First Day of the Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show

Didn’t have much time today so I’ve only been around the sculpture show as yet. A good year. The standout exhibit of the ones I’ve seen was Deborah Marshall’s ‘Casting in retrograde – a diptych’.

You hear the music first – it sounds like Latin church music but it isn’t. So it seems like there must be an art work in the room. But you have to piece it together like a detective mystery.

Casting in retrograde – a diptych. Deborah Marshalls

Casting in retrograde – a diptych. By Deborah Marshall

The music is an excerpt from Dido’s Lament, played in reverse as a six part canon.
She has a lovely blog that explains some of her thought process here.

Take Tea With Turing Anthology now available as an Android App

I’m delighted that Take Tea With Turing is now available on Android. Free!!!

Here on Google Play.

Take Tea With Turing is an anthology of creative work inspired by the life and legacy of Alan Turing, edited by Viccy Adams, Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh.

Tea with Turing

Historic Surreal: Y Una Madre/And A Mother

I’ve been struck by how many of the song lyrics on Savina Yannatou’s ‘Songs of the Mediterranean‘ have, due to the erosion of time, become so strange and surreal. (At least in their translations.)

I thought it would be fun to put together some settings for the English translations to bring out the words and the weirdness.

The first one is a ‘romance’ song from Sephardic jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. The original lyrics are in Ladino, a form of medieval Spanish.

Cygnoir does a fantastic job of reciting the words.

Writers’ Bloc at Eastercon 2014: Planet Scotland

Some of our comrades will be appearing at the 65th Eastercon, Satellite 4, this weekend.
On Friday night, Hannu Rajaniemi will be a victim guest of Horrorshow, a late night talk show hosted by Andrew J. Wilson. (22:00 – 23:30 in Castle 1)

On Sunday evening, we’ll embark for Planet Scotland, live performances of the best new Scottish SF and fantasy featuring established and up-and-coming talent from the Word Dogs and Writers’ Bloc spoken-word performance groups including Hal Duncan, Phil Raines, and Bloc comrades Mark Harding, Stuart Wallace, and Halsted M. Bernard. The event will be hosted by Andrew J. Wilson and Neil Williamson. (20:00 – 22:00 in Castle 1)

Planet Scotland