Thursday, 16 January 2014
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Monday, 28 October 2013
Emilie Sheehan's Domestic Tourism project is concerned with the extraordinary rise in social networking and hospitality sites, which allow people to travel the world by staying in other people’s homes. Affordable travel enables us to work and live anywhere in the world given the opportunity. The project explores how to create social cohesion in temporary situations, by engaging with notions of hospitality. How can we prepare our homes for a stranger coming to stay, and can this be acceptable to everyone? The project is about how you can adapt the home to become a temporary public space, by providing a service that delivers the means to transform a home into a temporary hotel.
Saturday, 26 October 2013
The second series of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces has just stared on Channel 4 in which architect George Clarke celebrates the extraordinary world of small design. Across Britain people are finding inventive ways of creating beautiful small spaces that don't blow the budget and can transform lives and Clarke realises some incredible designs with careful planning and masses of imagination, from secret hideaways and space-saving retreats, to eco-friendly bolt holes and re-conditioned vehicles.
In the first episode shown on Thursday night at 8pm a couple transform a tiny 60s ambulance into a campervan where the family of six can cook, eat and sleep; an artist commissions an incredible giant wooden floating egg to use as a working and living space; and a novel way of turning a suburban basement in Nottingham into a 4800-gallon aquarium is revealed.
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Monday, 7 October 2013
Vance Packard, The Status Seekers, Snob Appeal = Today's Home Sweet Home
Friday, 4 October 2013
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Mass Observation: This is Your Photo
Ademeit Horst, Secret Universe
'If I had known then, what I know now/British Isles' is based on the idea of surrendering the creative process to a force outside the self, hand torn in paper and cast aside, crumpled before being reclaimed and preserved through a process of 3D scanning and ultimately cast in bronze. As our world becomes increasingly global, nationhood itself is brought into question. In our own land we are questioning what England means apart from its geographical boundaries and wonder whether there is an English nation. The fragility of the discarded paper and the weight and purpose of the bronze define the extremes of this question.