• 22-07-2012
  • Thomson and Craighead create major work for Brighton Photo Biennale

  • A multi-media installation by artists Thomson and Craighead will explores the uses of imagery by various Occupy and protest groups, identifying common phrases and gestures. Drawing together a wealth of images produced by activists and onlookers across the world, the artists create a portrait of a global movement. As a wall projection displays fragments and short sections of video, a second projection of a compass on the floor will respond by pointing towards the location where each video clip was shot, locating the images in physical space. This year’s Biennial will explore how space is constructed, controlled and contested, how photography is implicated in these processes, and the tensions and possibilities this dialogue involves. BPB12 provides a critical space to think about relationships between the political occupation of physical sites and the production and dissemination of images.

  • 17-06-2012
  • What's director Rufus Norris doing on the rooftop of Selfridges?

  • Director Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the ENO John Berry and Damon Albarn attend as Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris performed a special preview of Dr Dee on the rooftop of Selfridges ahead of it's June 25th opening at the London Coliseum on June 14, 2012 in London, England. Doctor Dee is a new opera written by Damon Albarn and directed by Rufus Norris, which explores ritual and symbolism in this country, past and present, using Doctor John Dee – one of England’s greatest but largely forgotten men – as catalyst.

    Doctor John Dee was one of the last great free thinkers. He was the ultimate Renaissance man: astrologer, alchemist, mathematician and spy, who provided the inspiration for both Marlowe's Faust and Shakespeare's Prospero, however he has slipped from the pages of history. The piece is co-commissioned by MIF, ENO and London 2012. It will be premiered as part of the Manchester International festival on 1 July 2011. Doctor Dee has already been confirmed as part of the Cultural Olympiad and will play at the London Coliseum 25 June - 7 July.

  • 17-06-2012
  • Markus Kayser wins W Hotels Designers of the Futures Award

  • Markus Kayser was one of three recipients of the 2012 W Hotels Designers of the Future Award, unveiled during Design Miami/ Basel. The brief, ‘From Spark to Finish’, encouraged the designers to create work that sheds light on their own creative process and demonstrate how the spark of inspiration evolves into material designs.
    Kayser presented LIGHTzeit which explores how natural light constantly changes through motion, intensity and color rendering, whereas most artificial light sources are entirely static. LIGHTzeit is a minimal light installation resembling the ever-static tubular lights widely used in offices and public spaces. But this light picks up the notion of light in transition by constantly, but unnoticeably, travelling in a 24-hour cycle, 360-degrees around its axle like clockwork. While the position of the light changes, the light’s qualities adjust in color temperature and intensity throughout the day, reconnecting it to the natural rhythm. The user can set the place and time of day by an interactive switch in the form of an abstract world globe. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LyMhtFilAc to see video of his work.