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07 DECEMBER 2008

The Afterlife Of Buildings | Poland at the 11th Architecture Exhibition in Venice, 2008

"It is only what''s fluid, continuously reborn and redefined that stands a chance of surviving in the liquid reality. For that matter, due to limitations of technology, lengthy procedures, outsized ego of the architects and clients as well as the subconscious focus on Vitruvian durability, architecture proves increasingly cumbersome. It deems itself everlasting. It is a particularly perverse attitude in an era when information and cash flows may easily upset the world''s equilibrium.

We are presenting 6 buildings raised in Poland within the last decade. Each of them is shown in photographs by Nicolas Grospierre. The edifices represent different styles and tastes. What they have in common is their rank and prominence. As for their base level, it is the faith in infinite lasting and permanence of architecture as well as in its acquired, prestigious function. Possible scenarios of a change have been visualised by Kobas Laksa. The Venice Polonia Pavilion has undergone the same procedure as the Polish buildings on display. We have given it an alternative life by converting it into a place to stay for the night, during the first days of the Biennale. Hotel Polonia in the green holiday resort of Giardini di Castello? Not necessarily a utopia."
(e–Flux)

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CONTRIBUTOR

David Rogerson
07 DECEMBER 2008

The Great Stalacpipe Organ: the worlds largest musical instrument

"Located deep in the Luray Caverns in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley is the Great Stalacpipe Organ, the worlds largest musical instrument.

Stalactites covering 3 1/2 acres of the surrounding caverns produce tones of symphonic quality when electronically tapped by rubber–tipped mallets.

This most unique, one–of–a–kind instrument was invented in 1954 by Mr. LeIand W. Sprinkle of Springfield, Virginia, a mathematician and electronic scientist at the Pentagon."

(oddmusic.com)

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caveearth arteco artmusicmusical instrumentnaturalnaturepsychogeographyscale • sonic • soundsubterranean

CONTRIBUTOR

David Rogerson
02 NOVEMBER 2008

Architecture, sculpture, and natural form

"in 2001, Peter Wollen wrote a rather impressionistic piece on Situationism for the New Left Review, in which he discussed the Danish artist Asger Jorn and his 1948 essay, 'What is Ornament?'. Jorn, a founding Situationist and also an appallingly sloppy painter, had a quaint view of art:

For Jorn, the pairing of European versus oriental ran together with other pairings, such as classical versus spontaneous, idealist versus materialist, Apollonian versus Dionysiac, with Jorn supporting the second term throughout–oriental, materialist, spontaneous, Dionysiac, and so on.

Further, for Jorn:
the nature of art is not to imitate the external forms of nature (naturalism) but to create natural art. Natural sculpture which is true to its material will be identical to nature's forms without seeking to imitate.

Jorn thus compares a minaret to a horsetail, and a totem–pole to a chestnut branch; the non–Western forms are seen as more organic, more rooted in the natural world."
(Conrad H. Roth)

[A critique of a romantic and 'essentialist' view of art and design.]

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2001architecture • Asger Jorn • decorative artsdesignessentialism • essentialist • formidealismmaterial culture • materialist • minaretnaturalnature • ornament • ornamental • Peter Wollen • sculpturesituationist • what is ornament

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
07 JULY 2007

TactaPad: Innovative Haptic Input Device

"Interact with your computer in a direct and natural way. With the TactaPad you can reach into your computer and use both of your hands. Just like the real world."
(Tactiva.com)

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handhaptichaptic interfaceinput devicenatural • TactaPad • touch
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