So, it’s well over a year since I published anything here. You know, very busy, no time to write, blah blah.
But just to prove that I have been doing something and not just being lazy, here’s a film that I scripted (and, in a moment of uncontrolled megalomania, presented) for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015 which the Museum of Natural History has been shortlisted for. Thanks to Northern Town for producing the film.
It’s been a busy year and an even busier few weeks preparing for the announcement of this, and working for the Museum of the History of Science too: its new exhibition, Dear Harry…, opens on 14 May. Meanwhile, at the Museum of Natural History we are about to open a new contemporary science temporary exhibition, Biosense, and two new permanent touchable displays all about evolution. Rachel mentions this Sensing Evolution project in the video above.
There have been plenty of other things that I’ve been involved in over the past year that I should really have blogged about here. I’ll try and record more of that, but no promises.
What I might write about soon though was my chance to take Magnum photographer Martin Parr around the Museum of Natural History, as part of the Art Fund promotions. I got to watch him work and photograph the process myself at the same time. A treat indeed.
Everyone knows that rock and roll is about abandon, not precision. The squalling, folding feedback ululating from Jack White’s amp is the sound of deal-making with the devil, a fight for control between creativity and randomness. It’s fitting, then, that cult photographic company Lomography, with its unpredictable, super-plastic, devil-may-care cameras, should turn to the White Stripes for a very limited edition design of its Holga and Diana+ models (only 200 of each have been made).
It also helps that the Stripes are perhaps the most graphically branded of rock groups for some time, presenting everything they do – including these cameras, of course – in red, white and black. Renamed ‘Jack’ and ‘Meg’ after the duo’s frontman and drummer respectively, the Holga and Diana+ are the photographic equivalent of feedback – you can’t really control them. Spotless, grain-free portraiture this ain’t.
Inside these packages, designed by collaborator Rob Jones, expect to find everything you need to create heavily saturated and dreamy, indistinct images, including psychedelic filters and gels to help you on your way. It pains me to use such a phrase, but the brand fit is neat indeed, not least given Lomography’s staunchly analogue nature and Jack White’s penchant for recording to 2in magnetic tape. What fantastic, plastic fun.
This article was written for Design Week, 31 October 2007.