Slim pickings of late, but the spring is coming.
Over the last weeks, a growing sense of place here in Hackney as I dig into local history, discovering brilliant things, people and organisations - brilliant in that they really shine.
Resembling an early 2000s mobile phone, black and small-screened, I bought an understated voice recorder which can sit on a table almost unnoticed. It was chosen because it seems unintimidating for the quasi-interviews that are lined up over the next few weeks with Matchbox factory workers and management. It's not been noticed so far in my 'test recordings' anyhow, my hi-def family and friends completely unaware that their lunchtime chat and incidental scraping and clinking are being analysed for echos, interference and vocal range. That sounds creepier than it is.
Ebodying the spirit of recent web-trawls, a little gem from The Building Exploratory based in East London. In The Adventurous Manifesto, through excellent leafy animated portraits kids give some equally excellent springtime advice like:
"Make your own tools."
"Experiment and debate the use and meaning of things."
"Make harmless mischief."
"Be daring, playful, thoughtful"
*Still from The Adventurous Manifesto by The Building Exploratory, 2010.