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Posted on: 23 September 2015 by John

 

John Shipman invites you to The Great Journey of a Lifetime

The Great Journey of a Lifetime: Hold onto the Rope — an independent Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto 2015 installation suitable for all ages presented by John Shipman and the Department of Household Sciences & Advanced Proverbs — on 3 October at St. Matthew's United Church, 729 St-Clair Avenue West.

Invitation · Joy Shipman

Just delivered & ready to braid

Posted on: 6 September 2015 by John

 

Delivered earlier this week: 600 feet of 1.5-inch line on a four-foot high reel for The Great Journey of a Lifetime's ten decades-long, braided and knotted StoryRope — photos and more here.

Kumihimo braiding videos on YouTube

Posted on: 19 August 2015 by John

 

To see / learn more about kumihino braiding, start with this three-minute Michael Cook video (in Japanese).

Braiding StoryRopes

Posted on: 10 August 2015 by John

 

 

John Shipman, story rope cards for The Great Journey of a Lifetime (in process), July 2015

Work-in-progress · Selecting texts for the cards hanging from The Great Journey of a Lifetime's ten-decade, 100-metre long StoryRope (2015).

A quick update: The Endless Proverb (the book)

Posted on: 28 July 2015 by John

 


The Endless Proverb by John Shipman, 2013-2015

The Department of Household Sciences & Advanced Proverbs is pleased to announce its inaugural publication — an illustrated, 300-page first edition of The Endless Proverb, the ten-hour, 10,000 line-long sentence constructed from proverbs from around the world by John Shipman as part of his participatory Nuit Blanche 2013 installation, Ten Models of the Universe — will be available later this summer.

To reserve / order your copies, please contact John.

ISBN: 978-0-9939789-0-6
5.25 x 9 inches
300 pages

Draft pages 58–59 with illustrations by Joy Shipman, 2013-2015

Dried Beans Models of the Universe

Posted on: 1 November 2014 by John

 

John Shipman, Seven Bean Chili and Bean Sort Models of the Universe, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014
4 October 2014 was — by the numbers — a happy night with

  • 650 pounds of soy beans and seven dried beans models of the universe
  • 500 cups of seven bean chili served
  • 165 mini bean bags filled and sewn
  • Three Orca beans found again and again
  • The Bean Bath emptied and filled again and again and again by volunteers and visitors
  • Seven Beanets spotted through lensless telescopes
  • Seven Beansticks sounded
  • Bean Star played
  • And, a table-top dried bean model of the universe made over 12 hours by an estimated 600 visitors.

For more, go to the project page for Dried Beans Models of the Universe.

The Endless Proverb · The book

Posted on: 31 October 2014 by John

 

John Shipman, Department of Household Sciences & Advanced Proverbs logoThe Department of Sciences & Advanced Proverbs is pleased announce the Summer 2015 publication of the print version of John Shipman's The Endless Proverb Model of the Universe, the ten-hour long, ten thousand line-long sentence constructed from proverbs from around the world as presented as part of Ten Models of the Universe (2013).

To become a subscriber or for more info, please contact John.

Hear, taste, make and submerge yourself…

Posted on: 22 September 2014 by John

 

John Shipman, invitation to Dried Beans Models of the Universe, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014 2014
Come hear, taste, make and submerge yourself in Dried Beans Models of the Universe from the Department of Household Sciences & Advanced Proverbs on Saturday, 4 October 2014 from 6:53 pm to sunrise at St. Matthew's United Church, 729 St. Clair Avenue West.

Graphic: Joy Shipman

New conversations about the universe

Posted on: 23 June 2014 by John

 

The relationship between science and the arts is fraught. Because the abstract mathematical language of theoretical physics intrigues and repels non-scientists we sometimes forget that astrophysicists also talk about peanuts. How can art bring forward a playful storytelling that includes all of us in conversations about the universe?

The Department of Household Sciences & Advanced Proverbs uses the methods of the kitchen, the basement workshop, and backyard play to nourish human understanding through touching, hearing, tasting, seeing and making.

Come explore ten hands-on models of the universe — search for the seven beanets of Beanetary System, play the giant bean-star game, take a bean bath, sound the bean rainsticks, taste seven bean chili, sew a bean bag — at my ninth independent project for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto, Dried Beans Models of the Universe from the Department of Household Sciences & Advanced Proverbs, at St. Matthew's United Church, 729 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto on 4-5 October.