My friend Ed made a piano sandwich today. He is a brilliant human.


Let me just say: of all the playwrights who have inspired me in the past decade, Anna Deavere Smith takes centre stage. My views on art are very much influenced by her work, and she inspires me to the point where I look at what she's done and want so desperately to drop everything and follow in her (docu-dramatic) footsteps.

Twilight: LA completely changed the way I thought about theatre. I have always been a firm believer that art, and especially theatre, is necessarily political, but there was always a twinge in the back of my mind that it could only have so much impact. Then I found her work, and I started to realise just how powerful theatre can be.

From her show On the Road: A Search for American Character:


Christophe Gilbert's aesthetic perfection is unsettling, evoking the sense that something sinister lurks beneath his calm surrealism.

He also explores the animalistic side of human nature, but in a way that glorifies rather than degrades.

You can see more of his work here.


Brugge (2005)
Buffalo - Central Terminal, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (2004)

France - Biennale de Lyon (2005)

Ireland - Dublin (2008)

Mexico City (2007)

Miami Beach - Sagamore (2007)

Netherlands - Dream Amsterdam Foundation (2007)

Ohio - Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2004)

Switzerland, Aletsch Glacier (2007)

Still Death! Darfur Still Deaf? - Performance (2007)


Jonathan was death; I was a disaffected indie youth.

... I didn't say I did it well.

Scaring young children was our marketing plan this month.
Successful? You could say that. Smart? um. shut up.



Alexandre Alexeieff is most famous for inventing pinscreen animation with his wife Claire Parker. You know those neat little pin-art frames you can get? It's like that, times a thousand.

A pinscreen is basically a plain screen filled with thousands of tiny pins. A light is shone from the side, causing each pin to cast it's own shadow, the extent of which depends on how far it's pushed forward. The original pinscreen used by Alexeieff had 240,000 pins, each individually manipualted using specialised tools. Each frame was photographed, and the images were then merged to create an animation. Pretty cool, but also incredibly time-consuming and expensive, and pinscreen animation has since fallen out of fashion.

Alexeiff also illustrated a number of books, and his work in this arena evokes that same shadowy inscrutability that pinscreen animation creates. These are from The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe:



A good portrait shouldn't just be a good photo; it should capture the essence of the subject and intoxicate you with its incredible sense of intimacy. This is why I love Mark Seliger's work.


Anne Hathaway

Naomi Watts

Johnny Depp

Jonas Brothers

Gisele Bundchen 



I had to fly home early, cutting my two weeks in Singapore down to two days. Gone were the dreams of meandering luxuriously through the final leg of my trip; instead, we rushed through the town in a haze of taxi-rides, rooftop bars, hawker centres and family dinners.

Here are some other things I did:

Wandered the streets of Geylang.

Trawled The Thief's Market.

Navigated aimlessly through VivoCity.

Looked at the Singapore Flyer. Shouted "look, it's the Singapore Flyer!"
Pointed at the Singapore Flyer.

Popped our durian cherries in Toa Payoh.

Thanked the heavens that Jonathan wasn't flying home with me.




The subdued city hues hum in the distance and the echoes of her footsteps dance in the air