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urban ducks and tree crinolines

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 […]

Security alert at the institute: mobilo scooter lock

sculptural installation or security consciousness? Night duty staff at the institute were thrown into confusion on discovering this Mobilo scooter lock, later photographed in the light of day. Were younger members of the institute set upon transforming everyday life into an art installation, reshaping the lived as resonances of plastic and plasticity? Or was the […]

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 of Research at the Institute: ‘GENEALOGY OF THE CRINOLINE’

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 […]


Inspired by events on holiday, younger members of the Institute record sights on a visit to The Zoology Museum in Cambridge.

Institute of Electric Crinolines on Holiday: coo cow cowpers