September 2010


Things are moving forward – had my first building manager ring me up today to confirm details of how the posters would be attached to his building.  On this score I’ve been experimenting with how this is going to work.  I’ve been in conversation with Kev in the Geography Drawing Office about the print outs.  Although using the expensive glossy paper makes for nicer prints, sadly they smear really easily when wet.  The (much) cheaper matt paper absorbs the ink from our map plotter rather better.  So I attached a couple of smaller scale prints to my shed at home using wallpaper paste.  One I then covered in a clear sealant, the other I left as it came out of the printer.  Then I sprayed a hosepipe all over them.  You can see the results here.  Basically both seemed to survive quite happily.  And they’re still surviving as the week has gone on, despite the rain we’ve had.  So it looks like it should all be okay.  And I kinda like the way they look when they’re a bit weathered, it really sells the ‘flyposted’ aesthetic.

Giving a bit of thought today to running a session at the Association of American Geographers’ annual conference on geographers engaging in artistic practice.  Will post a call up on the various geography email lists and see if anyone else seems interested or whether this is just more random musing from me.  I want to see if other people are struggling to reconcile academic activity and more artistic outputs from their work.  Maybe they can help me make sense of what it is that I’m doing as I flounder around organising exhibitions when I should be writing papers.

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Just a quick post before I head up north to do some ethnomethodology (don’t ask) with a hydrologist friend who works at the University of Liverpool.

The cycling exhibition will launch on Thursday 30 September 2010. I’ve given the website a spring clean and you can see details of the exhibition and provisional locations on the new exhibition page.  There should even be some proper publicity, thanks to the kind help of the press office.

On the publications front, I’ve got the reviewers’ comments back for the cartoon.  Generally positive, although I couldn’t help but laugh at the slightly anguished ‘but what would Doreen Massey think’ that emerged from this.  Will get my drawing tablet back out and work on these shortly, so hopefully there should be a fun paper to see relatively soon (ACME, the journal in question, is open access).  We’ve also had a piece accepted for Applied Geography about the Digbeth project and I’ve just sent back the revised cycling-and-senses paper to Environment and Planning D – we’ll see what the reviewers make of it this time.

Of course all of this good progress will come to a grinding halt shortly as term begins again and chaos descends once more…