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I watched a programme recently that introduced me to synthetic biology it put forth the notion that we can now create anything in a lab, and with that we can now control our environment and manipulate it as we wish. Well I do not know how I feel about such processes, I think its one thing to know we have a degree of control over nature but its a completely different matter to wield ultimate control over something. I think it could be a conflict that we could loose for the power within nature the energy that exists naturally is vast. In the programme the scientists had genetically changed goats and implanted the spider Silk protein into their make up. And know they can make silk from that goats milk how crazy is that? Anyway think about it science is important but only when it works a long side mother nature!

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I think I may be a talented photographer. I took just one photo with my camera phone and it asked me if I wanted to open a gallery.

Artists do not steal. But they do borrow without giving back.

-Ned Rorem

 

Whether an illustrator is successful or not is all based on the look of the draw.

-Dennis Miller

 

Recently a guy in Paris nearly got away with stealing several paintings from the Louvre. However, after planning the crime, breaking in, evading security, getting out and escaping with the goods, he was captured only two blocks away when his Econoline van ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied:-“I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.”

 

I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

-Vincent van Gogh

 

AMEN VINCENT!

I have been very lethargic after christmas I continue to eat way too much chocolate and sugary stuff makes me feel so sluggish. Well at least I made 100 hundred pounds I sold a watch I got for free to a Nigerian bloke so that’s good news I have finished an application for a job at the Royal Academy of art and have emailed one off for a promotions officer for Canned magazine Newcastle. On top of all that I have made lots of new art and have loads and loads of deadlines and things to be getting on with. And on top of that there is Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe in which after watching the programme I acquired the knowledge that light speed is 8000km per second and a lightyear is 1million 1million km and that the space which makes up the whole of reality existed at the time of the big bang it was there although a lot smaller. The things you can learn on television.

Design is an interesting and at times challenging form of creativity the ability to imagine new spaces new objects or structures for us to inhabit is perhaps one of the most distinguished processes known to mankind. I have recently read a conversation between Ai Weiwei and Hans Ulrich Obrist about Weiwei’s curation of architecture projects and his actions through his company Fuck Design (english translation). The dialogue focused on this idea of old and new and how in Beijing there is massive modernisation and the artist feels that this is taking some of the city’s history and character.
It was a very impressive read and I would suggest it to anyone seeking new ideas on contemporary urbanism and the idea of building a building.

Is the saying ‘form follows function’ true and importantly does this term apply to the majority of design types I.e product design? Coined by the early tutor of Frank Lloyd Wright Louis Sullivan it refers to the notion of a result or outcome derived primarily from its purpose.  Now I am a big fan of architecture and I can really see this thought in lets say a building like the Seagram Building, New York, 1958 created by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. You can see its purpose within the aesthetics of the building, and you can also decipher as a result of it being designed in this manner that it is meant for business, and it says that visually. I do not know if this thought or saying is needed anymore as truly modern structures are incorporating new technologies and ideas and no longer bow down to a result. I would argue that in todays design the results are often unexpected and the really successful creatives challenge themselves to pursue the purpose, and its idea or concept.

York york york, we are going to walk amongst your old buildings and cobbled streets tomorrow both the Romans and Vikings have long since left leaving behind a city full of character. It has remained the centre of the region known as Yorkshire primarily because of its association with Christianity. However its small population and highly rated university maintain a sense of beauty and longevity that is likely to remain. On a tangent we recently saw Transformers 3: Dark side of the Moon and although the storyline is somewhat predictable, the special effects continue to amaze and inspire. You can really see and sense the quality of these animations and computer generated imagery every time a machine transforms you find your self concentrated on the mass of moving metal. ImageImage

China’s literal translation of its name means ‘Middle country’ signalling a old belief that it is the center of the world. It is not a stretch of the imagination to envisage a future where this is a reality, and China becomes the center of the world. Its economy is the strongest in the world making it the most powerful country in the year 2012, its a place I have always wanted to visit. Primarily because of its culture and history and I also believe that it is important to not forget these aspects of China. Even if its current government  occasionally oppress its people and the total population is unknown its still a place of interest. Tea was first discovered and popularized in china and exported in the year 1903 and Paper was invented by the eunuch Ts’ai Lun. According to the official history of the Han dynasty (3rd century A.D.), Ts’ai Lun was given an aristocratic title after he presented Emperor Ho Ti with samples of paper. In 751 A.D., Chinese papermakers were captured by the Arabs at Samarkand, and by 794 A.D. several state-owned paper mills operated in Baghdad. The Arabs were manufacturing paper in Spain around 1150. It was not until 1590 that the first English paper mill was founded, at Dartford.