House of the Rising Sun

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Solar Equation", 2010. Federation Square, The Light in Winter Festival, Melbourne, Australia. Photo by: Marcel Aucar

Is it the end of the world? 2012? An optical illusion? Continue reading “House of the Rising Sun”

Time is Money

Price of my time per minute: £0.15

Reward for filling out Cambridge Cycle Challenge survey: Entry in drawing for £40 gift card to Marks & Spencer[1]

Time to fill out survey: 4 minutes

Number of challenge participants: 2422

Maximum number of survey respondents to make it not a waste of time: 67 (2.8%)


  1. Due to the amount of shopping we do at Marks & Spencer, this is functionally equivalent to £40 cash.


Yes, my two year old is already a better artist than me, and you, and possibly some of those featured at the Tate Modern (but that could be the fatherhood talking).

Evolution is Intelligent Design: Neo-Functionalization

As is my wont, I like to highlight examples of art and design that either demonstrate or are inspired by evolutionary theory. While some of the elements of

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Nacho Carbonell Interpretative Portrait?

Nacho Carbonell‘s “Evolution” collection could be interpreted as an expression of abiogenesis, the emergence of biological entities from non-biological chemistry is NOT technically a part of evolutionary theory. Instead, I choose to view these works as an expression of neo-functionalization.

Neo-functionalization describes the process by which a gene stumbles upon a new function that is distinct from its original function. If that new function is beneficial, selection can very rapidly entrench that function in the genetic code.

In much the same way, Nacho Carbonell’s furniture starts as one “non-furniture” shape and discovers a new function, which finds discrete form rapidly.

'evolution' - the bench, 2010 paper mâché, iron structure 105 x 200 x 95 cm each piece is signed edition from galleria rossana orlandi, milan

Lovely. This bench would certainly look better in my garden than a few kilobases of coding DNA.

Why is My Job Awesome?

Because it requires a Laser Safety Officer. I bet the Death Star had one of those.

Photo by Josh Witten