Welcome to my blog specifically created to house my work towards a personal and shared navigation in designing our own unique evolutions. You are most welcome and I do hope you will enjoy your visit.

Should you feel inspired, please do not hesitate to make comment and even ‘follow my blog’

Right now, things are set to get very interesting.

The Art of Utopia is everyone..

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TBC:TV Culminating Project Summary.

Having rounded up on designs and Week 53 now being sky rocketed into the future, it’s a wind down with summary text. For now…


Presentation Pod. A demountable rotunda structure with rotating floors and walls. Intended as the central delivery platform for all live TBC curation.


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Sound Control Pod. Demountable soundproofed live mix edit suite.


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Prep Pod. Light weight demountable canopy structure.


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Impa Pod.. Demountable structure for TV Broadcasting/ AV installations.


Material specifications:

There are specific reasoning’s behind the design and construction methods of these live event structures. All of which are essentially based on a DIY & transportable concept.

From aesthetic to selected material finishes. Some reasoning’s as to these considerations may present as obvious, whereas others may require further intuition, being possibly more than the sum total of there parts.

I feel it is inevitable these structures openly interact with each individual as with each individual the structure, allowing an open dialogue between the observer and the observed.

As set designer, it would be my final appraisal as to the overall success of the effectivness of the designs, given the resultant Week 53 TBC production. Now re-scheduled for 2022. My underlying intention being that, said open interaction & dialogue traverse the entire installation, whether in seemless harmony or indeed, equally, otherwise.

Indeed for the structures to be efficient in construction and utilitarian terms and ideally have impact in their design.

And yet of course, TBC’s Director & Curator will be the ultimate instigator…


With a special thanks to MA Barnes Wynters for commissioning this work, Micheal Simpson Director of Visual Arts at the Lowry, and to Bill Foley for his technical assistance in all things CAD realisation.

A pleasure, anon…


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Additional recent designs for Michael Anthony Barnes Wynters, Take Back Control – Week 53 – The Lowry Manchester.

Prep & Presentation Pod.

Pod 3e

Pod 3a

Maya Renders, collaborative design work, courtesy of Bill Foley Design.

Transforming daily…

Final POD 4 Designs and project summary to follow..

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Take Back Control

Recent designs for Michael Anthony Barnes Wynters, Take Back Control – Week 53 – The Lowry Manchester.

With influences originating as far back as 1970’s TV Party, including the likes of Penny Rimbaud (Crass) among many others, MABW curates and directs the TBC.TV concept for Lowry’s Week 53 Biennial Festival.


As collaborative, MABW and GM Design Build associated to formulate modular set designs with a DIY ethic, translating elements of the original mODPOD concept as incorporated.

With additional technical assistance and provision from Bill Foley Design, the Modular Labset Designs were concieved of.

P&P Pod1


Further Labset designs and overall specifications will be presented here in due course.


…Hope you enjoy the inspirational and informative links.

mODPOD feature: https://wordpress.com/post/generalmagnetic.wordpress.com/1657




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Transformations Cont

Following on the successes of the word transformation project, herein is a momentary glimpse into progress.

A newly formed association with The Hotbed Press Salford has enabled me to set up some of the works for screen print.

The works will now be processed in varying ways to finished limited edition prints.

In addition to this, one of the works will be incorporated into a stained glass work. A new skill currently being added to the cannon.


Stained glass skills in development:


And the word transformation design currently being translated into glass..

And also a logo…


I will add some theoretical considerations from these recent phases of the project, along with image updates as the glass and logo continue to progress.

Stay tuned…

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Fringe Arts Bath 2019 – SOS Sculpture Entry

Recent tales from the GMDB Vaults – Sculpture Entry FAB 2019. fringeartsbath. Scaled copper replica Systems of Survival Box with internal Anatomical/3d Phone Sculpture, Beech, Spalted Conker, Suede Presentation Box with SOS Capsule ID Pendant handle. gmdesignbuild.co.uk


  • For all sales info on bespoke work contact me at phil@generalmagnetic.co.uk
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Proving Place. Images & notes on Transformations Project.

At this stage the ongoing Transformations project has traversed the interactions of collaboration with 3D Artist Bill Foley – Hull UK.

With CAD expertise Bill has been assisting, both with my direction and his own ingenuity and imagination, towards transforming the original drawings. 2D to 3D.

Below is an over view gallery of our findings, examples of word derived design. Negative to positive.


  1. A selection of some of the last of the original lineage of drawing developments, before the Transformations Project was taken through to it’s digital progression.



2. A selection of the best initial results from digitisation and three dimensionalisation of 2D drawings.


3. Subsequent drawings from the back to the drawing board phase of continuous transference. From digital to hand drawn and back again.

Digital processing being limited to the subtle nuances enabled by the hand drawn process which allows for greater sophistication of line quality, accurate dictation of imagined metamorphosis. Under Foley’s influence, the digital being the unpredictable and somewhat more radical transformer, projecting form into uncharted and unexpected territory.


4. Results from entering digital processes once more. The designs beginning to take on forms far removed from the original wording of each piece, now indeterminable and partially irrelevant in contrast to the excitement in transformation and progression.

Wonder (and play) took over from the origin of meaning within each work. This meaning became history as new forms and meanings took shape. A certain catharsis in metamorphosis. A particular transcendence.

The energising derision from experimentation and play bringing about a passion for each moment unfolding. An extension and acknowledgement of a personal location. Nowness in place. Empowerment, as architects of personal universe…


5. Once again back to the drawing board to further transform and refine specific aspects of the digital transformations. Note image 2 is derived from a radical transforming of one of the early line drawings. As it is presented here, the desired raw format has been extracted and quickly re worked by hand to form the basis for further digital investigation.

This is the furthest advanced piece to date. How it will further transform should prove interesting testament to the potential within this conceptual project.

Images 1 & 3 highlight the process of removing select components of the digital and replacing them with hand drawn reworkings of said components. The interplay and contrast of line quality I found particularly pleasing, highlighting the subtle nuances and delicacy of the hand drawn. Highlighting fragments of the origins of the project.


These designs will continue on into a series of final screen prints in association with Hotbed Press Salford. Further designs and prints will be posted here as they unfold.



Ou Topos. No Where – Now Here. Summarising in prose:


What Is Place.

Throughout process predominant singularity,

Objects strewn, fallen by waysides.

Resemblances, shadows, remnants inhuman.


In addition, premonition, tangible coloration.

Form from ashen historic ties, severed.

Structure in constructing deconstruction.

Finding in loss.

Alliance gained in self in other and the trusting in nature..







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Placement – Re-Imagining Reality & The Power of Craft


What is Place?

Let us firstly start with how it is we locate ourselves:

I, Me, My and the illusion of self as one dimensional reality.


noun: location; plural noun: locations
  1. 1.
    a particular place or position.
    “the property is set in a convenient location”
    synonyms: positionplacesituationsitelocalitylocalespotwhereaboutspointplacement;More

    • an actual place or natural setting in which a film or broadcast is made, as distinct from a simulation in a studio.
      “the movie was filmed entirely on location
    • the action of locating someone or something.
      “the location of new housing beyond the existing built-up areas”
    • a position or address in computer memory.

      Additional Entries/ Alternative Synonyms:


    • Being – Entity. Spirituality.
    • Identity. Individuality.
    • Integrity.
    • Love – Soul.
    • Ethic.
    • Imaginarium.




noun: place; plural noun: places; noun: Place
  1. 1.
    a particular position, point, or area in space; a location.
    “I can’t be in two places at once”
    synonyms: locationsitespotscenesettingpositionpointsituationarearegionwhereaboutslocaleMore

    • a particular area on a larger surface.
      “he lashed out and cut the policeman’s hand in three places”
    • a building or area used for a specified purpose or activity.
      “the town has many excellent eating places”
      a person’s home.
      “what about dinner at my place?”
      synonyms: homehouseflatapartment, a roof over one’s head; More

    • a point in a book or other text reached by a reader at a particular time.
      “I must have lost my place in the script”
  2. 2.
    a portion of space designated or available for or being used by someone.
    “they hurried to their places at the table”
    synonyms: seatchairpositionspace

    “a place was reserved for her in the front row”
    • a vacancy or available position.
      “he was offered a place at Liverpool University”
      synonyms: jobday jobpositionpostappointmentsituationofficeMore

    • the regular or proper position of something.
      “she put the book back in its place”
    • a person’s rank or status.
      “occupation structures a person’s place in society”
      synonyms: statuspositionstationstandinggraderankfootingniche;

      “I know my place”
    • a right or privilege resulting from someone’s role or position.
      “I’m sure she has a story to tell, but it’s not my place to ask”
      synonyms: responsibilitydutyjobtaskrolefunctionpartconcernaffairmissioncharge;More

    • the role played by or importance attached to someone or something in a particular context.
      “the place of computers in improving office efficiency”
  3. 3.
    a position in a sequence or series, typically one ordered on the basis of merit.
    “his score left him in ninth place”
  4. 4.
    a square or short street.
    “the lecture theatre is in New Burlington Place”
verb: place; 3rd person present: places; past tense: placed; past participle: placed; gerund or present participle: placing
  1. 1.
    put in a particular position.
    “a newspaper had been placed beside my plate”
    synonyms: put down, putset, set down, lay down, depositpositionplantreststandsitsettlestationsituateleavestowpropleanMore

    • cause to be in a particular situation.
      “enemy officers were placed under arrest”
    • allocate or assign (an abstract quality) to something.
      “they place a great deal of emphasis on positive thought”
      synonyms: putlaysetpininvest

      “I would never betray the trust you placed in me”
    • have a specified degree of advantage or convenience as a result of one’s position or circumstances.
      “the company is well placed to seize the opportunity”
  2. 2.
    find a home or employment for.
    “the children were placed with foster-parents”
    synonyms: find employment for, find a job for; More

    • dispose of (something, especially shares) by selling to a customer.
      “the shares were placed last November”
    • arrange for the recognition and implementation of (an order, bet, etc.).
      “they placed a contract for three boats”
    • order or obtain a connection for (a telephone call) through an operator.
      “she placed a call to her husband to break the news”
  3. 3.
    identify or classify as being of a specified type or as holding a specified position in a sequence or hierarchy.
    “a survey placed the company 13th for achievement”
    synonyms: rankorder, put in order, gradegrouparrangesortclassclassifycategorize;More

Additional Entries/ Alternative Synonyms:

  • Attendance – concentration – mindfulness.
  • Non place. Ou Topos.
  • Imaginarium.
  • Heart – Home – Belonging.
  • Spiritual core.
  • Hope.
  • Happiness – Belonging.
  • Sacred.
  • Solitude.
  • Sanctuary.
  • Thought – Mentality – Mind.
  • Recognition/ Non Recognition.



WHO WE CAN BECOME: Location/ Place relating to craft and spiritual entity;

Essential reading/ context – arts for health based research:




Dramatic psychological shifts. Trauma, Loss, Injury, Illness etc:

Change as necessary catalyst, revelation… The shattering of myths, the breaking of bonds…

In the process of therapy with its usual models to CURE and NORMALISE within the contexts of system and society alone, emphasis on uniqueness and development of individualism is key to true empowerment, well being and recovery.

The process of art can greatly assist in striking ongoing discord with the individual within each and every one of us, honing sensibility. Making for an intimate, personal relationship and friendship, with the true and valid nature of self. The realising of true identity. Location – Place, Meaning.

Place – Valid Invalid…

Art speaks of all such landscapes that lie beyond the confines, beyond everyday perceptions of what is deemed as normal and acceptable. It is pertinent we inquire whether our association with the word normal is, normally reasonable, or possibly irrational, part parcel roots of the estranged?

De – Range, De – Sign, Re Arrange…

Artists may appreciate that an in depth exploration of the avant garde combining shear experimentation amounts to greater understanding of the essence of existence and being. Within such exploratory landscapes concepts of normality can pale into insignificance as greater more expansive realisations begin to unfold. It is possible that the nature of existence can be located at the heart of creative processes.

So amidst the contrived, restrained, oppressed, brainwashed aspects of contemporary culture, how it is we find place…

Uncharted territory. Navigating significantly away from comfort zones can oft enforce a spiritual location. By the very nature of our getting lost we can be found. Through the empowering processes of extracting creativity from such landscapes, self realisation/ actualisation true location and place can be determined.



Further related notes from personal research based creative practice, continued in up coming blog: Proving Place – Notes and gallery of images on the word transformation project & process. Loose critical analysis.


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Demystification of Displacement as Placement.

..Further notes on from Out of Existence.


‘Words are trains for moving past that which has no name’ Paddy McAloon.


..Useful bypasses to mindfulness. Stillness. The void.

Ou Topos.

The place where things can begin again, or begin outright.

…To be displaced by mere language and it’s limitations, why for. To be displaced ultimately by ourselves, as we crash on course to our delusional residence, a necessary negative. How so.

A catalyst. A purposeful playground promising pretense in positive sense, future tense.


After all, there is no doubt until there is doubt and naught but a problem only thinking making that so.



Notes on craft’s relation to these important facts of life:

Problem, as temporal reality, as vital necessary life affirmation. Beckoning resolve, innovation. De-sign.

With impetus comes momentum through trial and tribulation, more importantly, modification in modes of existence. What works for US, as individuals.

Displacement, as instigator, as teacher and locator.

As with process, within crafting.

*Discipline/ Focus.

*Agility of mind.



*Concentration/ Meditation.

*Play/ Invention.

*Movement/ momentum; Lubricant in universality. Especially true within 3D crafting, the challenges of material manipulation and conception, form and structure, prompting holistic focus, experimentation, a certain visual philosophy. Inevitably breaking chains yet creating additional neural connections and greater elasticity in critical thinking.


*Words; Akin to Artists materials. Enabling sculpture of form, texture, context, vital tonal reflection, bringing the object into or out of existence.


In relation to all of the above, what then of mistakes..

Having particular positive interest in the subject matters held within the notions of mistakes, curiosity lead me to engage in a talk on the subject.

manchester.innerspace.org – Speaker not registered ( apologies ).

The message was very well presented however, and clear. The talks topic had caught my attention for particular reasons, as stated above, yet more so as it had been labelled in a way akin to my line of thinking, regards The New Utopic Dictionary I am slowly developing based upon word play, modification and binaries.

The title included a certain play on the word which I found simple, obvious, effective and essential, by way of the very necessity of the art of playing with language and words.

When words are merely a vehicle and a mode of some form (but not every form) of transformation/ transportation, then its ok, healthy even, to switch, alter or upgrade the car now and then, to suit our wishes.

What is it I am alluding to?…

Miss – Takes:

Effective right off the button? Read on…

The speaker immersed the audience in an engaging set of circumstances surrounding the idea as to whether there may be a gift within every mistake, to be found, sought after.

That if there was NO OBSTACLE then there was NO MOVEMENT which may equal a sense of navigation.

Miss Takes offer opportunity to Re Take, to modify with hindsight of experience. Growth. (Spiritual). Analysis, identification of self, of other and of environment.

Acceptance of negative aspects equaling an opening up of renewed energy and vitality.

Flexibility being key. The practice of building resilience, as life changes around and within us.

Analyzing so called negative material in such a way, being open to every problem having a direct connection to a positive, as it does, is a habit healthy in every measure, honing the essential life skill of critical thinking.

The analytical problem solving – solution seeking mentality of the Artist/ Designer equals a versatile flexible mind and an optimistic spirit – open and charged with energy and vitality. The power of such mindful states that can be learned throughout any action of critical or experimental thinking and processing can prove invaluable to life.

Be you Philosopher, Teacher, Artist or Mother. The range of basic creative skills are akin, no matter how they may be applied. This essential range of skills, some of which are noted above, contained within and at the very heart of what it means to be human, is the very basis of creativity and a key part of what it means to live.

Within artistic process, material experimentation can lead to a lack of discrimination from one medium to the next. A realisation chance encounters and positive results are to be found in any direction, if the director is at play and open to suggestion. Material processing skills can thus translate into a vast array of daily life routines be that in the conversation we make or the ways in which we walk.


Bringing ourselves closer to our own existence… Out through the in door.. Displacement as (linguistically programmed paradox ).


Further contextual examples within the Arts, Exhibitions sector:


Dr. Melanie Miller:

“We live in an uncertain world. The only certainty now seems to be uncertainty. Life is full of disruption on personal, political, local and global scales. Whilst the effects of disruption can be problematic, disruption can have a positive outcome: it can force change, it can lead to greater understanding as well as previously un-thought of opportunities.”

https://textilestudygroup.co.uk/exhibitions/dis-rupt-tour/  Link and further testament to a growing trend in art forms relating myriad themes of order in chaos.


Re defining place, as any place. A sense of nowness/ wonder and amazement. PLAY AND INVENTION, personal utopias.

A philosophy in taking the mind for a walk…

Philosophy as art, art as philosophy, one in the same, cognitive versatility, physical dexterity. Metaphysical flexibility.


Philosophy as therapy can serve to individualize one’s life, equally, art can serve to add tangible context with resultant fresh and alternative perspectives. Activating autonomy, assisting in honing personal unique identity, core values, meaning, spirit, etc.


Academia’s take, additional insights;



And for now, The Case for Movement, placement in displacement –

Waking as Art;



To follow:

Placement – Re-Imagining Reality & The Power of Craft.









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Out of Existence: How to disappear successfully.

.. Contemplating, one particular future of the human spirit…. Place and displacement, in a nutshell. ?.

…Is displacement where it’s at and what is it exactly that we count as place?

Taking a brief look in…



Dictionary result for displacement

the action of moving something from its place or position.
“vertical displacement of the shoreline”
  • the removal of someone or something by someone or something else which takes their place.
    “males may be able to resist displacement by other males”
  • the enforced departure of people from their homes, typically because of war, persecution, or natural disaster.
    “the displacement of farmers by guerrilla activity”
  • the amount by which a thing is moved from a position.
    “a displacement of 6.8 metres along the San Andreas fault”


So what exactly is the selling point here, we might ask. Especially as, generally speaking, the often time association of this word is a negative, a subtraction of sorts, and a dis, rooted in a static sense of ownership.

A material, or, existential reference point. A numerical scale appertaining to the charting of literary and social constructs, perhaps.

What does it actually mean to dis placement and what use do we have in misrepresentation.

With a snap glimpse to possible takes may we consider;

The denial of possibility.

Dislocation, self automated distraction from creative and expansive opportunity, empowerment, mindfulness.

Considering binaries.


Continuing consideration, with the possibility of being anti placement, pro placement even. What might this entail and what might result, if we were to dis location….


A handful of Arts related example issues, pro’s and con’s with DIY ethic and absolute key points therein:



Further musings…. Be careful what you don’t wish for..


So what relation this bares to The Art of Utopia. Contextual research examples may offer further direction;

I asked a pioneer or two the question – To ponder the themes of Displacement/ Dislocation…. What such things might mean to you in artistic terms? How you might have utilised energy artistically during and via distracted, even fragmented periods in your life…. ?

Responses –

Sneaky AKA Simon Houghton – Berlin:

‘Displacement and Dislocation have for a long time been somehow empowering notions to me. The unfamiliar energies and problem solving to exist in such environments are healthy to me. Obviously there are the matters of loneliness and misunderstanding that must be handled along the way’.

‘I play and write music from an inner space which is directly informed by all the external factors in my life. Conscious and Subconscious. This, I have only really started to accept with my heart quite recently. Ideas like openness, surrender and going with the flow are tools that I use to channel these feelings.
Music has become even more of a catharsis for me. My ‘sneaky’ album for instance has become this more than any other body of work I’ve made. A journey of self discovery and acceptance you might say…. At least an attempt at an honest chapter. And the awareness that this is an ongoing and adaptive process’.


Mike Mayhew UK.

Displacement/ Dislocation…. What such things might mean to you in artistic terms?
How you might have utilised energy artistically during and via distracted, even fragmented periods in your life…. ?

‘I think arriving from a disjointed – displacement / dislocation – I believe I have immersed myself in the immediacy of the art / life I make – securing something within the sites I find myself in / which is why I send you to something which is massively dislocated as performance – like I fucking loose it / because I could – / and the website is like a massive vault / a library of ideas – I mean I head off over to Australia on my tod – I am rootless – and find ideas in getting lost in order to be found’ . . .

https://madeinart.weebly.com   Displacement/Replacement   http://www.food-library.co.uk



In Through the Out Door, an alternative take;

To purposely go against the grain, the act of serendipity, to open up to chance regardless of consequence.

Experimentalist’s will promote this, as an ultimately positive process, given the appropriate mind set.

Regards eventualities, any accomplished artist will attest, accidental displacements and mistakes can be where true creativity and innovation emerges. Thus we may view such as miss- takes, as we re appropriate the essence of a word, the alternative meanings and contexts, and thus a truer stance within a world yet not of it, vitally so….


Cultivating The Art of Serendipity:



To Follow: Demystification of Displacement as Placement.


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Into Existence – input v’s output.


How do we truly bring a thing into existence…… /  Allowing it life, to be alive, to flourish to grow, allowing for infinity.

Cyclical or universal. Which would be our choosing.

Main stream pop culture radio, classical music, circumscription, expansion.. ?

What or how do we choose to spend time consuming. In what way are we consumed by products? In what way do we design our day to day and in what way is life designed for us?


To seriously consider, in the widest possible sense;

How do we love?
How do we desire to love?
What is our perception of love? What are we in love with, one person, many, objects, life/ living.. ?
What are our expectations of life, do we consider ourselves alive..
How do we truly evolve and what is our future?

Considering perfection, imperfection.

Getting our hands dirty, allowing our children to fall, allowing ourselves to fall. Championing mistakes as opportunity to modify approach and as wealth of future resource, opportunity to display good and just correction/ adaptation, ingenuity by necessary amendment, etc.

“Few first ventures work out. It is how a beginning entrepreneur deals with failure that sets that person apart. In fact, failure is one of the secrets to success, since some of the best ideas arise from the ashes of a shuttered business.”  Sir Richard Branson.


Contemplating the concept of daily news via tabloids or broadsheets. How might this consumption inform our sense of self and our contextual placement within a world…

Locating the I, how and where. Within the OTHER?


Love in its greatest sense, as an attitude. Spending time nurturing…


Craft is nurture and by its very processes teaches awareness of input versus output. Mindfulness. Honing the minds functioning  to practicality as NLP might to inner/ outer dialogue.  Ushering forth into existence sign posts toward an ability of life method, choice.

In its greatest sense, craft equaling integrity, enhancing individualism;
Responsibility regards love, learning, educating, sharing, growth, expansion, exploration, creativity, ingenuity..
Honour, respect, nobility, dedication, authenticity.


INTO EXISTENCE. Input v’s output

If we are practiced in bringing forth produce into existence then we are accustomed to the act of creativity, of being in the moment, mindful.

Such associated activities practiced to a higher degree can assist in greater personal autonomy. As with NLP, reprogramming our cognitive to practical functioning.
Possibly resulting, the extraordinary from the ordinary, greater fulfillment and a truer sense of self, whatever that entails…


Armchair ingenuity of seldom occurrence. PJBR 018.


Up next: Locating Place…

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