Monday, 29 December 2014

Selfridges - Bright Old Things 2015, Gadgets for mannequin heads

My plan for the window is to have a number of mannequins with gadget heads - lots in music - heads full of music ... the gadgets are from the 70s and from my collection...

These smaller gadgets could be carried/worn by the BOTs  ...

Other objects that could come in handy

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Selfridges - Bright Old Things 2015, Photo Shoot

The photo shoot at Selfridges was for publicity material and ,hopefully, a  10 feet high cut out for a window ... photos taken by my stylist, Mustafa Malik and also feature in-house stylist Phillipe and photographer Rebecca - thanks for your help !

The future's bright ...

With another Bright Old Thing, Molly Parkin  ...

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Selfridges - Bright Old Things 2015, Q & A


Previous Career: Chartered Accountant
Current Career: Artist and Consultant

Roger Miles worked for 32 years as a chartered accountant, for Deloitte, and was a senior partner for 20 years. In 2009, he hung up his abacus and went to Chelsea College of Arts, being awarded a BA in Fine Art with 1st class honours.

His final show at College in 2014 was a pop-up record store – an immersive experience that focused on the interaction between visitor and artist. The installation recreated a ‘70s record store in a mobile library, with most of the contents coming from his previous art residency at a recycling centre. He is interested in collections and in memorialising objects and their histories.

How was your experience of being a mature student?

This was my second degree – my first was in accounting studies in 1975-78. This time around, I was focused and undistracted.
There were almost 20 mature students out of a total of 100 on the course. At times, the mature students acted as quasi-tutors, Japanese students would call me professor. As mature students, we were able to share our life experiences. At the same time, we benefited from the energy and new thinking of the younger students.

History plays a big part in your work – why are old objects so important to you in your work?

Collecting, memorialising, petrifying, cannibalising and recording – my practice attempts to combine these processes with found objects and their histories, through the creative processes of sculpture, installations and printmaking.

My life, like everybody’s, is unique – as a result, it is fertile ground in which to dig and search for artistic ideas and observations. I use the history of people and objects to trigger new ways of looking at the world. "History is a material to be manipulated and abused" - Anselm Kiefer.

How does the word ‘retirement’ make you feel?

In the words of the great Neil Young, I didn't retire but I did retread

(From the album, Greendale, 2003 – Falling from Above
Grandpa said to cousin Jed
Sittin' on the porch,
"I won't retire
But I might retread

Alternative question

This isn’t the first time you have worked at Selfridges?

No it isn’t. During Christmas in 1975, I worked for 4 weeks in the bedspread department. I had just started my accounting degree, Bohemian Rhapsody was at number 1 and punk music was just around the corner.
I was working hard to convince customers to convert from bedspreads to the new fangled duvet from Scandinavia.
Almost 40 years later, I have returned as an artist – just don't ask me about tog values ….

Friday, 26 December 2014

Selfridges - Bright Old Things 2015, Background information

BRIGHT OLD THINGS is Selfridges’ twist on its annual initiative, Bright Young Things, which hand-picks, nurtures and showcases some of the UK’s most exciting rising stars from the worlds of fashion, art, design and food. To hell with retirement age, this year you can
become a Bright Old Thing.
Over 330,000 over 65s in Britain are self-employed or have their own post-retirement
start-up business. Whilst the state pension can officially be drawn at 61, the oldest person
in the world lived to 122 – so yes, that is essentially a second working life for us all to
look forward to.
What will we do with this new breath of life AND our aging population? Statistics state that we are happiest at 85 (steadily rising after 50+). ‘Late bloomers’ or ‘ageing entrepreneurs’ have been written about extensively in both the New Yorker and Forbes. Is this an exciting alternative to retirement?
Not only that, but the fastest growing consumer group are the over 50s… So no more
grannies knitting, no more feeling sorry for the elderly - it’s time to start getting old properly.

It’s time to own the new generation of creative talent: the Bright Old Things

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Cure - Hammersmith Apollo 23 Dec

40 songs over 2 and a half hours ...

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Van Morrison at Nell's Jazz and Blues Bar


Celtic Swing
Higher Than the World
Baby Please Don't Go/Parchment Farm/Don't Start Cryin Now
I just Wanna Make Love To You
You Don't Love Me No More
Blue Money
Days Like This
Magic Time
Did Ye Get Healed
Think Twice Before You Go
I Believe to My Soul
Moondance/My Funny Valentine
In the Midnight
Whenever God Shines His Light
I Can't Stop Loving You
Help Me
Brown Eyed Girl