Friday, 23 November 2012

Blue jeans, white shirt
Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn
It was like, James Dean, for sure.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Emancipation of the Sign: Poetry and Finance During the Twentieth Century

The subject does not belong to the world, rather it is a limit of the world.” 

Language has an infinite potency, but the exercise of language happens in finite conditions of history and existence.

Nevertheless, while social communication is a limited process, language is boundless: its potentiality is not restricted to the limits of the signified. Poetry is language’s excess, the signifier disentangled from the limits of the signified.

Irony, the ethical form of the excessive power of language, is the infinite game words play to create, disrupt, and shuffle meaning. A social movement, at the end of the day, should use irony as semiotic insolvency, as a mechanism to untangle language, behavior, and action from the limits of symbolic debt.
From “A Place We Do Not Know” in Franco Berardi’s new book The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance, published by Semiotext(e), 2012.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Think about it, there must be a higher love.
Down in the heart and in the stars above.
Without it, life is wasted time,
look inside your heart, I'll look inside mine.

Monday, 10 September 2012

John Stezaker

"Going into a charity shop or second hand bookshop, there are moments when I see an image and it seems like the strangest thing in the world. It’s a kind of sighting. That experience is the key thing for me, that moment when an image is showing itself not in terms of its relationship with the everyday world, its context, but showing its mysterious other aspect."

Thursday, 26 July 2012

I believe that marriage isn't 
Between a man & woman 
But between love and love ~ FO

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Stills From Imaginary Films

Small show I went to see in Melbourne as part of IPF (Independent Photography Festival).
Beautifully captured moments, Photoshop free zone, really modest guy too.
Luke's Website

Photographer: Luke Byrne

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Getting a Bicycle from Australia to UK

  • Go to Australia post only to find that Sea Mail takes 3 months.
  • Air mail takes 10 days but is $250.
  • Bump into Italian cyclist outside post office who insists your bike is made of steel not aluminum (question the relevance of that statement)
  • Find out from him you can take a bike onto a plane for no extra charge as long as it is your only cargo
  • Have the Italian boy explain that you can get away with two large backpacks and a surfboard bag as hand luggage when travelling with Etihad. (NB if the bags don't fit in the overhead lockers, play dumb and pretend there is something fragile in there and the attendants will take it to the cockpit)
  • Go to bike shop in city to get a cardboard box.
  • Carry box big enough to fit a person in along with bike back home.
  • Begin dis-assembling the bike with a poor quality spanner (on a level with Mecano)
  • Manage to adequately downsize the bike apart from the PEDALS
  • Spend a large amount of time contemplating the pedal dilemma and end up breaking spanner in process.
  • Eat a tim tam
  • Consider getting drunk
  • Re-focus and take the bike to a bike shop closer to home to get the pedals taken off
  • Return home and face the box
  • Re-size an oversized cardboard box to fit airport regulations (using broken craft knife, kitchen scissors and a piece of string for measuring as no ruler is available)
  • Rejoice at the revelation that the bikes frame is exactly the same width as the regulation permits
  • Package bike as only piece of luggage
  • Throw suitcase away
  • Try to fit portfolio and a years worth of collected ephemera in the bike box
  • Fit Tim Tams into bike box
  • Consolidate every item of clothing I own into hand luggage (discard underwear, year old anyway)
  • face the impending dread of transporting the box to airport...

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


"This life is a stage - Each without exception plays his role - Life is a drama - Men pass from one role to another - The cause of the world-play is not outside - It is the latent powers that are slumbering in each human soul."

 - The Doctrine of Karma

Friday, 17 February 2012

Recorders Down Under

Rafael Lozano Hemmer's exhibition, Recorders, has travelled to the southern hemisphere. I saw the show at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition was just as engaging as when I saw it in Manchester, with a few new additions.


NM, Collage, 2012, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

Made from a collection of miscellaneous stamps found at a Sydney market.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Gerhard Richter

I'm not frightened. I'm not frightened of anything. The more I suffer, the more I love. Danger will only increase my love. It will sharpen it. It will give it spice. I'll be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back.... and look at you and say: Only one thing can make a soul complete; and that thing is love."

~Frederich Von Schiller, "Love and Intrigue"

Reader, 1994