Category Archives: Visual Art

The new RSA Animate: The Power of Networks

There’s been a wee trailer for this on the RSA’s Youtube channel for  while now.

I anticipate these as much as a new film and it has finally arrived.

And a thanks to Bella Caledonia for the heads up.


Art: Is it all me, me, me?

If your looking for an answer to this question, I will tell you now. I do not know for sure but I can offer an opinion. We would know the answer if we could figure out an even deeper routed philosophical question. Is there such a thing as a selfless act?

I’m not even going to bother with ins and outs of that specific question. Bringing it back to question in the title, the answer is NO. Art is not all me, me, me. Though many artists would have you believe otherwise.

An artists work (an embodiment of their ideas) are in my opinion, a balance between the internal (self, ego, interpretation, opinion etc) and the external (everything else in the world that influences us). This balance may vary dramatically.

Even the best attempts at making selfless work still have some sort of artistic input. The Boyle family still chose darts to throw, a map to hit and the medium of casting.

Social and political art is by nature, swaying towards the external. Of course there will always be the influence of the internal and critics will often use this to undermine social, political or protest art (as well as other criticism), but what is prevalent is that not all art is me, me, me. There are people out there making art on the basis that they want to help influence mindsets or make a comment that goes beyond exploring ‘me’, some existential question or art in itself.

Now I want to make, encourage and spread social, political, ‘external’ art (and media) and maybe the subconscious part of me knows that it’s because I want to feel good in myself at some level, but I know I do so because I feel the world needs to see an alternative side other than being presented everyday. Though this could be argued against purely on number of ‘I’s in the previous sentence. Or even more so, based on the fact that I linked my own blog when mentioning the Boyle family.

What I do know is I will continue to show/make etc work based on the influence of others on me and then hopefully me on others so that in the end people can make their own, democratic decisions. And that sentence include a few “me’s” and “I’s” but will still argue that it is not all me, me, me. Make up your own mind and come to your own conclusions.

In doing so you might to browse some social or political art.

Or if your thinking it doesn’t matter what the topic is because its all about taste, genre, style, medium etc… then I may do a write up about that. On MY blog 😉


Which I have now done:

Brand Spanking New! Get your ‘structure’ of tomorrow, today!

Keeping in line with the Sol Revo Evo outlook, consumerist tactics need to be deployed.

The term bombardment has been used when describing the “business communities” marketing tactics and flood of information.

A business’s  reason for being is profit, first and foremost. Ahead of any community or charity work, they want money.

If a business’s reason for being is community (local and/or global) then its sharing, advertising, marketing or promoting is a drop in the ocean of information that’s out there.

This is why we have to apologise to you, the reader for using an eye-catching, if not slightly shit but deceptive title for this post.   We will stay true to our word though. However, our exclusive product offer is just an idea. We are just offering a few visual aides help you see the new structures…

See if you can see your own connections.

All sourced from Trap

Chad Person’s Money Collage

Chad Person’s Money Collage.

The feeling of destruction then used for creation. In this case for an octopus but there’s more. Go see.

All info on Vivideer’s press.

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Browse some Street Art… Why not?

Here’s a little page to like and look at. Gave this as a starting point but browse on from there. There is enough to keep you going ’til you get bored.



Solidarity with Tacheles in Berlin

Artists from the Tacheles art community shout slogans from behind a gate


Tacheles in Berlin is in danger. What is Tacheles?

If you have ever been to Tacheles you will know its character, uniqueness and (sorry for the holiday brochure cliche but…) excellent vibe. The use ‘vibe’ is not to be taken lightly.

It will be yet another catastrophic blow for the arts if this place goes.


Myth of the suffering artist…

Interesting wee read. See what you think…

“If we follow this kind of thinking to its logical conclusion, we are about to encounter a tsunami of art from pensioners. They will be inspired by living below the poverty line and dying during cold winters. That, or their rage at having, perhaps, been part of the generation who saved the country from Nazism and created the welfare state, only to be screwed over when they’re at their most vulnerable by a parliament filled with self-obsessed looters.”

Van Gogh's Self-Portrait With Cut Ear