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It’s sunny in Dundee mostly

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Tentsmuir WW2 Coastal Defences

In the spirit of inter-institutional caring and sharing:

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES

Preview: Thursday 27th March 7pm
Exhibition Open: Friday 28th March 12 – 4pm, Saturday 29th March 12 – 4pm

The White Room project space, Tin Roof Studios. 38-40 Bellfield Street
Dundee DD1 5JD

Presenting an exhibition of work created by 3rd year Illustration Students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Come along to our show! It consists of hand printed posters and set designs for a series of imagined theatrical adaptations of plays exploring climate change, sustainability, urban planning and related social and political issues.

Exploring subjects such as:
Hydro Fracking, Gentrification, Micro-topias, Climate Activism, Nuclear waste disposal, Nuclear War, Social Housing, The melting ice caps, Surveillance, Community Gardening.

For more information please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/manufacturedlandscapes

watching us

this is a fantastic resource that has a wealth of information on topics relevant to modern society and globalised culture.

“There’s already a lot of information on the Internet, so our goal is to cut through the noise and garbage, to present valuable information in a clear way, so it’s accessible, useful and easily digested. This still may not be an easy undertaking though, and we can understand that — especially considering the complexity and interconnectedness of the topics, as well as the crossing over of sources; but also for the fact that the information here can be incomplete, sometimes contradictory or even controversial. But this is the point. It’s all part of what we’re trying to do: provoke critical thinking, questioning… and doing.

We’ve fundamentally built this resource to inform and inspire action — and no, we’re not talking about clicking the stupid ‘Like’ button on Facebook, signing online petitions or letter writing — we mean informing and inspiring real-world action; taking this information away from the computer to rejuvenate the strong networks with the people around you in the real world, to discuss, plan, act. This is not a symbolic action or clicktivism website, nor is it a simple collection of popular content, like the other websites available. It’s a resource that aims to inform, inspire and provoke action; to generate a multitude of responses and reactions. This is just some of what is needed to break paradigms, subservience, acquiescence, and to cultivate inspiration to continue work on the plethora of puzzles and problems addressed in the information published here.”

thoughtmaybe.com

adam curtis documentaries

Glasgow seen through Singaporean eyes

The following selection of Glasgow observations featured in the research journals produced by Singapore students. They were asked to document and reflect on the ideas they had been working with during the Overseas Immersion Programme.

This is Visual Thinking

The Muppets, Henson and Sesame Street are covered in an interesting article in the latest Bulletin of the Serving Library.

Failed Report

“Field Studies is a four-day summer-school led by three acclaimed sound artists and composers. It explores the possibilities of engaging with places through listening, and working with recorded sound as a creative and practical tool in the context of architecture, the city and art practice.”

The course was organised by Musarc and led by Joseph Kohlmaier who edited Human Space by O.F. Bollnow on Hyphen Press. Three workshops were tutored by artist Brandon Labelle, field recordist Lee Patterson and artist Davide Tidoni. There were also talks from John Dack on Pierre Schaeffer and musique concrète, Soundfjord‘s co-founder Helen Frosi and sound artist Christina Kubisch.

Clockwise from top left, reconstructed overheard conversations, fishing for sounds using DIY hydrophone and the shoe-less Davide Tidoni discusses exploring space with radio static.

I didn’t manage to get the obligatory photo of artists/designers on laptops around trestle tables, it did happen though!

In Christina Kubisch’s talk, she showed films of her electromagnetic induction headphones in action. They pick up electromagnetic fields from electrical devices and convert them into sound using something like this. Reminded me of the sunglasses scene from They Live.

Look out! Look out! Yr1 are about!

Good weather, good humour and an ability to challenge assumptions, brought the Yr1 ComDes students out into the streets of Glasgow recently. Working in groups of five, the students took some risks to make places in Glasgow famous.

We had: commemorative plaques dedicated to singer songwriter Darius, sheltering walkers in Kelvingrove Park under a canopy made from a matrix of umbrellas, turning the Duke of Wellington statue into Dukearoo! (his equestrian pal had a unicorn horn) and a forgotten underpass near to SkyPark brought to life with an installation made from woolen thread (see below).

The group of Sarah Jones, Isaac Neviazsky, Chelsea Frew, Lois Langmead and Louisa Reyce gilded a crack in the pavement with Tunnock’s Tea Cake wrappers. The students approached our national institution and got permission to use the iconic design and make something beautiful. Enjoy…

Blindness and Visual Communication

Last year I participated in an artist residency programme called And’art in Marrakech. As part of the residency artists were given the opportunity to help facilitate workshops at a Blind School.

Here’s a quick summary of what happened in the workshops written by the organisers of the residency.

The workshops were part of And’Art Marrakech held by Terre Sans Frontière and were based at the University of Law in Marrakech. The idea of doing this project stemmed from trying to break the boundaries between the visually impaired and the sighted. This was realised by bringing the sighted and the visually impaired together in the same space to share their experience of the surrounding environment.

Photography Workshop

Four visually impaired students were given disposable cameras to document twenty four hours of their everyday life. They were to take a picture by their senses, for example when they heard or smelt something that triggered a memory or idea.


The students made a description of the reasoning behind each photograph by Dictaphone or Braille.


After processing the pictures, a textual annotation was added in Arabic, English and Braille near each picture.



Atika –
“I felt the warmth coming from a lamp and I am stood under the light while taking a picture of it.”

“I was lost on an empty pave then I took the picture so you can tell me where I was.”

“Picture of five fountains that I used to take pictures of when I was not blind, and now I’m taking a picture of them and I’m blind.”

Mostapha –
“I take a picture of the sky because when I’m thinking I look up.”

“I heard a sound that only comes from something that seems to be over the wall but I don’t know what it is.”

“What you can see in my pictures is that I am an introverted person because all the places I took in my pictures are closed.”

Fatima Ezzahra –
“This picture was taken at 11am because I was hearing a lot of noise that showed me that the place was full of tourists and Moroccan people, I heard voices and chants and storytellers and then I felt like if I was drawing a picture in my head of everything I was hearing.”

“This picture was taken at 11.15 am near the jewels shop, I touched some jewels with my hands to see them.”

Badr –
“I remember, we watched a soccer match and I am sad because my team its losing (Real Madrid).”


Their work was exhibited in Remp’Art Gallery, Gueliz, Marrakech 24 September – 5 October 2010. The Photography workshops for the visually impaired were led and facilitated by Amy Smyth, Saad-Eddine Said and Thea Panter, with much appreciated help from Fouad Said and Salah Bekri in collaboration with the visually impaired students who are members of IDMAJ at Qadi Ayad University (Marrakesh).

Atika –

“I felt the warmth coming from a lamp and I am stood under the light while taking a picture of it. ”

” I was lost on an empty plave then I took the picture so you can tell me where I was. ”

“Picture of five fountains that I used to take pictures of when I was not blind, and now I’m taking a picture of it and I’m blind.”

Mostapha –

“I take a picture of the sky because when I’m thinking I look up. ”

” I heard a sound that only comes from something that seems to be over the wall but I don’t know what it is. ”

” What you can see in my pictures is that I am an introverted person because all the places I took in my pictures are closed.”

Fatima Ezzahra –

“The picture have been taken at 11am, that was because I was hearing a lot of noise that shows me that the place was full of tourists and Moroccan people, and I hear voices of chant and storytellers and then I felt like if I was drawing a picture in my head of all was hearing. ”

” The picture have been taken at 11.15 am near the jewels shop, and I touch some jewels with my hands to see them. ”

London Study Trip

1st Year Department of Visual Communication

London Study Trip
24-27 January 2011

25.1.11
DAY 1

VISIT / 10.00am
Company / Alex Swain
http://www.company-london.com/
– An informal insight into business acumen combined with how to take a client on a creative journey.

VISIT / 11.30am
The Association of Illustrators / Paul Ryding
http://www.theaoi.com/
– There is very little former graduate Paul Ryding does not know about contemporary illustration.

VISIT / 1.00pm
Tomato / Michael Horsham
http://www.tomato.co.uk/
– An intimate sharing of large and small projects from one of the most influential agencies. There portfolio goes back to 1991 and are continuing to work with Underworld.

VISIT / 4.00pm
Pentagram / Jane Pluer
http://pentagram.com/en/portfolio/
– One of the most impressive offices in the creative industries with a workshop to match. Imperious work delivered with style and elegance.

26.1.11
DAY 2

VISIT / 11.00am
Browns Design / Jonathan Ellery
http://brownsdesign.com/
– Jonathan engaged with the students immediately by asking how they defined art compared to design. Award winning work from a man who applauds the students form outside London including The Glasgow School of Art.

VISIT / 1.30pm
Field / Vera-Maria Glahn
http://www.field.io/
– A German duo working with all the latest programming software and code to produce really beautiful ‘cross-media’ work. Cool rooftop garden with views over to the City of London.

VISIT / 4.30pm
Build / Nicky and Michael Place with former graduate Lynne Devine
http://wearebuild.com/
– Michael allowed us to touch, feel and sniff the quality of his best design for print. Designers Republic guru happy to be working in a small agency with one of our best graduates.

Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing by John Berger is now available in full on UbuWeb. Thanks to GSA library for the tip-off.