Wednesday 15 July 2015

A Beaten Earth Floor

Image: Torre Abbey c 1900 (from the Cary collection, 1900-1930, courtesy Torre Abbey)

Wednesday 8 July 2015

late 14c., "liable to change," from Latin mutabilis "changeable," from mutare "to change," from PIE root *mei- "to change, go, move" (cf. Sanskrit methati "changes, alternates, joins, meets;" Avestan mitho "perverted, false;" Hittite mutai- "be changed into;" Latin meare "to go, pass," migrare "to move from one place to another;" Old Church Slavonic mite "alternately;" Czech mijim "to go by, pass by," Polish mijańá "avoid;" Gothic maidjan "to change"); with derivatives referring to the exchange of goods and services as regulated by custom or law (cf. Latin mutuus "done in exchange," munus "service performed for the community, duty, work").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper



American Psychological Association (APA):

mutability. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved July 08, 2015, from website:

 Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

mutability. Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. (accessed: July 08, 2015).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"mutability." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 08 Jul. 2015. <>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):, "mutability," in Online Etymology Dictionary. Source location: Douglas Harper, Historian. Available: Accessed: July 08, 2015.

BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

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Monday 8 June 2015

The Breach

Image: 'How Artists Work' Corridor, Torre Abbey, 3 photographs, documentation for HLF bid Phase l c2004/5
Sound: Recorded in the Learning Lab, May 2015

Monday 1 June 2015



the state or fact of lasting only for a short time; transitoriness
"the transience of life and happiness"
synonims: temporariness, transitoriness, impermanence, brevity, briefness, shortness, ephemerality, short-livedness, momentariness, mutability, instability, volatility; literary evanescence; rare caducity, fugitiveness

"the transience of life on earth"

[Google search: 'transience']

Image: Interior, Torre Abbey, documentation for HLF bid Phase 1 c.2004/5, mobile phone photograph of monitor screen
Sound: recorded Torre Abbey, February 2015

Saturday 30 May 2015


"A common language that conveys the complex reality of current social and cultural values–ethical, aesthetic, scientific and technological–remains a constant concern for those in charge of transmitting a message to society, particularly in the field of museology."

from 'Key Concepts of Museology'  The World Museum Community

Tuesday 7 April 2015