Urban life around the Institute continues to defy the situationist need to go on the dérive. Footage from April of this year has just come in, featuring a duck and ducklings that took to the pavement at some distance from water, as if compelled to exercise their nervous urbanity. Deprived of footage, the still is […]
Here are a few images and a poem from an extraordinary night of readings and performances in the Judith E Wilson Drama studio, Cambridge, in solidarity with Pussy Riot, 21.10.210. The event grew out of the English PEN anthology ‘Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot’, edited by Sophie Mayer, Mark Burnhope and Sarah Crewe. There were […]
Pussy Riot Solidarity Night in Cambridge Judith E Wilson Drama Studio, University of Cambridge Faculty of English 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP 7.45 pm, Wednesday 21st November. All welcome. A night of poetry readings and brief performances in solidarity with Pussy Riot, to coincide with solidarity nights across the UK and in conjunction with […]
Alloa Poetry Jamboree. Curated by John Goodby. 2 – 4 November, and featuring Tom Leonard, Lila Matsumoto, Peter Manson, Drew Milne, Bill Herbert, Andrew Duncan, Jim Ferguson, Donny O’Rourke, Kathleen Jamie, Dorothy Alexander, nick-e melville, David Kinloch, Samantha Walton, Frank Kuppner, Gerry Loose and Jennifer Williams. Read all about it here: http://digitalpages.digitalissue.co.uk/?userpath=00000082/00019241/00079273/ or through here: […]
Here at the Institute, the flowers of fuzz are much prized, and so it is with some sadness that we report the departure of a much respected colleague, the Addrock Geranium Fuzz: A firm favourite for some years, this fuzz face clone of quality produces sputtery blooms of soft-clipping distortion, care of its finely tuned […]
POLYply 21 > 7 pm October 11th. C4cc. 16 Acton Street. Kings Cross. London.
Here at the Institute younger members are developing alternative methods for transport to and from work.
There’s a sorry history of cultural appropriations of the crinoline, often for purposes other than high fashion, usually with the intent of debunking or perverting the gloire of the crinoline’s architecture. This awkward specimen, widely reproduced, sometimes goes by the title of ‘The Bachelor’s Dream’, an albumen print from around 1860, and not, as they […]
Among byproducts of research into the cultural imagination of the fossil, two intriguing counter-mythologies emerge. Short of funds for a full research trip, the Institute purchased the fossil pictured in the previous post on ebay. While able to confirm the Jurassic status of the specimen, the Institute were unable to verify the Whitby provenance claimed […]
News of Research at the Institute: GENEALOGY OF THE CRINOLINE … ‘Accusation of Superficial Analogies’
More critical members of the Institute have been quick to point out, however, that this is at best merely suggestive, at worst a superficial analogy (see previous post). One especially powerful argument discussed by our researchers in the Institute is the view that the crinoline’s resistance to representation is different in kind from that of […]
News update on our progress towards completion of a fully spiralling vision of the genealogy of the crinoline. Fig. 1 ‘Steel Cage Crinoline’ Our small research group have been struggling to assemble organic forms comparable to the nineteenth century metallic crinoline, with a view to disproving the claim that there is something inherently modern about […]