neil cummings

July 2017


13 Jul 2017
My text Look at me, look at me, look at me was reprinted in BRACES, LEVERS, FETISHES & TALISMANS


A publication that contains pictures of eighty-four different hand tools from the collection of Michael Marriott. It celebrates the objects both for their function and for their inherent beauty in repose. Accompanying the objects is an essay by Neil Cummings entitled Look at me, look at me, look at me, which was originally published in Architectural Design magazine in 2002. It explores Reyner Banham’s notion of the 'furniturisation' of everyday objects, and questions why previously unselfconscious domestic artifacts are now promoted as great design.

Michael Marriott is a designer based in London. A keen reader of design history, he is known for an open spirited approach to work that often makes use of pre-existing materials, manufacturing techniques or reclaimed objects. This collection is his reference point for a kind of perfect model of design, one which imagines objects as human intention given perfect form. He also enjoys them simply as things, perhaps for their shape or for how they feel in the hand.

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Open Cinema: Home

21 Nov 2015


A screening festival celebrating digital filmmaking and Hackney, including world premiere of 24Hour Hackney: A City Symphony

Saturday 21 November 2015, 4-8pm
Open School East
The Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Rd
London N1 5SQ

Open Cinema was a 9-month digital film project led by artist Neil Cummings.

Working with a pool of film professionals and enthusiasts, Open Cinema collectively researched, found and made digital films. In the spirit of collaborative learning, we explored the role of film in representing and reactivating people and places, especially Hackney. It was amazing.


Order of events:

16.00pm Refreshments and cakes provided by OSE associate Michael Whitby, with activities.
16.30pm Screening programme starts
18.30pm Dinner, and world premier
19.30pm Final screening and close.


Open School East
Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
N1 5SQ
United Kingdom

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