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

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

Jacob De Graaf

Enjoying the work of Jacob De Graf at the minute. I saw his work in issue 10 of ArtBox.

Particularly his older pieces – architectural paintings of small homes in mostly nocturnal landscapes. His more recent work is concentrated on form and composition rather than feelings/mood.

I love that De Graaf explores the idea of psychogeography of the home in a 2D format rather than 3D/installation.

Bloc Billboard

The excellent Blog Gallery in Sheffield has commissioned me for their Billboards Project. A couple of artists each year have free reign over what is shown on the boards. I’m excited to be a part of this quirky and exciting project and send out my thanks to Bloc for the opportunity and appreciation of my work.

Bloc Billboard is situated on Eyre Lane outside the gallery and is used by artists as an experimental public exhibition space. The exhibition will be up until November, so if you get chance, pop down and have a look.

Bloc Gallery Billboard Commission

billboard
Preparing.

3RD I

3rd-I

I wish I could be at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo but alas, I can’t. In person. But I could be telepresent; that is, to give the appearance that I’m present or have an effect at a location other than the one I’m physically in. This is no new concept, but it is an integral part of an exhibition at the Expo by Graham Smith and Christina Smith of Cybercity Ruhr.

The exhibition allows for robots to be manually controlled and manoeuvred through tiny streets. They can be controlled ‘locally’, over a game step pad, or ‘world wide’, over the internet. This enables the viewer to explore the environment as a pedestrian would, without actually being there.

Generally, the exhibition explores urbanism, spatial needs, interactivity with urban and built environments, identity and cultural exchange. But personally, ides of community, isolation and alienation are key.

For more info have a look HERE.