Scene-zine articles from March 2014

31 March 2014

Spider-on-the-ceiling’s view

Spotted these amazing photographs by Menno Aden on Thidaa’s blog, and love them for giving something familiar a whole new perspective (and for their sense of voyeurism….)

The flatness and graphic quality of ‘Room Portraits‘ makes them abstract and almost unrecognisable in subject matter, while still interesting in terms of colour and composition.

Room Portraits

They also remind me of a series of photographs taken by Clay Ketter of the Gulf Coast after hurricane Katrina in 2008.

Clay Ketter: Gulf Coast Slabs

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31 March 2014

Sensing Spaces

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined, at the Royal Academy, is a series of installations by seven different architects, each looking to expand the visitor’s perception of space, and the architect’s role in defining how that space is experienced.

The exhibition has thrown the floor open to the discussion over art meeting architecture, partly through the staging of such a large profile architectural show at the academy, where many visitors are more likely to expect art (coverage of the Royal Academy Summer Show tends to gloss over the architecture room as being a bit dry and inaccessible to the general public….)

But where does one begin and one end? What defines architecture? What can architecture say to us? Can it evoke feelings in the same way that art does?

Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s installation

In this I believe many of the installations were particularly evocative – the qualities of light and dark, of texture and form, and even smell were used to produce varying qualities and experiences – in Kengo Kuma’s; Li Xiaodong’s and Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s work especially.

From top: Li Xiaodong’s installation, Kengo Kuma’s.

The installation by Diebedo Francis Kere was a hit with families – being an interactive piece with colourful straws which children clutched all the way down Picadilly – but it was great in that allowed the space to change over the duration of the exhibition, and reflected the creative desires of the visitors

Installation by Diebedo Francis Kere

My only criticism, and it isn’t even a criticism – was the amount of children and families. I would have liked to visit some of the installations alone, in silence, to fully take in the qualities of the spaces, however, it was a weekend in central London, and I can’t really complain about the wonderful fact that the exhibition is enjoyable to all.

The exhibition ends 6th April. For further information please visit the official curator’s blog.


  • Grafton Architects
  • Kengo Kuma
  • Pezo von Ellrichshausen
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • Alvaro Siza
  • Li Xiaodong
  • Diebedo Francis Kere

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25 March 2014

Scene is … emerging

So, a little update on how the Scene project is developing – slowly, slowly behind the scenes, until one summer’s day it will emerge as a butterfly (we hope):

The location hunt continues… looking for any kind of property in London can be daunting and disheartening, but when that place is meant to say everything we want to say, and house all of our dreams and more – it’s a big ask. But we’re on it. Watch this space! (Or tell us if you spy a space more like!!)

Meanwhile however, we’ve been having some fun. Graphic identity fun. Certainly beats those financial forecasts anyway, it’s almost like dress-up for a business: so who will I be today?

Here are a selection of my favourite logo designs and visual identity graphics from our extensive research:

Clockwise from top: Marcia´s Patisser 2012 by Eva Yarza Hilario, via Behance; Sam LaneMorey Talmor Graphic Design.

L-R: leah flores via society 6; From Up North.

From top: Fieldwork; Andrew Colin Beck.

Clockwise from top: Columbus Creative by Chase Turberville; The Design Blog; The Cabbage Creative; Mud 2012, SOPAGRAPHICS.

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02 March 2014

Hackney Wick Takeover at the V&A

Last night, as the third in a series of takeovers at the V&A showcasing the offerings of various art scenes across the city, Hackney Wick landed with its own unique take on what it means to work and create in London today.

Time was, Hackney Wick was an undiscovered treasure, the back and beyond, a rock beneath which teemed creative industry, individual artists and thinkers – something which has been on the cusp of radical change in one direction or another since the arrival of the Olympic games across the canal.

While much was on offer in the way of exploring the wealth of disciplines producing work within the area, the positive community spirit and DIY attitudes now synonymous with the ‘Wick’, where the night got really interesting was in the discussions on change:

Where does the area go from here?

While many speakers spoke of the wish ‘not to let Hackney Wick and Fish Island go the way of Shoreditch’, the importance of protecting the unique qualities of the area, and the challenges faced in the eye of development, answers were few and opinions many.

Key points of note include the V&A’s own interest in creating a satellite venue in the Olympic Park; the needs of the residents who are not part of the relatively new art scene; the increase in the perceived attraction of the area; and the prospect of using the Wick as a testing ground for a new model of affordable urban living.

Contentious but exciting – watch this space.

Further reading:

Photo from Maxi House

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