Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Swan Song

Having midwifed this blog into being, it now falls to Miss Blog KX to hand on the candle for representing Create KX to the next worthy blogger.

In the meantime, Miss Create KX will be caretaking all things Blog KX-ish.

Miss Blog KX thanks those of you who have tuned in and those of you who have posted.

And she looks forward to seeing Blog KX Version 2 in the near future.

Stay tuned - rumour has it that new birthings are on their way.

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Why blog?

I just heard from a most interesting artist: the sculptor Richard Aumonier. When I checked out his blog, I noticed he had written:

"I started blogging as a way of responding to the escalation of development here in King's Cross. Taking photographs, recording the changes has helped deal with the disorientation."

I like that. Blogging as a way to help deal with disorientation.

Friday, 11 May 2007

Face of King's Cross

If King's Cross were an artist (any genre, any era), who would she or he be? And why?

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

CreateKX Web 2.0 event

Apologies for the blog-jack, bloggerkx, but I just wanted to remind you - should in-laws and pets have distracted your attention - that tonight is CreateKX's event on The Wonderful World of Web 2.0. We need you there to prove that we CreateKX is just as 2.0'd as the rest of them! You never know - even an experienced, accurately timed blogger like yourself might pick up a few tips...

Friday, 4 May 2007

Out of the darkness, the light

Earlier in the week, I promised an interview with Lightmaster Laurent of Creatmosphere and here we go... in the most charming of French accents, Laurent has kindly answered my nosey questions about his work and the KX area.

Ms KX: Blog I believe you are based in King's Cross. What brought you to the area in the first place?

Laurent: Its very strategic central location (you can go anywhere in London anytime..), the new Eurostar arrival (I’m french!) and we found with my partner a nice quiet place to live not far from the canal!

Ms KX: What excites you about King's Cross as an area?

Laurent: Its very rich history reflected through architecture buildings and environment, the diversity of people living around here and the challenge to turn the bad reputation of the night time economy within KXs in an area safe where light highlight the beauty rather the nasty and grim!

Ms KX: Is there a building or space or environment in King's Cross which you find particularly inspiring?

Laurent: Saint Pancras chambers of course but also all the area around the gasholders, the canal, the water tank, the canvas derelict buildings, the wildlife park (Camley St natural park) and Saint Pancras Hospital gardens and square and church with the big London planes!

Ms KX: Are there any other local artists whose work you admire in the area? Who are they and what do they do?

Laurent: I have moved in recently and not connected much with the local people yet which I’m trying to do through Create KX now. I’m interested to meet other multimedia artists and develop collaborations. I’m very interested to find out what will happen with the new King’s Place building on the music front and hope to work with their foundation on light and sound projects... I’m also interested to meet with the people who are behind King’s Cross Voices and integrate sound archives in a project.

Ms KX: What is the most exciting idea that you have for bringing your art to the King's Cross area?

Laurent: Illuminate the gasholders or Saint Pancras chambers would be such a statement!

But also creating a light trail around all the sites I have mentioned before, would be a good way to make people discover King’s Cross treasures in a new light! It would also allow some community projects to take place on the subject relating history and social context to light art and the story it can tell us about a space! I’m open to look at any brief which relates to this subject...Light can change perception you have of an environment, brings emotions, create experiences and remain as a very good moment in your memory. I want to bring that magic to people so they think positively about KX and its change. I’m looking forward to those moments...


Postscript of Ms KX: I *heart* artists.

Thursday, 3 May 2007

Seeing the light

Hurrah! Today I have news of beautiful things in King's Cross. They're not here just yet, but they're on their way.

At Tuesday night's Create KX event, I met the charming Laurent Louyer, a light artist and the founder of Creatmosphere. You can see many of his previous light installations on the Creatmosphere website, but for a preview of Laurent's ideas about installations in King's Cross, you'll have to keep your eyes peeled to this blog.

In the coming days, I'll be interviewing Laurent about the area and asking him how the magic of light can bring emotion and excitment to all the many nooks and crannies of KX. For now, he's given me a sneak preview of how he may turn the railway arches into a lightfest... And I can say that not only would I no longer feel scared to walk under those arches, I'd actually be rather excited.
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