Monday, October 31, 2011


This film was unlike anything I had seen before; none of the characters were introduced, their emotional problems unnamed. I spent almost the entire film wondering what was going on, only to be ambushed by overwhelming feeling in the closing scenes. 
I struggled with the concept of this planet, Melancholia, flying by the Earth. It all became very real towards the end, when the terror displayed was so real I began to feel it too. 
There were two or three strong ways featured in the film of dealing with this impending catastrophe, the first being to avoid it completely. The second, with complete calm. The third, sheer terror.
I can only describe what I saw and it is a very different position to witness. 
The actress Charlotte Gainsbourg managed to summon terror as if the planet was actually going to crash into our own, when really all she had to accompany her were computer graphics, which no doubt were added afterwards. I can only wonder how she conjured such emotion within herself to make it all so convinving, playing the part of witness amazingly.
Approaching catastrophe is brave and I left the cinema awe struck. 

A review at the Guardian, much different to my own. This is so due to my viewing of the film to see how catastrophe was approached.

Relinquishing control

Spending hours on a sketchbook, only to throw it in the sea seems like a catastrophic idea to almost anyone.
I spent as long as I would on each page as if it was to be preserved forever, releasing myself from the burden of control by surrendering it to powers greater than myself (the sea)
I feel no preciousness towards my work and throwing it away is almost a relief. 
My sketchbook is now swollen with sea water, bogged down with sand and has been ripped in half, the cover peeling away. But now, I feel a stronger attachment for it than I ever have towards something I've made.
Drying it over the course of a few days, deciding how to display it, as part of this on-going process has become exciting.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Causing rage.

A response to one of my posts on tumblr, where I document all knitting and drawing.
This is exactly what I wanted to create; a reaction. Any reaction.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Rena, New Zealand. Video

Video showing the ship listing heavily, 6 days ago.

Love the way this has been shot, feels like I'm at sea witnessing the catastrophy first hand. I wonder how long it will take for the containers to wash up?

Available at <> [Accessed 21 October 2011]

Rena, New Zealand. Update.

Copyright Bob Zuur/WWF
Available at <> [Accessed 21 October 2011]


Cloud Appreciation Society

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gustav Metzger

Gustav Metzger  'Acid action painting' 1961
Gustav Metzger was one in a long line of artists that made destructive art works, or destroyed their work. 

Jef Bourgeau provides a categorised timeline, detailing auto-destructive art and art tagging.  Relevant events are also mapped:

1937 - Nazis mount the exhibition ENTARTETE KUNST (DEGENERATE ART) in Munich. Over 100,000 visitors.

Momart fire, 2004

Guardian article
Part one
This fire in 2004 destroyed the work of a lot of 'up and coming' artists. Was it a disaster or a triumph? I would argue that it depends on the artist.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


A couple of recent shots, great shadow due to sun setting earlier in the day.


Due to the nature of moving house every few years, and once a year for the past three, there isn't a house I consider 'home'.
I call any place I stay for more than a week 'home'.
For me, home is the sea. Being on the coast.
You can cure anything with a good lungfull of sea air.

Rena ship, New Zealand

Monday, October 17, 2011


I feel a desperate need to put the sketchbook I'm currently working on into the sea when it's finished, to 'surrender' it to the elements and a power greater than myself.

I'm spending time on every page as I would any sketchbook or drawing, but embracing catastrophe (closing pages before they're dry). This sort of behavior would invoke terror in most people. This type of 'art' fascinates me, it shows that process is the overriding desire. This need for making and process is more important than a final outcome or 'piece'. Perhaps video art is relevant?

I'm fascinated by the sea; the vastness, the power, the repetitive motion, the uncontrollable nature. This is all linked to the larger theme of the sublime.

By offering up a labour of love to potential catastrophe I become free of the burden of control.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ten things you didn't know about tsunamis.

Some notes:

2/3 world - sea
26th December 2004 , earthquake NW of Sumatra, waves 3 miles inland
40 hours, 225,000 lives, 11 countries
Can happen after a landslide or underwater earthquake
cracks ocean floor, one side of fault is pushed up, displacing water, 
waves are hundreds of miles long at sea, nearer the shore they get steeper (taller)
drawback - water receding from the shore
catastrophic geological happening. 
earthquake was different, sheer cliff was thrust out of the sea bed. 
proof that it was formed recently, saw toothed edge.
second cliff - enormous - 'megathrust' - magnitude 9
cliff hundreds of miles long
tectonic plates, pushing for hundreds of years, pressure, breaking point
fault ruptured, cliff made was 40 feet tall, 450 miles long
500mph tsunami wave
created spectacle, lost temples, visible.
lost 6 below waves (pagodas)
sea retreated 1/2 kilometer in India for several minutes
Chixculub - 65 million years ago, meteor size of San Fransisco
struck earth, wiped out dinosaurs
struck water - gulf of Mexico. Crater 122 miles across
meteor 6 miles wide
700 miles/min fireball
vaporised water, blew hole in ocean. sea rushed into crater, sent out wave as deep as the ocean was
chain of waves, 100 miles inland
largest tsunami ever?
volcano - erupted for days, 25 miles into atmosphere
sea rushed into magma mass, debris fell into the sea, causing tsunami
60 feet into air, dragged back out to sea
Hawaii & Japan - tsunami capitals of the world
Pacific ocean most frequent. 4/5 happen there
Britain - first tabloid coverage was 400 years ago
3 in recorded history
Jan 1607, Bristol, fault line Ireland. at dawn
caused by God - retribution
WW2 tsunami bomb, Australian, Thomas Leech
4000 experiments, all failed
2000 tons of explosives - Tokyo bay - similar
Scientists cancelled any further experimenting
Project Seal
Moses - tsunami. Exodus. 3500 yrs ago
600 chariots, God parted the red sea
drowned men
shallow marsh? coast? volcanic eruption displaced body of water
sucked water in as it filled the void
water returning, drowned the Pharaohs army.
effects of nature unbelievable

Ten things you didn’t know about. 1/3 (2008) Ten things you didn’t know about tsunamis. London, BBC4, January 13, [DVD]