rebuild recompose rejoy

Fahr hin, fahr hin, mein Meidlein fein by dailylabel
21/06/2016, 13:40
Filed under: art, good wishes, itinaries of desire, review

Carson Chan’s comment of the venice architecture biennial dwells lengthily on the albanian pavilion. Seatings, songs and texts in specific language to remind of the long and never finished path migrants engage in. The pictures on design boom look great – and immediately remind me of the work done with Gilles Aubry in the Kunsthaus Langenthal in 2010, Das Dorf ist Teil der Stadt – The Village is Part of the City.


view of the albanian pavilion at venice biennale


view of the installation in the Kunsthaus Langenthal

It’s not about who did it first but rather to see parallel lines. We were invited to work on the notion of village. Rather than collection datas of the rural exodus and the desire of nature of city dwellers, we went through swiss folk song archive, looking for the motive. Leaving & coming back, the prospect of the new and the sadness of the left formed the main thematics. We edited a booklet of these songs, accompanied by pictures of cloudy skies and bits of roofs, and picked one to work out with a local choir. We recomposed it in order to make the text appear more clearer and estrange it also from its folkloric context. The viewer could dwell in the space as a singer or listener, listening to the composition and or browsing through the booklet.

While the pavilion provides texts by famous people made un-understandable for all non-albanian speakers performed by “the last” (like a disappearing species), we provided a re-reading of popular culture through and with its makers and performers, feeding it backing  to the very people it comes from, thus having to confront both our resistances. I won’t be able to deploy the whole process here. You can listen to the audio composition here.





full shelves by dailylabel
22/02/2012, 16:00
Filed under: art, joyful heterogenous culture, review, world news

While working on links between Langenthal’s industry and the world in which it sells its know-how, I couldn’t hold a smile coming up on the website solarindustries:

ground is also reading Reza Negarestani’s writing about earth-sun complex and the subject-as-focus or The-Modern-Man-and his traumas. Deepening, Widening them. Anything local is global. While the industry continues modelizing our world through any way of doing something:

It is all suspended on the waiting a catastrophe

although it has been told since long time

This huge familiarity with clips of all kind is in many ways all attempts of grounding something, of self-extracting, isolating and re-telling as an out-of-synchronized puppet something from a present without time.

The show curated by Thibault De Ruyter for the Club Transmediale on the Theme Spectral, “Ghosts off the Shelf”, gave me a something like a sensation of time, my time. And a part of it was nested in a technology. VHS. Unlike Gondry’s reassuring movie ‘Be kind, Rewind, the show touched with great caution an area of experimentation, how a technology and story-telling essays combine endlessly to join and make the local, I mean earthly, “Dark Matter” more and more consistent. A storm which reminded me the “Hans Schaudi Electromagnetic Experience” from 2002.

exploiting monuments by dailylabel
06/12/2011, 15:40
Filed under: art, resources, review

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”:

urbandigital by dailylabel
31/10/2011, 12:49
Filed under: itinaries of desire, my dear city, resources, review

On Nerdcore i got this add-on Tilt which sent me back to an old desire of an immersive Web,

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: 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.


A propos objects: Johnny mnemonic has become a pinball game, while I thought the comics The Invisibles would be a great story for a videogame.

by dailylabel
18/12/2010, 20:28
Filed under: joyful heterogenous culture, review, statement

Maria Nordman à Castillo Corales, cet après-midi. Quelle aubaine. Je vois des sculptures, des livres. Je rentre – et je peux les lire aussi, avec des gants. Soins et accessibilité. Je me rappelle la pièce en “dépôt” à Genève et l’effet que m’a fait cette pièce. Et puis cette histoire, pour une commande public, où elle demande de mesurer un terrain avec la portée de la voix.

Elle est là, je peux revenir pour la conférence de 15h. Je reviens, j’attends. Elle parle avec un couple, son public. Je les rejoins, je deviens aussi public. Accueil. Quelqu’un téléphone, on se resserre pour s’entendre. Et puis elle lit à haute voix avec son public les textes co-écrits de son intervention à Chartres. Spontanèment. Elle nous raconte des histoires: “It’s your christmas gift”. – comment une lettre a eu de l’effet … 20 ans après.
Le sérieux et l’enthousiasme me laisse penser à une piece en cours, elle s’appellera matter considered over suspended matter. Et puis je pense à la performance Soins Esthétiques, sur laquelle je dois revenir. La notion de public délimité y est au coeur.

Notes on Stephen Graham, Cities Under Siege by dailylabel
26/02/2010, 17:52
Filed under: good wishes, my dear city, review

These are the notes I took from a conference by Stephen Graham at the,  In/Visibility, Access and Urban Zoning Paris, May 30 – 31, 2009, which happened one year ago some streets away from my actual floating residency in Paris, before i’ll settle in the studio by the Cité des Arts in Montmartres.

Questions of mapping and their subjective possibilities interested me earlier (Bustour in Wien, Les Roncières, Europe Squares (Berlin-Calais), and the latest “Matters” series). Graham opens another dimension of mapping, critically working on the effect of the new information technologies and city control.

map by jeremy nemeth on manhattan

map by jeremy nemeth on manhattan

Here the raw notes:

  • military origin of digital techs
  • Ryan Bishop on the connection of global city network & revolution military affairs
  • Brian Holmes names it the “imperial infrastructure”
  • colonialism & surveillance (foucault_boomerang effect of experiance at borders being brought back into the metropolitan. For ex. the panopticon)
  • from the frontiers to the troublesome metropole
  • what is the asymetric relation? -> see S. Sassen’s conference
  • Battlespace: no defined battle front and permanent
  • new acronyms: military operations other than war = MOOTW
  • Alan Felman: moving to a division of safe and unsafe between circulation. new type of sovereignty emerges against “malign” mobility.
  • Richard Florida’s creative industry of US northwest now related by surveillanc tech. ind. as latest manifestation of the industrial-military-entertainment-complex
  • what does it mean for cities: merging of architecture of control with information sys of control. Passage-point urbanity
  • He finishes his talk by saying that despite the depressive content of his report, he notes that there are many self organized groups working on the issue and civil liberties.

abstraktion & theorie by dailylabel
21/02/2010, 15:51
Filed under: review, statement

Irgendwie ist Theorie und Abstraktion sehr gebunden, wenn man sie etymologische wieder zusammenstellt, was “beobachten” und “herausziehen von” sein kann. Ich denk mir das so dass in der Wahrnehmung kollektive Veränderungen stattfinden, da Wahrnehmung auch kulturell modalisiert ist. Und wenn solche Modalisierungen sich verschieben, dann gibt es immer mehrere Menschen die versuchen diese Verschiebung zu beschreiben und die nächste Modalisierung (die an diesem Zeitpunkt nicht festgelegt ist) zu antizipieren. Da findet auch ein Kampf statt. So ist Abstraktion nicht ein individuelles Delirium, sondern Ansätze diese verschiebung in der Wahrnehmung zu kollektivisieren, daher die stumme Ansprechlikeit die die Kunst haben kann.
Ich denke dass zb die Ausstellung les Immatériaux die Lyotard, u.a., in Paris in 1985 gemacht hat, einen klaren Versuch ist, die aktuelle Verschiebung zu modalisieren, formulieren und öffentlich zu machen.
Irrelevanz findet natürlich auch, wahrscheinlich oft, statt. Jedes Mal dass das kollektive in der eigene Subjektivität nicht in betracht genommen wird und im Garten des Eigenen sich verliert.

Involution ist ein Konzept das Deleuze in seinem Kurzen Text zu Foucault (Foucault ist der Titel vom Buch) nützt, und auch mit Guattari im Kapitel des Molekular-werden (1000platos). Für Sie ist die Frage so dass es kein grosses Aussen mehr gibt, aber das man das Aussen immer wieder im Inneren produziert, und so das innere unendlich vergrössert und überlappt. Es gibt keine Evolution, sondern eine unendliche Reihe von Lappungen, die unter verschiedenen Umständen auch wieder zu Licht kommen. Das habe ich versucht zu verfolgen mit Exologismen. Exologismen sind Schnittstellen die die Beziehungen zwischen Innen und Aussen modalisieren.