How to get on with this? I start with a basic statement by Gene Ray talking in Greece about how modernity is questioned by the coming biospheric meltdown (and nearly continued on josh fox’s Gasland. but didn’t have time for the whole now) I step back and try to get some definitions: Are we now in the anthropocene?
This gives a kind of horizon. Well it seems to at least. But then there is the twist. The thing that comes back in very unsettling way. There is no safe point of view. It’s bound to be collective at some point. I got interested in traumas, especially of war. Since Benjamin talking about the non-experience of war. I just watched this now (in german or french, but you can hear the o-voices in english in the background): Suicidistan – The war coming home. Bringing peace and meaning in an army …
The question of the trauma, the way our minds and bodies integrate the damage appears to be a central loci to explicit and adress as far as art is concerned with experience. How do we relate to these traumas and give them way out as much as ourselves. It’s a global concern in the most material and tangible way.
thanks to LBV I could just see what is going to be lost in less than 2 hours.
While in Geneva they finally found it. Or think they’ve found it. It’s not sure yet.
… do it again!
Cu in London on Saturday at Publish and Be Damned
(did Brecht say that?)
the drilling rig from Arnex, 1929, rebuilt on the Place Riponne, Lausanne, for the festival Les Urbaines, migrated in the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, and found a new form.
The opening of the groupshow 9=10 is Thursday, February 9th, 6.30pm.
On Thursday, April 26th, 8pm a performance / lecture will be held by Yves Mettler and Reza Negarestani (via video-conference) as the closing event for their writing collaboration.
Written as a serial publication since the beginning of Mettler’s installation, the text ‘Arnex-1: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Asphalt’ unfolds a psychoanalytical dialogue between the analyst Rig and the mysterious Patient O. Over seven psychoanalytical sessions schematizing the seven circles of hell, the dialogue unravels an aetiological examination of the memory of geological time as the twisted sum of traumatic scars left by the cosmological shock and contingent mobilization of capital. Art’s meticulous attention to the surface (landscape) parallels psychoanalysis’ dedicated focus on superficial phenomena as a means of dramatically bringing into focus transversal dynamics of depths otherwise invisible to the keenest of eyes.
Just come back from Jutta Koether’s show in Paris at Campoli Presti where she shows a series of “plank paintings” – calling for possible spaces, re-calling other spaces.
I want them not to be too far for what I started in Lausanne over the weekend with the reconstitution of a dilletant prospective oil rig built in Arnex, Switzerland in 1929 by an entrepreneur convinced by a water diviner.
The public intervention was part of the festival les Urbaines. It will be followed by a recomposition, performing the movement from the public urban space to the museum, in a groupshow to be opened in february 2012. This follows my interest about the sub-history of industrial infrastructures.
I was expecting to find some exciting spaces in the ParisGamesWeek held end of october, but got hardly thrilled by what I saw, although there would be a strange potential about these “landscapes”:
and applied it to my homepage. Look how the page appears as an object: – oooh i love this so much:
Who remembers Johnny Mnemonic surfing on the net? A quick search got me those 2 images, the second image bringing me back to the urban:
www.digitalurban.org/ the blog of Dr. Andrew Hudson-Smith is Director and Deputy Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). Another site to explore and position on my map of city related links.
By the way, I finished my master at EHESS, under the direction of Patricia Falguières, the mémoire analyses my past interventions on places called «Europe Square» in regard to participation and the relation of cities with Europe.
The mémoire problematizes the representation of cultural heterogeneity against notions like diversity or multiculturalism, showing that the national narration is still the core around which culture is organized. It is available here, but in french of course.
The mémoire also collected and analyzed the exhaustive list of «place de l’Europe» in France, creating a visual material or vocabulary of space arrangement yet to be activated in upcoming interventions working on situated cultural heterogeneity.
well next time
in the mean time, there is the new place to feel like a cow watching train passing, or a cyclist on a highway bridge watching the traffic flow. But this time from home: Wach Air Traffic Live.
As I occupy my residency in Paris with my family, I have to leave home and work outside, like in my first year in Vienna! And I rediscover one of the gems of democracy, public city libraries. “Mine” is behind the Mairie du 18ème, Clignancourt. Exploring the arrondissement, I hope to find the garden of ECObox, created by AAA some years ago, which i referenced already – without knowing their extended european network.
Working While Walking, an interesting alternative to the www, and nicely put together by Robert Walser in Der Spaziergang, which I finally read while researching for my show to come in Langenthal, exploring the question of villages in a country totally colonized by urban culture (a term debated here in Paris, but i’m not sure sociology is the best approach to this). What’s up with all those small cities that basically gather more people than the big but few megalopoles around the globe (introduction of la violence des villes, Yves Pedrazzini), where fashion finds its most generic translation.
Ragout Alba la Provençale
This is not a discovery from some nice french restaurants in Paris but taken from The Molecular Invasion by CAE, in the appendix 1, “Betty Crocker 3000 Presents Food for a Hungry World”, a book I was happy to find in the most packed secondhand bookshop in Paris, Le Regard Moderne.
so, back to the recipe:
GFP rabbits are beeing raised in select labs that will not release them into the wild but might sell them to enterprising cooks for a special banquet (this menu introduces the public to Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). It is derived from jellyfish genes, and has the characteristics of fluorescent green when exposed to UV or blue light. It is frequently used as marker to detect genetically transformed cells in crops. GFP has no knownallergenic or toxic properties in humans, and should appear more and more in our diet. Hit up your scientist friends or molecular biology students for some of the ingredients that are not yet available in your supermarkets.
1 GFP stewing rabbit cut into chunks (~3 pounds). Marinate the rabbit in a mixture of wine, vinegar, olive oil, mashed garlic, a bay leaf, and a pinch of thyme for 4 hours.
2 cups canned chicken broth
2 cups each choppe onions, carrots, celry and red ripe tomatoes
1/2 cupe chopped GFP parsley
In an oven-proof casserole layer the chopped vegetables with a piece of marinated rabbit. Pour broth over the top. Cover tightly and bake in a medium hot oven for 3-4 hours. Arrange on a platter surrounded by green mahed potatoes. Sprinkle generously with GFP chopped parsley for maximum fluorescence.
Suggestion: Serve the dinner under UV lights to enjoy the full effect of its glow.
(Cost estimate: GFP rabbit and other ingredients free to participating biotech families)
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BNA-BBOT – Bruxelles nous appartient –
As the world moves on, whirling in absurdity, theory offers an approach providing a way out of direct confrontation by analysing and contextualizing topics immanent in day to day life, yet for some more abstract than for others. Nevertheless, sometimes one finds oneself more engaged on an emotional level. The desire increases to grasp in order to satisfy mind and soul and body equally. Artistic strategies – condensing perception, abstraction and immediacy – present opportunities to sit back and receive a message that can possibly change perspectives onto circumstances.
Dialogue and siftings from Portland, Oregon focusing on landscape architecture, sustainable urbanism, vegetated architecture, urban agriculture, living walls, green roofs, ecological planning and landscape urbanism theory.
l’organisation d.u.M.s a décidé de mener plus loin ses réflexions sur l’aménagement du temps sans pour autant entrer dans une étude théorique complexe.
F.A.D. is the work of Brett Milligan in open collaboration with other entities. F.A.D. explores landscape and urbanism through a range of writings, experiences and research methods. F.A.D. is interested in the productive mixing of diverse streams of urbanism: regional in contrast to international, abstract and speculative in comparison to lived experience. Free Association Design is currently based in Portland Oregon.
raumlaborberlin began working on the issues of contemporary architecture and urbanism in 1999. in various interdisciplinary working teams we investigate strategies for urban renewal. raumlabor does urban design, architectural design, build, interactive environments, research.
raumlaborberlin ist eine gruppe für architektur und städtebau. projektbezogen arbeiten raumlaborberlin mitglieder mit spezialisten anderer professionen zusammen, das raumlaborberlin ist genreübergreifend und arbeitet interdisziplinär. Neben Architekturaufgaben beschäftigen wir uns auch mit Städtebau, Aktion, Landschaftsarchitektur, Gestaltung des öffentlichen Raumes und künstlerischen Installationen. Die Hauptthemenfelder sind entsprechend: öffentlicher raum, städte in transformation, die grenzen von öffentlich und privat.
PROGRAM is a nonprofit project aimed at testing the disciplinary boundaries of architecture through collaborations with other fields. Initiated in 2006 by Carson Chan and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, PROGRAM provides a discursive platform for artists, architects, critics and curators to explore ideas through exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures, and residencies. PROGRAM intends to enrich and broaden our definitions of architecture, and to challenge traditional, domesticated modes of architectural practice and representation. Developing each project independent of an overarching agenda, PROGRAM is striving to diversify the ways we understand and make architecture. Central to our project is to engage the discourse with emerging creative processes that activate the space between pure theoretical research, professional praxis and architecture’s social role.
Occupying the ground level of former Russian Hotel Newa PROGRAM’s location in Berlin includes an exhibition space, offices, a reading room, studio spaces, and a residency.