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Singapore is a unique blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian culture. This permeates to the local language commonly known as Singlish. Although often viewed negatively as an incorrect use of English, it is one of the most authentic and genuine facts of Singapore. Singlish is built upon the subtle nuances of the Singaporean personality and reflects the daily life in the country.

One of my favourites /

talk cock [ cock]
1 To talk rubbish, spout nonsense, make an unfounded statement.
2 To engage in casual banter, chit-chat or small talk.
“Roger Federer lost in the first round at Wimbledon? Don’t talk cock lah.”
“Sorry I’m late. I met Jack at the coffee shop and was talking cock with him for a while.”

As we wave off 66 ComDes GSA Singaporeans, I would like to thank them for their charming good humour and humility over the past three weeks. They have brought a smile to all of our faces here at GSA after what has been a turbulent time for everyone. I would also like to thank the student ambassadors for their patience and unrelenting support – take a bow Penuel Smith Yr1, Jessica Taylor Yr3, Calum Douglas Yr3, Trudi Hannah Yr2, Dawn McCance Yr3, Roisin McAuley Yr2, Fiona Hunter Yr2, Ross Galloway Yr1, Juliette Duffy Yr1 and Sam Walker Yr3. A final group hug for Kim, Emma, Stuart, Jo, Moira, Cherylann, Stephen, Irene (for being so accommodating in The Haldane), Tiernan, Lynne, Craig, Megan, Michael and Ross.

A final mention for the YELLOW group who asked to donate all the one pence pieces from their installation towards the Glasgow School of Art fire appeal. A touching gesture from KJ, Leonard, Melissa, Wilson, Christine, Jiaxin, Georgina and Joshua.

See the GSA Singapore group blogs HERE.

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It’s sunny in Dundee mostly


Tentsmuir WW2 Coastal Defences

In the spirit of inter-institutional caring and sharing:


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:

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.

Situation Room

From the comments; “…the benefit of living in an urban environment are the social discrepant events that propel society forward – these “collisions” between disparate power structures and groups that shape our cultures and social innovations – this proposal effectively wants to eradicate this necessarily messy conflict and “negate authorship” – which is extremely alarming – because then it becomes impossible to pinpoint who is really behind the green curtain.”

via Whos Your Data? Urban Design in the New Soft City: Places: Design Observer.

TO (sub)LET

6 Dixon Street, Glasgow
6 Dixon Street, Glasgow

The space is next to Mary Mary and Kendall Koppe gallery, near St Enoch. It is a large,
well lit room with wifi and is currently occupied by graphic and textile designers. We have a microwave, kettle and all hours access to the building. The studio was set up by a group of graduates from Vis Com with the idea of creating affordable work space open to designers of different disciplines. Heating and bills all incl £50–£75 pcm

Please email if you are interested.

Little Libraries

Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism on Design Observer is a really interesting article mulling over the recent past of small independent ‘library’ initiatives, the library as institution, and the varying roles these play in ‘information culture’.

“Libraries are about much more, of course; they exist not simply to store and provide access to information. Advocates argue that libraries continue to serve crucial civic and social functions, and their tenacious faith is reinforced by a flurry of recent street-level library activity. The last few years have seen the emergence of myriad mini, pop-up, guerilla and ad-hoc libraries, which are part of the phenomenon that Mimi Zeiger, in her Interventionist’s Toolkit series for this journal, calls “provisional, opportunistic, ubiquitous, and odd tactics in guerilla and DIY practice and urbanism” — to which I might add, librarianship.”

Image: Reanimation Library, Brooklyn.

Brno report on the 25th Brno Biennial.

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…

Postcards from India #5: The Final Installment

12 hours til our flight back home, just chillin’
— see you on monday 🙂

Postcards from India #4

According to the students at NID, Seb is really Bill Gates in disguise. And Ross, obviously, is Tom Cruise. The boys seem to have survived their stomach bug and are back in school, hopeful they will be well enough for the eight hour bus ride to the desert tonight

Postcards from India #3

highlights so far:

beth – cheap fags
lydia – her cheese sandwich
callum – photographing EVERYTHING
seb – becoming recognized as the worlds richest man
ross – becoming recognized as a worldwide heart-throb / scientologist

yours truly,

bill (seb) and tom (ross)

Postcards from India #1

A small group of students and staff are currently visiting the NID in India. This is the first in an occasional series of digital postcards.

We’ve had constant sunshine since we got here, 🙂
hope all is well back up north.

(Film by Lydia)

Sown: Exhibition Opening

Photography: Daniele Sambo / Design Maeve Redmond + Sophie Dyer

Google Project

1st Year VisCom students have been out and about this week invading The Mackintosh Building with an army of plastic soldiers, holding a vigil for Olivia the dead pigeon, promoting a manifesto for foxes in fashionable Hyndland, challenging perceptions of fame at the Buchanan Galleries (sorry Justin Bieber) and welcoming Nelson Mandela (or at least his shirts) to Nelson Mandela Place.

The group of Gunnar Ofeigsson, Ellie Sharville, Luisa Casasanta, Rachel Thomson, Ailsa Sutcliffe and Sol Lamey discovered a disused railway station beside Kelvinbridge. By adorning a tree with mirrors, they created a poignant reference to industry, science and art as the station once brought the public to the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901.

A Week of Thanks

A vote of thanks is due to Lizzie, Thomas, Dimitri and all at Lust, and Susana and Kai at Atelier Carvalho Bernau for being such welcoming and informative hosts when we descended in (possibly greater than expected) numbers last week during a field trip to the Netherlands. By friday, and back in Glasgow, thanks were also due to Momus for delivering a fantastic lecture called 27 Lies about the Mackintosh Building, a ‘delirious’ and distinctly non-pragmatic detour of the mind into many parallel worlds.

A more detailed post to follow about the Amsterdam trip.

Tenuous (Hyper)Links #173

Documenta 13 is the latest incarnation of the renowned art festival, which has now become, as many art festivals have, a “county fair for intellectuals“. Manifesta is a more itinerant version of its sound-a-like  equivalent. Unitednationsplaza is what happened when the Greek/Cypriot government cancelled Manifesta in 2006, its video archive is now online. UNP was organised by (amongst others) Anton Vidokle. Open 16 investigates the phenomena of the art biennial, with some fascinating and critical writing.

A mouse called Gerald and other stories

The Foulis building (along with the Newbery Tower and ref) is coming down in the summer of 2011 to make way for a brand new “striking and inspiring world-class building” for The School and for Glasgow. I’m gathering and recording memories and stories of the Foulis, so if you have any recollections or anecdotes (no matter how mundane or random) please leave a comment or email me at walterhamilton [at] hotmail [dot] com. You can find me in real life in the Graphics studio, 1st floor, Foulis building, 158 Renfrew Street, Glasgow if you want to have an analogue conversation about it.

Also, please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas for what the new building could/should be called.


Uncorporate and Critical Identity

I don’t often write posts about the book and website of the week (see right), but these two are worth a special mention. Uncorporate Identity, if I may be subjective for a moment, is the current book to read about visual language, identity (crisis), urbanism, politics and design – erudite and far-sighted, an awkward and exhilarating ride. DxCrit is a very useful design criticism resource, allied to the design criticism course at SVA in NYC. A video from that below, on failure and design.

Crossing the Line: The 2010 D-Crit Conference: Peter Hall from D-Crit on Vimeo.

Branding the City—Collective Urban Identity

‘Identity Crisis’ is an upcoming exhibition at the Barras Centre. There are a lot of interesting angles to this, and some difficult questions embodied in the project. Some of that can be accessed via here.

European Design Festival

Visually *sparky*
design (for the European Design Festival in Rotterdam) from StudioDumbar(1), makes me want to move to the Netherlands, where people generally seem (to me) more relaxed about this sort of thing.

(1) Their Performance of ‘Sniff & Kiss’, a portrait of Studio Dumbar, at Typo Berlin 2010 Saturday 22nd of May, sounds interesting.