January 21st, 2005

cleanskies

air it was, heavy as glass

When I made the Pancevo strips (set 3 is this week's strip) I overshot by two; seven strips for a job of five. I sent them all on, giving the choice to someone else ... two reasons. One, he was translating, and I wanted to give him the option of cutting any that wouldn't translate well. Two, I'm acutely aware that the things I pick out of my work (and other peoples' work, for that matter) are not the majority choice, and he's a person with lots of experience of publication.

Now Pancevac has published the last of them and I know what didn't make it through. The two strips on the cutting room floor (one is included, marked "rejected", in this week's strip) were the two most overtly about the pollution problem in the city -- old news, perhaps. But also, maybe, too personal (in the case of the one I've included this week) and too incomprehensible in the other (which includes the line, "air it was, heavy as glass") which I doubt I'll publish ... it was a tricky moment to communicate.
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kounellis' goldfish - wow, gay history month!

brick wall codeThis picture (taken in Brentford) reminds me of the of the coal pictures downstairs in Modern Art Oxford at the moment. Large sheets of rusty metal, balanced on second-hand chairs, have irregular limps of coal wired to them in lines. Kounellis claims it's about currency, but to me it looks like language, as do these irrgular scratches and cup-marks made on a bathhouse wall by waiting pennies. The big gallery is a fantastic tangle of girders floating on magic carpets, but the rest would probably talk more to someone more aware of the arte povera movement. Although I do kind of like his "timeline" -- and I'm glad I saw it before the goldfish were returned to their tank after allegations of cruelty -- it makes you wonder what yours might look like.

Gay History month will doubtless have the naysayers frothing throughout February, but I'm kind of charmed by the idea. Shadow Home Secretary Tom Collins describes Gay History Month as (along with the usual bilge about protecting the "innocence" of children) achingly politically correct. Mmmm. I don't know about you, but that's a slogan I want on my t-shirt.

Science Festival Time! Don't you want to take part in Static Statistics? All you need to join in is an inquiring mind, a balloon, some hair or clothes, a wall and a stopwatch.

Fun for all the family.
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