Exhibition: Landmark: The Fields of Photography

Spent a long time today at the wonderful ‘Landmark: The Fields of Photography’ show, put on by the Positive View Foundation at Somerset House. The show takes a broad view of contemporary and recent landscape photography, and is themed Sublime, Pastoral, Witness, Landmark, Scar, Control, Datum, Delusion, Hallucination, and Reverie. The types of photography are […]

Chairing: DBA: An evening with Marco Steinberg

For the Design Business Association I conducted an ‘in conversation’ with Marco Steinberg, Director of Strategic Design at Sitra (the Finnish Innovation Fund), on 13 November at Interbrand in London. We discussed Steinberg’s work at Sitra, what it means to innovate in the public sector, addressing ‘grand challenges’, and whether the design community is ready to help government redesign public services. More on […]

In conversation: Jimmy Wales, 2012

As part of the Mayor’s London 2012 Debates – hosted to complement the London 2012 Olympics – which took place in the City Hall council chamber, I conducted an ‘in conversation’ with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales on ‘Technology: Disruption and Convergence’; chaired contributions by selected respondents; and facilitated an audience Q&A. I was also involved […]

Exhibition: The Mystery of Appearance, 2018

To the last day of The Mystery of Appearance exhibition of post-War British painters including Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Patrick Caulfield, William Coldstream, Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Leon Kossoff and Euan Uglow (see note on site on Bacon’ credentials). Highlights were Michael Andrews (The Thames at Low Tide; The Lord Mayor’s […]

Revisiting the Lucas Aerospace workers’ plan

In the Guardian Anne Karpf (@AnneKarpf) wrote about Green jobs: a utopia we nearly had on ‘workers in a failing 1970s arms factory [who] created a revolutionary jobs plan’ as a ‘positive alternative to recession and redundancy’, arguing that ‘we need their vision now’. Four decades ago, a green way out of recession was proposed. […]