Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Isotype parody - It's a Square World 1963

While undertaking some work researching isotype and infographics, we came across this very timely infographic presentation in the style of the Open University circa 1963, bu Michael Bentine and Bob Godfrey.

Monday, 2 April 2018

The Great British Eccentric

Part research and part pathos ... inspirational even when being a straight man.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Alvin Toffler's Future Shock

Alvin Toffler's 'Future Shock,' narrated by Mr. Orson Welles VIA from on Vimeo.

Currently undertaking some reading on historical futurism and found this amazing video of Orson Welles explaining or paraphrasing the influential work of Alvin Toffler. Retro and futurist at the same time ... Toffler, A. (1970) Future Shock (Pan Books, London).

Thursday, 14 December 2017

UK Music Map

Now then ... this interactive map has nothing to do with us but it's so cool to come across this in the midst of a government policy website (Creative Industries Council if you are asking) that we thought it is definitely worth sharing ... interactive means clicking to hear.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Champing = Church Camping

This is just a cool idea for a fresh experience by the Churches Conservation Trust ... book your place here. And like true faith Anglicans, you can also pre-book your wine ready for your arrival. What's not to like about this?

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Development of the barter economy

Starting an interesting collection of LETS and barter economy groups as the idea progresses throughout the internet and social media for specific interests ...

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll

There seems to be an evidence base at last for the proposition made by Ian Dury & and the Blockheads  ... have a look at this research paper to discover that what you always suspected about music is grounded in evolutionary biology. 

It does seem that music gives you please in the same way that sex and drugs work ...

Reference: Mallik, A., Chanda, M.L., Levity, D.J. (2017) "Anhedonia to music and mu-opioids: Evidence from the administration of naltrexone". Scientific Reports 7(41952) 1-8.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Season's Greetings

Look forward to a leaner, greener and more optimistic new year for community support and sustainable development. Recycled e-card based on a street paving rubbing from Barcelona as it seemed very snow flake / fractal-like. 

Friday, 14 October 2016

Pocket Money Loans by Darren Cullen

Amazingly funny and not funny together ... Pocket Money Loans as a form of satirical art. Darren Cullen visited Newcastle with this exhibition in October.

Alternative Music Blueprint

We saw this featured in Wired magazine and need to post a link to share (and remember where to find it again) ...

A simple but great approach to the ontology of information and illustrating the complexity of networks and influences ... but based on alternative music movements ... available for purchase from Dorothy here.

Monday, 26 September 2016

First computer generated music

We've been undertaking some research into early sounds and the development of digital music and came across this amazing reference to the work of Alan Turing in 1951. Amazing innovator and an amazing brain ...

... worried about your own brain and want to take the Turing Test (copy of the 1950 academic paper hereyourself then have a go at it here (more or less) ... 

Monday, 27 June 2016

3D Printed Audio

So impressed with the idea and delivery of this project ...

... as it is manufactured and presented as 'materialised audio' ...

Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Fatima Mansions

We’ve always been intrigued about the interface between architecture and popular culture and got particularly excited around the recent listing of the former Sex Pistols’ London flat at 6 Denmark Street[1]. Wall graffiti being protected by Grade II* status seems to officially give historical weight and significance to the cultural importance of the punk movement. Or at least the need to protect and maintain what physical legacy of the movement remains. It got us thinking about the similar Irish legacy and the lesser known The Fatima Mansions (with their back catalogue playing in the background of the studio … here I would recommend their cover version of ‘Shiny Happy People’ on their 1991 ‘Bertie’s Brochures’ album) who named themselves after an entire social housing estate in Dublin’s southside, although they seemed to have been based in Newcastle for much of the 1990s.

There is an interesting academic review of the estate, development history through to regeneration and the role that media representations had on the perception of the area[2], including references to the band.

[1] Brown, M (2016) “Not pretty, not vacant: Sex Pistols’ London home given listed status”. The Guardian 22nd March. [accessed 22nd March 2016]
[2] Conway, B., Corcoran, M., Cahill, L (2012) “The ‘miracle’ of Fatima: Media framing and the regeneration of a Dublin housing estate”. Journalism 13(5) 551-571.

Late Shows @ Baltic 39

Opening up the studio for the Late Shows this year ... together with a new mini web site to collect and showcase some of the more creative projects around public art (and private art) at We're also attempting to use CMYK printing techniques but using projectors ... come also and see how we get on.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Counter-marking Coins by Thomas Spence

We are getting inspired by rediscovering the work and activities of Thomas Spence who; amongst other things;  has a novel approach to the promotion of community ownership of land in the defacing and counter-marking of coins with his political propaganda.

Two of the most interesting defaced coins dating from the 1770's advocate "No Landlords" and "Partnership in Land". More on his influence on cooperation as part of the AV Festival this month at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle. 

Reference: Bonnett, A., Armstrong, K (Eds.) (2014) Thomas Spence: The Poor Man's Revolutionary (Breviary Stuff Publications, London).