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  • This is a notebook and an archive. I use this blog to sketch thoughts into words and to post articles and reviews already in print which are difficult to source or in translation. If you are interested to look further, you'll mostly find writing on graphic design and/or Eastern Europe here. You'll need to scroll down the page. There are some downloads and links in the menu above.

    - David

    You can email me at david.crowley[at]rca.ac.uk

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Nervous Systems: New Machines and Bodies in Polish Art and Film after the Thaw

This essay was published in the catalogue accompanying the Cosmos Calling! exhibition at Zacheta, Warsaw, summer 2014.     In 1973 Krzysztof Zanussi made a movie, ‘Iluminacja’(Illumination), to explore the ways in which science, the state and religion understood life in its most immediate sense, that of the living human being. Relaying the fictional career … Continue reading

Rajkowska's Peterborough Child, 2012-ongoing - sketch - from http://www.rajkowska.com

Public art and its opponents

This is a review of two books – Joanna Rajkowska’s Where the Beast Is Buried (Zero Books, 2013) and Tom Finkelpearl’s What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation (Duke University Press, 2013) – which appeared in Frieze magazine.     Recently, a work of art returned to Warsaw after spending almost two years in an … Continue reading

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Poster maths

This short text appears in the catalogue of the International Poster Biennale which opened in Warsaw in June 2014. I was one of the jurors. The jury of the 24th International Poster Biennale used a website gallery to make their first assessment of the 3814 entries in this year’s competition. Each poster was viewed on-screen as … Continue reading

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Make it Strange Again

This is a review of a new Rizzoli book, Multiple Signatures. On Designers, Authors, Readers and Users by Michael Rock and 2×4   The uncontroversial premise of Multiple Signatures is that design is a collaborative act and so a book marking the highly successful career of Michael Rock and the 2×4 design partnership, should also be a … Continue reading

Bem Monument, Tarnów (source: wikicommons).

Piłsudski’s Architect

This article appears in the catalogue on the life and work of the Polish architect Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz in Kraków in 2013-14 – details here. I also gave a lecture for the finissage of the show in February 2014 – you can watch it here:   Writing after the liberation of Kraków at the end of … Continue reading

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Andrzej Wróblewski and the Politics of Testimony

In September 2013, I gave a lecture on the great painter, Andrzej Wróblewski, at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. You can watch it here.

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Sounding the Body Electric issued as CD!

This is just a quick post to say that Sounding the Body Electric has been issued as a double-CD by Bółt Records. A copy can be ordered here. The CD includes some new material which was not in the show (but is discussed in the accompanying book) such as Rudolf Komorous’s minimalist ‘Tomb of Malevitch’, … Continue reading

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Signora Ladik

This piece was published in the epiphanies section of the June 2013 issue of the The Wire ♦ The centre of Pest – Budapest’s Rive Droite – is dense and busy, packed with elegant buildings dating from the city’s heyday before the First World War. They feature in the elegant images of the Hungarian capital … Continue reading

Sounding the Body Electric at Calvert 22. Phot: Steve White

Sounding the Body Electric. Experiments in Art and Music in Eastern Europe 1957-1984 – II

A new version of the 2012 show opened at Calvert 22 in London in late June 2013. it ran until Aug 26th. Here is a gallery of installation shots – courtesy of Calvert 22. There is also some footage of me talking about the show on the Calvert site here. You can download a pdf … Continue reading

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Singing with Beck

This review was published in Eye magazine in summer 2013 ♦  Just over a hundred years ago the music business experienced its first major crisis. The success of new gramophone records played on a hand-cranked turntable with an overbearing horn, sounded the beginning of the end of popular sheet music, the business’s most profitable product at … Continue reading

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