Monday, 21 September 2009

A msg for Pete (cos i cldnt get you on your uniservity acct)

hi pete!

hope you have been well. r you still globetrottering under uniservity's banner?

so sorry for the long radio silence. so much had happened since we last met. i'm now a father of a 9 mth old gal and i've also currently relocated to melbourne and shld be here for the next couple of years. i have, however, left the ministry of education...gonna take a break from the rigidity of civil service and head back to school to feel young again!
so yah, i may be doing a postgrad in education & ICT in uni of melb next year.

as part of my postgrad studies, i am thinking of doing some research on the state of ict in education in melbourne/australia at large and particularly on the takeup rate, challenges and successes for an international vendor like uniservity in the aussie ict landscape. hence i am wondering if you'd be so kind to point me out to someone i can talk to over here regarding these. i understand that uniservity is pretty established here and has a melbourne city office.

hope to hear from you and if you'd be in this part of the world, let's meet up for a drink! :)#

take care.

wilkie :)

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

2 years on


2 years is a long time to be away from this blog...i guess u guys had since moved on....strange to revisit traces on cyberspace....
i had since gotten my 1st child, a lovely lil gal called Avery, who's now 3 mth+.
i hope you guys, if you're still revisiting, are well.
i'll soon be moving to Melbourne for the next 3 me at

Take care!

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Darkland Series 524-9

  • Most of these recordings are taken from my car and they present a different view of the road and scenery.
  • The Darkland Series belongs to an ongoing set of work which began in 2002.
  • The still shots above are taken from 5000 similar images constructed as a film.
  • The darkland series includes darkland cities and darkland memories of childhood.

On Monday its my 56th birthday, however I am celebrating this today.
Living your life through art or maybe in art or as art is the only way.

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Giving Flowers

I have been drawing in ink on a folded piece of paper for a few weeks now. Sometimes I draw

when I'm on a train or other places. Last week, in a restaurant I continued my drawing which, was about a lady 'selling flowers'. After a few minutes a lady sat down and asked me about the drawing, she thought it could mean this or that and visualised her ideas and thoughts through the drawing even giving it her title.
Her name was Evie and she was from Lithuania.

So I gave her the drawing.

Afterwards I realised that several parts of the drawing had been recorded on my pda so here it is above left.

This chance encounter was 'beautiful' (a word artists don't use much these days)
and reciprocal - to be valued.. and the events transformed the original drawing.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

PDA drawing in Spring

Just making a series of PDA drawings for an exhibition. They are created using a Palm Zire 71 and uploaded into Photoshop then joined together in sets of three.

I feel more comfortable with drawing than photography because it is a more intimate tactile experience.

Every Spring time, clocks are changed and there is more daylight at the end of the day - maybe I feel more creative now.

I made these drawings walking around a supermarket at 11 am -they are dependent on 'chance' as the screen I draw on has to be scrolled down so I can't see the whole drawing at any one time - I dont really know what they will look like until they are joined together. Creating art spontaneously in public places
involves additional senses - why do so few artists draw outside these days?

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Dream 200308 - Holes in the Sky

My dream drawing is from a 5 year project, in which I am recording my dreams everyday. The entry for this one reads =

'opening and closing of cloud holes revealing blue sky and colours on a cloudy day'.

In my dream I am photographing the holes.

This dream happened last night....instant recall this morning, but not always

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Robin Hood and the Eden Aquarium

1) Local street art (stencil)
2) The Eden Project in Cornwall (theme park)
3) An Aquarium Building (archive)

Question - What do these pictures have in common?

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Weaving the Land- No: 008kju90

Embedded digital construct - starting point of a germ of an idea to create a perpetual online diary called minuszeroplus -zero+

just working out how I can easily live my life and continually update the data (every day)

Using 2 old Palm Zire71 PDA's to try this out at the moment..

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Waiting for the winter

In the beginning of November there was a slight sign of the winter in southern Finland, but only one week. In November and December waiting for the winter and in January still waiting. Warm, gray, dark, raining, ground mud all over, rivers flooding... where is my winter?

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Shoe Tree Dreamers

Apparently a shoe tree starts with one dreamer throwing their shoes onto a branch - I have driven past these local trees in Birmingham many times and today decided to take a few camera shots at 12.15pm.

The trees look quite sad, and against the backdrop of the residential tower block windows, the shoes made me think about peoples lives.

Why do people do this?
Here is another account of shoe tree mythology

Friday, 4 January 2008


Wishing everyone a happy new year, always an interesting time due to resolutions made (and broken)...

To - be good, be better, give up, begin, stop, start, try harder...

The scanned drawing above is a homemade Christmas Card that was never sent, so seems appropriate to post it into blogspace.

Thursday, 27 December 2007

8 seconds

sunset at margaret river, must be too much wine....
i think summer is lovely in Australia...i think daylight savings does weird things to me.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Nowhere Places Unknown Spaces

I believe in sychronicity - a butterfly lands on a flower

and a tree fall down in Alaska sort of stuff.

I was in Berlin 2 months ago and showed my 2004 kolari film,

created from Finnish traffic cameras -

someone said that Dariusz Kowalski had made similar films.

He had -This made me laugh a lot a lot...

Its good to hear from you Wilkie, have a restful end of year...

Monday, 10 December 2007

8 weeks and beyond

got caught up with Facebook recently, entertaining myself by browsing through it, searching for long-lost friends and adding new ones to the growing list. of cos there's the oh-so-many invitations and tools on there that keeps you perpetually "networked". Still i don't think I'm good at keeping myself updated with what's happening with ppl i know, maybe that's why The Wife ticks me off for neglecting my mates...(geez even with this blog sorry pete, martti, daniela)...perhaps until the novelty wears off...till then let's see if you guys are there on facebook.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Halloween Window

Passing a house in Suffolk (Eastern UK) on 31st October and recorded the Halloween decoration.

Young children dressed up as zombies, witches and characters from horror movies appeared on every street corner, going to parties accompanied by their parents who were wearing everyday clothes.

Tonight at home at 7.00pm I will light a bonfire in my back garden and set fire to an old chair - this is my ritual to celebrate Halloween.

This weekend is very noisy with fireworks exploding all night long celebrating Guy Fawkes Gunpowder plot. Adults repeating their childhood rituals whilst my cat Rupert gets frightened from the noise and hides under the bed.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Dan Dare - timezones

In Birmingham City Centre there is a small area designated for development nearby the 'so called' Jewellery Quarter. There was a Science Museum and all that is left now is the building in the picture.

My grandfather was a fine metal engraver and he worked for most of his life in a workshop in the city, I never traced where - maybe it was that building, who knows. I walked down the canal path on Sunday and took this picture - it was a dark frightening place with inky black water disappearing into hellish circular canal wells - I returned to my car feeling as if I had been in a dream.

I remembered my last visit to the science museum, where I recorded an old piece of machinary with my Canon Ion Still Video Camera,colour re-processed it through my Acorn Pineapple Colour Digitiser, calling it Dan Dare after my boyhood cartoon hero from the Eagle Comic.

Monday, 8 October 2007


Autumn lakes call to look deeper, to gaze at indefinite images, to wonder ways of seeing

Sunday, 30 September 2007


This is a half submerged sea walk - a swimming pool in the sea - children swim off camera view to the right - you can just see the concentric shape in the darker sea colour of the submerged concrete man- made walkway.

The small islands in the distance are remains of a lost continent - maybe...

....submerged knowledge concealing ancient mysteries to be solved -

Dilemma of rings

In Dublin I was told that the more foam rings the better Guinness. After that my life didn't taste so good without rings.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Untitled Directions

Sometimes my satelite navigation system gets confused. Unexpected new roads make it slide into strange white zones. In this shot its on a white road with pink dash marks - a post-digital conceptual blur..

The (un) helpful screen title to this mapping masterpiece is -

Unnamed road

So this will go into my archive of lost
error messages in a directory called:
Pete's sad data.