Art exhibitions I visited in 2016 include:

Barbican: Strange and Familiar (curated by Martin Parr)
Barbican (Curve): Bedwyr Williams: The Gulch
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I attended the following events/meets/talks:

Electromagnetic Field
Sundown Demoparty
Nine Worlds

Amiga Power Reunion
Block Party 2016: The Teletext-Digi Festival

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Lists of some of the things I did in 2016 - Tube Walks, Open House Weekend, trees, Flâneurs challenges:

I attended the following tube walks:

118. Osterley - Boston Manor
119. Oxford Circus - Piccadilly Circus
120. Pimlico - Vauxhall
121. Pinner - North Harrow
122. Plaistow - Upton Park
123. Pontoon Dock - West Silvertown
124. Poplar - West India Quay
125. Queensway - Lancaster Gate

And also walked:
Rennes Metro Walk 1. Anatole France - Pontchaillou

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Moulin Huet Bay

I visited Guernsey.

I submitted a proposal for a musical ballpit (with [ profile] deathboy) to EMFCamp and had it accepted!

I played Ingress quite a lot, and therefore did a lot of walking. This was mostly because I started going to Ingress meets, met some cool people and made some new friends, and that motivated me to play more.

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Snowy trees

I had a wonderful holiday in Tromsø, Norway!

I learnt to cross-country ski, and actually glided down a hill! Wheee!

I watched the wing of a plane being de-iced by a robot arm.

I saw many humpback whales and a few orcas from a boat which sailed around the fjords, and found that the moment when a whale flips its tail up seemed magical.

I saw the aurora borealis and it was totally amazing! The sky glowed with swirls of white, tinted with green and pink, but in photos, it all looks more green and even more dreamy. The lights danced and twisted and twirled, and looked like dragons, a piano being played, ribbons, a laser beam, fireworks, and heaven. Oh, it was wonderful.

I managed to say my room number in Norwegian and be understood! Sju hundre og ti.

I walked to the beach, past pedestrian crossing signs which had pedestrians with wings, and around the coast, which was pretty and snowy, and I stared at the distant mountains.

I played on the swings in the most northerly botanic garden in the world, which was covered in deep snow.

I went snow-shoeing amongst snow covered trees and gosh, it all looked so pretty. The trees were bowed with the heaviness of the snow and the light was soft and pink and blue, and it seemed magical, wandering through the deep snow in the forest. The guide told us that hanging from the tree branches was troll hair, and gave us lefse to eat.

I was taken to a frozen lake, which was covered with a thick layer of snow, and in the distance I saw a reindeer, and in the sky, a brief appearance of the northern lights, a single streak that soon vanished. It was cold that night and my hair became frosty as I looked up at the stars. The snow glistened in the lights of my head lamp. Then, on the way back to Tromsø, the aurora borealis became visible again. "Bellissimo!" one of my fellow travellers repeated excitedly, "bellissimo!" And then, at about 4AM, when I returned to my hotel room, I saw a ship outside the window, the MS Trollfjord, but before I could photograph it, it sailed away.

I ate brown cheese.

One afternoon, in Tromsø, I walked across a bridge to get to the Arctic Cathedral, which was an interesting looking building.

I visited the Perspektivet Museum and saw an exhibition on The Believers, which had photos of people with faith, and objects, from different religions.

I caught another glimpse of the aurora borealis from a plane.

I walked from Osterley to Boston Manor, on a tube walk. We walked through Osterley Park, and then through another park where there were intriguing arrangements of stones. We also saw cows and horses. I tried a sip of strawberry pepsi at the pub afterwards. I also remember seeing a sign that said, "Only the M4 passing by overhead is a rude reminder of the modern world."

I went to the private view of Neoliberal Lulz: Constant Dullaart, Femke Herregraven, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion, and Jennifer Lyn Morone, and also Manfred Mohr: Artificiata II at the Carroll/Fletcher gallery. I remember staring at samples of different artificial gold products.

I attended Pub Standards.

I attended Kay's work hen do and drank ice-cream cocktails. We had to write embarrassing stories about ourselves and she had to guess who had written what. Mine was a fictional story about the time I got turned into an ostrich, but she managed to guess correctly anyway.

I visited the Riverside Gallery in Richmond and saw The Surgeon's Scalpel exhibition, by Haydon Williams, and enjoyed looking at the otherworldly pictures of trees.

I attended [ profile] darklily and [ profile] captainmcdan's wedding reception and ate cake, chatted to friends from NaNoWriMo, tried to avoid the plastic plant that kept trying to get me, and listened to [ profile] darklily sing beautifully. Congratulations to you both!

I stared at colourful and elaborate, but oddly still, mobiles in the Tate Modern, with my mum, at the Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture exhibition. We also admired the views from the roof garden at One New Change, and saw some of the Sculpture in the City exhibits - shoes made of copper, a structure made of many bicycles outside the Gherkin, and Damian Hirst's girl giant.

I went to Dorkbot and listened to talks on haptical feedback and biosensors in interactive dance, games such as Punch the Custard, DOOM piano, and Fabulous Beasts, and 3D printed sound sculptures, and papercraft electronics in schools.

I attended a focus group and watched people through a one way mirror.

I saw the Memepunks and danced until 4am at Club Antichrist with [ profile] doseybat.

I went to [ profile] pplfichi's birthday party.

I read How to make sense of any mess and attended UX bookclub and discussed it, as well as time travel and super powers.

I went to the Magical Lantern Festival in Chiswick with Monika and saw pandas, zebras, dragons, flowers, jellyfish, wine glasses, sphinxes, and phoneboxes, that were actually lanterns.

I ate bright green pandan cake at Coffee Geek and Friends.

I marched against the Trident with my mum, and then had coffee with my brother and sister-in-law.

I saw Little Ben, which had returned to outside Victoria Station, after a four year absence.

I had a fun birthday. I wore a captain's hat and played in a red, yellow and purple ball pit and ate creme egg toasties at the Creme Egg Cafe. Then went to Fed by Water and had a spanky and a tiramisex. (Spanky was a vegan pizza with sausage and portobello mushrooms, and tiramisex was vegan tiramisu.) Also, played games and had game themed cocktails at the Scenario Loading Bar. (Deus Ex on the Beach! Skyrum! Final Fantas-tea XV!) And I saw lots of my amazing friends at these places! An excellent day!
Sail away with me honey

(Photo of God's Own Junkyard.)

I started the year at N19, dancing with goths.

I went to Gingerline's Chamber of Flavours, with [ profile] deathboy and enjoyed the immersive dining experience.

I listened to Jeff Noon telling micro-stories and explaining aspects of Vurt, at an event organised by the British Science Fiction Association.

My mum and I basked in the neon glow at God's Own Junkyard. "Art is never finished, only abandoned," one sign said. We also visited the William Morris Gallery.

I had dinner with [ profile] doseybat at Inamo, a restaurant with projected interactive tables, that you can order food from, play games on, and change the tablecloth on. For dessert, I ate crème brulee with a strawberry and lemongrass soup.

At the V&A, one rainy Sunday in January, I looked at dreamy photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron, taken in the 19th century. I then wandered around the refurbished Japan Gallery, where they had a Hello Kitty rice cooker and some mobile phones, but luckily they also still have the netsuke. I went to say "hello" to the bats on the bowl that features in Russell Hoban's Bat Tattoo after that. Then I searched for the fountain of youth and found it depicted on an ivory comb.

I celebrated the Pembury Tavern's 10th anniversary and danced with [ profile] nicky_j.

One lunchtime I visited the ICA, and read a comic book in the art gallery, and watched a video with nude men in it.

I ate "Fairground favourites" chocolates and imagined what rollercoasters tasted like.

One week in January, I played in two different ball pits, one at the Museum of Happiness, and one oddly with a bunch of Facebook employees.

I had fun in Croydon, during [ profile] nou's Croydon Fun Weekend. I went on a pub crawl and learnt about the language of flowers. (A Christmas rose means, "tranquilise my anxiety".) I ate delicious food that [ profile] nou and team had cooked, including mashed yam, salt and pepper tofu, and mushroom pie.

I took a tram to Croydon for more Croydon fun:

A fox looked on as I drew a shopping trolley with tentacles. We were on a drawing tour, run by Turf Projects, standing in a car park next to the station, imagining what the canal might have looked like when it was still there. We then stood near to where a grand manor house stood, and with pencils and chalk, I drew the gas holder that was in the distance, surrounded by CCTV. The last stop on the drawing tour was outside where a cinema used to be, and I drew a cinema full of strange looking animals, watching a film.

[ profile] gnommi, Dave, Nick, [ profile] nickmurdoch, Emily, [ profile] sbp, [ profile] mikej_uk and I escaped from the Oubliette Escape Room with only 47 seconds to spare!

I ate white chocolate mash, mac & cheese with cacao nib pastry and salsify and other chocolatey things at Rabot 1745, a cocoa centric restaurant.

I visited the Museum of Happiness and played in a ball pit, danced at a silent disco, folded an envelope and a t-shirt in a mindful origami workshop, did a bit of colouring in and a drawing workshop which involved drawing aliens and rocking chairs. Drank coffee from the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. Ate okonomiyaki. Saw short films and art at the Zealous X festival, and looked inside a virtual reality house and apocalyptic scene using an Oculus Rift. Drank cedro soda and played board games at the Pembury with friends.

I ironed bubblewrap to make pendants for a necklace.

I went to the Greater London Linux User Group meet up.

I imagined flying cranes like kites and sung to myself, "let's go fly a crane, up to the highest plane."

I wandered around London at night with [ profile] fluffymark, [ profile] sbp, [ profile] verlaine and friends, looking at pretty light installations, which were part of the Lumiere Festival. A phone box was filled with fish, swimming around. Stick men danced on the front of a building and acted out computer games. Big glowing creatures floated above Oxford Street, sometimes wrapping their tentacles around spectators. An elephant appeared trapped in a building, above us, roaring.

I got a Laputa: Castle in the Sky voice activated necklace. It glows, and then when you say, "balus", it starts flashing and possibly destroying castles.

I made a 3-headed monkey out of hama beads.

I played Dancing Stage Disney Mix on the Playstation 2, and danced to songs such as Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah and Chim Chim Cher-ee.

I spent a lunch time rock spotting and spotted Merrivale granite, rosso verona, nero assuluto Zimbabwe, silver grey granite, zebra white, black pearl, Dakota mahogany granite, travertine, marina pearl lavikite, Graversfors granite, Cornish granite, Peterhead granite, Chinese juparana, verde maritaca, St Austell granite, Delabole slate, Storen granite, De Lank silver grey granite, Portland stone roach, Bath stone, Portland stone: whitbed, Tivoli travertine, Iddefjord granite, larvikite: emerald pearl.

I ate an ice-cream profiterole and stared at stalactites.


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