Friday 29 February 2008
Antigen Records has been given a breath of life thanks to the recent involvement of Roki who is currently displaying boundless enthusiasm with plans to sign artists and produce 'proper' releases rather than the label's previous lackluster cottage industry take on the music industry. First up will be a release in July by Henry Homesweet, East Anglia's premier Happy Hardcore artist. This will be celebrated by a launch party at which Pindown will make a rare appearance. I'm not sure how I feel about getting up on stage again, and this time as a 40 year old, but despite this, Dubdog is proud to be involved with Antigen on an aesthetic level with the design of it's logo and is looking forward to future collaborations both musical and visual. More Antigen Records and launch party details here.
Tuesday 26 February 2008
The Royal Festival Hall just before going to the brilliant Rodchenko exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.
Ipswich Railway Station after returning from Breaking The Rules, an exhibition at The British Library exploring the 'Ists' and 'Isms' of the European Avant Garde.
Thursday 21 February 2008
This is the view out of my day job window and features the new waterfront building of University Campus Suffolk. If you can make out the sloping roof, this, in the coming months, will be covered with living breathing sedum and grass. I look to the right (out of the frame of this image) and I see more cranes on the Suffolk skyline (5 in total) symbolizing the regeneration that Ipswich is going through. New University, new dockside dance studio and cafes, new arts centre, growing arts scene and town centre galleries.
On the day that the Ipswich murder trial finally gave the victim's families and Ipswich as a whole some sort of closure, this image seems sort of fitting for the positive possibilities that face my home town.
I pass these marks everyday at work. They are on an exposed steel beam that is level with stairs I climb to my desk and graphics studio. They are shadows of items left on the beams and as dust collected around these and then the items were removed, these marks were left. Paint splashes, as CSI would inform you, give it a timeline and are obviously later than the dust marks. Today, after over 4 years of passing these marks on the stairs and thinking that I must record their presence before they are cleaned off, I finally got around to it.
Thursday 14 February 2008
The Pop Group's brilliant 'We Are All Prostitutes' has just been played on Ashes to Ashes. I bet Mark Stewart doesn't get too many royalty cheques from the BBC, more's the pity. I was only discussing their brilliance with someone a few months ago and recently read a great review of 'Y' on Julian Cope's site - read it here.
Two YouTube videos posted here in one day, you lucky, lucky people. This is a great little movie of..."An intro project to typography for first year students on the BA Hons Graphic Design Course at UCS Ipswich. Choosing a typeface to represent themselves, students create a typographic face to hide behind on this one day entertaining project."