Saturday, 23 January 2010

How To Change Behaviour (Tiny Masters Of The World Come Out)

Mark Titchner’s art explores the tensions between the different belief systems that inform society, be they religious, scientific or political.

His sculptural installations are provocative hybrids that often combine new technologies with old techniques. For instance, How To Change Behaviour (Tiny Masters Of The World Come Out) 2006 uses a computer designed billboard alongside hand-chiselled quasi-magical contraptions. Titchner presents conflicting ideologies and outmoded ideas without mockery or cynicism, allowing the viewer to form their own conclusions. In so doing, his installation questions both our blind faith in science and our obedience to authority. (from

Mark Titchner Turner Prize installation, 2006
Photo from Turner Prize 2006 exhibition at Tate Britain. Photo: Sam Drake and Mark Heathcote
© Tate 2006

A story of how a love can be

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Friday, 22 January 2010

Her Morning Elegance / Oren Lavie

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Park[ing] Project

Park[ing], by REBAR, an open-source interdisciplinary collaborative group of creators, designers and activists based in San Francisco, investigates the reprogramming of a typical unit of private vehicular space by leasing a metered parking spot for public recreational activity.

"We identified a site in an area of downtown San Francisco that is underserved by public outdoor space and located in an ideal, sunny spot between the hours of noon and 2 pm. There we installed a small, temporary public park that provided nature, seating and shade. Our goal was to transform a parking spot into a Park[ing] space, thereby temporarily expanding the public realm and improving the quality of the urban human habitat - at least until the meter ran out."(from Space craft:fleeting architecture and hideouts )

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The paraSITES by American artist Michael Rakowitz are custom-built inflatable shelters designed for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building's heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. The warm air leaving the building simultaneously inflates and heats the double membrane structure. The paraSITES were distributed to over 30 homeless people in Boston and Cambridge, MA and New York City.(from Space craft:fleeting architecture and hideouts )

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Tree Tents

Tree tents are designed by Dre Wapenaar who is a Rotterdam-based artist whose primary medium is tents - environments designed to shape encounters, whether between individuals or for large groups.

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Soft Clinic

Soft Clinic by the Canadian Bakerygroup was designed for a mobile AIDS/HIV clinic competition organized by Architecture for Humanity-a charitable organization that promotes architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises. Soft Clinic is a fully integrated, folding tensile structure and self-contained tented enclosure.

The central core of the clinic is used for transportation, storage of equipment, utilies and the tensile enclosure. Minimal cost and ease of fabrication were the principal design criteria. The underlying idea of the Soft Clinic was to develop a structure that could be easily assembled with locally available materials and skills such as fabrics and sewing. The design of the Soft Clinic does not require and special tools or a difficult setup process. Hardware and joinery are simplified by using flexible tubing.(from Space craft:fleeting architecture and hideouts)

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Monday, 18 January 2010

Swing on the Subway

The tube carriage is no longer known as the place help people to get their destinations, but as a relaxing space which can make people happy in the woman's eyes.

Temporary Architecture: A Palio Dinner by Brandon Thomas Baunach

This example transforms a city street into a dining room for thousands with light, tables, sounds, colors, flags, and people. And although Siena has a natural and man-made beauty that transcends this temporary architecture of the Palio Dinner, I would argue that the temporal experience of the dinner is the basis for falling in love with the city of Siena. The event is fleeting and only a memory, and it’s this intense memory of civic transformation that truly creates the lasting impression of a city rather than it’s day to day stasis.

Temporary architecture also helps resolve what is really important for inhabitation. Is the importance of space derived from a static building’s material quality or sculptural aesthetics? I would say no, and that these qualities only augment an architectural experience which is more based on a memory of a building at that moment. So architecture is just the moments at which we experience it and the temporary elements which affect the static buildings at that time.(from

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Best Bookstore in the World

Dominican church in Maastricht

Dating back to the 13th century, the structure was a Dominican church until Maastricht was invaded by Napoleon in 1794 and the group was forced out of the country. Since that point it has been briefly used as a parish, then a warehouse, then an archive, then a giant parking lot for bicycles (not such a terrible idea) and finally made over into a bookstore.

Led by architecture firm Merkx + Girod, the new installations are highlighted by a towering, three-storey black steel book stack stretching up to the stone vaults. The highest shelves are reachable by lift or by a set of stairs within the sleek, well-made stack. The views provided from the top shelf along the nave of the church are nothing short of uplifting.

At the back of the church customers and visitors can sit and admire the beautifully renovated 14th century ceiling frescoes, or chat over a cup of coffee in the café situated in the former choir. In a bit of humor the bookstore also installed a cross-shaped reading table where anyone can sit and flip through the magazines and newspapers kept in the slats of the table. So far the design has won the Lensvelt de Architect Interior Prize, and in 2008 The Guardian called it the
“best bookstore in the world”. (from

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No Title (Table and Four Chairs) 2003 and Red Room

Robert Therrien (born 1947)
This work is currently on display at Venue Tate Modern
Theme Level 3: Scale
Room Scale


No Title(Table and Four Chairs)2003 is, recognisably,a table and chairs,whose normal functions have been suspended by the change in their size.In the presence of the giant objects,the viewer feels physically diminished.Towering over us, they return us to the experiences of childhood adventure below the adult world.

The utilitarian furniture made by the Gunlocke company provided Therrien with a simple aesthetic,typical of a mid twentieth-century American interior.The very familiarity of the forms heightens the strange effect of their size.They become monuments to domestic ideals,but their relocation to a gallery setting is disconcerting.This approach to the uncanny through shifts of scale has a long history that encompasses other artists(some of whose works are found in the adjacent galleries),and the literary tradition of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

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Using objects that echo our everyday experience,Robert Therrien produces witty,disconcerting,even threatening,works.Robert Therrien presents a world of the unexpected filled with objects which are both familiar and strange. It can seem a fairytale place of deceptively childish charm and logic where ideas can literally be translated into reality. Inanimate things can become strikingly animated, soft and light become hard and heavy and size seems out of control.

Red Room houses a collection of found and made red objects.The cumulative effect of the items,united by colour,makes everyday things seem unfamiliar.

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Ithaca Mirror Trail,Ithaca,New York 1969

Robert Smithson 1938-1973
Born and worked USA
Map,letters and colour photographs

The map depicts an area of the shore of Cayuga Lake in New York State.Starting at the Andrew Dickson White Museum at Cornell University in Ithaca,Smithson carried a mirror northwards to the Cayuga Salt Works.At eight locations,marked on the map with Letraset letters,he placed the mirror in the landscape and photographed it.The images in the mirror were not intended to record the sites themselves but,rather,to show nature reflected back at itself.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2010