‘Humanizing the world, one googly eye at a time’.


Possibly the sweetest take on street art – eyebombing involves sticking those googly eye sticker things on to any inanimate object out and about in the street. This creates the cute and often funny effect of making a random object of street furniture appear like a character or even a person. A new website devoted to this phenomenon has attracted submissions from around the globe, but it’s good to see London featuring in a few. This photo above (taken by Finbar Hawkins – thank you!) gives us a fresh take on a classic London icon.



ICA’s ‘Battleship Potemkin’ re-enactment


One interesting thing about living in a city like London is the opportunity to get involved in quirky little one-off events. This is exactly what I got to do last weekend when I joined in the Institute of Contemporary Art’s (ICA) re-enactment of the Odessa Steps scene from Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film Battleship Potemkin. That’s me in the top right of the picture above, in the dusty pink jacket, and isn’t it great that in my first appearance in my own blog I am playing dead!

This flash-mob style event was held as part of ICA’s fundraising day held on 26 November. Luminaries such as Tracey Emin (yes, she did chase me down the steps dressed as a cossack) and Andrew Logan joined in with us mere mortals to raise money and create a new version of the old classic scene. You can watch our creation at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLFr6YbcQfA&feature=channel_video_title

ICA are planning to hold further re-enactments in 2012, so keep an eye on their website for more details. This is also the kind of event that I plan to promote beforehand now that the Londonphile is up and running, so keep an eye out here too.