Afghanistan’s Girl Skaters – Kabul 2012
Deconstruction by Mike Hewson
"A large-scale digital print installation on the elevated walkway spanning between the active Ballantyne’s building and the red-zone The Crossing building. When standing at a particular vantage point on Colombo St the artwork visually deletes the walkway, while from other locations the viewer can distort their interpretation of the work as they move around the structure. The sky covering the structure references changing aesthetic of the CBD as the last of the damaged buildings are removed. The block of blue also acts a visual disconnect between the humming operations of the ReStart/Ballantyne’s precinct and the silence of the red-zone awaiting rejuvenation.”
Banksy designs a sculpture of a sphinx, leaves it in Queens, and observes remotely as locals mine it for parts with the hopes of making a fortune. In one swift move, he has proven that the graverobbers of Giza are still alive and searching for fragments of culture made commodity. However, indicative of the crunching of space-time in the Digital Age, this process of creating a ruin of the sculpture takes a few hours rather than hundreds of years at the same time the notion of monumental is rendered miniaturized and nomadic.
From The Knees of My Nose To The Belly Of My Toes
by Alex Chinneck
"A brand new brick facade slides off the front of a building in Kent, UK to reveal the derelict mess just beyond. Abandoned for 11 years, the four-story structure that stood as an eyesore along a residential street of this seaside town is now an intriguing work of art that makes a statement about what may lie behind the superficiality of seemingly perfect appearances.
The crumbling top story remains exposed, giving a glimpse of what is inside only to those who can get high enough to see it. The Cliftonville district of the city, where the installation is located, was once affluent, but struggled as the whims of vacationers turned to other places. With increased crime and poverty came the decay of once-grand architecture.
The Thanet District Council of Kent gave artist Alex Chinneckpermission to create the installation, entitled ‘From The Knees of My Nose To The Belly Of My Toes’, which will stand for a year before the building is brought back into public use.”
Text by weburbanist
The Centre for Visual Arts in Dordrecht In cooperation with the Amsterdam design bureau Carve invited 10 European design firms to develop inventive, resourceful and multi-age friendly playful objects to complete the design for the new public space, the Governeursplein square in the city of Dordrecht. Ecosistema Urbano’s “energy carousel” was one of the winning proposals chosen to be implemented.
EITERQUELLEN BY STEFAN FURTBAUER
Photography by Stefan Fürtbauer - "…is an ongoing project about Viennese Diners and the little different Viennese fast-food culture. Most of the time these diners are isolated islands of food supply in an ancient surrounding with a dash of cultural heritage. Isolated both in the sense of appearance as well as in the sense of resisting against global operating fast-food chains. But the ‘improper’ and modern their architecture may appear, the much heritage there is behind the scenes. Viennese wurstel diners have been introduced during the Austro-Hungarian "K.u.K." Monarchy around 1870 to provide a safe income for wounded war veterans. Since then they became an essential part of the urban culture not by only supplying snacks but also being a meeting spot of the distinctive Viennese working class and the high society, too."
beautiful project by Nobutaka Aozaki
“Meet the Man Trying to Save the Lost Art of Hand-Drawn Maps
Stephanie Garlock. Aug 13, 2013
Nobutaka Aozaki is looking for directions.
No, don’t pull out your iPhone.
For the last two years, the Japanese-born, New York-based conceptual artist has been working on a partial map of Manhattan compiled of individual, hand-drawn maps he’s collected from strangers. The ongoing project, “From Here to There,” is part of Aozaki’s exploration of the process of giving and receiving directions.
Dressed as a tourist, armed with a baseball cap and a shopping bag from tourist-mecca Century 21 department store, Aozaki walks up to passersby on the street and asks for directions. He’s focused on both major tourist destinations and places where he goes out to eat or to meet friends.
He was inspired, he says, by a time he asked for directions twice in one day and received small, hand-drawn maps to help guide him. Realizing that he could put the two together and create a larger picture of the area, he saw an opportunity for the kind of collaborative art he’s most interested in. “I always think about how the process of making art can be integrated into everyday life,” he explains.”
Photo: Nobutaka Aozaki
Open House by Matthew Mazzotta
Artist Matthew Mazzotta, the Coleman Center for the Arts, and the people of York Alabama have teamed up to work together and transform a blighted property in York’s downtown into a new public art project in the shape of a house that can physically transform into a 100 seat open air theater, free for the public. The project called “Open House” was developed using materials from the abandoned house as well as the land it sits on. The house opens up when the community wants to enjoy shows, plays, movies, and any other event people can think of that supports community life.
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