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HauntedGeographies
The Denser Now
Designer and Lecturer
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Letter Spirit (PDF) 17 July 2012 Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at hauntedGeographies
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Ghost Job 2 4 July 2012 Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at hauntedGeographies
Ghost Job 4 July 2012 This never happened, but it almost did— it’s a relic (above). Negotiation got as far as the business card. For me, Cartlidge Levene holds an interesting position within London design history. In terms of hagiography and genealogy (design as gossip) they have spawned a good number of significant practices and numerous designers have been through their doors. I took another path. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at hauntedGeographies
Dazla, correctional facilities would be more appropriate.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2012 on The Anti-Click at hauntedGeographies
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The Anti-Click 22 June 2012 This piece was originally published here. Big thanks Matt. The Anti-Click In 1996 Beryl McAlhone, David Stuart and Edward de Bono conducted what really should have been a forbidden experiment and birthed a monster. They brought forth the incomprehensively successful ‘A Smile in the Mind’ (ASitM from now) and in the process inadvertently established a cult. A sacred text was coupled to an adoring and largely uncritical audience and hey presto a self-replicating machine was set in motion. At one level, this polemic is superfluous. Like many graphic design rants it’s a storm in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at hauntedGeographies
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Cancer 18 June 2012 We cannot sustain the illusion of our self-sufficiency. We are all subject to decay, old age and death, to disappointment, loss and disease. We are all engaged in a futile struggle to maintain ourselves in our own image. The crises in our lives inevitably reveal how impossible our attempts to control our destinies really are (9). Cancer is vicious. Its reach is long. It stretches way beyond the limits of body — beyond the firewall of the skin. As a ‘destroyer of worlds’, it extends and irrevocably marks those close to you too. They become collateral... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2012 at hauntedGeographies
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Hauntology 9 Oct 2011 Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2011 at hauntedGeographies
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#0000ff 11 Sept 2011 Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2011 at hauntedGeographies
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Typo/Graphics 3 July 2011 Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at hauntedGeographies
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10 hours 29 June 2011 Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at hauntedGeographies
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Green=Boom 2 21 April 2011 Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at hauntedGeographies
Green=Boom 21 April 2011 D*W*F*E are an experimental design syndicate founded by: Jimmy Loizeau, Laura Potter, and Matt Ward, their nomadic practice explores how “artefacts, systems and material cultural can offer some degree of relief from the emptiness of contemporary living”. Green=Boom is the first in a series of events, interventions and speculations. It kicks off next Monday at Shopwork. D*W*F*E do ‘made thought’, they make ‘epistemological objects’ (processes and systems too), then couple them to particular circuits. The Peckham installation presents the notion of ‘recreational bombs’ and invites members of the public to come and play. The classic formulae... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at hauntedGeographies
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D*W*F*E 3 April 2011 Continue reading
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26 20 March 2011 Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2011 at hauntedGeographies
Cheers Michael, To be honest, I’m permanently confused by the terms ‘ontic’ and ‘ontology’, I’m still trying to work them out and how they operate in philosophy— let alone how they transpose to design. I think you’re right though, the majority of design could be categorized as ontic. This is why I like Tony Fry’s angle (a Heideggerian) when he talks about bringing about “a change in the being of the practitioner” (an ontological concern?). Design that designs— interventions that are intended to operate on who we are and alter how we practice; a movement away from primary ontic concerns. However, this is when I get confused again, as they all collapse into each other !-). Very quickly, I love M&V’s notion of bringing forth worlds or terraforming but is it too linear or reductive? Again, I probably haven’t read enough to qualify this, but how does that world or network feedback on the organism or pattern that has generated it? Thus altering or sustaining it’s structure. It’s not messy enough for me. It is a praxis thing, theory adjusting practice and practice adjusting theory… … Which is a territory I’m trying to explore. The ‘letters are things’ projects is a case in point Finally, ‘ontography’ is an interesting term. Are you using it in the playful Graham Harman sense? Cheers for now, HG
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2011 on Ontological Design at hauntedGeographies
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Letters Are Things 2 8 March 2011 Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at hauntedGeographies
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Proto OOO 23 Jan 2011 Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at hauntedGeographies
Ontological Design 30 Dec 2010 If one were forced to designate the particular moment in design, or name the emerging paradigm, it would probably be ‘ontological’— a response to the ‘age of transition’ and the emergence of a new context. Ontological design is not a new set of ideas or practices but its time has come. Without being too melodramatic, it is probably the most important design philosophy today. Ontological design surfaced in 1986 with the publication of Flores and Winograd’s ‘Understanding Computers and Cognition’. Since then various theorists and practitioners have developed the idea, most notably Anne-Marie Willis and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at hauntedGeographies
Island Machine 23 Dec 2010 The Christmas card below is a reflection on the current state of affairs in Brand Britannia. A hollow, bankrupt ‘island machine’ where the majority increasingly subsidize the lifestyles of a small super-rich elite— as one of the banners in parliament square read: ‘we are not your slaves’. Brand Britannia is neo-liberalism ‘ruined abstraction’, a hyper-banal entity fashioned by the ever-spinning government-media-corporate loop. The ensuing wasteland is the inevitable result of a life solely administered by commodities. The royal wedding and Olympic games are spectacle writ large, Brand Britannia’s dazzling poverty. As economic ‘macguffins’ they fuel... Continue reading
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Posted Oct 15, 2010 at hauntedGeographies
You're very welcome Mr Morton, I'm working through 'Ecology without Nature' at the moment— enjoying it immensely.
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2010 on Pedal Power at hauntedGeographies
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Pedal Power 6 Oct 2010 Last Sunday I went on a pedal power workshop run by ‘Magnificent Revolution’. It was brilliant— a primer on how to hook appliances to renewable power, anything from laptops to sound systems. As an electronically challenged ‘flatlander’, this was the perfect introduction into the occult word of: amps, dump loads, training stands, motors, multimeters and inverters. As you can see from the image, harvesting the body’s energy is not easy. It requires stuff; a network of CO2-heavy bits and bobs, an assemblage of industrial age kit to leach the ‘righteous’ green juice. Such are the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at hauntedGeographies
Totally. I would love to know how it all got through, whether there was any reflective thought?
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Capitalist Realism 21 June 2010 This is “Capitalist Realism” by the Bard of Felixstowe, Mark Fisher aka Kpunk. It’s a wonderful book that has a great deal to say about our contemporary moment. Reworking the classic analysis that capital seeks full spectrum dominance. Capitalist Realism reflects on the chronic passivity... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at Threshole
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Tony Fry 10 June 2010 Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at hauntedGeographies