Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sans titre

Solitaire a mon ilot
matelot sans mat
ceux yeux demi-clos
 je transforme ma 

force en mille flots:
one magique ma-
thematique me pilo
-te et j'aime a 

la folie cet ilot
immobile! l'exil aux
 doux gout  amer ...

Rever donc aux seuil
d'une tierce ame 
-risque est mon conseil

Kolja Micevic

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Value of Freedom

Kostis Velonis, At the End of  Demonstration Day, 2009  
Wood, acrylic
Dimensions variable 

The concept of freedom is constantly changing. This exhibition charts its psychological, cultural, religious, political and legal evolution against the backdrop of historical developments, to arrive at a contemporary understanding of what freedom means. Works by more than fifty artists shed light on this complex issue from various angles. 
With its overlapping themes and cross-references, the exhibition weaves a tapestry of interdependencies and reciprocal influences between the individual and society, democracy and the economy, work and leisure, body and mind, nature and culture. Freedom is always relative to other factors and so has to be constantly renegotiated. For instance, one part of the exhibition looks at different forms of state governance that shape the community, while another area addresses the control of information as a crucial instrument of power. Some of the works highlight the fragility of freedom, while others explore identity-defining processes such as work. The public space is also the subject of some of the works. All in all, what emerges clearly is that the autonomy of the individual invariably goes hand in hand with social responsibility. 

With works by Zbynĕk Baladrán, Dara Birnbaum, Jordi Colomer, Carola Dertnig, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Harun Farocki, Karin Ferrari, Forensic Oceanography, John Gerrard, Johannes Gierlinger, Lola Gonzàlez, Johan Grimonprez, Igor Grubić, Eva Grubinger, Marlene Haring, Hiwa K, Leon Kahane, Šejla Kamerić, Alexander Kluge, Nina Könnemann, Laibach, Lars Laumann, Luiza Margan, Teresa Margolles, Isabella Celeste Maund, Anna Meyer, Aernout Mik, Matthias Noggler, Josip Novosel, Julian Oliver, Trevor Paglen, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Ivan Pardo, Oliver Ressler, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Christoph Schlingensief, Andreas Siekmann, Eva Stefani, Superflex, Pilvi Takala, Philipp Timischl, Milica Tomić, Betty Tompkins, Amalia Ulman, Kostis Velonis, Kara Walker, Stephen Willats, Anna Witt, Hannes Zebedin, Zentrum für politische Schönheit, Tobias Zielony and Artur Żmijeweski. 
Curated by Severin Dünser. 

19 September 2018 to 10 February 2019 

Belvedere 21
Arsenalstrasse 1 1030 Vienna 

Pre-Fabulous Aluminum House

This Mars Rover-esque vision of far-out shelter from the Centerbrook archives was designed by Charles W. Moore at the invitation of the Alcoa Aluminum Company, which wanted to mass-market a bare-bones, mobile, prefab vacation house.  Five architects, including Moore and Ulrich Franzen, were invited to brainstorm with Alcoa and explore the design versatility of aluminum.
Delving into Centerbrook’s primordial past, way back to the late 1960s, Genie Devine extracted this visual gem from the cobwebbed attic.  She is organizing the firm’s material through 1990 to be shipped off to Yale, to be part of the university’s architectural archives.  This sketch was made by the late Charles W. Moore and William Turnbull, and a model of same (nowhere to be found) was created in one evening, on deadline, by Bill Grover, Centerbrook partner emeritus, who, at the time, was an architectural student of Mr. Moore at Yale.
Besides teaching, Mr. Moore had established an architectural firm that would become Moore Grover Harper that would become Centerbrook.  Alcoa, corporate to a fault, picked a bland, cookie-cutter, white bread design over this funky-town entry, according to a contemporary Time magazine account.
Text by David Holahan

1601 PARK

Tanya Brodsky, Temporary public installation presented as part of Materials & Applications summer program, Privacies Infrastructure.

Resembling the outline of a house in space, the piece allows viewers to simultaneously occupy its interior and exterior.  As a portable structure that joins disparate architectural elements without adding up to a functional whole, the work draws on each viewer’s memories and associations to fill in a mental construction of home.  It considers the idea of home itself as a shifting and contentious site, rich with the memories and desires of past and future occupants.  Installed on the site of an apartment building that tragically collapsed in December 2000, 1601 Park reflects on this history, and is dedicated to the memory of the site and its former residents.   

On view: July 21–September 30, 10AM–7PM @ 1601 W Park Ave (NW corner of W Park Ave / Echo Park Ave, near Echo Park Lake).
Site is open Thursdays through Sundays 10AM–7PM.