Category Archives: Graffiti

San Francisco: Hinterland

I don’t know if it’s called ‘fly tipping’ here, but it was noticeable that, under the concrete flyways, between the monumental arches, at the dead end of endless tracks, the rubbish was piled high. Ironic really that the yard next … Continue reading

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Layers of Culture: can you see the Graffiti?

Back in Amsterdam: from the window i see smoke curling up from the chimney on the houseboat. It drifts lazily in the morning breeze, barely visible in the grey light. I wonder idly about life on a barge: many of … Continue reading

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Democratised voices: the intent of graffiti

There are classes of voice: levels of authenticity and volume. From formal, highly produced, vetted, authorised, famous, sanctioned and pervasive through to the suppressed, denied, desperate rants scratched in wood and walls. The voices that shout beside railway tracks, festoon … Continue reading

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Graffiti: the stories we tell

I found a new Bortusk poster in Amsterdam today. A slightly torn and weathered neon monster staring out at me from the side of a skip as i cycled past. I think that brings to about fifteen the number i’ve … Continue reading

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Communicating

I’m writing in the apartment in Amsterdam today, up on the fourth floor, looking out over the city. It’s a bright day, clear views. This morning i’ve been communicating with colleagues in the UK, the US, Germany, Ireland and Asia. … Continue reading

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Playing with learning: a very sociable model

A conversation on Twitter this morning has made me think about play. Playing is all about learning: it can be a solitary activity or done with friends, it can be done in dedicated ‘formally‘ defined play spaces, or it can … Continue reading

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How do we communicate? A song about the languages of learning

I’m editing my new book on ‘music in learning‘ and trying to draw out my thoughts into some practical models around the subject. Part of this involves trying to characterise how we use different the different languages of learning to … Continue reading

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