if you will), the New York PS1 gallery launched an online radio station last month, WPS1, which has access to some of the Museum of Modern Art’s audio archive. One reason this is radio […]

Alain Resnais film season

As a prelude to a season of Alain Resnais films that will get under way in earnest next week, Michel Ciment (editor of the French film journal Positif) gave an introduction to Resnais’ fifty year career, followed by a screening of Providence. Ciment’s overview of Resnais’ work and practice was erudite in nailing his unique […]


Here are a couple of pictures taken yesterday on Dartmoor, with the quality compromised even more than usual owing to the difficulty of seeing anything on the ‘viewfinder’ on my phone in the sunlight. Click on the images to be taken to much better photographs and details of the sites courtesy of the Modern Antiquarian […]