Platform Two – RCA


Mountain congestion
May 24, 2009, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Bethan Wood, cars, public space, temporary Pattern, Uncategorized

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these images are from a piece of Art work by maider lopez (auto.dream and material). They show her artifical traffic jam constructed in the mountain. She worte a public announcment in losal papers of the area asking for people to take part in her work. 160 cars came to conjest areas of normal tranquility , they were aranged in coloures and pictures were taken in 5 different locations.

image © maider lopez

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wind knitting factory

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Logo for the wind knitting factory



Energy Collectors

cul-de-sac / dead end / no exit

 

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While I was trying to walk in a straight line from College to Kensington Olympia, I was confronted with lots of Cul de sacs. Interesting to me was the way the wind blows in these Cul de sacs. The wind blows in and out the street this causes an extra strong draft. 

The word “cul-de-sac” has inspired metaphorical uses in literature and in culture.

Cul-de-Sac – Roman Polanski

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Windmill Collection

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first windmill tests

Making the wind visible with paper windmills

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windmills in south-kensington

close up wind mills

harvesting the small amounts of energy

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harvesting the small amounts of energy

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windbrei maquette

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Wind creating a product

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Making the energy you produce as a human, while you walk, visible with a windmill brooch

windmill performance

Performance South-Kensington, London.

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Wind creating a product

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the first products

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wind knitting factory on an empty facade in London

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Designing the wool for the wool knitting factory



London rustic
March 25, 2009, 2:59 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

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Mirror rock
March 22, 2009, 10:57 pm
Filed under: Bethan Wood, Nature, public space, super fake, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

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Superficelle by Michel de broin.

made with glue mirror and cement, the rock reflects the woodland that surrounds it,

fragmenting its surrounds it disappears/ melts away to leave a different view a surreal of the

natural. for more of his work go to http://micheldebroin.org



HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET FROM KING’S CROSS TO ABBEY ROAD? ABOUT 5 YEARS
March 18, 2009, 3:01 pm
Filed under: Community, Lucia Massari, public space, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

 

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The city constantly renew itself its inhabitants find their own routes, their own streets, plans which have a multitude of meaning for them.. the taxi drivers are the ones who connect the city with the people.

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                                                   THE KNOWLEDGE 

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5 years is how long the average london cab driver spends learning the knowledge. “the knowledge” is the in-depth study of London’s myriad of streets in a six-mile radius of Charing Cross, and places of interest that taxi-drivers in that city must complete to obtain a licence to drive a black cab.

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This is the “Knowledge boy”  is the Taxi-driver applicants, usually follow these routes around London on a motor scooter, and can be identified by the clipboard fixed to the handlebars and showing details of the streets to be learned that day.

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The taxicab driver is required to be able to decide routes immediately in response to a passenger’s request or traffic conditions, rather than stopping to look at a map, rely on satellite navigator or ask a controller by radio. that’s what distinguish a cab driver from a mini cab driver.

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they have a London Knowledge Map instead 

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The index is supplied as an A4 size, ring bound, 124 page book and lists streets, selected flats, walkways and places of interest, junction, place and area names.

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THE MAP OF A LONDON CAB DRIVER’S BRAIN IS THE MAP OF LONDON
 
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in 2000 Dr Eleanor Maguire scanned the brains of 16 London black-cab drivers, who had spent an average of two years learning ‘the Knowledge’. They had larger hippocampus compared with other people. This is a part of the brain associated with navigation in birds and animals.
The hippocampus has changed its structure to accommodate their huge amount of navigating experience.
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“When we travel down a route we are familiar with, we often can’t see our destination. Instead, we have an image of it in our mind, and a mental map of how to get there. But this mental map is very different from a street map. I’m trying to understand how we create internal three-dimensional representation of space and our position within it.”
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                          THE WORLD MEMORY CHAMPIONSHIP
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Dr Maguire was interested to find out if similar changes accompanied another feat of exceptional memory, those on show at the World Memory Championships, which take place every year in London. “People entering the World Memory Championships can do amazing things,” she says. “They can memorise the order of cards in deck after deck
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 memory51 Despite their high performance on memory tasks, however, Dr Maguire could find no structural changes. “I then asked them what strategies they used. Nine out of ten of them used the same strategy: an ancient Greek method, called the method of loci. It’s based on navigation: they imagine going down a street they know well, place items at certain positions along the street, then mentally re-trace their route to find the items.”      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++  
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David Shrigley’s book 

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his vision of central London’s streets

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HOW MUCH IS IT?

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I took the cab at the beginning of commercial road , and i jumped off by the very end of it
COMMERCIAL ROAD COSTS  £7, 20 
wouldn’t be nice to know how much all the street of London are? 

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MISTER H. my cab driver and his very nice daughter Gemma

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I met mister H. and his daughter today at costa cafe.
He explained me the way he visualises the map of London into his brain.
He mixes visual landmarks with mental connections.
We were laughing a lot about the article i read about the taxi driver who drove his car into a
river after following his sat.nav.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



March 5, 2009, 10:55 pm
Filed under: street family, Uncategorized, William Shannon
Moving out of 37a

Moving out of 37a