With my Sydney Opera House book now complete I’m now thinking about how to continue combining music and architecture criticism, particularly focused on how rock’n’roll is evolving as an artform within cultural institutions. Two days ago Nick Cave sent out this message to everyone on his mailing list: “I’ve been feeling for a while that … Continue reading Calculating the weight of rock’n’roll
Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous buildings on the planet. A powerful magnet, luring visitors from around the world to its ridiculously beautiful harbourside setting to photograph themselves against the dramatically sculptural assembly of its upended, nestled white roof shells. Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao with its billowing titanium … Continue reading Sydney Opera House book synopsis
“We’re building something here, detective. We’re building it from scratch. All the pieces matter.” Lester Freamon. The Wire This abstract photo is of the spotlights set flush into the floor along the front windows of the Apple Store in Sydney’s CBD. Going into the Apple Store yesterday was a valuable reminder of the value of … Continue reading All the Details Matter … Incremental Technological Change
Installation featuring Wilco’s home office accessories. Wilco are the Henry Dreyfuss’s of Music Merchandise, designing practical things. Just as Dreyfuss designed telephones, vacuum cleaners, typewriters & thermostats, in the middle of the twentieth century, Wilco’s merchandise includes practical things, pencils, erasers, cutting boards, calendars and the personalised musical equipment of the band’s musicians with a … Continue reading One Sunday Morning in a Chicago Loft with Wilco Merchandise
“For a revolution that supposedly failed, the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s scored a string of enduring victories. Environmentalism, feminism, civil and gay rights, as well as styles of music, fashion, politics, therapy and intoxication: In more ways than many of us realise, we live in a world created by the ‘60s … … Continue reading Food Culture in the Anthropocene
THE END OF THE APPLE ERA A report about Apple employees, heads down, looking at their iPhones and walking into the largest piece of curved glass in the world at their new massive “spaceship” headquarters has been bounced around the world by news aggregating bots and received by readers with a delicious glee. Super-secretive Apple … Continue reading
What I hope readers take away from my book that captures the Sydney Opera House as a living thing is a David Attenbourghian sense of discovery. Of encountering an ecosystem, being thrilled and amazed by the behaviour of the creatures you find there, the complexity of their reliance upon one another, and surprised by the … Continue reading Being David Attenborough in my Sydney Opera House Book.