Conceptual Art Scrapbook progress

I’ve spent a significant portion of the past three weeks doing and preparing some things for the Conceptual Art Scrapbook.  Newest developments are listed at the top of the main scrapbook page.

In particular, after thinking through various approaches to Book of Changes (thanks, Will, for your comment), I’ve done what can be considered at least a mock-up if not draft version of the real piece.

Progress is being made on the weaving for Bricolage.

In / Out of the Box and Polarity have both seen developments as well.

Please let me know what you think.

veggie meal

One of the nice things about Aber is that you can get good fresh local food.  Here is a nice way to have a meal, based on Welsh ingredient but perhaps a traditional American vegetarian approach to eating – Mary’s super duper salad (it could have used something more substantial than bread and cheese flan, though, to make it a dinner rather than lunch).

  • seasonal mixed greens from the Treehouse
  • strips of fresh basil
  • red and green bell peppers cut into strips
  • lovely brown mushrooms
  • vine tomatoes
  • cranberry raisin salad from Julian Graves as a topper (dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, cashews, walnuts, almonds, sultanas)
  • assorted olives from Ultracomida
  • dressing made from olive oil, balsamic vinegar, grainy French mustard from the French market
  • fresh baguette from Slater’s bakery
  • goat cheese flan made with French chevre, Birchgrove eggs, and double cream (or, the next day, just put cheese on the bread and don’t bother with the flan)

For dessert, pick some blackberries on Pen Dinas while having a walk in the sunny Sunday afternoon, rinse and serve with Penlanlas strawberries and the rest of the cream.


what I’m listening to now

In the past few weeks, quite pleased with the Square Festival so I have been more or less immersed in INCA Music Project and also fascinated by the Drip Dry Man, hypnotic.  You can find INCA on facebook, and Drip Dry Man on MySpace. Also very pleased to hear Ken Whelan’s group playing a gig after hearing him informally around town, he’s got lots of clips you can listen to online as well. See EdgeWork for more. Gypsy jazz group Chocolat / Three Dots were also great, see MySpace. If you have a chance to hear any of these regional musicians, do.

For a more mellow yet exotic mix of music, the other big chunk of what I’m listening to in the past week is comprised of Buddha Bar compilations. Chillout/lounge with world beat flavour, smoothly mixed by DJ Ravin, these are yearly 2-disc compilations issued in connection with the Buddha Bar restaurant in Paris (and elsewhere).  Makes smooth party music and nice to spin poi to it.

Finally, still revisiting John McLaughlin from various eras, most recently listening to his original Shakti material. Uplifting and intense – like Rrose Selavy!