Instrument Eight

Instrument Eight

Perry Kulper and I have been working on Pamphlet Architecture No.34 which includes a bunch of new work. We are caught between wanting to show the work and needing to keep our powder dry until it comes out, so here is another view that gives almost nothing away… Perry’s drawing is on the left and mine on the right. The orange cups are the paint catapults and you can see a couple of domes with model scenes in them, related to the content of the drawings. Our drawings are each on two plates that can fold relative to each other – see the four bar mechanisms holding the drawings. The weighted string between the instruments registers their relative angles to each other on the protractors at each end of the string.

Design Ecologies

I just received a copy of Design Ecologies (Volume 2 No.1) edited by Shaun Murray. The title of the issue is The Ill Defined Niche. It has chapters by Shaun Murray, Camila Sotomayor, Tim Matts and Aiden Tynan and one by me called Drawing Uncertainty that covers some of the instruments and the Bird Automata Test Track. If you are interested you can order a copy here.

Hands Have No Tears To Flow

This book arrived today (thanks Christina), a collection of images and discussions of the body published for the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year. It has a wonderful selection of images (and a couple of my early body drawings) and is beautifully produced. As you will see more clearly from the lower image, the book has a thermo-sensitive cover.

Very happy to report that Perry Kulper and I were one of the winners in the most recent Pamphlet Architecture competition. Here is the announcement from their website:

The competition results are in! Congratulations to Luis Callejas, author of Islands and Atolls, and to Nat Chard and Perry Kulper of Fathoming the Unfathomable, whose proposals will be developed into issues 33 and 34 of Pamphlet Architecture.

Perry is a prof. at the University of Michigan and we have been working towards a couple of exhibitions, the first at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery in Calgary in June 2013.

Congratulations to Luis Callejas


I received this very nice book today from Bob Sheil, one of the talented group called Sixteen*(makers) that includes Nick Callicott (based in Germany), Phil Ayres (in Copenhagen) and Bob who is a professor at the Bartlett. It is about their delightful project in Kielder Forrest (see the picture above). It is published by Riverside Architectural Press and comes highly recommended.


Camera Constructs

I received my copy of Camera constructs. My chapter got a bit mashed up in the editing process – it mainly covers the Cold Bog diorama cameras (see here and here) and the diormamscopes (see here) -but there are a few nice chapters. It is quite expensive (and sadly all in black and white) but if anyone is interested here is a flyer with an introductory offer.


Manufacturing the Bespoke

Very happy to have a chapter in Bob Sheil’s new book Manufacturing the Bespoke. My copy arrived today from Amazon and there is lots of wonderful work documented in the book. As well as Bob and Sixteen Maker’s wonderful 55/02 project there is a new project by Peter Salter, for instance. Other contributors include Stephen Gage; Mark Burry; Tobius Bonwetsch, Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler; Mary Vaughn Johnson; Philip Beesley; Mark West; Liquid Factory; Natalija Subotincic and Frank Fantauzzi; Guan Lee; Anderson Inge; Charles Walker and Martin Self, Michael Stacey; a great piece by Phil Ayres; Rachel Armstrong; Xavier de Kestelier and Richard Buswell; Neri Oxman and Constance Adams. My chapter discusses some of the drawing instruments.

Drawing by Drawing book

I have just received a copy of the book Dirty Dedicated Daring Delicate Drawings published by the Danish Architecture Centre to accompany the Drawing by Drawing exhibition (see a few posts back for pictures of the exhibition and other details). As you might be able to see it is two formats of book intertwined. Lots of colour reproductions of the drawings in the exhibition and a series of short essays by the director of the DAC, the contributors  and curator as well as a few longer essays by Carsten Thau, Alberto Perez-Gomez, Juhani Pallasmaa, Henrik Oxvig and Sue Fergusson Gussow.

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