'An hour glass works only by creating a bottle neck in the passage of time'. Ted 2013

Long Thoughts simply takes a single piece of digital content, which would otherwise demand your concentration for a matter of seconds, and pauses it in time by making it an object. It then allows that content to ferment in both your mind and your life, introducing the age old religious practises of repetition and ritual to your digital diet.


  • 1 AQUIRE: Get a hold of Bob & Roberta Smith's Alaphabet Blocks from The Tate shop, either in person or online.
  • 2 CREATE: Follow @Long_Thoughts on Twitter and/or Instagram and recreate the most recent post with your newly aquired blocks.
  • 3 CONSIDER: Read the online notes associated with that post and begin the process of long thought.
  • 4 CONVERSE: Add any thoughts or conclusions you come to onto the online notes, sharing is caring afterall.
  • 5 REPEAT: Await the next update and repeat.


    Long Thoughts was conceived and created in ICA Studio by this is helpful in Jan 2013


    A recent article in Atlantic Magazine exposed a 'disposition matrix' used by the US Administration that determines when, or if, the administration will pursue a suspected militant. In effect a simple flow chart used to manage the process of the war on terror remotely. The same remote management of the process of war is seen in the increasing number of drone strikes used by the US administration across numerous countries. Both examples could be argued to allow for an increased efficiency in conflict, reducing the amount of casualties and innocent civilians effected by conflict. They could also both be examples of the commodification of war, using the same principles of effeciency honed in capitalist systems.

    Can war be made, manufactured and managed just like art? Is technology and efficiency and positive or negative factor in how wars are now waged?


    The chances are, if your reading this, you class yourself as a creative. But potentially not an artist. So what does it take to be an artist? A personal creative output that could, or does, live in gallery spaces? The posession of a skill or talent that allows you to create work of aesthetic value? The curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist has observed that ‘If you look at art history, it is very much a history of the object’.Can art exist with out the object? Recent work by Tino Sehgal saw his Turbine Hall commission reduced to a choreographed script of actions and interactions, entirely devoid of object. Work by Ai Weiwei such as an investiagtion into creating a list of names of school children who died in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake has been classed as 'social sculpture', again deviod of object but none the less provoking or relevant.

    If a simple action can be classed as an artistic expression, would you now see yourself as an artists? And if so what would be your artistic style, or masterpiece?


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