Randy Adams

Randy Adams (aka runran) – digital artist

Those who remember the trAce Online Writing Community (1995-2005) won’t have forgotten our fearless editor-at-large Randy Adams (aka runran). He was an indispensable part of the team, and an accomplished digital artist in his own right.

Randy died in 2014, way too soon, and is missed by many.  He was a man of contradictions – tough, spirited, and straight-talking, but endlessly kind, supportive, clever, and supremely talented. He always had time to help upcoming artists in the early years when the very notion of digital art and literature were too new to be taken seriously. We miss him a great deal.

His good friend and former colleague at trAce, the digital designer Chris Joseph, has recreated Randy’s blog  at https://remixworx.com/runran/site/ . The collection includes several of his early digital works, in addition to his writing, audio work and photographs. The bulk of Randy’s digital work is still available on the remixworx site he founded at https://remixworx.com/?cat=14 . Please visit and enjoy this fascinating collection.

Baba's Box
Baba’s Box: cloth-lined drawer from my grandmother’s travel trunk, rope, beeswax, rusted metal, burnt linen, manipulated/etched photographic print, tassles from iconostasis, cloth flowers gathered from cemeteries, cut-tin angel, star made from sardine tin, portion of a Christmas calendar, small granite rock, Christ medallion, red ribbon, spring. https://remixworx.com/runran/site/

Bringing the weather indoors #ophelia

Yesterday I spent the day in a weird world of weather.  Hurricane Ophelia barely touched Bournemouth, the seaside town where I live on the south coast of England, but what it did do was bring clouds full of sand from the Sahara Desert and dump some of it on my car.

It also filled the sky between me and the sun so, like many people across the UK, I passed the day in an eerie red-lit Martian world of dust and red light. Attached to this post is a picture of the view from my window that morning. It looks like the cover of a 1950s pulp SF paperback.  By noon the sun, still embedded in the pillow of dark sky, had turned deep deep orange We were all rather thrilled by this weather. We were physically safe where we were, but excited by this connection with something so much bigger than ourselves. What might this tell us in terms of biophilic design?

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