Sunday, 28 February 2010

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Sunday, 14 February 2010



Skecth Book

Burning man festival

sculpture on fire

sculpture on fire

"Belgian Waffle"

Belgian Waffle Ground Plan.  Built from this simple ground plan, the Belgian waffle contained 200 cubic meters of wood and 1,000,000 nails!  At the end of Burning Man 2006, the Belgian waffle was burned.  (Spectacular photographs of the burning of the Belgian waffle can be found on the Burning Man website.)  The unused wood from the Belgian waffle installation was donated to the Katrina Project.

Jimmy Budenars

Belgian Waffle 1 & 2.  The official name of this art installation was Message from the Future – Uchronia.  Designed and built by Belgian artist Jimmy Budenars and a large crew of volunteers, also from Belgium, the installation acquired the nickname "the Belgian waffle."  At night, the Belgian waffle filled with disco music and dancers.

The burning man festival

Statment 2

Our work is concerned with the moment of activating the spiritual centre of the house. It will pose questions about the rationality of time, plus the cultural significance attached to the materials and spaces which support these activities.

Thursday, 11 February 2010


                                   Planted Names,2002

Four unique carpets at drayton hall bearing the names of enslaved africans and african americans who built this 1742 palladian house and cultivated this plantation.
"carpets are not about the beauty of an artist's desing, but about the labor of the carpet maker. So I chose carpets as the form to celebrate their labor and time."

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Turf fires - burning peat

Cooking and living with peat fires

Peat fires may seem like a wintertime topic, but in fact summer is the time for cutting turves of peat, drying them, and stacking them.
There used to be many areas of northern Europe better supplied with peat bogs than with trees. Peat, also called turf, was a convenient household fuel when there wasn't much firewood around. Some regions of North America made use of peat for domestic fires in the 1700s and 1800s - and a few still do. (See quote lower left column.) It's been used for cooking, heat, and what we would now call background lighting for longer than history has been written.
Well into the mid-20th century there were places where peat fires were kept alight all year on the floor of a cottage. You can also burn turf, or sod, on open hearths, and in well-engineered fireplaces with grates. Natural, locally-dug peat is still used for domestic heating in Scotland and, famously, in Ireland where the slices of peat are always called turves and the fires are turf fires - even when manufactured peat briquettes are used. In the 19th century cutting peat for fuel was an important part of life in Scandinavia, and in fenland or moorland regions of England, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
In Ireland, Scotland and parts of England it was considered very important to keep the fire burning all the time. At bed-time a peat block and/or ashes would be arranged to "smother" the fire without extinguishing it, so it would stay gently smouldering overnight. Then in the morning it would be blown into life again. Because of the significance laid on never letting the hearth go cold it's hard to find descriptions of anyone lighting a domestic peat fire. There would surely have been varied local customs for building the pile of turves, the use of kindling etc. - just as there were different tools and customs for cutting peat. Peat quality varies too, depending on its depth, colour, age, and more.
...on the hearth, the ashes, instead of being inconvenient, are extremely useful to poor people in various processes of their cookery. Hot peat ashes are excellent for roasting fish, eggs, etc.; and likewise for stewing, and any kind of cookery that requires a mild heat. In this respect it approaches to charcoal.

Webster and Parkes, An Encyclopædia of Domestic Economy, 1855





Yves Klein

In the spring of 1961, Klein was able to gain access to one of France's major destructive testing laboratories (much like NIST here in the USA), whose gas powered flame propagation equipment Klein made terrific use of. The 'Fire Paintings' today remain along wth the IKB Monochrome paintings and the frighteningly existential 'Leap into the Void' some the most elemental and spiritual of his works, counterpointing the overwhelming and fiercely intellectual power of his work.

Using the bodies of young women as a mask (he had them covered in flame retardant and transfer their nubile forms onto the receiving paper - such that the impressions their corpulence left on the paper would serve to hinder the action of the flames - leaving a negative impression against the figure of the flame's action.

Fascinatingly, the action of 'burning' a figure onto the paper receiver is innately photographic - not only is there strong similarities in the sense that an energy(light in the case of photography) used to darken or create a figure in the substrate - but the masking technique (like 'dodging' in the darkroom) functions in an identical fashion. The net result isn't at all unlike a 'heliograph', or 'light painting'.


Yves Klein

Idear for the statment

Our work is about the spirit of the fire in houses. It will pose questions about the rationality of time, the action of setting a fire, and the cultural significance of the materials used in a set fire.
 Historically, poeple have told stories around the fireplace. The fireplace is an importante meeting point in the house or in the pub.