Nice photos of the Swedish Underground

Posted: 2010-06-16 22:54   |  More posts about architecture art design

Plenty of photos here.


Innovative Art

Posted: 2010-04-30 14:36   |  More posts about architecture art berlin design german language

Torstrasse 166 is an artists' space in Berlin. One artist's work which really stood out to me was that of Chiharu Shiota, displayed above and below. Here is a rushed translation of some text from her part of the website:
Chiharu Shiota (b. 1972, Osaka) studied with Marina Abramovic and Rebecca Horn and has lived in Berlin since 1999. Her work has been shown in important exhibitions, museums and film festivals across the world, including the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, National Museum of Modern Art Tokio [sic?], P.S.1/MoMA New York and the biannual film festivals in Kwangyu, Yokohama, Lyon and Fukuoka. In 2008 she was awarded with the most prestigious Prize of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan. ... The power and energy of Chiharu Shiota's installations fascinate and unsettle simultaneously. Fears and nightmares are packed into her works. Indeed it is the poetry, the aesthetic allure of her work which captivates the observer. In earlier installations, Shiota encased herself in black wool, like a cocoon. She slept in exhibitions, trapped in her webs of wool which form an impenetrable bush between a bed and the walls.

Brandon Shigeta, on the other hand, had a new exhibition in February entitled Skate & Destroy, which showcased objects made from old skateboard decks. Here you can view a full flickr album of photos of the event:

And Scott Burnham has some interesting ideas on the role of urban art and the need for it:

If we were to consider the dialogue of design in the same way we do the linguistic development of a culture’s language, then just as informal street-level vernacular has innovated and filled in the gaps of a culture’s formal language, the street has as well developed its own vernacular to fill the gaps in the city’s formal design. This new street-level language of design – non-commissioned, non-invited interventions in the urban landscape – transforms the fixed landscape of the city into a platform for a design dialogue.

Ideas supported by photos of works of urban art which, as Burnham puts it, "are more than simply creative play in the streets – they signal a new aesthetic correspondence between the individual and the physical city":

In descending order: work by Roadsworth (Montreal), Gualicho (San Jose), TR853-1 (Singapore).


New discoveries

Posted: 2010-02-25 16:21   |  More posts about architecture computers design internet oddities

This was posted on reddit today. I agree entirely with the poster's sentiment: interesting links on reddit are, more often than not, not links to the gateway of a whole website of interesting stuff. When they are links to a website's front page, it's generally a very narrow, single-purpose website that is quickly forgotten about. Hopefully, the poster's subreddit -- apparently yet to be made -- will be a success.

In any event, having gone through the blog-post he had linked I decided to share some of my new discoveries here myself:

  • Building Maker: A Google app I was unaware of, which lets you add the 3D element to Google Maps. For all bored architects out there (since this is just what they want to be doing in their time off.)
  • Ikea Hacker: Neat stuff done with bog-standard Ikea furniture.
  • Strange Maps: A blog of, well, old and interesting maps. I don't know if I'd go as far as to say strange...
  • Newseum: The front pages of newspapers from 78 countries around the world.
  • Cooking For Engineers: This one reminded me of my father, a pragmatist who insists on weighing pasta before cooking it, in order to make sure he'll be doling out the correct amount. Nothing wrong with approaching cooking as a science, as opposed to an art!
  • An excellent idea for a website. This one tells you which keys you need to press in order to get an actual human operator on the line when calling a large company, saving you the time of listening to and trying to interact with a computerised system.
  • Another great idea -- a repository of PDF documents such as old technical manuals, academic texts, and so on.

I feel I must write a disclaimer, saying I haven't used or read these sites extensively, having just discovered them a few hours ago, but from first impressions they do look like they deserve a bookmark.


Detroit and other examples of urban decline

Posted: 2010-02-23 11:42   |  More posts about architecture art decay derelict detroit gentrification photography urban.decline

The photo above is from a short photoseries in Time magazine, the title of which is "Detroit's Beautiful, Horrible Decline." Below are a few photos from another, much longer series by 7 different photographers who state:

Detroit is one of the most visually interesting cities in the world however it is also one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented cities. This group of photographs illustrates what contemporary Detroit artists have been doing in regards to developing an understanding and appreciation for this complex and diverse city from street portraits of the “survivors” to the landscapes of wild new growth to the industrial leftovers.

You can view the full series here.

I also came across a German blogpost entitled, "The beauty of a city's downfall," which features photos from all over the world of derelict buildings and cities decaying.


Clearing the backlog

Posted: 2010-02-22 18:49   |  More posts about architecture art design music oddities photography

Some of these links have been sitting in my Gmail Notes a year now, and I've become sick of looking at them. A few of them I'd planned on leaving for when I had time to adequately address their theme and topic in a proper blog-post, but I've realised that's not going to happen any time soon. So:



More tricks with projectors

Posted: 2009-11-13 07:55   |  More posts about architecture art

One of my earliest blog posts was a video of a building in San Francisco being "painted" by projectors. It seems the technology of 3D modelling is advancing by leaps and bounds -- here is a video of a paper church being modelled with just a webcam and some advanced software -- and I just came across another video of more buildings being played with by projectors.

Some really impressive 3D effects in this one: spheres of light passing in and out of the buildings; flags being unfurled and waving in the wind, casting their shadows on the building; water gushing down from above.

A must-see.

Projection on Buildings from NuFormer Digital Media on Vimeo.


Fleet Foxes: Un concert a emporter

Posted: 2009-10-11 17:32   |  More posts about architecture art music oddities videos

The Fleet Foxes play Sun Giant and Blue Ridge Mountains in an abandoned wing of the Grand Palais, Paris. Recorded in May 2008.

Slightly dodgy camera-work (did the cameraman really need to stand so close to them?) made up for by the music itself.


Abandoned cities

Posted: 2009-06-01 12:58   |  More posts about architecture oddities photography

Thanks to padraiq for sending me this: there are some lovely photos on of Gukanjima, an island off the west coast of Japan which was home to a thriving coal mine. In the 70s, the mine was closed down and the island deserted, leaving this chaos behind:


This also happens to tie in with Wikipedia's featured picture of the day: Mane St [sic] of Pioneertown, "an unincorporated and inhabited town built in 1946 as a TV and film set by, among others, Roy Rogers. The town was designed to provide a place for the actors to live while simultaneously having their homes used as part of the set."

This is a dangerous page to visit, as it'll inevitably lead to a list of ghost towns, such as Bodie, California:


And Kayaköy, Turkey:


And by the time you've read about them all, the day is spent. Good work!

If not, then here are some extra, related wiki rabbit-holes for you to bound down:

Urban Exploration [and some extra photo galleries at undercity]

Urban Decay Squatting


Jan Vormann's Legowelt

Posted: 2009-05-21 12:22   |  More posts about architecture art berlin germany oddities

Jan Vormann goes around Berlin, patching up war-time holes with Lego.


Head over to the Jarmuschek exhibition space for more info, and this Jorymon blogpost for more pictures.


Tricks with projectors

Posted: 2009-04-28 11:06   |  More posts about architecture art

An old mint in downtown San Francisco "painted" by seven perfectly mapped high-definition projectors. The result is pretty neat.

Now, back to the thesis..