CHERNOBYL

I just read an amazing account of an author’s [Henry Shukman] exploration of ‘Europe’s strangest wildlife refuge, an enchanted postapocalyptic forest from which entirely new species may soon emerge.’

For anyone interested in Chernobyl, wildlife, subversive spaces, architecture, or even psycho-geography and art, this is a must read.

I saw the link on Twitter thanks to bldgblog << who you should follow if you're not already.

Find the text HERE, and let me know what your thoughts on it are.

flats at Chernobyl exclusion zone

Photo thanks to Pedro Moura Pinheiro.

TURNING THE PLACE OVER

By Richard Wilson. “The most daring piece of public art ever commissioned in the UK” – www.biennial.com

Love this. You can see my (quite rubbish) phone video HERE or an ‘official’ one HERE.

Why can’t every city have something like this? Go and have a look if you’re around in Liverpool, it’s well worth it.

And because no one likes a ‘text only’ blog:
Richard Wilson, Turning the Place Over

You Were Here!

You should all have a look at this little blog by Tina Richardson, based in Leeds, UK.

YOU WERE HERE!

“This is an ongoing project that takes place on the University of Leeds campus and was started in November 2010. I am taking photos of found objects… that could have conceivably been dropped accidentally.

These items may well be classified as rubbish at the point they hit the ground, but the objects that intrigue me are those that could have possibly been lost, and at that moment in time, could have been attributed some value by the owner.”

The project focuses on the idea of accidental loss of an object; objects which are then indexed, temporally and spatially. Kind of like a map of loss. There are some similarities between this project and one of the first projects I posted on this blog, titled MISSING

I was interested in the body as a found object, and I see similarities in the projects because we’ve both concentrated on the place of discovery then mapped, in one way or another, those places.

BLDGBLOG

Just a quick post to highlight a great blog!

I was made aware thanks to my good pal Sarah Smizz.

We’re hatching a plan for city wide domination! Not really, but we are pulling together a great proposal for an exhibition that will *hopefully* be in Manchester. If not, probably Sheffield. We’re very excited!

But what the hell has this got to do with BLDGBLOG? Well, everyone is inspired by something. So, thanks BLDGBLOG – you’re an inspiration!

from BLDGBLOG

Unit 3B

I’m a member of an independent studio/gallery space in Sheffield called Unit 3B (or on FACEBOOK).

The artspace is funded by members and fundraising events. We hold exhibitions from local, national and international artists and curators. We hold regular crit groups/film screenings/discussion sessions/gallery crawls. Anyone within an arts community will already know how important sessions such as these are for the surrounding communities.

Unit 3B has been expanding rapidly since it first started, and continues to grow. As it does, it requires more funding to enrich the culture and community that blossoms from it. The point of this post isn’t to brag about how great Unit 3B is, it’s to highlight the importance of funding in the arts. Small, independent galleries and studios come to depend on funding – not as a money making scheme, but to support, enhance and create platforms for local creative talent.

We have always known the importance of arts and culture in this country. Let’s not lose it now.

http://savethearts-uk.blogspot.com/

PRISM

I’ll be showing work at the next PRISM event.

PRISM is a bi-monthly contemporary art event. Established at The Showroom Cinema in 2008 it utilises various venues across Sheffield to exhibit work by emerging and established artists. This January it continues its residency at Bank St Arts – have a look at their SITE, they do good things!

For details, have a look on the FACEBOOK page or check out the BLOG.

I’m excited.