"On Tuesday 21 June 2011 six photographers were assigned different areas of the City to photograph. Some used tripods, some went hand held, one set up a 5 x 4. All were instructed to keep to public land and photograph the area as they would on a normal day. The event aimed to test the policing of public and private space by private security firms and their reaction to photographers. All six photographers were stopped on at least one occasion. Three encounters led to police action. This is what happened.
" (The actual video starts at 1:14.)
posted by John Cohen
on Aug 8, 2011 -
is a website that lets people upload pictures of attractive men they've seen on the Tube (i.e., the London Underground
, for the benefit of nonUKians), along with varying degrees of lechery. It came to wider attention the middle of last month when the Evening Standard ran a fairly lighthearted fluff piece
on it, but there are some
that this is at least slightly unkosher not only for its instrusiveness, but also because they suggest its reception has been somewhat smoother than would be the case if it encouraged taking similar pictures of women on the tube. Others offer the thought
that ogling different genders is given different contexts by societal attitudes to gender, and that, therefore, its all a bit more OK than it seems. Others still prefer to examine it through the lens of art history
posted by Dim Siawns
on May 20, 2011 -
The Grant museum of zoology
in London has been called
"A restored Victorian treasure-house crammed with specimens from a bottle of preserved moles to extinct zebras and (just identified) the legs of a dodo. And all this was put together by the man that taught zoology to Charles Darwin"
The entire collection has been closed for almost a year as all 67,000 specimens were moved from a tiny (but charming
) space to a new larger space.
The new Grant Museum and its reopening.
posted by vacapinta
on Mar 15, 2011 -
The Hoxton Window Project:
“I had no plan, I had no thought, I had a pen and decided to take it for a walk. My brain is a mess, my mind a ball of spaghetti charged with tiny electrical pulses being generated by a team of termites on a treadmill. I put it all up against the glass, I hope it will delight and intrigue and not leave anyone aghast” says window artist Jon Burgerman
features the work of digital creative company Unit 9
at a square in central London.
posted by honey-barbara
on Mar 2, 2011 -
In which our guide, Iain Sinclair, expounds upon and attempts to participate in the Transport for London/Barclays "Cycle Hire
" program ("scheme" in the Queen's English"). [more inside]
posted by webhund
on Jan 30, 2011 -
becoming a commonly deployed tactic by the London Met, students from the University College London are fighting back with Sukey
, launched this morning. [more inside]
posted by asymptotic
on Jan 29, 2011 -
In Hoxton, there's a shop.
Run by the Ministry of Stories (and funded by the National Lottery), the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies shop provides a free space to stimulate creative writing with workshops, publishing projects and one-to-one mentoring. [more inside]
posted by jim.christian
on Nov 28, 2010 -
They call it the "Ring of Steel"
The NYPD is tightening surveillance in New York's subways by installing a new surveillence system modeled after London's so called "Ring Of Steel"
. The $200 million system, paid for with federal funds and mismanaged by the MTA and Lockheed Martin, is part of what will one day be a 3,000-camera network of "public and private-sector cameras." London, feeling it's title as the most surveilled city in the world threatened, is now considering using unmanned drones
for covert aerial surveillance, security, or emergency operations.
posted by SpaceJazz
on Sep 25, 2010 -
The National Portrait Gallery's
Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize shortlist for 2010 has been announced. Among the entries, and causing a small ripple of controversy, is Panayiotis Lamprou's Portrait of My British Wife
, which is reopening up where mainstream sensibilities of the border between art of and voyeurism lie. The photo features Lamprou's wife Christina looking directly at the camera. Wearing no knickers
. [Links are SFW. NSFW links appropriately flagged on the pages themselves] [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan
on Sep 20, 2010 -