Friday, 30 April 2010

Project Friendly

A man I know called Dan is part of a thing called called Project Friendly which involves sending anonymous people envelopes with drawings on them and stuff. You can put whatever you like inside them, as long as the envelope is decorated in some way.

It sounded fun, and after a very long delay, I've got involved in this business:

Okay so my idea is that this is the front side, and you're like "huh this is a pretty fake hairy envelope but no big deal, what's with the scissors around the sides" but then you turn it round and BAM:

You were holding a folded up monster in your hands and you didn't even know!
What does this mean?

Just in case Michaela has little experience with cutout things or thinks the dotted lines are some weird art style thing I put some instructions inside:

I'm not really sure where I was going with the links. I just thought they might be useful. I had a slightly longer list but I kept misspelling the URLs, so I ripped out that bit, and then I was like "sod it, I've written this much and writing is hard, I might as well do little rips everywhere and pretend it is a weird art style thing".

I coloured in the front last, after I'd done the little scissors, then felt bad about it. Maybe Michaela might prefer a full colour envelope monster and not really care about the white patches and the scissors round the side. I better leave detailed instructions in case she wants to find the same colour and go over those bits.


I hope Michaela actually does it. I hope Michaela actually does it and it actually works. I'd like to see the results.

You can see some more Project Friendlies scattered around on and . Personally I think there should be a Flickr page so they could get more people involved. Maybe I'll poke Dan with a stick and tell him that.


Friday, 16 April 2010

Art installation - part 2

Filmed it on the opening night. It seems to work pretty well.

It's open over the weekend, but it closes some time around 2PM on Tuesday.



Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Doing a video art installation, come and see it!


Me and an exciting computer researcher called Tom Haines have made a video installation for an art show! Neither of us have been in a proper exhibition before, it's exciting!

I'm not sure if I should say what it is yet, but it's quite a fun simple looking thing and it interacts with you. It's quite small, hidden away in the corridor of an attractive central London crypt, but maybe you might like it? It's also part of a bigger art show, so there'll be lots of other stuff to look at, like paintings and sculptures and photos and a performance artist. Also there's the natural excitement of being in a crypt to deal with. And it's in this church, which I've often passed and wondered about:

Intriguing, right? Bet you'd want to see the crypt of that place, bet there's zombies and cult people and secret rooms full of Victorian gentlemen plotting to destroy the Empire. I like St Pancras, they still appreciate the value of random Gotham Cityish giant statues round those parts.

The exhibition is "Caged Bird Sings", the website for it is, and the website for the gallery is It's at St Pancras Church, which for some reason is literally right across the road from Euston station rather than St Pancras station, and it's on Euston Road. It's the one that looks like the photo, and if you go round the back of it there's a stairway to the crypt. Last time I was there there was a huge banner saying "THIS WAY TO THE CRYPT", but I'm not sure how long that's staying up.

It's free entry, it's on from Thursday the 15th to Tuesday the 20th of this month including the weekend. On most days it's open between 12:30 and 6pm, but on Thursday there's a special magic party viewing instead between 6pm and 9pm where there will be a limited amount of free ART WINE™! It says "private viewing" on the crypt site but you read this, come to that and tell them you're my cousin or secret lover or something. Am I allowed to say that? Maybe! Me and Tom will be hanging around the one on Thursday, I might come back at the weekend to check it's still working, but you should come whenever you're free, it's just an art thing, you go look at those whenever, long as it's open and stuff.

Come and see it! Come and see it! Please come and see it.