Friday, September 2, 2011


This suggestion for a design using the olympic rings appears not quite to have been to Tracey Emin's liking....
There were others, for instance she seemed to have been more in favour of the simpler and more colourful one.
Quotes from athletes cover the plane as well.
These memorable words were uttered by Turner Award nominated Tracey Emin when she saw one of Martin's design ideas for the Great Briton's air plane design project. Well... she is known for her sardonic witticisms! I am finally allowed to say a few words about the outcome of the contest as the winner has now been officially announced. Sadly, it was not Martin but an industrial designer/artist, Pascal Anson, who is already well established and whose furniture is on display in prestigious places. I'm sure his designs are extraordinary.

This is a detail of one of Martin's abstract and digitally based images
 from a series called "Unlikely Realms".
His ideas for the British Airways air planes were related to this,
but he was going to add the human touch of the brushstroke
to the designs. The software is only a tool with which you create
new and fantastic 2D and 3D objects to be used in images.
My impression of the contest when we found out about it was that British Airways wanted to encourage people of all walks of life to contribute with something exciting, and that this would be an opportunity for them to get recognition and a career boost of sorts. There was an art, food and cinema section. Instead of choosing some young exciting talents they went for people who are already well established within their fields. To me that looks a bit like a safe bet. 
Martin received a package from BA with instructions and a model airplane to play with... (ok just joking!)
Don't get me wrong - Martin and I both got a lot out of this exercise, which helped us both think deeply about what we want to say with our art. He was chosen as one of the ten people who actually got an interview with the panel of judges (including Tracey Emin), and this seems to me to indicate that he really has a wealth of ideas to offer the world! As we talked through his concept and I tried and challenge him with tricky questions, he came up with wonderful ideas of how the Olympic ideal can be seen as a universal theme of man overcoming adversity, challenge and gravity - and we can see this in the human endeavour of flying aircrafts, too! The material as opposed to the immaterial, or how the two really go together... these are great thoughts and I know he would have been fantastically erudite if he had been chosen (as the process is made into a film of sorts that will be shown on the in flights). 

So one could say, why bother when you have to be famous in order to become more famous, and though we are sad about the outcome we still feel it was an interesting experience. We regret that it cost us a lot of money that we don't have, it would have been great to get a little pay on which to survive over the next year, and maybe some thrilling experiences, but on the other hand Martin now has time to dedicate to his true calling.

Martin has written about his experience here, it's a lot funnier than my account...

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