3: S-P-A-C-E

Mike Nelson


Michael “Mike” Nelson (born 20 August 1967) is a contemporary Britishinstallation artist. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2011.[1] Nelson has twice been nominated for theTurner Prize: first in 2001 (that year the prize was won by Martin Creed), and again in 2007 (when the winner was Mark Wallinger).

Nelson’s installations always only exist for the time period of the exhibition which they were made for. They are extended labyrinths, which the viewer is free to find their own way through, and in which the locations of the exit and entrance are often difficult to determine.

I didn't get very far with researching space, I got sidetracked. I must return to this.

London Underground – Stand on the left trial – the results


It’s British lore: on escalators, you stand on the right and walk on the left. So why did the London Underground ask grumpy commuters to stand on both sides? And could it help avert a looming congestion crisis.

I came across this trial when I was researching for CCS module. It is an interesting example of how to guide/direct large numbers of people through limited space and how social psychology plays a huge part in that. 

Laura Slater Textiles


  Ooh, now what does that remind me of? Vintage inspired designs are very current.


This is completely unrelated but I like it so I'm throwing it in here. I have an interest in Outsider Art. This appeals to me, as does other similar work where the colours and subjects, usually children, on first appearance seems sweet and innocent but on further examination one realises there is nothing sweet about it at all.Frida Kahlo and Mark Ryden have the same effect on me. 
Henry Darger
Henry Joseph Darger, Jr. was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a hospital custodian in Chicago, Illinois. Wikipedia
Periods: Outsider art, Naïve art

he has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story.[2] The visual subject matter of his work ranges from idyllic scenes in Edwardian interiors and tranquil flowered landscapes populated by children and fantastic creatures, to scenes of horrific terror and carnage depicting young children being tortured and massacred.[3] Much of his artwork is mixed media with collage elements. Darger’s artwork has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art.


Another completely unrelated thing - but I do love my tea! 

363 Days of Tea


New York based artist, Ruby Silvious,  came up with an idea to create a project called “363 Days of Tea”, during which she’s expressing her feelings and thoughts each day.


A couple of random images
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 The aesthetic of these images appeal to me, the wooden, vintage furniture, the design on the wallpaper, the muted colour palette.  This is the kind of look I imagine for with my installation.

 The children in the top image make me feel uncomfortable, it's not a happy family snapshot that's for sure which resonates with my own memories of childhood. 

I don't think I've ever seen a Danish wall unit before. What a great way to provide a range of storage options in a small space, and because it doesn't take up floor space it doesn't look cluttered. I shall consider this approach for my installation. 
Danish Wall Unit
Danish wall unit




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