wooden snake chain

after years of making these dense fluid snake chains out of laboriously hand-cut stainless steel, i recently made an entirely wood version for a small body of work that sits alongside shaun gladwell’s show at sherman contemporary art foundation….

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best coffee in vienna

i am actually writing about 2 different things here – where to find the best short dark espresso to get your brain moving into higher realms, and, the loveliest languid old school coffeehouses.  two very different but somehow complementary notions….

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europe in black and white

i have been in vienna for 5 months on study exchange for my phd in fine arts, and on the side, i have travelled around europe a little and found myself at some stunning places.  i have been taking lots of pictures, and i love black and white film.

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focus on infinity (2014) trailer

excellent doco by austrian filmaker joerg burger that explores fundamental metaphysical questions underlying our current scientific, cosmological and epistemological research.  aesthetically, sonically, and intellectually engaging, with provocative interviews across a range of scientific and humanitarian concerns.  unfortunately it seems very hard to see outside of the film festival circuit…. details of the movie are at mischief films – i am waiting patiently […]

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the austrian alps !

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woodcarving !

lovely time doing a daggy woodcarving week in the austrian alps over christmas with beautiful people in a beautiful place – yay!!!

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the slynx, a novel by tatyana tolstaya

the slynx is an exotic and fantastic dystopian novel written in a rich russian prose that staggers between naive fairytale and the vilest of satire.  while the language may take a few pages to normalise, its effect is profound and spellbinding.  throughout the tale’s  cruel slamming of human nature, it remains gloriously optimistic, and i have […]

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vienna flaktürme at augarten

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schoko ballrace

at a weihnachtsmarkt in vienna i came across an odd store selling rusty old tools – spanners, screwdrivers, drill-bits and ball-races.  i thought it was some weird tradition thing i would have to look into, and kept walking with my spicy hot gluhwein in hand.  i realised what i had almost missed when i saw some kid […]

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