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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:

Everyday Realities

Connecting to the parallel lives projects, and the idea of multiple possible realities, (and our ideas of perception), this edition of the Infinite Monkey Cage might be worth a listen.


One of my favourite journals – Open! – which recently ceased in its print form due to funding cuts by the Dutch government, has only gone and reimagined itself in amazing website form.

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.”

adam curtis documentaries

Speculative Everything


Speculative Everything – Anthony Dunne at Resonate 2013 .


Really into space? Can’t get enough of Stars and Planets? Has the Mars mission turned you on?

We are looking for talented creative people to submit illustrations, drawings, photos, written work, whatever you fancy really for our second issue of ZineZine. This time round the theme is SPACE so it could be anything from a funny comic, melancholic story, academic analysis, meme-play to a butt ugly drawing. Whatever it is, we want it! The best work will be printed by our handsome copy shop man Stefan and everyone who submits will get a limited edition sent to them. There’s also an exhibition and launch party being held in October for everyone to dance their socks off.

All the details can be found on our blog. You can also check out the last issue that was all about CATS.

Deadline September 24th

“This is a pretty piss-poor explanation. But it’s also extremely interesting.”

The only thing these following two videos have in common is that they’re both black and white, (and I saw them both at round about the same time). That’s what passes as a connection these days.

The Einstein Theory of Relativity (a silent film/animation made by Max Fleischer in 1923) could be said to be an early example of ‘info-graphics’ and/or the dumbing down of science for the ‘masses’.

‘I See a Darkness’ could be said to be a fine self-cover version of a Bonny Prince Billy song, using the lanes and Necropolis of Glasgow as the unlikely backdrop.

(The title of the post comes from the comments section of YouTube).

Vis Com 12 Degree Show

Vis Com 12 is the website of this years graduating 4th year students. And representing as it does, a fantastically diverse body of works, has the most tags of any post on the vis-com blog ever.

Launch event: How can design help communicate science?

Live debate between Imperial College graduates and Central Saint Martins.

Monday 28 November 2011
Hunterian Museum at The Royal College of Surgeons
35–43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3PE

New Media Scotland

Lots of interesting things to do during April, from New Media Scotland.


This forthcoming event at The Show Room in London may well reflect in interesting ways on the recurring conversations here about information overload, attention and feedback-fuzz.


The Wellcome Trust are undertaking a project to digitise the works of James Watson and Francis Crick, two cambridge scientists who discovered the double-helical structure of DNA. An audio slideshow can be accessed here.

Cell, Cell, Cell…

Picture 1

More on Death by Design.

A Short Manifesto on the Future of Attention: The Schizoid Reader

(Photograph by Leander Johnson)

A Short Manifesto on the Future of Attention recently fell into alignment (by chance) with this other D.O. post from John Thackara;

“Emitting messages, however clever and evocative they may be, is not the same as being with real people, in real places, who are changing their lived material reality. That’s why I have a radical proposal: Consider speaking your words in a place rather than pressing “send.” … ( and one for Simon here) … Ivan Illich believed that our culture started to go off the rails in 1120, when monks stopped reading texts aloud to each other and became solitary scholars…”

This (as well as being directly mirrored by the way I’m collating all these sources and redistributing them) links (with varying degrees of tangential-ness) to a previous post about ways of thinking and processing information, the rise of the schizoid reader (unable or unwilling to process texts in a linear and ‘complete’ fashion) and the ahead-of-their-time work of the amazing Muriel Cooper and the MIT Media Lab. (from 1994 — see below)

Doing it better

The principle of hacking could be applied to any situation where you find yourself thinking that something isn’t what it could be, from a piece of furniture, to an educational institution, to a piece of software, to a government. As a facet of ‘open-source’, the idea of hacking and reverse-engineering is at the heart of the principle of re-purposing and re-using knowledge, tools and technology, and  Science Hack Day (London, June 19th–20th) applies this to the field of science and technology. Sign up if you fancy creating artificial life in your fridge, beyond that over-ripe stilton sitting at the back.

Video: Guardian Website Hackday.


Lets go back, to the future.

Yellow River Delta, 1989 and 2009

NASA’s Earth Obsertvatory, and their amazing collection of free-to-use high-quality satellite photography, can prove a very fulfilling web-based distraction. It was brought to my attention via an article in Task Newsletter, an initiative which I think originates from the Werkplaats Typografie.

Also discussed a lot in that publication, which focuses on both design utopias and mundane science-fiction, is the Whole Earth Catalog — The product of Stewart Brand, some powerful drugs, and a left-over project from 1966 when he initiated a public campaign to have NASA release the then-rumored satellite photo of the sphere of Earth as seen from space, the first image of the “Whole Earth.”

It was Brands idea that the image of this “Whole Earth”, viewed as one, at once, might go someway towards creating greater global cooperation and understanding – a powerful symbol, evoking a sense of shared destiny.

The Life of Brian

Note-to-self (2): remember to watch Arena: Brian Eno

Assembling Bodies

This audio slideshow looks at a new Cambridge University Exhibition: Assembling Bodies, which explores representations of the body in art, medicine, science and anthropology.

This happened

‘This happened’ talks are another good addition to the long list of design resources becoming available online. At this rate, you’ll be able to do a DIY Masters