An excerpt from a feature for the September 2017 edition of boom saloon magazine. The great Victorian social critic William Morris feared the industrial age heralded the end of skilled workmanship. But do emerging 3D printing technologies open possibilities for a new era of craft, realised through techniques Morris could never have imagined?
Jeremy Corbyn’s serene countenance during the election campaign drew frequent parallels with that of a Buddhist monk, Corbyn himself at one point referring to his efforts to attune himself to a Zen mindframe. But when watching Corbyn deliver his speech at Glastonbury last week, it occurred to me that a comparison with another spiritual archetype might be more appropriate.
One of the many remarkable things about central Rome is its aesthetic consistency. Everything is carefully presented to evoke a sense of fading grandeur.Unlike, say, London, where the hyper-modern arises in violent contrast alongside the ancient, Rome is a vast sepulchre, decaying in the most elegant fashion.