The Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa designed this “Garden & House” in Tokyo on a very small lot of just 8 x 4 m. It doesn’t really have a facade or walls: vases, planters, concrete benches, plexiglass railings, full-height windows and curtains form the boundary between inside and outside. I’m baffled.
Photos by Iwan Baan.
Alerting Infrastructure! by Jonah Brucker-Cohen is a physical hit counter that translates hits to the web site of an organization into interior damage of the physical building that web site or organization represents. The focus of the piece is to amplify the concern that physical spaces are slowly losing ground to their virtual counterparts. The amount of structural damage to the building directly correlates to the amount of exposure and attention the web site gets, thus exposing the physical structure’s temporal existence.
Karen & Christian Boros are art collectors in Berlin. Over the years, their collection grew to a certain point that they decided to give is a permanent home and let the public visit the collection. They bought a former Second World War air raid shelter in central Berlin, did some serious reconstruction work and even built their private home on top of it. Freunde von Freunden, an international interview magazine, that portraits people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes or within their daily working environments, had the chance to visit their private spaces and interview Christian Boros about collecting art and living with the artworks.
Freunde von Freunden also recently released their first book: Berlin, featuring some nice print only exclusives and online highlights of the last two years.
The “Collection of Light” by humans since 1982 is probably the best lamp I’ve seen in a while. It is simply a collection of LEDs which together constitute a lamp in itself. They wanted to create an aura of a real collection (similar to a collection of insects) and expose each illuminant as a worthy industrial product. The LEDs are all labeled (with name, size and colour temperature) and arranged in a specific order to accomplish harmonic light.
I want one!
“Once Upon” are three important contemporary web sites, recreated with technology and spirit of late 1997, according to the memories of Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied. They created a 1997 version of Google+, YouTube and facebook, all optimized for Netscape Navigator 4.03, running under Windows 95. Of course you can view them with a browser that still supports HTML Frames. I really love this little detail: the transfer speed of the server is limited to 8 kB/s («dial-up» speed).
“Thirty Six” is a site specific installation made by Nils Völker. It’s 36 bags which are inflated and deflated by fans, in a controlled rhythm. You can still go and see it at the Art Lab in Gnesta in Sweden, till December 11th.
A videorative portrait is a new kind of digital painting technique developed by Sergio Albiac. He wanted to create a more “realistic” contemporary portrait of the physical and the psychological of a person. He starts with collecting personal videos of the person portrayed, tagged by him/her with relevant concepts and descriptions. Then, using a custom developed tool, the artist “paints with meanings” and generates a video portrait, subtitled with generative personal narratives.