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Week 24 | Welcome to Your City: 21.06.10

“More interesting than Devon!” The New Digs It is surprising how quickly we got used to working on the busiest shopping street in Europe. After pulling two all-nighters in Selfridges – operating under the cover of darkness to facilitate the changeover from the previous occupants of the Wonder Room Windows to our own ‘Welcome to Your City’ installation – the aberrant/house of jonn coalition was revealed to the public on Wednesday morning. In The Public Interest Sitting in our temporary studio, gazing out at the shoppers walking up and down Oxford Street, we spotted Sarah Brown, the ex-Prime Ministers wife, …

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Week 23 | Window Dressing: 14.06.10

“The t-shirts have been designed for our street team, the vinyl graphics for the windows have been ordered, and the press releases sent out…” The Shop Plan All week we have been laser-cutting materials in preparation for our upcoming pop-up residency in Selfridges. From Wednesday 15th June, part of the team will be occupying the inside of the window display, constructing the giant cityscape, pouting and throwing out some model shapes, whilst the other part of the team will be outside on the pavement, canvassing ideas from the general public, reveling in the midsummer rain showers and fighting for shoppers’ …

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Adventures Inside the Atom

This guest post has been contributed by Rosie Wanek, of the V&A Exhibitions Department. I have a memory of a poster that hung on my bedroom wall when I was young. I must have been around 5 or 6. It was lovingly drawn in marker pen by my mother and showed a tree being chopped down into ever smaller pieces across a series of nine drawings. By around picture five, the recognisable illustrations of plant life had transformed magically into a diagram of a cell, an image that bore no resemblance to anything my five-year-old eyes had ever seen. This …

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the Long and Short of it

Northern Art Prize 2010. On the long list but not the short. Short listed artists are:
Alec Finlay, Lubaina Himid, David Jacques and Haroon Mirza. A very warm good luck to all of them.
I look forward to seeing the show in Leeds in November.

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Week 22 | Skids Row: 07.07.10

“Any sane person could be excused for thinking that a rap star had taken up a trainer-design residency at the V&A…” ‘Cardboard Constructions’ Imagine the poor security guard’s face when a thousand shoeboxes were delivered to the Sackler Centre… Any sane person could be excused for thinking that a rap star had taken up a trainer-design residency at the V&A and he was using the entire materials budget to ship in a trolley load of box-fresh Nikes. Except that person would be wrong. The shoeboxes were completely empty and they were destined for the children taking part in our ‘Cardboard …

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Vikings and Bishops

One of the great things (or perhaps one of the curses) of working in the history of art is that holidays always have a work edge. If you are travelling in Europe, you are almost never too far from a medieval or renaissance site that needs seeing. I’ve recently spent some time in Denmark, and […]

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Lighting up the Woodshed

Pictured above is Danny Wicke, an instructorfrom Rural Studio, whohas come over to the UK this week from Alabama to install the Woodshed's light vine. This photograph is probably one of my favourite images of the exhibition so far, and comes courtesy of Laura Southall – our fantastic exhibition assistant. The internal lighting for the structure will provide a striking contrast with the ambient space of the Porter Gallery which we plan to illuminate at a very low level – so both the Rural Studio and Vazio S/A projects will appear like lanterns when visitors walk into this dimly-lit gallery …

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Writer’s Block

I’ve been a bit out of sorts recently – the Muse has packed her bags, tossed her head and matched out of the building without so much as a backward glance. I couldn’t think of anything to put on paper. I tentatively suggested that Claire might like to write a guest column, hovering around her desk in an encouraging manner but to no avail. To be fair she was in the middle of dealing with about 50 enquriies on the one hand and trying to write her paper for the conference on the other. Fearful she might emulate the Muse …

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‘Ratatosk’ and ‘Spiral Booths’ construction time-lapse

Thanks to Peter Kelleher in the V&A Photo Studio, here is some fantastic construction time-lapse photography for two of the structures in the '1:1' exhibition – Helen & Hard's 'Ratatosk', in the John Madejski Garden, and Vazio S/A's 'Spiral Booths' in the Porter Gallery: http://www.vimeo.com/12509535 http://www.vimeo.com/12509503 As a companion piece for the Spiral Booths time-lapse footage, here's the original3-D framework visualisation that the Vazio S/A team sent us a few months back, as a comparison: http://www.vimeo.com/11994858

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Helen & Hard ‘Ratatosk’ – willow canopy

The Helen & Hard 'Ratatosk' climbing structure is nearing completion in the V&A John Madejski Garden. Another gorgeous sunny day in South Kensington…the two project architects on site, Dag Strass and Caleb Reed, have now grafted strips of willow onto the stumps of the CNC-carved ash trees to create a stunning roof canopy. Taking a close look at the ten ash trees in this bright sunlight, it is fantastic to see the raw, unfiltered quality of the rough exterior bark – complete with moss and gnarled knots. Such a dramatic contrast with the very precise planes that have been carved …

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