Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I saw this show in Spetember 2002 but took so few pictures. The long space (Manica Lunga) of the Castello di Rivoli didnt help much since I think any show there is bound to look a bit weak. Still the book-in-a-brick-wall catalogue is amazing, and I'll post more stuff from it. The Gufram Multipli collection is heaven translated into foam.
Monday, February 27, 2006
80's architecture is almost everywhere the same, and I find myself strangely attracted to it. Its hysterical, it ages really badly and manages a subtle over-simplified complexity, and I dont even know what that could mean but I also love any building with mirrors.
Friday, February 24, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Ok, so I'm not gonna post my entire library, but I was so surprised when I found this book. I had entered Form Zero in Downtown L.A. a couple of years back and asked if they had something on Paul Virilio and Claude Parent, thinking I might finally find a copy of "Bunker Archaelogy". Instead I found this fantastic facsimile of their manifesto magazine Architecture Principe, published in part by the bookstore itself, in collaboration with Les Editions De L'Imprimeur.
Angelo is in Milan, so he asked me to go and check on the production of his Emblem-flags for the Superneen show. The emblems are portraits of Angelo, Mai, Miltos, Rafael, Nikola and me, made with a traditional flag technique, and they will be installed at the courtyard of Galleria Pack. I just cant resist posting a quick pic I took of mine just 'cos its so perfect and I love it some thing crazy: A black forest, a noose and a little bird. If only I knew me so well.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
This is Constant's "Model for a Gypsy Camp" (1957) a piece that floats somewhere between Architecture, Sculpure and Fabulous Fantasy. From the excellent "Exit Utopia: Architectural provocations 1956-76" Editions Prestel. I got this at PRO-QM, one of the coolest architecture bookstores (along with the now defunct Form Zero in Los Angeles). just be careful, PRO-QM can be a serious source of credit-card debt.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006
I love the title Electronic Ruins, so much so that I decided to call my next lecture that, just to see if I can come up with something interesting to say about it. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment. I'm giving this lecture on Friday 24th February at the Center for Contemporay Art in Thessaloniki, 8 P.M.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
So, I dont know what this is. My guess is its a house by Andrew Geller, the architect of the Double Diamond house that I posted a while back. It was in the same folder as the prison tower and they kind of look a like.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Ok so I dont remember all these places, I'm sure the map is very different and I'm just projecting (!) I saw it in full scale at Perry's Victoria Miro show two years ago. He was there with all his fabulous tranny entourage.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Ok so why dont all the catwalk sites publish the full Bernhard Willhelm fashion week presentation? is it because its just too fabulous? Hello. Here some pics via the always good but not so often updated Hintmag, from Willhelms' winter 2006 collection showed at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris last week.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Ok so maybe its the extra weird music, or maybe its the weather, or maybe its me. I'm supposed to be filling in my Agenda for the catalogue of the New Trends exhibition, instead I'm obssesing (tsk tsk spelling) with anything tropical, exotic, polynesian, deserted-beach life and lost kind of thing. I just googled tiki image and this weird rock (bottom) came up. Is it a house? Is it a sculpute? Is it a rock? why its all of the above.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Todd suggested that this would the only time that this building is ever described as cute.
Is architecture even allowed to be cute?
Cute is a very diffictult thing for a building to be. It sits so close to so many bad stuff, such as cartoony and kitsch etc etc.
I’m interested in the emotion that a building expresses, even from the way that it stands in the world, from how it carries itself. The pose can express the phycology of this building, the personality. Do buildings have personality?
I suppose that is why I was never interested in processed forms like blobs or deconstructivism. I am interested in forms that relate to stuff, look like stuff, can be described. The interenet is full recognizable forms, stuff that looks like other stuff, but its also full of abstract feelings. So I am interested in my buildings to be easily describable (a cloud house) but I want the effect or the feeling produced by the architecture to be as abstract as falling in love with someone in a chatroom. The feelings that you have for that person is the new definition of abstraction.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
The super funny Evoluon, a flying saucer with rotating lights, made in the 60's as a Phillips showroom. And the De Bijenkorf department store whose facade was designed by Gio Ponti. I liked this other building too, but only when its upside-down and reflected in water;
Speaking of water, right next to this building is the Eindhoven City hall, and in the lobby you can still see the main maquette from the Blue Wave. It was too big to travel so we just parked it there, but I wonder if it gets lonely in the lobby, since it was really made for a public space.
Friday, February 03, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
These birds are from Jim Lambie's show Byrds that took place somewhere, and I randomly happened upon them when I remebered how super-inspiring his work is. Does this make sense? Was this a valid sentence? And is this golden door zig-zagging over this stripped floor while eating an oval mirror?