MOD5 SOI cont: Inspirations, Research Sources and Contextual references:

Inspirations, Research Sources and Contextual references:

Thomas More’s Utopia (No Place) forms the triggering inspiration for art and design that ‘re-sets’ logic via imagination. Historical references to utopias and dystopias. The study of Wabi Sabi and the Japanese Art of Impermanence rooted in Zen Buddhism has proved enlightening and served to highlight uncanny similarities in much of my practice spanning 20 yrs. The notion of emptiness is one such key point in this philosophy. William Morris News from No where celebrating the art of crafting, social responsibility and life lived artfully. Equally Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman is proving an invaluable resource to social contexts of responsible design. The false promise of modernism and the upwardly mobile. Theodore Adorno’s theory of culture amounting to barbarianism, Victor Frankle logo therapy (life in death) and the world of psychologies- subjectivism.

Arken Museum and the upsurge in utopian activity suggestive that change is needed and upon us. Current world affairs and recession not repression.. survival – WWI/II.. Necessity and invention. Richard Noble-Utopias: Documents of contemporary art. Steve Lambert and Kelli Anderson social and political activists and maverick artists. Social Acupuncture Darren O’Donnell with his alternative ‘social evolution’ strategies. Nihilism, Absurdism, Existentialism, every day people and places making the everyday extraordinary transcending the mundane without diss-ownership. Experiences of the outsider, newcomer, maverick, minority: prejudice, discrimination, abuse and the need to transform such experience as teachings of remedy, the need to transform stigmas into fresh experiences and so on.

Subjectivity conference Hull University and the further realization of the interconnectedness of the arts and social sciences and the need to allow for the combining and merging of their boundaries.

Charting an everyday journey of life love struggle and loss all amassed into a creative vision in a life lived artfully and artlessly and a story of self-sufficiency and invention amidst destitution.

Research sources include above mention texts and references and include Interviews with practitioners and public, SOS Design Forums and debates, Q&A’s- social/ net based networking/ personal and general exhibitions and showcases for market research,


Utopia: More, Thomas: Penguin Books.

The Craftsman: Sennett, Richard. Penguin Books.

Social Acupuncture: O’Donnell, Darren: Coach House Books.

Power of Making: The importance of being skilled: Charny, Daniel: V&A/ Crafts Council.

Utopic Curating: Arken Bulletin vol5: Gether, Christian: Arken Museum.

Utopias: Noble, Richard: Whitechapel Gallery.

News From Nowhere: Morris, William. Penguin Classics.

Minima Moralia: Adorno, Theodore: Verso Books.


*Notes from the group session 2.1.2013:


Mark Wigan highlighted a possibility of submitting a proposal to Hull’s Freedom festival in September of which I will pursue as this event would suit the ethics of the mODPOD concept being about DIY mentality and personal utopias.

Ginny Lindenbaulm commented the pod not be a self contained ‘box’.  Upon reflection I realised my intention was purposely to design the structure as an enclosed and ‘separate’ experience from the outside world. In addition to this part of the experience happens outside the box both before and after entering the inside experience. This sequence of events will culminate in debate outside of the mODPOD and beyond. It is intended the inside/ outside experience will allow an experience of polar opposites of symbolic nature.


It was also remarked I the pod would require live context and testing of which I believe I am already doing the necessary work to achieve, ongoing.

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