Writing on art

Hinge-point: the social media and technology revolution in the art world

“Hinge-point: the social media and technology revolution in the art world” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 65, 2010. Reproduced with permission. Recently, I went to an exhibit of a friend, who with colleagues, produced a piece called “Cases” using iPod videos as an installation probing the nature of… Read More »Hinge-point: the social media and technology revolution in the art world

Where do you go to my lovely when you’re alone in your bed?

“where do you go to my lovely when you’re alone in your bed?” (title from the song with lyrics by Peter Sarstedt, 1969, listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRDaeLs69i4 ) Originally publised in Art of England, Issue 76, 2011. Reproduced with permission. Fantasy, imagination and dreaming have been acknowledged sources of… Read More »Where do you go to my lovely when you’re alone in your bed?

Frankenfolks can be artists too!

“Frankenfolks” can be artists too!” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 86, 2011. Reproduced with permission. Are older people curiosities, especially the long-lived? Do we see them as ‘marvellous’ simply for their fact of survival. Perhaps instead, we trap others in the medico-social web of nursing homes, expensive end-of-life… Read More »Frankenfolks can be artists too!

There’s an app for that

“There’s an app for that” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 79, 2011. Reproduced with permission. The last roll of Kodachrome film was shot by photographer Steve McCurry, and developed in the last place, apparently on Earth that has the equipment, a drug store in Kansas. Kodachrome represented a… Read More »There’s an app for that

The Vampire Art Schools

“The Vampire Art Schools” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 75, 2010. Reproduced with permission. Someone said once (probably Adam Smith) that teachers should be paid after the lecture. Based on the recent National Student Survey, “academic artists” employed at some arts schools would be hard pressed to pay… Read More »The Vampire Art Schools

On Learning to Steal

“On Learning to Steal” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 77, 2011. Reproduced with permission. I was watching some students in a gallery the other day, planted in front of a variety of different paintings, with sketch books. They appeared to be copying the paintings. What exactly is the… Read More »On Learning to Steal

Censorship & Arts

“Censorship and Arts” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 28, 2011. Reproduced with permission. Who would have thought the real cyber-war would be fought over freedom of speech as we see the WikiLeaks saga unfold. This got me to thinking about censorship more generally and how the arts have… Read More »Censorship & Arts

Dirt!

“Dirt!” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 83, 2011. Reproduced with permission. In the film Amadeus, Salieri says of Mozart that it was like he was taking dictation from God. Most of us know the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk. It is not about dictation,… Read More »Dirt!