Archive for August, 2005


Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Regular, substantial entries have been thin on the ground lately for a number of reasons. One of which is the time I’ve been investing in a side project along with my friends Stephen and Matthew. This one is really just for people who live in my city.

We have finally gone live with a project we’ve been threatening to get off the ground for months – the Wolverhampton Freecycle initiative. Here’s the site:

For anyone new to the freecycle idea (it’s been up and running in the US since May 2003 and there are plenty of other UK groups) it’s about swapping and giving away stuff you no longer need rather than letting it become landfill. You post to a mailing list stating whether you are offering something or if you want a particular thing and hopefully you’ll be able to hook up with someone locally to get/give what you want.

Freecycle groups are primarily run using Yahoo groups but we’ve decided to have a separate front page and offer a little more. We’re experimenting with the cool new way you can get to spit out your latest bookmarks – check out the bottom of our site…

So, no excuses, I expect to see all of you (who live near me) signed up and feverishly giving stuff away. We’re hoping to get a bit of PR done on the radio and local papers soon so that we can achieve a critical mass of people to get it really moving.

If you don’t live near me, unlucky, but please, do me a favour and link us up on your blogs.

hello all

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

Latest news from Liz Rowe:

Hello All,

I’ll be showing two pieces of work in Leicester over the next month or so. The shows are part of a wider open studios event which you can find out about at:

On Monday 29th August there will be an opening at the Leicester Creative Business Depot:

Tel: 0116 2616800
info AT
31 Rutland Street

A map can be downloaded from the website at

The exhibition runs till the end of September, 9-5, Monday – Friday.

Also, Upstairs at The City Gallery (90 Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 1DJ. Tel 0116 223 2060) on Tuesday 6th September, 6.30 – 8.00. Exhibition runs till September 10th.

See you soon.

liz rowe

Liz was previously featured in my entry on The Window installation.

blind contour friday

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

Stuck in a terrible traffic jam on the motorway on Friday, I was travelling so slow I could reach for my pen and try my first submission for blind contour Friday run by Inkfinger.


I think I need some practice.

memo 2

Friday, August 19th, 2005

and this too:

Lagos Chop Up (Honest Jon’s)

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Thursday, August 18th, 2005

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Who are you?

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

The only bit of Live 8 that made any sense to me was the Who’s performance. They played Who Are You? with the faces of world leaders flashing up behind them and followed it with Won’t Get Fooled Again – one of the best records ever made – meet the new boss, same as the old boss – right every time. And they didn’t say anything in between. Everybody else made speeches – the idiotic boy Barbie Doll singer in Razorlight came out with the amazingly erudite: ‘we’re here to make poverty history, right?’ which got him a lot of applause and made him look really good even though, if this was real life, he wouldn’t make it fronting a Stooges tribute band.
Saint Bob bought on an Ethiopian woman, a survivor of the famine of 1985, and made a speech. He introduced Madonna who came on dressed in white, the same as the band and choir which I read as a sort of show-biz code for we’re all equal, and dragged the unfortunate woman all over the stage like a human prop. Jo Whiley (who openly professed to NOT being a Who fan) interviewed people on the front row –
‘Are you enjoying the music?’
‘Yeah, great’
‘And what about the cause, you know, Make Poverty History?’
‘Eh? Oh yeah, that too. Yeah, great.’

The cause is a worthy one but the intention to ‘Make Poverty History’ is utterly naive. It’s about as realistic a possibility as smashing capitalism. Capitalism is at the root of third world poverty. Poverty is a necessary side effect of capitalism – the accumulation of wealth and the creation of an underclass. Without poverty there can be no wealth.
A leading botanist recently claimed that if every nation on earth lived as well as America and Great Britain it would take three planets to sustain us. So there’s the answer, and try telling this to Chris Martin, Bono, Sting, Madonna and co – let’s Make Wealth History.


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Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Note to self – buy this single:

William Campbell & Kevin MacNeil – ‘Local Man Ruins Everything’ (7″) (Fantastic Plastic)

flat eric

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Almost forgot. I did some work with the Quake modelling engine too. The eye-level of the view point is a little too high for domestic scale work though. Say hello to Flat Eric and his machine gun.


Full set can be found at flickr. Believe it or not, this one actually got built. Eventually.


Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

It beat me.


Back in 2002 I spent what felt like half my life experimenting with the modelling tools used to create Half Life. My goal being to create a virtual model of my building that the viewer would have complete control over. The first time I sat in front of the game and lifted the crow bar (the basic weapon provided near the beginning of the game), my thoughts turned to destruction rather than creation. I dreamt, for reasons that are still unclear to me, of modelling the Farnsworth House and then remodelling it with few swift, deadly swings of my virtual arm1.

In the following months, during my Pigs in Space period, I began to work up a model for my final thesis project. Tom Barker from b-consultants was developing models using the same technique at the time and I visited his office so we could share notes.

But in the end it beat me. Time ran out, the model proved too complicated to finish and I wasted too much time modelling, ahem, myself, as you can see above. I shelved it and got on with the real work.

Happily, it hasn’t beaten everyone and I was delighted to find a discussion forum a few weeks ago showcasing some fantastic models of MVRDV’s VPRO building2 using the very same technique. It’s all been collated at Arch-life (thanks to for the heads up) and as well as shots of VPRO you’ll find a map to download of the exquisite (in Real Life at least) thermal baths in Vals by Peter Zumthor.

Now, where’s my crow bar?

1. or is it Tracy Island?
2. Recently Mies’ grandson got to do that for real, but on the wrong building.