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urban exporation app…

Wanted to blog about Eduardo Cachucho. He is one of the residents here at UNIDEE, he is from South Africa and is an architect/graphic designer/artist.

Anyway, Eduardo is a bit of a techy genius and after a week or two he had already come up with a nifty little app that allows you to negotiate a town or city through a series of instructions whose interpretation is left up to you. He has refined that idea and come up with an app specifically for Biella (he is working on other cities). It is called Derivé – an urban exploration app. See some of the instruction cards here:

Dérive is a mobile application that aids a user in exploring their surroundings through the use of randomly drawn ‘task-cards’. These cards are refreshed every 3min creating a sense of urgency in the exploration for new objects, things, colours, people etc to follow, find, experience.
Influenced by the Drift Deck created by the Near Future Laboratory in 2008, Dérive allows a user to install the application to their phone and take the ‘cards’ with them wherever they are“. Eduardo Cachucho (Click here for relevant post on his site)

(photo Eduardo Cachucho)

CLICK HERE TO Try the Dérive App (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Compatible, viewable on PC/MAC)

embrace your enemy…

This year the UNIDEE main office was moved to a less convenient part of the building with a loud not always fragrant bathroom adjacent. It’s not nice at all. Then last night i was listening to Jello Biafra who always says don’t fight your enemy (in his case the media), BECOME (infiltrate and supersede) your enemy.  So in the spirit of the aforementioned Jello, am embracing my enemy…and also loosely inspired by all those mirrored surfaces at the Anish Kapoor show,  here is Self portrait in said evil bathroom:

…on another matter

Elmas, one of the artists in residence made the bag above, it is definitely my quote of the week…

non verbal communication skills…

I would like to speak a little about Cai Weidong (one syllable pronounced ts-a-ee), the Chinese artist from this year’s UNIDEE residency. So Cai arrives here with not one word of English, which makes things a little difficult as English is the language of the residency. At first, it seemed an insurmountable obstacle, he has a small electronic translator with him, but it takes forever to tap words out on it, so it is not exactly conducive to exchange or dialogue, but little by little we get to know each other using google translator and a lot of  sign language.

The other day a Chinese friend he had made came in to translate for him during his presentation which was a revelation as he finally relaxed as he was able to communicate fluidly. His work is strong, he is a photographer and works at an extremely high level both technically and aesthetically, touching on classical, satirical and potentially polemic themes. We were all slightly giddy with this new possibility to communicate with a person who has hitherto been present but a bit of an enigma…he is learning a little English now, and google translator is really quite good…really can’t wait to see what he does here in the next 4 months…Will post examples of his work here (if he lets me) in the future.

swings and arrows…

The swings and arrows of an ordinary day…

Ok start the day with farmers market, this rates very high on the edinburgh middle classometer…

…then head into town to the other side of the castle where i run into an anti-nazi rally in city centre,

police amassing…

…somewhat disorganised but successful in that they stopped a nazi related march from happening on this same day. We were told that the supporters of this nazi march had been “corralled” into 5 or 6 bars in the city where they were being held whilst transport was being found to bus them out of town. Am thinking of unsuspecting American tourists in some quaint wee bar when all of a suddenly… another high score for the protesting middle classometer…

…i have a feeling this guy is a pain in the arse, but i thought his sign was pretty funny, the other side said “i am holding a sign”.

…then back home to edit a film for an italian firm for some unbelievably expensive products in my (very cold) flat which i can’t afford to heat…triple point score for the starving freezing artist…and a few extra points for a bourgeois occupation…