Fusion Arts archive remix

Fusion Arts is an East Oxford-based community arts organisation, with a long pedigree of socially engaged arts practice going back to the 1970s. We worked together to run a series of events in Oct-Nov 2019 engaging local people in the digital archive, which was funded by a community grant from Lankelly Chase. During this process I discovered the wonderful Fusion Arts archive: a number of boxes stuffed with old flyers, photos and newsclippings yet to be catalogued. So many of the Fusion Arts projects - dealing with access to the arts, gentrification and local planning - are more relevent now than ever. For the final workshop in our series I decided to open up and activate some of the archive material, using a remix approach to digitize graphic details and bring them to life in new designs.

Open Source Illustration: 1 page of drawings, infinite variations

Here is one page of scanned line drawings, freely available for download + re-use. Infinite variations and re-combinations. An austere minimalist experiment in the infinite abundance of open source art.
I will post my own variations on Mastodon as they emerge.

Open Source illustration: Oxford Botanic Gardens

More open source illutrations, made with Inskcape, the open source vector drawing program.

Here are some drawings I made in the greenhouses at Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum, and some Inkscape illustrations made with them. When using open source software it makes sense to release the results freely too. Here are the drawings I used, in SVG format.

Makespace Oxford launch party

Makespace Oxford is a new affordable working & making space in North Oxford. We threw a fun launch party and open studios event in July 2018 to welcome local people in and celebrate the official opening.

Solva Seaweed: Open Source Art Means Nothing is Ever Done

This is a new set of visual compositions inspired by watching drifting clumps of seaweed in Solva harbour. Multiple iterations and re-uses are possible.

Babbacombe Cliff: Sun, Séances and Queer History by the Sea

Babbacombe Cliff Brochure Cover

For all my adult life, a half-rememberd building has haunted my memory. An old hotel, nestled in wooded cliffs above the sea. A hotel as they used to be, with tobacco smoke drifting from the snug in the entrance hall and the smell of tomato juice in the deep red Victorian carpets. A wooden cabinet behind the desk with its rows of keys, then a narrow staircase leading up to a corridor, and the Oscar Wilde Suite.

Beautiful Dutch Books

Beautiful old Dutch book in Rotterdam Spotted in the book market in Rotterdam.

5 reasons why '50 Shades' is actually a feminist masterpiece

You might have Fifty Shades of Grey chalked up as a sexist, badly-written, pathologising, heteronormative piece of gibberish. And you'd be right. However, should you feel like "doing a Zizek" on this bit of cultural inanity and justifying to your feminist mates why you should waste precious hours of your life reading/watching this nonsense, here are some ideas...

Relearn Summer School Sketches @Variable, Brussels

relearn 2014 sketchOn my way back from Amsterdam yesterday I paid a quick hello visit to the lovely, lovely people at Variable FLOSS Arts Lab, where the Relearn 2014 summer school is going on.

Sketchbook Journal: Zomer in Rotterdam + Amsterdam

summer sketchbook Rotterdam Amsterdam I've just returned from a blissful week in the dazzling sun of NL. I visited the high-security underground base of the Erasmus Bridge, the Over het Ij theatre festival, a vegan bistro in a disused train carriage, and chilled out on a lot of balconies. Here is my sketchbook journal of the trip.


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