Wikipedia Interviews

Interview with Achal Prabhala for the Believer, part of an ongoing series of Wikipedia related interviews.

“The presumption of translation is a way of saying “look, the world is one thing. We’ve written it down. Why would you bother to rewrite it?””

Read the full article here


At 1646 Project Space,
Boekhorstst. 125, The Hague, NL
21 January, 2014
Doors open at 19:00, the performance begins at 20:00.


The Confidence Man, Herman Melville’s farewell to fiction, is made up of a series of meetings on a steamboat heading down the Mississippi. Actors and professional speakers will deliver speeches adapted from the text as a theatrical performance.

The play will be accompanied by a guest-lecture by Frans-Willem Korsten.

Collected Minus Times

This is a 28 x 21 x 3cm compilation put together by Hunter Kennedy – who not only edited all 434 pages  but also typeset the whole thing manually on a typewriter. I have some drawings with text in here alongside work by David Berman, Dave Eggers, Brad Neely and Wells Tower.

…..NNGahGGHHGnnn… at Rear View Gallery

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Artificial noise

Henryk Tomaszewski again

Henryk Tomaszewski made very funny cartoons in the 40s and 50s. They were occasionally banned by censors and often he just printed them as postcards and mailed them to his readers. Speedy pictograms became a popular language of non-censorable public dialogue, cheap posters, graffiti, whatever surface you could write on.

Old and new

In 1947 he was asked to make posters advertising imported films. Helped by budget and printing restrictions – he was able to convince the govt and distributors to use his drawings  instead of pictures of the actors. These images often  had a very indirect relation the films themselves.

Later in his career he taught design at the WAFA, to students from all over Europe including the French designers who later created posters for the 68 protests and after that started the Grapus design group, where Thomas Hirschhorn once worked – another artist who appears to be influenced by HT’s ideas.

Henryk Tomaszewski is well recognised today but only in the design community as a sort of witty hand craftsmen, which is a shame because it’s the least interesting thing about him.

Some translations:

1. Tea / Wallpaper / Chair / Tablecloth / Fyodor Dostoevsky


4. CATCH: Potato Peel / Seaweed / Blood Sausage

6. Tomb of a Pharaoh / Tomb of Mr Kowalski, Polish Service Troops.

7. The battle of the old and the new / The battle with alcohol


A drawing exhibition in Amsterdam that I’m putting some old works into. It’s a show on funny drawings features many artists including Saul Steinberg and Lily Van Der Stokker. It takes places 10-24 Feb at the Westergasfabriek. More here.


Medea Map

Medea Map Small

Cinnamon Stone, Predator Drone & John Soane

Thanks to everyone who wrote and drank. We photographed the bottles where they were left.