Archive for the ‘art’ Category

A Dialogue with Public Space is a project to engage the general public with public space. I travelled around London creating a series of typographic interventions within the environment. These featured rhetoric statements which encourage questions about the nature and success of public space.

work by Robin Howie, check more about this project


like christmas trees.

or other things…. why don’t we use the water of our energy-guzzling aquariums for flushing the toilet, or the catty litter as fertilizer, or whatever! check out RIGHT HERE.

through anarchitecture


through wooster collective.

enjoi. marten

Wooster is ” A street in the Soho section of New York City” and collective is ” Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting as a group: a collective decision.”

together this makes Wooster Collective: “The Wooster Collective was founded in 2001. This site is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.”

and they show a lot of street art.

inspiration abound. marten

okay, so in the UK apparently you are allowed to request a tape of public cctv systems (all written down in the Data Protection Act), if you can proof you are on there. you are even allowed to publish these images as long as you black everybody out except yourself. (help me here, what’s the band that made the video with everybody without a mouth, eyes etc. it’s not manic street preachers… but who is it then?!) a faceless future, basically, where everybody will be anonymous until you are a suspect. it is still innocent until proven guilty, but the line between random person and suspect is theoretically only a black circle away.

anyway, manu luksch discovered some poetry in this fact of instant anonymity and decided to turn it into a movie. in a faceless world, one day our protagonist wakes up with a face. startled with this fact, she goes out and tries to find out what this whole face thing is about.

cctv as a mean for producing art. who would have thought that? especially since, according to this article, there are certain neighbourhoods in london that do have a large number of cameras but little crime, making people propose to replace a lot of shitty cameras with a few that actually makes somebody recognizable instead of the stereotype suspect, an african-american male, 5 foot 10, grey sweater, baggy pants with a new york yankees cap that could also be a la dodgers one since they all look alike anyway nowadays.

trailer. i haven’t found a full version yet, but perhaps i can acquire one for xploretv.

enjoi. marten

dutch people reading the NRC newspaper, and especially this weekend, probably didn’t miss it: a special part on the ‘week van de geschiedenis‘/week of history, from october 12 to october 21, anywhere near you. firstly, two things:

1: hey, that’s not a week, that’s 10 days!

and 2: what’s up with all these weeks, days and years with a special theme? week of taste, year of architecture, day of peace, week of the birdhouse!?! it’s just waiting for something like the week of the discontinued underwear line at H&M that i liked so much because you could wear them inside out and nobody would notice or the day of verbal violence. there is no humility anymore…

anyway, back to the week of history. this years theme is living, which is, how coincidental, kind of something we are interested in. lots of uninteresting sidetracks, but there are a few interesting ones. the one i didn’t want to keep a secret (because you don’t have to be proficient in your dutch) is the ‘smaaktest‘ by faro architecten. it has been set up as an online enquiry in what kind of housing we prefer. do we dig highrise or don’t we dig highrise? it’s all possible in this test. a 100 projects are shown in 15-second sets, and all you have to do is rate them from 1 to 10. and have the patience to rate all 100, of course.

when you are finished, your top 5 will be shown, together with those of ‘people that know jack about architecture’, ‘architects’ and ‘building professionals’ (i guess architects are not considered building professionals anymore –> maybe something for Edwin to investigate ;-)). interesting is that both ‘architects’ and ‘building professionals’ rate het schip by michiel de klerk highest, that ‘architects’ rate some jiggy postmodern house lowest while the ‘people that know jack about architecture’ think a high rise is least favourable as a place to live (i disagreed on that one, but hey, i’m an architect and i only look at aesthetics, not at the social consequences of my grotesque dreams of a living machine – that also happen to be a form of biological wastewater treatment designed to mimic the cleansing functions of wetlands).

the people that put the test together tried to get a decent-cross section of the houses that have been built over the years, so everything from superdutch like the whale to the most anonymous housing blocks can be voted on, making it interesting not only for the dutch, but also for foreigners, since you finally get to see something other then the regular OMA stuff (what!?! there’s other dutch architects than Rem?!). one thing of criticism though: there are no descriptions of the houses, so even that very special house will forever be just an image and nothing more.

keep dreaming. marten

For the weekend…. 😉

Dear Architects [pdf]

A New Age of Architecture Ushered in Financial Gloom, NY Times, jan 2006

The Genius of Architecture: Sinan The Istanbulian

PIN-UP Magazine

enjoy, edwin

In September 2003 the news went out nationwide: “Karlsplatz, one of Vienna’s main squares, is soon to be renamed Nikeplatz. Apart from the new name, it appears that a huge monument in the shape of Nike’s famous “Swoosh” logo will be built in Nikeplatz.” Needless to say, it was all fake. The one-month campaign provoked the reactions of Vienna’s citizens, city officials and, of course, the Nike group, which denied any involvement and started legal action to put an end to the bizarre performance. This almost unbelievable prank is the work of the artist duo known as 0100101110101101.ORG, who this time tricked an entire city: Vienna.

especially check out the projects:



(un)visible street art

Sandra, this ones for you:

Most braille found in public exists as pragmatic directions. This project is an attempt to create a unique moment for a blind person who might happen across one of these bits of braille graffiti. 5 different phrases were peppered around Portland, Oregon in late August, 2007. The visible title is included in an attempt to draw attention to all who pass making it more likely for a blind person to come in contact with the words via suggestion from friends or passersby. This was a strategy that arose in an interview with a blind person who wished to remain anonymous.

One sentence reads: You don’t have to be blind to see that the writing is on the wall.
Another: Tiny bubbles that randomly rose from the paper in this arrangement.

This idea has been explored somewhat, but I wanted to give it my own flavor in Portland, Oregon, complete with documentation that might spark an interest to reproduce the project in other cities.

Posted on by Phillip Torrone

And how street art can make a change:

The Murals of Philadelphia

A public art project which encourages local artists to create works utilizing the city’s architecture has beautified the City of Brotherly Love and created an enduring cultural legacy.