Dr. Kate's Arty Facts

This blog will comprise a collection of ephemera, mess and miscellaneous artifacts reflecting on the writer's life.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I am taking a break

from the blog for a while.
This has nothing to do with
the RAE
Coming from from holiday and feeling paniced about email deluges and washing
Research grants and their ephemeral quality
house hunting in Sheffield
paper writing panic etc etc
but it might have to do with being interested in this blog and wanting to focus on this project for a while.
I will be back!
Thanks for reading the blog.
Bleecker street square
Meanwhile here is Bleecker street in New York.

Monday, July 30, 2007

all the women my age

in new York have gray hair.
This is a revelation.
We came in on the milky Hudson (pictured)
New York from New Jersey
and wandered around Greenwich village, West Village and the meatpacking district.
We were very popular in Princeton and Kiara was so sad to see us go she got in the car (pictured).
Dog doesnt want us to leave!
Even better is working with the Princeton teachers on their artifacts of identity project.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

I am off

To New Jersey, and then New York, working with Jennifer talking to teachers and writing.
It is tense in our household as some of us are on the last chapter of Harry Potter 7.
Isabel grew up on Harry Potter, it was the book she read before it was famous, age 7 and it is very sad to see it go.
While I am away you can watch this.It is brilliant.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The relationship between

artefacts and personal identity is often described in sensitive ethnographic studies of home artefacts such as here.
However, when we were in the wonderful Leeds based education collection Artemis yesterday, I also wondered why we attach such significance to objects.
For example, in this project, people often lost artefacts, or didn't know where they were.
For example, these shoes in this picture came from the museum, as the original shoes (in which money was hidden on the way home from New York) had got lost, being last seen on the cellar steps.
Rather than talk about Materializing Sheffield, as here,
perhaps we should talk about De-Materializing Sheffield.
Just a thought.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mud and floods

of every kind can be seen here here
and here
and here.
This movie of The Wicker is particularly affecting.
I love The Wicker and go there ALL THE TIME.
Hurrah for hot baths.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The kid is back

Luckily thanks to the ever faithful BBC we can TRACK her progress.
She can be viewed here,
and best viewing here, where you have a really DETAILED view of the dancing girl amid the mud.
Stay with it and you see her SEVEN times.
Frankly we are bored with Glastonbury, as we have now moved on to the FLOODS in Sheffield and the experience of the travelling academic amid the torrents.
It is a poetic thought.

Friday, June 22, 2007

The Glasto kid

pitched her tent in the rain at 1 in the morning last night, is on a slope and emerged to find a torrent, has danced in the rain to punk gypsy bands, was pissed on, changed and is now gearing up to the Arctic Monkeys and The Coral.
She is in heaven.
More about this here.
Meanwhile, we are going to buy this house.
Dr Joolz is advising us.