Thursday, 23 December 2010


This Blog is now frozen or at least very cold. Enjoy browsing the archive.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Friday, 12 November 2010


dear artist,


Here at tiktoc towers, we have reached a conclusion that maybe YOU, fine artist - illustrator - draughtswoman - printmaker -photographer - Agitproper - collagist - colourist - pasteller - mixed mediarer - crossword lover would jump at the chance to have YOUR work as our front cover.

Submissions by email or post or word of mouth.
This competition will be heavily marketed for our 2011 quarterly editions.

***LOOK OUT for our December issue featuring cover art by the artist Betty O'Connell-Rogers B'OCR)***

Themes are not necessary necessarily. However if you need a kick start, think laterally about the phrase 'going off the rails'

We look forward to YOUR entry

After Bartlett

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Progressive Politics

Pessimism turns out often to be wishful thinking © Mocksim

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Mark Kermode interviewing Mike Leigh

Episode 12, The Culture Show, 2010. [TV], BBC2, 4th Oct.
Transcribed by Micheál O’Connell

MK: I’ve asked you about this before and you’ve attempted to explain it to me before and I confess I’ve never really understood it Mike. The workings you use to arrive at that complexity. Do you want to have another run at trying to tell me how it happens?

ML: Well I can tell you in the general way, as I already have, what the principle is, which is that I work up a script and I work with actors first of all individually and then we create characters, put them together, gradually a world forms and having done that for a few months we go out on location and make up a film, if you like scripting it by rehearsal. Now, what I haven’t just explained to you, and I played it different the last time and I will the next time you ask, is actually what happens because it’s extremely complicated, it involves all kinds of creative things which go under the general heading of instinct, inspiration and telepathy. And apart from anything else it’s nobody’s business except for we who do it. [They both laugh]

MK: Very early on I interviewed you and you bit my head off really badly. I had attempted to put into words the working method that were devised and directed by, I didn’t know what I was talking about but I was trying and anyway you gave me a really hard time.

ML: I’m sorry for that.

MK: No, right, its fine, the interesting thing is from your point of view, the thing that seems significant is you are never afraid of saying something like “no that’s wrong and you don’t know what you’re talking about”

ML: So what are you asking?

MK: Is that genuinely how you look at it?

ML: Look the truth of it is that interviews are not easy for any of us who are on the receiving end. All I know about is trying just to be oneself, be honest and tell it like it is and we need to try and be truthful really, that’s all it is.

Traffic wardens star in Brighton artwork

Friday, 5 November 2010

Bad men are full of repentance.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

tiktoc09 now available: coming soon tiktoc08

Soon available in hardcopy at City Books. Or Order on-line now.


Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Pe dymunwn olud bydol, Hedyn buan ganddo sydd; Golud calon lân, rinweddol, Yn dwyn bythol elw fydd. (If I wished for worldly wealth, It would swiftly go to seed; The riches of a virtuous, pure heart Will bear eternal profit.)

Calon Lan

27 July 1929 – 6 March 2007)

What next?

Monday, 18 October 2010

The Simulacrum is Dead

Welcome to the Desert of the Unreal: Second Life

Thursday, 7 October 2010


Ross Lydall:
Anish Kapoor's mirror sculptures in Kensington Gardens have been given 24-hour security costing the taxpayer an estimated £120,000.
For the next six month guards will stand beside stainless steel structures. Passers-by are being told not to touch or get too close. Dog-walkers must keep pets on leads to prevent them putting paw marks on the polished surfaces.
The public is not allowed to step on the plinth of one piece, C-Curve, to get the full effect of the huge concave mirror - unlike Kapoor when he unveiled the exhibition, Turning The World Upside Down, last week.
The security, present even when the park is shut, has been criticised as heavy-handed and detracting from the art. Kapoor wants to reflect the beauty of the "properly democratic" park's landscape and the sky, but many views are marred by guards' high-visibility jackets. Royal Parks is considering issuing them in "more subtle" colours. Officers are present even though one of the four sculptures - Sky Mirror, Red - is in the Round Pond, while another, Sky Mirror, is behind a steel fence.
The bill is being picked up by the Royal Parks Agency, a quango that gets £19 million a year in public funding. It refused to reveal the exact cost, claiming commercial confidentiality. But conservative estimates put it at more than £120,000 for the six months.
When two of the pieces were exhibited in Brighton last year, Kapoor wrote to the council with instructions on security. Artist Mocksim, who protested over the Brighton show, said art objects were rarely vandalised, "but ... if someone urinated in Marcel Duchamp's urinal in Tate Modern, that can be something you allow as a venting off.
"It seems rather pompous. This is the world we now live in - to show something is important you put a bunch of heavies around it." Audrey Simpson, who visited the sculptures, said she complained security was excessive compared with Brighton and a guard told her: "Brighton is not London."
A spokesman for the Serpentine Gallery, which is staging the exhibition with Royal Parks, said they had a "duty of care" to ensure the works' safety: "It is vital to ensure visitors can view it in its optimum condition. The main role of the security is to prevent impact from the many dogs in the park, as even light contact can damage their surface. The reflective surfaces have been achieved through many hours of polishing."
A Royal Parks spokeswoman said the five guards would be reduced to two at quieter times.

Sunday, 3 October 2010


I have decided not to use the flyers in the way I have been advised to by some of the wilder elements in my circle. This would be unkind to some people. And I like people.

The Matrix

The Matrix

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Tatlin's Tower rip-off

A worry about graffiti

"If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how, then, with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books, should be forbid. "

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

The same for Graffiti? Were the Active Wing wrong?

Tuesday, 28 September 2010


Beware the encrouchment. Phite the Philistines

Illustrators do not rock
rock musicians rock
until the last can of red stripe

Fight gritty realism
Fight Gangster / bling culture
until the last canopy green

Sunday, 12 September 2010


All art aspires to the condition of mathematics

Saturday, 11 September 2010

The State of 'Music'

M to S 2010.09.11 00:05 Fuck music
S to M 2010.09.11 07:04 Went to electric picnic last weekend.sooooo boring and square.all the music made of feel like an extra in an ad for student banking
M to S 2010.09.11 07:18 It's All empty and even then, not empty enough to be interesting. I'd prefer to listen to traffic
S to M 2010.09.11 07:21 Rock and roll is the new accountancy
M to S 2010.09.11 07:23 It is compulsory for middle class parents now to send their offspring to le 'mosh pit' while they take corporate clients or other dads to Reading or Glastonbury or
M to S 2010.09.11 07:25 'Where is the disruption and subversion in the new world?' Paul Morley
S to M 2010.09.11 07:30 Remember a few years back there was a spate of nordic types setting fire to parish halls and ridin beours on altars.thats the stuff!
M to S 2010.09.11 07:32 Yea. Maybe accountancy is the new rock and roll? People typing wrong numbers into spreadsheets and that kind of shit
S to M 2010.09.11 07:34 John waters said that he was grateful for being raised a catholic as it made having sex 'dirty' forever which was the best way to enjoy it.same for the old rock and roll.if your parents are not horrified and worried in your participition them it is probably no good
S to M 2010.09.11 07:41 all this bland music may lead to folk revival.turn off the out the windows,unsubscribe to music blog
M to S 2010.09.11 07:45 Lol. Or we all delete a certain spreadsheet entry simultaneously, say the contents of cell C5.
S to M 2010.09.11 07:49 Imagine this. . .mark knopfler on lead guitar,phil collins on drums,paul mccartney on bass bono on vocals.wild
S to M 2010.09.11 07:54 Scores of mondeos with pristine interiors parked out front

Friday, 10 September 2010

Paul Morley

Paul Morley spoke some sense tonight 11:00pm The Review Show BBC 2


"It is now compulsory for middle class parents to send their offspring to le 'mosh pit' while they attend Glastonbury or Reading. Festivals are the opium of the masses. Most music currently is pointless. MOC. "It's easy to sound good given what's already been done." PM . Not good enough though." Mocksim Also: IMMA AOR LINK

"Where's the disruption and subversion in the new world?", "It's easy to sound good given what's already been done." Cage sets the tone. Paul Morley

As young fellows pass us, playing guitars and vaguely singing, while we only mean to drink and chat. "I'm sick of music. You can't escape it" Dr. Jon Gilhooly

Monday, 6 September 2010

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Get ready for the fringe get ready!