London Dada Work No. 890; Hypno Pool

Hypno Pool
Hypno Pool
Michael St.Mark 2016

One of a vertically-formatted photographic triptych taken of Regents Park Canal surface, immediately post heavy rain shower.
(Accompanying Video Version 890V )

Hypno Pool collage



” Our brief lives, like concentric waves expanding outwards from the drop of birth, until they again fade and join with the eternal infinite pool ” – M. St.M

A Merry Dada White Christmas to All

Re-post from 2007 by our dastardly clever direct art action artist Art Axis and equally applicable 9 years on, where no one in the UK today is waking up to a White Christmas, courtesy of an exceptionally mild SW airstream covering the entire British Isles.


he can memorize the bible back to front.
OTHERS, that he’s the grandson of Marcel Duchamp who was adopted by Salvador Dali as a child….

All we know is …. he’s called ART AXIS, our resident direct action Dada artist and he wants to not wish but give you all a Merry DADA White Christmas, in probably the only place in the entire UK this year, courtesy of 10 X 5 litres of a well-known brand of washing up liquid poured into Sudbury municipal fountain at 6am this very Xmas eve morn. A strong to gale force westerly blew the huge suds tumbling through the town, causing major hilarity and traffic disruption among the feverish last-minute Xmas shoppers..:yes::))

( Larger pics are click-thru enlargeable again )


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Fairy Liquid snowball fight anyone?

white christmas 2DWC10

Oh what fun it was to ‘vandalize’ a stuffy local authority water feature..

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He’s dreaming of a white Christmas – but like one you’ve never known

All photos copyright Art Axis 2007


A more recent Art Axis Dada protest Work; Tate Modern Transition ( 2016 )


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London Dada Work No. 889; KCO3 ( Off the Back of an Art Lorry )

art off the bacl of an art lorry
KCO3 ( Off the Back of an Art Lorry)
c. Dingo 2016

Builders’ scaffolding planks stacked on a serendipitously number-plated flatbed truck; Whetstone, N. London.
Cropped photograph ( derived from image below – check the number plate 🙂  )

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Art off the back of a lorry
Click to enlarge the plate


London Dadaist Dingo – ” Seeing / Putting the Extra in the Ordinary ” TM
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Solstice Sunset, re-post from 2011

(Solstice Sunset ) The Shortest Day
c. Michael St.Mark; Dec 21st 2011
Something for the record – sunset on the winter solstice.
Trent Park, Cockfosters N. London

( Part-solarised digitally manipulated photograph )

solstice sunset 2
The Shortest Day II
un-solarised version

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Work No. 888; Sir Tim Berners-Lee; progressively pixelated triptych

The out-and-out British genius that is Sir Tim Berners-Lee; the inventor of the World Wide Web, in progressive pixelation / multi-stage SFX triptych format. Surprisingly, one of the first, if not the first, rendition of Sir Tim’s features broken down into digitized info’ form, that is the very basis of his incredible world-changing creation.

Work 888; Sir Tim Berners Lee progressive pixellation ( Triptych )

Work 888; Sir Tim Berners Lee progressive pixelation ( Triptych )

c. Michael St.Mark 2016

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The Killing Time

the killing time

An annual re-post. Cutout & keep / send-to-your-compassionless compulsive -carnivore-chums  Christmas card ( Work 233 from 2011 )

Photo c. Michael St.Mark 2009


BERNARD MATTHEWS Guardian report.

” ..The main slaughterhouse is in the plant, which also houses its butchering and deboning facilities. Inside, there are many sights that are not for the faint-hearted.

At 6.30am every day the first turkeys arrive by lorry for slaughter, and are taken straight into a “lairage” or holding area. After being “settled” under dim blue lights that create artificial darkness, they are carried, in the crates they were delivered in – like chests of drawers – along a conveyor belt before being lowered into the unit in which their short lives will come to a swift and painless end.

Controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) renders the birds unconscious within 10 seconds due to lack of oxygen; two minutes later they are dead (?)
the killing time


The freshly killed ( ? ) still-feathered turkeys then start on a highly mechanised process during which they are scalded, plucked, eviscerated, decapitated, trussed, packaged and labelled…

First, the birds’ feet are turned to point the same way before they are shackled and raised up onto a mechanised line that takes them on their journey to becoming a “turkey product”. The two main arteries in their necks are cut by hand and the blood drained, before they are sent towards the automated plucking machines, which extract the feathers with Wallace-and-Gromit style “rubber fingers”. The unpleasant smell that permeates the air comes from the damp feathers, but staff apparently get used to it… ”

Abattoir workers playing “Boot the Turkey

” People would be horrified if they saw the reality of factory farms. You cannot describe the environment. They should think about the conditions these animals live in not to mention their own health before buying or indeed consuming factory-farmed meat products.”

 * UPDATE DECEMBER 16th 2016. Large scale Bird Flu outbreak confirmed in Turkeys on Lincolnshire factory farm

”  ” Go Nut Roast this Christmas; you know it makes health sense – for you and the birds “


Links to Work No. 544; Peppa Pig Advent Calender – countdown to slaughter.

” Dada is essentially the search for a new morality ” – Richard Huelsenbeck

The Ageist Turner Prize / The Green Dada Protest Pennies


Top; Rain, Steam and Speed, lower left; The Fighting Temeraire and right; Snow Storm

In an age where racism and sexism in art and elsewhere has become a virtual hanging matter, the blatant annual ageism event that is the Turner Prize doesn’t appear to bat an art establishment / national museum director or mainstream media eyelid.

Art Axis 2016

The Under 50s Turner Prize, this year back at Tate Britain again – discriminating against older artists of every race and color since 1984
London Dada – campaigning against the ageist TP since 2006

* UPDATE Summer 2017; Turner Prize directors finally shamed into abandoning the grotesque UNDER-50s rule for shortlisted entrants after 10 years of protest by London Dada.
As far as we’re aware no other artist or group of artists bothered to publicly denounce or protest this anachronistic and preposterous rule. Perhaps an indication of how the grip of fear of harming career prospects by speaking out is predominating over making morally-based protests – or even voicing them – among UK artists.
How shameful the state of UK art !


At last, finally, a morally-motivated artwork of true perception and protest in line with Dada’s original spirit as expressed by Hugo Ball; gets nominated for the Prize – but will the judges go against their own self-serving play-safe don’t-rock-the-political-boat grains and have the moral backbone to award it the top spot it richly deserves?
* UPDATE 6th December
No is, of course, the blunt answer; the terminally safe polished imitation Schwitters/Merz art of Helen Martens wins through. No self-respecting TP judge would dare risk his/her personal little career apple cart and future royal gong hopes by plumping for an artwork that comments at all perceptively or critically on the grim situation predominating in large parts of the UK today, such as..


The work (United Kingdom poverty line for two adults and two children: twenty thousand four hundred and thirty six pounds sterling, by Michael Dean [39] ) consists of £20,436 in pennies. This is the amount of money the government states is the minimum that two adults and two children need to survive for a year in the UK. When installing the work, Dean removed one coin, meaning that now the money you see before you is one penny less than the poverty line.

AF; representing a time-honoured ageist as well as elitist glass-ceilinged institution.
One green bottler TP judge chair sitting on the fence… knows which side his career bread’s buttered on. Guarding well against accidental falls into career-limiting approval of art showing any degree of perceptive criticism of the hard times we live in, plays a large part in how these one-dimensional jobsworths rise to be annointed directors of the nation’s politically-driven art institutions.

Tate Protest

The Green Protest Pennies from Dada Heaven

Video; Light Work No. 891V; Raising Tate 1p Above the Art Poverty Line


“An Unfortunate and Untimely Connotation with the Anti-Christian Inverted Crucifix in Satanic lore.”

“On Thursday the Tate Modern in London revealed one of its 2016 holiday installations in the form of an upside-down Christmas tree that stretches through 3 floors of the central staircase ”
inverted tate christmas tree

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