April 28th, 2005

operesque

Fresh fruit in London

My new piece for Design Observer went up today, a thing about graphic design on small European labels: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places.

The Bush Hall show last night went well. Also managed to catch a couple of interesting art shows. The first, highly recommended, was Kutlug Ataman's Kuba installation, a vast array of TV screens in front of shabby chairs in an old post office sorting office at 21 New Oxford Street. Each screen shows a Kurd talking about his or her life, and the stories all begin to interlock as they accumulate in your mind.

The other show was Beck's Futures at the ICA. The winner, Christina Mackie, was, for Hisae and me (and The Guardian), the least interesting participant: we spent about an hour, though, with Luke Fowler's excellent, disorienting documentaries. What You See Is Where You're At, Fowler's 2001 film about R.D. Laing's Kingsley Hall refuge for the (correctly) insane, was particularly powerful. The Kingsley Hall project lasted from 1965 to 1969, and the film is full of broody shots of Laing himself, a strong early influence on me, participating in sessions with the inmates.

Off to catch the Eurostar to Paris now to get photographed by Stephane Sednaoui for the flyer for the New York art show with Mai Ueda!