From the Singing Ringing Tree – 1957 but shown on UK Children’s hour through the 1960’s – constantly mentioned by artists of a certain age - see those influences on the 40 - 50 age group. I remember this so well, it wierded me out then and it almost still does. Looking forward to seeing the art output inspired by telly tubbies in 10 years time.
Adam Sutherland


We tried to catch the horsemilker, some users of horsemilkpowder and increased beauty by the horsemilk-cosmetic-line. We saw a lot of horses and not so much of the landscape, it can be very misty in Friesland. Annemarie shot clear footage in the COOPsupermarket, where we also tested the butterspoon.

Cousin Lysbeth (11) was one of our patient models in the horsemilk-cosmetic-line. She could tell the other day at villageschool that redoing handling several times is a models daily life. On her way home Annemarie took horsemilk cosmetics for her relatives as Chrismas gifts. All horses had during Christmas a small break.


Filming Peter painting the pots in his shop in Ambleside, which were made by Adam the day before in Lawson Park, then into the Honesty Box at the edge of Lawson Park garden, and described by Roy and Lelia from Lancaster.

Annemarie filming "Titchy-Kitschy" the miniature version of Lawson Park, put on some wobbly ladders in front of Lawson Park.



Now that's what I call education

I was very, very drunk

I have no comment to make at this time

Were the pigs eaten after the photo-shoot?


Sir Boss: He has been freshly christened. Born twice. So ‘Father’ alone cannot suffice, when he has multiplied thusly, he is so befoulded, and covered in smudge.
Now we have Father and rather-more-than-Father.
How to describe this New Father, that walks in and is his own landscape?
Father and Loam? The Landlord and the Pub? Father Large Nappy of Chips? Father New and Alarming Gazebo?  Father Big Back Porch? Father Compost, Father Cowplop,  Father Away from Me would be preferable. No! For simplicity’s sake,  arise… Father Shit Mass! From now on we must call him Shitmass.

Narrator 2: Sir Boss raises his glass in the direction  of the newly dubbed Father Shitmass.

Narrator 1: His strategy being to undermine the nascent cult-leader with name-calling.

Sir Boss: What do you think, Truthcurator?

Truthcurator: Ha ha ha. Very good, Sir Boss. Shit tits! Ha ha ha.

Sir Boss: No! Father Shitmass - Father Shit Mass! Spread the joke! We must make him absurd! For God’s sake Truthcurator, you are as thick as a planet!




Another day, another Urbania update from Harold.

Four of us Helen, Harun, Oko and me meet in the swedish sauna style board room at the Rochelle. It my last meeting of the year - i heading to the big apple this week, we've been given the focus of a deadline by Michael, who wants to what the hll were gonna do. Good question! With that in mind, we discussed the 2 main areas of the project that need to resolved, creating a physical/architectural environment for us to inhabit and devising a manifesto or structure for the overall project. No mean task then.

In note form here are some of our musings.

With regard to social/architectural environments we talked about

Cloisters, cells inhabited by Monks and Nuns. Smaller spaces surrounding a open central space.

JG Ballard, gated communities, suburbia. Looking and isolated communities sealing themselves off, could we lock ourselves away? Creating physical structure like a door or employing guards to regulate access to our space. Helen uses the great phrase "Future Fugitives".

As a reference i recommend Todd Haynes great film SAFE starring Julianne Moore a LA housewife who gradully becomes allergic to everything, eventually having to find an isolated retreat to heel herself. This raised the idea of
Healing retreats
Hermits, Monks/Nuns and specific religous orders

we talked about the power of language to bind a group. One suggestion was to create. a group language or specific words we all use. This lead to discussion about Hybrid Models. Creating a structure that features elementsof all the group and perhaps blending them together.

Oko who's working with Abake brought in some info on DROP CITY (see the link below)
Drop city was an artists community set up Colorado, USA in 1965, its founders being particularly inspired by Buckminster Fuller.

To sum up we've reached a critical point in the project, where we have to make choices and decisions in order to fully realize the project. So following the meeting on the 13th December we should have a better sense of what Urbania is.

Harold x

Safe, by Todd Haynes
Drop City
More Drop City info



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