What if…

… we were meant to create a whole exhibititon around Five Tetrahedra? This was today’s task in our Collections Curatorship Class. In the course of a short and very efficient brainstorming the fivetetrehedra team came up with the following introductory text for its “quasi-exhibition”: Five Tetrahedra, a letterpress print by Chris Crabtree (b. 1943), is an experimentation.  … Continue reading

Science Museum Field Trip

An early morning trip to the Science Museum proved to be very informative and useful, and who doesn’t like the Science Museum?! We went to the second floor to look at the exhibit that shows the history of the computer and while were there, we found a display that explained the form of the Tetrahedron … Continue reading

A “Supercomputer”

During our meeting with Crabtree, we were discussing the first ‘supercomputers’.  Here is an example of one of the first super computers, built between 1950 and 1954. Reproduced from: Jürgens, C. M., 2009. The Digital Print: A complete Guide to processes Identification and preservation. London: Thames & Hudson.

John Crabtree Day

This morning we had our first meeting with the artist of “Five Tetrahedra” Mr John Crabtree, and what a pleasure it was.  He was informative, insightful, happy to discuss the work and still enthusiastic about many areas including technology and current affairs.  He spent almost two hours with us answering our questions and happily discussing … Continue reading

Progress Meeting

Yesterday we met with course tutor Marilena, for a progress meeting. Having now secured a meeting with the artist Chris Crabtree for tomorrow (22 Feb), we talked about the possibility of recording our chat with him, with a dictaphone for example. We also talked briefly about how to bring all our research together into its … Continue reading


Sabrina has been great at keeping notes throughout our meetings. I’ll upload them as we go along, and tag them in a minutes category so we have a record of what has been said and done when we meet. Above are the minutes from our past meeting, on 19th Jan.

Some images…

During our last meeting at the Strang Print Room, curator Andrea Fredericksen kindly took out all the works by Chris Crabtree held by UCL. We had a good look at his other prints; some similar in style and technique to Five Tetrahedra, but also some very different works. Chris was obviously a talented artist with … Continue reading

Research Progress Meeting

Met with Marilena (Course Coordinator) today to discuss initial ideas and possible avenues for research. Each of us has taken on a specific research theme to investigate: Chris Crabtree’s biography, the goings on at the Slade in the 1970s, development of computer technologies and the techniques involved in the production of the print. We also … Continue reading