New series of technological sculptures – ‘Determined Integration Series’

Determined Intergration Pt. 1 (Front)

I have just finished this series of new sculptures exploring the relationship between humans and technology in the modern world. The sculptures investigate how society interacts with technology and how perhaps we have reached the point where it is so integrated into our lives that we consider it an extension of ourselves. 

I merged and remodelled human effigies with technological elements (plugs, stereos, radios, chargers) to disturb the distort each entity to explore the developing symbiosis between them. 

Communicating via mobile phone, Facebook and email, using electronic household equipment, paying with bank cards and browsing the internet is so natural to our society it has become inserted into our psyche. Some would argue it constitutes as a simulation of reality diminishing our physical interactions with others; however perhaps it just adds to the tapestry of human communications enriching our globalised society.    

Determined Intergration Pt. 3 (Front)

This is the only non-wall-mounted piece of the series (above), featuring two Barbie effigies merged with an old stereo player (which has the casing removed) and various plug and wire elements.

Determined Intergration Pt. 4 (Full Close)

This piece (above) sees the port of the charger feed directly back into the figure.

Determined Intergration Pt. 2 (Front)Barbie (Front)

This 3 headed Barbie sculpture (above) features a working radio, (a Phillips 90AL072 from circa 1975) and is currently sitting on my bedside table ready for a bit of morning listening….

Determined Intergration Pt. 5 (Front)

If you happen to be in Berlin from the 2nd to the 8th August, come and see the above sculpture, and another of the radio pieces, at the Team Titanic Gallery, flughafenstraße 50, 12053! Opening night is on the 2nd at 7pm 😀 Hope to see you there.

For now, it’s goodnight from me and goodnight from… the Radio Barbies as well. xx

Curious Duke Rises With The Nonconformists

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This Saturday & Sunday will see the return of the Whitecross Street Party. As a resident of the street this is a time of year I always look forward to as the surrounding area comes even more alive with fresh urban and street art from some famous names and emerging stars. Founder Teddy Baden, came up with the idea for the WX Street party whilst living in an old school nearby, he used to jump the wall in the Bunhill Fields cemetery and spend time with the grave of William Blake. The area, just beyond the city walls, used to be a hive of hovels and the booming market of today was known as Squalor’s Market with the area being a byword for poverty and deprivation. Spawned out of this were drinking dens, gambling rings and whorehouses all operating outside of the law,  this is what began what is now the Whitecross Street Party and ‘Rise of the Non Conformists’. “I would imagine these characters rising up from the earth to dazzle us with their creative offerings” says Baden.

Today is a different story from the 19th century squalor with cafes, galleries, tailors and even a Waitrose on the street…! At just 20 months old, one of the street’s galleries, Curious Duke, is bringing their curiosities outside the gallery with live painting from Sam Peacock, collaborative team Hannah Adamaszek & Kritin Gaudio Endsley and Andrea Tyrimos (above photo). Andrea will be continuing her hidden brick series and if you tweet #brick you could be in with a chance of winning one of her signed prints, plus if you suggest a name for her piece and your creation gets chosen you will win a £50 voucher for the galleryCDG artists Hannah Adamaszek and german street artist KEF! are also exhibiting in the Nonconformists street art exhibition which runs for the next 6 weeks so if you can’t come for the big event this weekend there is still lots of time to enjoy the delights of the WX Street party.

See you at the weekend for live art, food stalls, drumming & gardening workshops, kids activities, face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling, live music and street theatre. 😀

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http://www.wxstreetparty.co.uk/

http://curiousdukegallery.com/

Want to play your old Nintendo games on your iPhone? Here’s how!

This is a slight repeat of a post on my old tumblr blog but as lots of people have been asking me about it I though I would repost 🙂

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(Above: iPhone screenshots of Pokemon Yellow / Crystal on Gameboy Colour Emulator)

Want to rediscover the golden age of gaming, 8-bit graphics and polyphonic sounds? Well here’s how you can do all that and more on your iPhone!

First things first – you need to jailbreak your iPhone. This can be done simply, quickly and for free using the Evasi0n software. Download here. I used this software with no problems whatsoever, my iPhone rebooted as normal, with no loss of data or any need to re-input settings.

The folks at iClarifed have made a handy step-by-step guide should any confusion occur. Click here for the instruction with pictures! Essentially the Evaisi0n jailbreak software opens up whole new horizons for your iPhone making it much more customisable. Even better after installing Evaisi0n it automatically reboots with the Cydia app installed. Cydia is like an alternative app store however it comes with all the apps Apple would not authorise for use in it’s own app store.

After you have completed the jailbreaking process Cydia will appear in your apps and you are ready to install your Gameboy Colour for iPhone!

So now for the Gameboy Colour emulators!

1. Launch Cydia from your apps

2. There are several emulators, I like GBC AD + the best. (gb4iphone is also good)

3. Search for GBC AD + in Cydia’s search function then hit ‘install’

4. After the installation has finished it will appear in you Apps list

5. Both ‘gb4iphone’ and ‘GBC AD +’ have inbuilt search facilities for Gameboy Colour Games.

6. Simply use the ‘find game’ facility within the apps and search for ‘Pokemon Crystal’ or ‘Donkey Kong’ or ‘Super Mario Kart’, the possibilities are endless….

7. This ‘find game’ facility will usually take you to a third party site where you can click on the games you would like, select download and within a few seconds the files will be stored in a list within the gameboy emulator app.

8. After you have downloaded a couple of things you like, all thats left to do is to find them in your ‘games’ list in your gameboy app and tap them to launch!

N.B. You can adjust settings within the gameboy apps, for example in ’GBC AD +’ I like to choose the orientation as ‘Port 2’ (as you get the biggest screen size whilst still retaining the original controls) and here you can also toggle the sounds, cheats and other bits and bobs.

Happy Gaming! Enjoy the warm sense of nostalgia when the Pokemon Yellow theme tune fires up and Prof. Oak gives you your very first Pokemon…….  Pika *^_^* Chuuuuuuuu

(Any questions, comments, suggestions, or other iPhone hacks, please feel free to comment and submit!)

New Etsy Notebooks!

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Some new notebooks on Etsy (see photos below). Please swing by my shop and have a browse. Just follow this link: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BookBoxShop?ref=si_shop

Drop me a line if you would like any custom made items or special commissions. I am currently working on a solander box for a large old antiquarian book, and can make any variations of boxes for precious and antique documents, all products of this type are made with acid free materials ensuring that your item stays beautifully protected.

 

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A Spring Risotto with Asparagus, Broad Beans, Mint & Lemon

Another recipe for everybody! This is a fresh and summery risotto with a minty kick, hope you enjoy :) I estimated lots of my measurements and quantities in this one so just go with what feels right to you!

Ingredients (Serves 4 – 6)

4 Sticks of Celery (Very finely sliced)

2 medium white onions, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

A bunch of asparagus

Lots of broad beans

Juice of 1 lemon

Rind of 1 Lemon

Vegetable stock

Some mint leaves (roughly chopped)

Risotto Rice (portion as per packet states)

Chilli Flakes (optional)

Parmesan

Method

  1. Heat some oil in a pan, and gently fry your onion, garlic and celery until the mixture is soft and translucent (around 10 mins). This will form the base of your risotto.
  2. Now tip in your rice and fry for about 2 mins making sure that it is well coated. Keep a pan of stock on the boil and add your first quantity to just cover the rice. Make sure you keep stirring and add more stock when necessary.
  3. Prep your asparagus as follows: Chop of the tips and 1 inch below the tips – these will be used for roasting. Discard the woody ends of your remaining stalks and cut the remaining asparagus into thinly sliced disks.
  4. Heat oven to 200C / 180C fan / Gas Mark 6. Toss the roasting asparagus in olive oil and roast until soft (around 20 mins).
  5. After the risotto has been cooking for around 12 mins, add the broad beans and asparagus tips, keep stirring and adding stock when needed, just a ladle full at a time.
  6. Add the lemon juice, half of your rind, and a some of the chopped mint leaves.
  7. When the rice is ready, in approximately another 12 minutes time (the risotto should be creamy and binding with a little bit of bite) stir through some parmesan and some butter if you wish, put a lid on your pan and let it sit for around 2 mins.
  8. Serve risotto ontp plates, top with your roasted asparagus, a little more parmesan, the rest of the lemon rind and some fresh mint. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (I also added some chilli flakes for an extra kick!)

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Quinoa with squash, prunes, spinach and crumbly feta

This quinoa recipe is an amalgam of a couple of different things I have tried and makes a lovely (and super healthy) summer meal. Hope you enjoy 🙂

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 butternut squash (cut into medium cubes)

Roughly 10 Prunes (I used tinned prunes soaked in fruit juice)

1/2 bag of spinach

Feta Cheese

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tbsp giner, finely chopped

Juice of ½ lemon

1 tsp of mild chilli powder

600ml vegetable stock

A few mint leaves (roughly chopped)

250g quinoa (thoroughly rinsed)

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C / 180C fan / Gas Mark 6. Toss butternut squash in olive oil and roast until soft (around 35 mins).
  2. Whilst the squash is cooking, heat some oil (and butter if you wish) in a saucepan and cook the onion, garlic and ginger.
  3. Cook for around 10 mins then add the quinoa and chilli powder, give it a good stir making sure your mixture coats the quinoa.
  4. Add the prunes, lemon juice and stock, cover and simmer for about 25 mins. When you think the quinoa is just about cooked add the spinach and stir through.
  5. When everything is tender, stir through the butternut squash, sprinkle over the mint, spoon onto plates and crumble your feta over the top!

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