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Art May 2019

Intersection

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Intersection A

Intersection is a series of studies investigating the nature of matter and space, in particular the intersection of these phenomenon beneath the surface of appearance.  These maquettes illustrates the initial studies that focus on direction and energy.

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Intersection A – Detail

Intersection A suggests the continuity of energy through another material emerging along a different vector which suggests an alignment to the study of nuclear physics.

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Intersection B

Intervention B however is balanced, precariously, between entering or leaving the mass (base) of the sculpture.

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Intersection A – Detail

Though this work may suggest a position within the minimalist orthodoxy it evokes a narrative dimension regarding the nature of time and space.

 

© N Brady 2016 & 2019

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Music October 2016

Oblique Projection: A new Logo and a new outlook; towards the future.

After a less than satisfactory experience with the original logotype that introduced Oblique Projection a new logo was commissioned from Synthetic Reality (designers).

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The original logotype linked the name with the concept did not seem to have that iconic character that could be distinguished from the background noise.  When the “Cycles” (OPus 2.0) album ( https://obliqueprojection.bandcamp.com/)was released earlier this year the logotype was suspended.

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Cycles by Oblique Projection

 

The designers believed that reducing the band name to an acronym logo would make it easier to identify and explain a little more about the band and its music.  Other bands are almost better known by their acronyms OMD, PIL, ELO, etc.  Oblique Projection reduces to OP which can be seen in the catalog numbers for each album (MEC OPus 1.0, Cycles OPus 2.0), also a play on the word opus.  “OP” could be seen as short for Optic related topics.

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So “the eyes have it”.  Synthetic Reality launched the new Oblique Projection logo on OP’s facebook page, ( https://www.facebook.com/ObliqueProjection/) with a roll out on other social and web sites in the coming weeks.  The eye logo unites the OP acronym to the idea of image and representation, a new view of the world and the music.

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As part of the roll out is an investigation into merchandise and apparel (T-shirts) which were test launched on the Facebook page above; Cycles T-Shirt & City Lights T-Shirt. Black and White versions are also shown on their facebook page.

 

For a sample of Oblique Projection‘s output, check out their soundcloud page,including a new tester track “There”:

 

Design June 2014

Pylons 

The opportunities that “made to demand” technologies offer multiply by the day.  The myriad of choices available to the market make it difficult to discern a trend or even a design orthodoxy.  In many ways this is the great advantage of the new industrial landscape.

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Without the traditional infrastructure of client led inquiry or demand after years of working on the periphery with independent research projects Synthetic Reality is with various partners like FAB all things able to bring products to the market.   Of course this presumes the market really wants these things.

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Perhaps the market does not know what it wants until it is produced, make it and they will buy to paraphrase that oft used quote from the Field of Dreams.  Reflecting on the work we have undertaken in the last 4 years dreams have come to the fore.  A type of surrealism or rather surrealist humor appears to find their way into the work.

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Even here, the use of an industrialized motif as the framework to art or craft hints at the industrialized origins of most jewelry and echoes the earliest origins of jewelry; bead making, which gave rise to some of the first industrialized practices in the ancient world.  These and other bespoke industrialized products are available from FAB all things

Synthetic Reality’s range of products are;

Pylons Jewelry Tree: http://www.faballthings.com/products/pylons

Chain-mail Phone Case: http://www.faballthings.com/products/chain-mail

Baubles Ear Rings – Nylon : http://www.faballthings.com/products/baubles-earrings-white

Baubles Ear Rings – Steel http://www.faballthings.com/products/baubles-earrings-stainless-steel

Botanic Wall Art: http://www.faballthings.com/products/botanic-gardens

 

 

 

Architecture April 2014

HØYBLOKKA REVISITED

This is NJBA A+U’s contribution to the ‘dugnad’, (a voluntary input for the purposes of debate) organised by Markus Richter of the 0047 Gallery in Oslo.  Tasked with examining the complex, its buildings and spaces the proposal sought to invoke a memory of why the place has been abandoned.

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It is hard to look at Høyblokka without thinking of Caspar David Friedrich’s “The Abbey in the Oakwood”.  What had been a vibrant monastery had firstly been dissolved then fell into ruin before been recycled for defensive positions.  In the painting the ruin is shrouded in darkness as mourners arrive to a funeral.  The trees like the ruin are also pruned, their branches amputated.  The melancholy of the painting is a suitable echo of the sad events in Oslo and Utoya.

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The blackened oaks are mirrored in the tall trees standing in front of Høyblokka.  It seems appropriate that two hundred years separate the creation of the painting from the events in Norway.

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The enduring image of the events in Utoya was the white sheets that covered the victims of the atrocity.  The organic distribution of the sheets along the waterfront produced and enduring almost artistic image of innocence and loss.

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While deliberations will take time to define the future of Høyblokka this is a proposal to honour the fallen to compliment the proposed memorial on Utoya to loss.  71 internally illuminated crumpled sheets are placed on 71 biers raising them above the pedestrian level.  As frames they take up variations in the landscape creating a cloud like cover to the remaining urban space of the Høyblokka complex.

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0047 will present a wide range of entries in the exhibition Høy­blokka revisited, which opens on March, 27th; a selection of the entries will subsequently be published in Arkitektur N.  The debate should raise important questions about the nature of urban ruins.

 

Design November 2013

 

 

FAB all things

Synthetic Reality’s first product is on the shelves.  Baubles are ear rings designed to be both ancient and futuristic.  The original design invovled interlocking cups but through the process of digital printing this has mellowed into these examples in nylon and stainless steel.

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 The stainless steel version opened up a space between front and back.  The posibilities of printing metals has become available much sooner than Synthetic Reality expected. 

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Working with FAB all things has given rise to new thoughts about old things, and dreams of new ones.  www.faballthings.com

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Version

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12 Publishers has launched Version, a multidisciplinary booklet/zine available in digital format and as print on demand package. The mission is to present a range of enquiries across the fields of Architecture, Art, Design, Music, Photography and Writing. The original intention was to bring into the open material that has previously been seen by very few as a reflective process. The planned editions are open ended with no set date for completion. It is expected though that the material presented in the zine editions will be reassembled in different formats in the future. The zine could be considered a foundation for future publishing concepts.
Our first complete edition is Version 12.2.1 “the impossible memorial”, documenting the memorial to victims of abuse (ireland) by NJBA A+U. This is available to purchase from Blurb and to download as an e-book. Future plans include Version 12.1.1, “competing visions”, a range of competition entries by NJBA A+U, Version 12.3.1 “identity”, identity design from synthetic reality and Version 12.4.1 “water power”, sleeve notes for MEC the first experimental music album by Oblique Projection.
The Verison logo is based on the renaissance vescia symbol. The original reference is being used here for is gateway reference (to design based material in this case). A specific logotype has been created by synthetic reality for this purpose as well.
The 6 areas of enquiry are colour coded according to the colour wheel (in alphabetical order) and numbered accordingly from Architecture to Writing. The numerical system derives from this and is unlimited. The colour and number scheme is therefore;
Yellow 12.1 Architecture
Green 12.2 Art
Blue 12.3 Design
Purple 12.4 Music
Red 12.5 Photography
Orange 12.6 Writing
The chosen font is Trebuchet MS, a reasonable common typeface which falls between Arial and Helvetica in terms of recognition while having some traditional characteristics. The zine will have a common template for covers based on the colour logic above. The subject of the cover will be a suitably abstract image from the content. Only “Version” and the relevant number along with the logo will appear on the cover as the identifier.

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Welcome to 12 Publishers

Weclome to the 12 Publishers WordPress Blog. 2013 will, we hope, be a significant year for our work across all of the inter related fields of Architecture, Art, Design, Music, Photography and Writing. Our new website http://www.12publishers.com has gone live and further details will emerge in its new format. In addition to the WordPress Blog, we operate facebook pages for NJBA A+U (Architecture), Synthetic Reality (Design) and Oblique Projection (Music). We hope to add more material in the coming months. Through Blurb.com we will also be releasing a number of physical publications as well as e-books. Watch or read this space.