On Saturday I went to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, the first time in a long-time….

sympathetic magic


In the 1990's I used to lead a five week seminar at Chelsea College of Art and Design entitled Adrift in Taste. It was a chance to leave the college to visit other exhibitionary institutions, and also reflect on our -students and staff - habits and practices. Here's the introduction;

This seminar will presume to dismantle some of our prejudices about art, and evolve tools to build some new ones. It will in part, attempt to put `theory' into `practice'.......

On an individual and cultural scale we are described by a bewildering range of clothes, tools, art, trinkets, gifts, cuisine, souvenirs, electronic technology and rubbish. Objects and images are spilling from every shelf, cupboard, display case, television, vitrine, monitor, supermarket, studio, gallery, shop, museum and land-fill site. Adrift in Taste will begin to unpick our learned habits; the values our parents, teachers and friends taught us about art. We will also uncover some of the the wider institutional structures that have evolved to produce, accumulate and classify the stuff -therefore the meanings- within our cultures.

Open CinemaOpen Cinema a collective adventure in digital filmmaking and sharing; March–October 2015

Open Cinema is an 8-month long digital film project that offers free training, a range of free events, and the opportunity to collaborate on the production of an exciting 2-day cinema event at Open School East.

Values we value


I was invited by Joasia Krysa, the then Director of the Kunsthal Aarhus to contribute to a programme of events entitled The Perfect Institution: Culture 2017.

On the 11th December 2014 I made a public presentation using Self Portrait: Arnolfini and V&A bicentenial as speculative case studies. And on the 12th I facilitated a closed workshop  for Aarhus staff.

The Perfect Institution, was a programme of events across the fields of culture and business that took place  between September 2013 and February 2014 . It set out to offer a pragmatic guide to constructing an art institution that responds to future cultural and economic conditions. The aim, was not merely to adapt to change, but to begin to shape those changes. ­

I contributed a presentation to an international conference at the Free/Slow University of Warsaw in October 2011, and today published by MayFly books, is a beautiful 274 page English version of the earlier Polish publication of the event.

Free/Slow University of Warsaw. Volume 4

Cultures of Resilience The publication presents critical perspectives on our artworlds, our creative classes and their relations to the 'real' economy.

The book covers more than the narrowly understood art world, here art is understood as a social laboratory, where innovatory ways of organising labor and its modes of appropriation are tested, as well as different types of production, speculation, generation and accumulation of value.

The third in Open Cinema's workshops was developed and lead by documentarian, Jose Velazquez. Jose trained at the BBC in new broadcast technologies, he  has a vast knowledge and hands-on expertise in acquisition - we learnt to say 'ingestion'-  transport, storage, compression, management and delivery of moving image content.

Jose introduced some archives of digital moving image content, like, and YouTube, and explained how they work; media hosted on a server and streamed on demmand. ..........More soon

Clip convertor to rip youtube content (video and audio)   

Hitfilm free trial: (output length limited and only publishes to YT, otherwise full product)
Free youtube cloud editor:  (plenty of others available obviously)  

Torrents (if of interest):
Vuze client, or Unlock Torrent .

Cultures of Resilience

Resilience is the capacity of a bounded network - a person, bacterial culture, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop. It's the capacity to use shocks and disruption - like an infection, financial crisis or climate change, to trigger creative regeneration. Resilience is a model to think about sustainable ways for humans to co-exist within our biosphere.

Market stall typology 1 I'm working as part of Critical Practice to produce

#TransActing: A Market of Values
Saturday, 11th July 2015, 12 - 5pm

This bustling pop-up market will feature artists, designers, donorpreneurs, publishers, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others who creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and actively produce new ones.

Organised by Critical Practice, #TransActing will take place on the historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts. The flea-market like event will host skillshares, economists, a freegan juice-bar, an organ donation bank, expert and enthusiast knowledge, an Artists Union and other diverse communities of evaluation; values will be celebrated beyond the financial. Publics will roam between stalls, engaging in reciprocal, intimate, simultaneous and distributed conversations, discussions and exchanges.

Bright Light Please join me for the launch of Issue 2 of the CCW Graduate School Journal

5 – 7pm on Friday 27th March
Camberwell College of Arts
45 - 65 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UF

Bright Light: Thinking the Substrate

The Bright Light series of publications focusses on the latest debates in the arts and design. Issues such as the environment and technology, as well as socially-engaged practices and identity are looked at through the lens of current arts and design practice. Bright Light provides a way of seeing how practitioners are providing a fresh perspective on key questions facing designers, fine artists, lens based media practitioners, curators, archivists and critical theorists.
Our second issue, Thinking the Substrate, is dedicated to the idea of the substrate. It began with a series of three symposia hosted by the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School in Spring 2014, where we thought about what a substrate could be and if the substrate might be an interesting way to speak cross-disciplinarily about practice.
Edited by Dr Dan Sturgis, the issue features articles by Simon Morley (Dankook University), Neil Cummings (CCW), Adrian Glew (Tate Britain), Richard Layzell (WCA), Dan Sturgis (CCW), Pia Gottschaller (Courtauld Institute of Art) and Jo Melvin (CCW).

The second in Open Cinema's workshops was developed and lead by Ed Webb-Ingall.

Ed's research looks to recover, reactivate and revive the history and practice of community video. Ed gave a brief  account, from 1968 to 1981 of the development of a medium and moving image style that continued the tradition of direct cinema (cinema verité) although with radically different in form and content—that of community video making.

Supported by public funding, the community video movement enabled groups and individuals to use a media that was often used to misrepresent them - through broadcast television, to  engage in new forms of collective self-representation. Women’s groups, working class communities, gay liberation activists, tenants associations and people of color had the means to explore and represent their own experiences collectively.  Video’s DIY possibilities was often a technology to encourage community organization.

Open Cinema

a collective adventure in digital filmmaking and sharing
March–October 2015


Open Cinema is an 8-month long digital film project that offers free training, a range of free events, and the opportunity to collaborate on the production of an exciting 2-day cinema event in Hackney.

Social Cinema Working with artist Neil Cummings and a pool of film professionals and enthusiasts, we will collectively research, find and make digital films, put together a screening programme, build a temporary cinema and celebrate!

Open Cinema will promote collaborative learning, and explore the role of film in representing and reactivating places, with an emphasis on Hackney.   The project includes opportunities for training in:  collecting, digitization, editing, camera use,  audio recording and programming.

Open Cinema is open to people of all ages living and working in and around Hackney, who are interested in taking part in a collective adventure in digital filmmaking and sharing.     

Please contact Laurence Taylor for further information: info(at) or 07734 777 874.

Open School East
Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
London N15SQ


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