Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
ASM is an organisation I occasionally do work for as part of my day job and I've actually visited this building twice in the last few years: it's quite an extraordinary piece of architecture. In fact the reason this film has been posted on YouTube is that the building and dome have just completed an 18 month renovation programme. I can imagine it's looking particularly magnificent at the moment. If you happen to be passing Cleveland, Ohio, the grounds and "Metal Garden"(!) below the dome are open to the public. You can find more information about the place on the ASM website.
Found these pics on the New York Public Library digital archive. Donald Ackerman (after a quick Google search) I believe played for the New York Knicks is seen here dressed as Satan buying a ticket and then entering the fair.
Monday, 27 June 2011
'Mounds and Circles' is a new blog from myself (Unmann-Wittering) and fellow 'Found Objects' alumni Dolly Dolly and Glimmung. It has no big mission, no particular theme, no 'ology', but posts to date indicate an unhealthy interest in books, jazz and smut.
We hope to see you there.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Saturday, 25 June 2011
Much to their surprise, the curators of the biggest Magritte exhibition mounted in Britain have discovered that one of his works is a cult object to Marc Bolan and T Rex fans, who are expected to make their way to Tate Liverpool in droves to see the painting.
To Magritte admirers, The Sixteenth of September is a deceptively realistic work painted in 1956, one of a series in which the artist plays tricks with light and time of day. It shows a crescent moon impossibly shining through the dark mass of a tree, against a dawn sky.
To Bolan fans, the painting has an entirely different significance: 16 September 1977 was the date the singer was returning home in the small hours from a night out, in a Mini driven by his girlfriend Gloria Jones.
The car span off the road and hit a tree on Barnes Common in west London. She was badly injured and he was killed, two weeks before the 30th birthday he had predicted he would not live to see. A shrine, lovingly tended by fans and never without flowers, now marks the spot.
Fans say the tree in the painting closely resembles the sycamore the car crashed into, and the moon was at the same phase on 16 September 1977.
...The curators were already in discussions with the Kunsthaus in Zurich for The Sixteenth of September when they learned of the Bolan connection – from Martin Barden, Tate's head of ticketing and a lifelong Bolan fan.
He is just as keen on Magritte and bought a postcard of the painting as a child on a family holiday in Paris, and kept it by his bed for years.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing the actual painting that I've known so well for so many years," he said. "Now the word is out, I expect there are going to be a lot of us."
Friday, 24 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
In the Cambridgeshire village of Hemingford Grey sits The Manor, a leafy 12th century pile of unparalleled gorgeousness. It is said to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited homes in Britain but of more interest here is the life of Green Knowe, its fictional twin.
In a series of 6 children’s books, Lucy M. Boston, then owner of the manor, re-imagined her home as a cabinet of uncanny curiosities. Statues walk, phantom horses gobble sugar cubes and ghosts flit through the corridors. Hauntological themes abound, not least in the presence of a thick, muddy vein of paganism which sees tree spirits, alchemists and stone circles thrown into the mix.
The stories have been adapted twice: the first, ‘The Children of Green Knowe’, was televised by the BBC in 1986, while a version of the second book, ‘The Chimneys of Green Knowe’ (retitled ‘From Time To Time’) was adapted for ITV by ‘professional posh man’ Julian Fellowes in 2009. The first is - to my mind, at least - the more faithful adaptation, capturing the woozy autumnal atmosphere and magical warmth of these beguiling books. While no DVD is available, the whole thing's up on Youtube, stalking ground of the re-forgotten: a perfect way to ease through a rainy sunday afternoon.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
“I Can’t Help Thinking That Somewhere In The Universe There Has To Be Something Better Than Man. Has To Be.”
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Friday, 17 June 2011
Check that organ! I remember being freaked out as a nipper by the very idea of modern churches / religious bits and bobs. "Is it allowed?"
In 1943, Jimmy Savile launched the world's first DJ dance party by playing jazz records in the upstairs function room of the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds in Otley, England. In 1947, he claims to have become the first DJ to use twin turntables for continuous play.
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
A day earlier than scheduled, it's 1981 on FO-TV for this special programme with an electrical / electronic theme. Our next show will be a Children's TV Special, but it might be a while. If anyone else is interested in compiling a programme either in terms of sticking it all together or suggesting content, why not get in touch and I can book the FO-TV Boardroom to discuss it.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
A very disturbing cover for a very disturbing book. 'The incredible story of the man who terrorised the island for eleven years'. Told by his wife Joan Paisnel. Would have hated to stumble across this book as a child - the cover is scary enough for an adult. I imagine the fact that it is based on reality adds to the terror.
A few books I picked up on a recent trip to New York. 'The Traveller in Black' (1971) is my favorite and if the cover didn't grab me then the blurb on the back did. It opens with, 'The time was the unguessably remote past - or perhaps the distant future'.
Cover art on all three books by Leo & Diane Dillon.
Pictures of the dilapidated remains of the 1964/65 World's Fair site to follow.