Barack Obama poster by Shepard Fairey, nominated for the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009 in the Graphic Design category by CR’s Patrick Burgoyne
The nominations for the awkwardly titled Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009 have been announced, ahead of an exhibition that will be held at the Design Museum in London from February next year. As with last year’s awards, the inclusion of most aspects of design (including architecture, fashion, furniture, graphic design, interactive, product and transport) makes for an eclectic, but interesting, list.
CR December featuring Will Gompertz, director of Tate Media, pictured in his office, in front of a reproduction of How to Work Better (1991) by Fischli & Weiss (adapted for Tate in 2006). © the artists. Photographer: Jonathon Foster Williams
The December issue of CR sees our next Month In The Life Of special (following August’s A Month In The Life Of A Graphic Designer). This time we are going client-side. Will Gompertz, director of Tate Media and in charge of all the promotional activity for Tate Modern and Tate Britain, has kept a daily journal over the course of four weeks in October. In addition, we will discuss Tate and its activities with a selection of its creative partners, including Cornel Windlin, Fallon’s Richard Flintham, James Goggin and artist and Tate trustee Jeremy Deller. As a taster, here is a seven-day extract from Gompertz’s journal. The December issue of CR is out on the 22 November.
Golf Five Zero watchtower (known to the British Army as Borucki Sanger), Crossmaglen Security Force Base, South Armagh. Photographed by Jonathan Olley, 1999
“These structures are like Martian spacecraft, one breaks the terraced main street of what looks like a country town and shows that the irenic structures of ordinary architecture must give way to these armed gods, meshed objects that represent the failure of politics and civic values”. Tom Paulin
It’s been a historic week for Northern Ireland. Past enmities have been buried (we hope) as the power-sharing legislative assembly has finally been reconvened.
The evidence of past conflict is slowly being tidied away. Those famous territory-marking murals are being painted over. The British Army has long since begun to dismantle the physical evidence of its controversial presence. But not everyone wants to forget. Some argue that both the murals and the armoured observation posts that loomed over the province should be preserved as a warning from history.