Saturday, March 28, 2009

Poême électronique

Just saw the fantastically amazing "Poême électronique"
by Le Corbusier, Iannis Xenakis and Edgard Varèse
at the recently re-located EMST, as part of their Iannis Xenakis tribute.

EMST is now hosted at the ground floor of the also fantastic
National Conservatory in the nicest area of Athens,
in a recently raw space that is both brutalist and elegant,
in a marble-and-concrete kind of way

Seven partly underground rooms for water, ice and midgets

I was finally able to get my hot little hands on Mary Ann Ray's "Seven partly underground rooms for water, ice and midgets", Pamphlet Architecture No20
I had seen excerpts from this study ages ago (and I literally mean ages, as in decades)\
back when I was at SciArc
the book (or pamphlet to be accurate) presents MAR's study of sever oblique,
eccentric buildings in Rome
with her unique combination of archaeology, research and design
the book is just perfectly designed
but makes me wish it were published in a more luxurious edition
so we could really enjoy the fantastic photos and drawings

Monday, March 23, 2009

Like an Eagle

Been listening to this track for months now on the pod, but I had no idea what it was or where it came from. According to headphonesex it is Dennis Parker, the man behind the porn alias Wade Nickols, who shot himself after he found out he had aids. And he made a disco album on Casablanca Records, famous for Donna Summer of course. and the video is probably the most inappropriate thing to be watching on a hectic Monday morning. So watch this on a Saturday night.

Parrot bay

These pictures of parrot houses have been lying in the blog folder for so long that I forgot why I was collecting them.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Last week in New York

we enjoyed passing by the Morgan Library every day
( I thought it was a 60's building until I learned it's a Renzo Piano from the 2000s)
saw John Armleder glitter drips
Angelo's International Portrait Gallery
a collection of photos of stuff that looks like faces
and neons of faces that look like stuff
plastic fire at the Armory
great Derek Jarman at X (ex Dia)
Adrian Williams great rehearsal performance at the Art Production Fund Lab,
curated by Cay-Sophie Rabinowitz
the white education space at the New Museum
funny Olaf Breuning sculpture
a girl sitting on a golden lion
great John Gerrard at Simon Preston
a cute pink and black building
mirror and plywood shoe display at Project 8
where Angelo tried on some plants
photocopy neoclassicism
fire door window door at Reena Spaulings
rotating face spiritual healing
yellow black under construction
chef reflection
some more yellow black, and it looks like its gonna be less interesting when its built
the building with the worse reviews in NY, suddenly looks cute in the fuzzy weather
another Monet
(looks good from far away but up close its a mess)
great AVAF wool and neon at Modern Restaurant
awesome Kippenberger at MOMA
the Dreamland show at Moma, with unpublished Hans Rucker co. collages
(and there is no catalogue!)
and funny interesting SOM
one of my favorite chairs, Libro by GRUPPO DAM
melting Oldenburg soft ice cream
Yves Tanguy obsession
Thomas Hirshhorn at Gladstone
a universal gym
with sunset posters,
great way to say goodbye