31.5.10

TATE TAKEOVER
Location: Turbine Hall 26/05/2010 Hannah and I performed in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. You know the drill: We are coming for your grannies....
DEGREE SHOW AND UNIT 14 - THE COLLISION video
So, Unit 14 work with Hannah is getting presented on Friday (note to self, will stop blogging as soon as I finish this post and write the speech) and we need to put our work up on the boards which we also use for our degree show. So, Hannah and I furiously painted our space the other day (4 enormous boards! Thank god we've got a lot to show!) We adorned bin bags to protect our stripes and took arms (giant rollers, taller than Hannah) and painted away until we were satisfied. Then, we began mounting work. Hannah almost went mad, but she survived in the end. In the words of the Fourth Doctor Who, Tom Baker, before he regenerated into the sprightly Peter Davison in 1981:
'IT'S THE END, BUT THE MOMENT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR.'
RISE OF THE CONE HEAD MAN - UPDATED Although my sewing machine keeps dying on me (come on you trustee Necchi - you're only two years old!) the costume is coming on. I'm not entirely happy with the finish of it at the moment - I think it might look a bit ropey to stand in the exhibition, although I do have to remember that is a costume and not really designed to be seen UP CLOSE. You get the idea anyway - big pointy hat, big collar, body armour. Not much left to do now, other than finish the shoulder pads, and make some shin pads and photograph it. It will look lovely hopefully.
SHOREDITCH HOUSE
So, on Sunday Ash and I went to Shoreditch House, possibly the most decadent venue I've ever been - in the heart of Shoreditch with views all over East London. It is run by the same company which deals with Soho House, and I think they might have venues in New York too. This is how the other half live, up in the air above the rest of the city. Here is the new East London Line from above. It was quite incredible - music, swimming pool, trannies and the most fashionable gays you could imagine. It was a bit like Club Tropicana. I've decided that should I ever get married, this is where the reception will be held. I've got to get rich asap.
THE EUROVISION CARMEN-FEST

Another year, another Eurovision. Whilst its probably not worth lamenting over Mr Dubovie [for the UK - although he did have nice teeth] it is worth celebrating Serbia's entry for the Eurovision - Miss Carmen Ho. So, although she'd convinced everyone she was at home working her arse off for a very important presentation on Tuesday, she'd actually flown to Oslo to perform at Eurovision 2010. We'd like Carmen to know that we don't agree with BBC news' comments with regards to her hair. We think you have fabulous hair.

27.5.10

DEGREE SHOW UPDATED!

Whilst the students have been beavering away at UNIT 14, PDP technicians Mike, Steve and a man with a tash who I cannot name have been busy bees putting together our degree show, erecting the walls, paintint the floors (grey - emulating the Truman Brewery gallery spaces) and sorting the lights. The wall spaces are enormous, and it makes you wonder what on earth we are going to show. We also use the same space for our unit 14 final presentations, making them seem extra special. Lovely.

THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

video

And another video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3ZR_b47a5w

STRIKE! Dear Student

I am sorry to inform students that following a ballot earlier this month, members of the University and College Union (UCU), representing academic staff, have decided to take industrial action. A one day strike is planned for Thursday 27 May.

This follows extensive consultations between the University and recognised trade unions since March 2009 concerning the need for efficiency savings across the University. As with many other UK universities, University of the Arts London must manage cost savings across our institution, in order to ensure the University’s future economic viability and to move resources to areas focused on enhancing the student experience.

This strike action is likely to lead to the disruption of student learning and access to University facilities, which we deeply regret. We will of course do all we can to minimise the impact of any action. Disruption may be felt in different ways, depending on your course and College.

26.5.10

THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL
Gatecrashing other people's protests. And getting in as many photographs as possible.
AERIAL BEETLE CROSS ELEPHANT FROG
GETTING IN THE WAY OF TOURIST'S PHOTOGRAPHS OF LOCAL LANDMARKS: BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE:GATE CRASHING MORE TOURIST'S PHOTOGRAPHS - Subliminal invasion
GATECRASHING BBC NEWS REPORT OF THE BREACH OF SECURITY AT PARLIAMENT:
AERIAL ON THE TUBE (Or is she just holding the rails?)BEETLE IN THE LIBRARY (Or is he just moving the stools?) FROG IN THE LIBRARY (Or is she just picking up a book?) AERIAL IN THE LIBRARY (Or is he just browsing?)

25.5.10

HANNAH JERROM AND JAMES BARNETT
THE TAKE OVER
TODAY, IT BEGINS: THIS IS WAR. Central Saint Martins - James and Hannah are in command. Enough of the subliminal messaging, workshopping and constant film screenings. We need action. Hannah and I hit the streets tomorrow - spreading our manifesto - covertly at first, and then we'll prove how our methods have reached even the Queen!
THERE ARE ALWAYS THOSE THAT RESIST PROGRESS
Fellow students have got wind of mine and Hannah's intentions. They weren't happy. Today a picket line was formed outside the main CSM campus on Southampton Row. They will not stand in the way.
In other news, Hannah and I picked out our photos for the Unit 14 assessment - for there are many. We are quite pleased with the selection, and they will make a lovely addition to our portfolios.
D, E & F
Hannah and I are continuing to add to our visual vocabulary and lexicon until we have a complete alphabet of commands and forms. Today we experimented with these two lovely chairs, found on the street by a fellow student. It was like Allen Jones meets River Dance. We think we have an E - ELEPHANT. This flexible gent is practising a very convincing upside down Aerial - Hannah and I wish we were this flexible. Imagine the possibilities! Imagine the lexicon! Finally, we gaffered these rubbish bins to our feet, like stilts, and walked around the space - grazing like animals. We came up with another command: F - FROG in reference to the hopping movement the bins gave to our movement, and the way they looked like the pads on the base of the hands and feet of a frogs legs.