Oh, I love this!
Like many, many people, I was genuinely upset when the novelist Terry Pratchett died last month. His books have been a part of my cultural existance almost as long as I can remember, and the joy they have brought into my life cannot be underestimated. So when I heard that a clever street art type had painted a tribute to him in east London, I had to go and find out what it was all about and report back to you all with photos.
And it’s wonderful.
Packed with many of Terry’s most beloved characters (and a great portrait of the man himself), this mural really is a fitting tribute to him. If you want to see it for yourself, you can find it right by the park in Code Street, off Brick Lane. I recommend you do go and have a look if you’re a fan, it’s an amazing piece of work!
First off, apologies if any of you have been getting weird tweets and emails from Another Kind Of Mind which lead to dead links or blank/unfinished posts – it’s just me being completely technologically inept whilst playing around with WordPress on Android (which seems to have a rather annoying habit of posting stuff without me touching a thing). Hopefully, I’ll have it all figured out soon…
You may have also noticed that the blog now looks very different. After using and liking this new theme on the Top Fifty Nineties Album blog, I decided it was time for a change here as well. Personally, I think the new look is much better, and I hope you do too – plus this particular theme is configured to show properly on both computers and mobile devices, so you can also now read Another Kind Of Mind on your tablet or phone if you so desire!
On the subject of the Top Fifty Nineties Albums blog, my list is now complete. If you missed out on my reviews, you can still find them all there, along with a few geeky stats and links to loads of other great lists sent to me by various Twitter people. I’ll be adding more lists and other bits and pieces as time goes on, so keep an eye out for that if you’re a music fan.
Elsewhere, street art fans will want to check out my Flickr stream, which I’m regularly updating with lots of interesting images from various sites in and around London. You’re also welcome to follow me on Twitter (where I mostly ramble rubbish and/or talk about music), or over on Tumblr (where Another Kind Of Mind’s slightly eccentric and distinctly vintage photography-obsessed little sister blog lives).
And I’ve got some good stuff coming up for you right here (alongside quite a few long-promised and much-delayed posts!), including more sideways glimpses into the history of my favourite city, another musical memorial bench, how to be a telly ‘tec, and a few other bits I probably haven’t thought of yet. Plus, Another Kind Of Mind will be celebrating its fourth birthday at the end of this month, believe it or not – so I’ll also have to think up a way to mark that surprising anniversary!
Finally, I’ve had a few responses to my call-out for mondegreens, but I still want more! We’ve all misheard a lyric or two whilst listening to music and I want to hear your favourites – leave a comment or tweet me your contributions, and the best will be included in an upcoming post.
Ah, go on. You know you want to…
I realise all has been very quiet on the blogging front here lately – but worry not good readers, I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth….
There are lots of shiny new posts to come, however – including the very long-awaited (and, it must be said, rather rude!) second part of the most ridiculous names in sport post, more bizarre and sinister episodes in the history of medicine, another selection of the weirdest words in the English language, the story of why a yew tree in a quiet west London churchyard commemorates of one of the saddest events in 17th century history, even more music lists, and anything else that catches my fancy or makes me cross enough to start typing like a demon.
I’m also still after your mondegreens (see here for an explanation of this), so leave me a comment or send me a tweet with your favourite misheard lyrics and you might find your contribution used in an upcoming post!
I know many of you enjoyed the street art photos I posted at the end of last year, so you’ll be pleased to hear that my Flickr photostream is currently being regularly updated with more images from various parts of London. If you know of any good places to see street art in the capital, I’d love to hear from you too.
You can also find Another Kind Of Mind on Tumblr, where I post lots of typically random bits and pieces, and I’m often to be found being geeky about music and ranty about politics on Twitter too – feel free to follow if you are on either or both!
What is art? Big question, that. If you went out and asked a hundred passers-by, you’d probably get a hundred different answers. But most of them would probably mention things like paintings, sculpture and galleries, or would refer to famous artists or other well-known individuals and institutions within the art establishment.
All of those would certainly be valid answers to the question I posed above – but art doesn’t have to be confined by the gallery setting, just as it doesn’t have to be confined by our own or critical expectations and archetypes. And street art refuses to be confined by anything.
Street art is democratic art: literally the art of the street, and thus art for everyone, art to be seen by anyone. Sometimes political, sometimes philosophical, sometimes beautiful, sometimes funny, sometimes simply eye-catching. You don’t have to go to a gallery to see street art – or even be the type of person who visits art galleries in the first place.
People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
Remix culture FTW! I believe this quote comes from Banksy’s 2004 (?) book Cut It Out, but his official website isn’t actually much help in this respect. Please feel free to leave a comment if you can confirm or know better…
UPDATE: One Foot In The Grove will also be open this weekend – October 30th and 31st and November 1st – come down and check out the new art that has recently been added!
In a small corner of west London, just round the corner from Ladbroke Grove tube station and under the Westway flyover, a group of renegade artists have put together one of the most fun, original and thought-provoking art events I have been to in a very long time.
If you find yourself in the area later today (18th October), or Friday, Saturday and Sunday of next week (23rd-25th October), and if you’re into street art, mad sculpture, graffiti, poster art, witty and original paintings and photography, fascinatingly insane installations, projections, film, good food, good tunes, friendly people, and a licensed bar, then make an effort to head down to Acklam Road, W10 and see what the good folks of MuTATE BRITAIN are up to.
Believe me, it’ll be worth it.
MuTATE BRITAIN’s new event One Foot In The Grove is open from 2pm to 10pm on Friday, 1pm to 10pm on Saturday, and 12pm to 9pm on Sunday, and is in the open air, quite literally under the Westway. Compared to the expensive exhibitions in the galleries up in town, entrance to this is a veritable bargain – only £1 before 6pm and £2-3 after then.
I very much recommend you take an afternoon to check it out before the final day!
In the meantime and if you can’t wait to see it all, you can check out this selection of exclusive photos, snapped by yours truly on a late Friday afternoon visit. If you’re inspired by all this amazing and diverse art, or you’re just simply curious, and you want to know more about what’s really going on under the Westway right now, then check out the links below for all the details.
Meanwhile, have a look at all this….