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06 NOVEMBER 2013

Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln: Department of Hybrid Space

"A new interdisciplinary field of design, researching the transformations of architectural, urban/regional space of the emerging 'information age', explores the dynamic interaction of architecture/urbanism and the space of mass media and communication networks. It develops scenarios for the interplay of public urban and public media space. The products of these alliances of urban/regional and media networks, of architectural and media space, are bastards: ambivalent spaces that are at the same time analog and digital, tactile and abstract, material and immaterial, expanding hyper–sensuality in the time– and placelessness of media flows. These hybrid spatial morphs act simultaneously in urban (local) and media (global) space and mediate between them, unfolding the undefined space between the local and the global, occupying the vacuum between local place and global space. Within the inversions of identity (communication), within the fluid ever–changing densities in the knitted networks, fused analogue/digital cultures are idensified."

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Academy of Media Arts Cologne • ambivalent spaces • analogue and digital • analogue and digital cultures • architectural conjecturearchitectural space • architectural transformations • architecturebastard • changing densities • Colognecommunication networksdesign coursedesign field • Elizabeth Sikiaridi • embodied interactionsflows • Frans Vogelaar • global space • glocalglocalizationhybrid spaces • hybrid spatial morphs • hyper-sensualityidentityidentity constructionimmaterialinformation ageinformation flows • interdisciplinary design • interdisciplinary field • knitted networks • Kunsthochschule fur Medien Koln • local place • local space • mass mediamaterialitymedia arts • media flows • media networksmedia spaceplacelessnesspublic space • public urban space • regional space • tactile experience • undefined space • urban spaceurbanism

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Simon Perkins
08 MAY 2011

Caffeine: hand drawn animation music video for Brandt Brauer Frick

"Danae Diaz and Patricia Luna made an amazing animation video for our piece 'Caffeine'. It's all drawn with pencil on paper and based on Danae Diaz' cover artwork of our album 'You Make Me Real'."

(Brandt Brauer Frick)

Fig.1 "Caffeine": written and directed by Danae Diaz and Patricia Luna; music by Brandt Brauer Frick; art concept and illustrations: Danae Diaz; hand drawn animation: Danae Diaz, Benjamin Karré; computer animation, compositing and editing: Patricia Luna; 3D design assistant: Maria Diaz; sound design intro and outro: Lenard Gimpel; Studio !K7, Initiative Musik, 2010–2011 Berlin–Barcelona.

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20112D2D animation • 3D design assistant • animationBarcelona • Benjamin Karre • Berlin • Brandt Brauer Frick • Caffeine (animation) • citycommutercomputer animation • Danae Diaz • design formalismdrawingelectronic musichand-drawn animationillustration • Initiative Musik • isometric projection • Lenard Gimpel • Maria Diaz • motion designmusic videoorder • Patricia Luna • repetition • Studio !K7 • urbanism • You Make Me Rea

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Simon Perkins
06 MAY 2011

GPS-created art: walking as exhibitionism

"There was a flurry of activity in GPS–created art a few years ago. GPS Traces on OpenStreetMap, or GPS drawing, or Waag's Amsterdam RealTime project, collated on this Me–fi post, where the antecedent of forms created from urbanism in Paul Auster's New York Trilogy is noted. This was walking as exhibitionism, the inevitable dovetail of technology and showmanship, venturing forth because we could."

(things magazine, 07 January 2010)

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Amsterdam RealTime • augmented realitycitiesconvergence • esoterica • exhibitionismgeographic locationGPS • GPS art • GPS drawing • GPS Traces • GPS-created art • information in contextinteractionlocationlocation-basedlocation-specificlocative media • Me-fi post • media art • New York Trilogy • OpenStreetMap • Paul Auster • proximity • showmanship • technology and showmanship • Things MagazineurbanismWaag Societywalking • walking as exhibitionism

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Simon Perkins
26 MARCH 2011

Pina Bausch: dance, dance otherwise we are lost

"There are deep noises of gallops. The brown earth covering the floor reveals hundreds of tracks of wild animals in stampede. But instead, it is a set of dancers what appears on scene. Their presence is heavily felt through their turbulent footprints. The Rite of Spring is one of Pina Bausch's most celebrated choreographic pieces, included in the homage documentary PINA that Wim Wenders has just presented. A movie about the sign that her teachings on performative space left before her death in 2009: the Dance Theatre genre.

In her choreographies, earth is heavy. Flying dust materializes air. The void weighs. Water drops densify the emptiness. Living bodies become inert corpses. A closed–eyed dancer lets her mass fall down until the trust on her partner saves her from a mortal knock. Hands and feet become detachable prosthesis. The lightness of matter clashes over the presence of the ephemeral. Optical illusions...

In Choreographed Environments, Eva Pérez de Vega points out that 'considering immaterial effects in the production of a material practice, is not at all about ignoring the material per se. It refers more to the conception of a material production. It is about thinking how to make immaterial notions material; ultimately it is about creating material effects. [...] Architecture no longer consists of making building and Dance no longer consists of making dances. The hope is that as dancers continue to explore new territories as managers of space, architects too can conceive of space as managers of movement' (Eva Pérez de Vega, 2007, p.7).

For the movie, many pieces were performed again in unusual urban settings, such as inside and underneath Wuppertal's retrofuturistic sky–train, or inside other recent architectural iconic references (easy to guess!). Pina Bausch pioneered a strong performative approach to architecture and Wenders has made her pupils revive its immateriality in cult buildings for posterity: a clear effort to transmit Pina's philosophy of movement constructing space. Bravo!"

(via Daniel Fernández Pascual, Deconcrete, 16 February 2011)

1,2). Wim Wenders (2011). 'Pina', Germany.
3). Eva Pérez de Vega (2007). 'Choreographed Environments. A Performative Approach to Architecture', New York.

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20092011architecture • choreographed environments • choreographer • choreographyconstructing spacedancedance theatredancerdocumentaryephemera • Eva Perez de Vega • figures in spacehomage • homo ludens • immateriality • invisible cities • making building • making dances • managers of space • material effectsmaterial practicematerial productionmovement • new territories • performative approach • performative space • philosophy of movement • Pina Bausch • pioneeringposterityprosthesisretro-futuristic • Rite of Spring • sky-train • spacetableau vivant • unusual urban settings • urbanism • Wim Wenders • Wuppertal Schwebebahn

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Simon Perkins
18 MARCH 2011

From Urban Experiences to Architectural Narratives

"Cities are a densely coded context for narratives of discovery and the recovery of experience. They have a capacity to act as condensers of information and to integrate assimilations of behaviours, people, styles, typologies, forms, ideas. Cities are comprehended through spatial practices. Movement in the city is a major practice which enables us to accumulate and organize urban experiences. It creates spatial narratives containing memories and views, specific places, objects, beginnings and ends, distances, shadows, buildings or parts of them, encounters, signs and panoramas. Urban space becomes intelligible through sequences of movement. Its complexity, mystery, splendour, rhythm, are revealed and interrelated through the route of the urban dweller. Similarly to urban space, architectural space is perceived in terms of sequences and spatial practises. According to Jean Nouvel 'To erect a building is to predict and seek effects of contrasts and linkage through which one passes...in the continuous sequence that a building is...the architect works with cuts and edits, framings and openings...screens, planes legible from obligatory points of passage'."

(Vaso Trova)

Vaso Trova (2008). 24th NCBDS: 'We Have Never Been Pre–Disciplinary', Georgia Institute of Technology. Sabir Khan, Chair.

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architectural narratives • architectural spacearchitecturebehaviourcitiesdwellingencountersexperienceframe • Jean Nouvel • legibility • linkage • memorymovementnarratives of discovery • NCBDS • place • points of passage • programmatic spacerhythmsequence of spacessequences and spatial practises • sequences of movement • spacespatial configurationspatial literacyspatial narratives • spatial practices • typologies • urban • urban dweller • urban experiences • urban spaceurbanism

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Simon Perkins
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