Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Buch der hängenden Gärten

Speak not always
Of the leaves •
Violent breeze •
Of the smashing
Of ripe quinces •
Of the coming
Of destroyers
At year's end.
Of the quiver
Of the darters
In bad weather
And the lights
With the flicker

Sprich nicht immer
Von dem laub •
Windes raub •
Vom zerschellen
Reifer quitten •
Von den tritten
Der vernichter
Spät im jahr.
Von dem zittern
Der libellen
In gewittern
Und der lichter
Deren flimmer

Stefan George
from the Buch der hängenden Gärten (1895)
Translated by
Justin Erik Halldór Smith

A travers l'atlantique

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tonight Forget About Your Houses and Cars

Bernhard Martin
mixed media

"Tonight Forget About Your Houses and Cars" show is co-curated by Katie Kitamura.

Artists exhibiting include: Ahmed Alsoudani, Dan Colen, Tobias Collier, Christoph Draeger / Reynold Reynolds, Doug Fishbone, Neil Hamon, Shinichi Hara, Justin Lieberman, Bernhard Martin, Ivan Navarro, Matt O’Dell, Christoph Schmidberger and Guy Richards Smit.

Union Gallery, London
16. Jul - 13. Sep 08

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Paradise of an Early Cubist

Penelope Chetwode was the first wife of 1930s Architectural Review assistant editor and later poet laureate John Betjeman. She occasionally contributed to the AR and one such contribution was an eye opening piece in February 1935 on the Observatory at Delhi built by the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur in 1724.

Located in Newest Delhi “in the heart of the modern capital”, the observatory was built to improve on the accuracy of brass instruments due to the smallness of their size. So a human scale observatory was conceived “of stone and lime of perfect stability, so that the inaccuracies from the shaking of the circles and the wearing of the axes and displacement of their centres and the inequality of the minutes be corrected.” The result is nothing less than the heavens manifest on earth in a salmon pink cubist skateboard park.

The amazing thing is that the photographs do not seem out of place, where on the accompanying pages new modern, functional forms create abstract black-and-white space beautifully composed and stylised to sell the new architecture being introduced to Britain. Although constructed from plastered rubble, the stairs look as though they are early experiments in shaping new forms from new materials like concrete and as Chetwode points out, they are nothing but pure function. There is clearly a reason that this early 18th century construction is included among the new modernist forms and it is surely this: how appropriate and beautiful pure function can be for a modern age of architecture.
The revised astronomical tables based on these instruments turned out to be not as accurate as hoped, but the results still exist and can be enjoyed today, albeit now surrounded by less sculptural and meaningful contemporary blocks of flats and offices.

Source : The Sesquipedalist, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's William Pickering, University of Iowa physicist James Van Allen and rocket scientist Wernher von Braun hold up a model of Explorer 1 at a news conference after hearing the satellite had reached orbit on Jan. 31, 1958.

Rotor Database

The Rotor-database has been a fundamental tool ever since Rotor was operative.
It lists the more then 200 companies with whom we have developed a partnership,
as well as the nature of the industrial leftovers they produce on a regular base.
The database contains both confidential information, not destined to be divulged,
as well as a precious overview of the nature and quantities of waste produced by the
Belgian companies. We are still actively looking for partner institutions to help us
refine our data and find productive means for making this information public.
This link leads to a wiki that lists a series of potentially interesting industrial leftovers.It is a stump of the online database we have in mind.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Writing Objects

Charlotte Thrane, Laissez-faire, 2007

Sean Edwards, Untitled, 2007

Sean Edwards, Charlotte Thrane, Ruiaraidh O’Connell et Alhena Katsof

art: concept gallery, Paris

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Frank Bungarten: Bach Allemande/Double b-minor BWV 1002 1/4

German classical guitarist Frank Bungarten filmed by the artist Thomas Struth.
February 2008, Dusseldorf, Germany.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Revolution essentielle

Mai 68-Atelier populaire

Revolution essentielle
140 x 107 x 120 cm
wood, acrylic, fabric, mdf, plywood, wax

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Melody of Youth

A project by Sam Basu and
Matt Bryans

Kate MacGarry Gallery
23 May - 29 June 2008