Thursday, 16 December 2010
Music: VanShe "So High"
Shinkansen ver.2 from daihei shibata on Vimeo.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
The exhibition is currently on show at the Museum of London until the 6th March 2011. There are plenty of other images through the link - - Buckingham Palace surrounded by shanty towns, Parliament Square as a rice paddy and ice skaters on the Thames.
Thursday, 9 December 2010
This is my house. It's a 6 bedroom shared student house. I think that our houses do reflect who we are as a person. for example, what things we choose to have on display and what things we choose to keep out of view, how tidy we are and the things that se have. It reflects a bit on our own individual personality to how we style the house and our bedrooms.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
In 1957 construction began on Park Hill, a council housing estate located in Sheffield. The construction was finished in 1961 and was received positively by the local community. What made Park Hill different from a lot of the large housing estates of the time was not just the architecture but also the sense of community.
When rehoming entire communities into a new building it wasn’t uncommon at the time for the people in charge to spilt entire communities up. However Park Hill was different as not only were neighbours able to be re-homed next to one another but the old street names from the previous area were also re-used, thus keeping the sense of community.
Although the building was initially seen as modern and offered better facilities than the current alternative at the time, decades later the building started to show its age and was in need of re-development. The building was listed in 1998 and is now being renovated by Urban Splash.
Its so common for people to quickly dismiss the future possibilities of just about any building made post-war. If its showing its age, best just to knock it down yeah? Eventually there will be a void in history when it comes to looking back at post-war buildings - particularly when it comes to social housing. Whilst some buildings can not be renovated because they are structurally unsound, the ones that aren’t should be preserved.
Although still in development, Park Hill is a great example of what can happen to architecture if people were willing to see beyond the surface and think. Although demolishing is often cheaper/easier - Plymouth Hoe Centre?
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Within my home i find spaces that are unoccupied and used for 'passing through' most interesting. The way that they aren't dwelled in appeals to me, like they are a passage through time or a gateway between two spaces or dimensions. They have a function but are vital, necessary spaces rather than places to settle and exist in.
This particular space represents the meaning of the house in general as it isn't a permament home for me and where I move to next is unknown. In essence I am only passing through, I am in between two lives; my life as a student and the progression into my future self and my chosen career. My home now is therefor an 'in-between' place and will always have significance and will occupy a space in my memory but it is a place that I am passing through and will stay in a certain place in time. Just as I will change and move on, so will the place when someone else occupies it.
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
My home is a place I enjoy being in, an escape from the outside world into my own world where I can relax in comfort. It is a place I have grown up in and have lots of memories from both the outside, in. This makes it a special dwelling for me to spend my time within. Although there are some empty rooms in my house, and unfurnished rooms it still to me is a space I look forward to entering and shutting the door behind me to relax with the ones close to me where everywhere I go theres a personal touch from my family to comfort me.
My room is a seperate area just for me, my own retreat thats personal to myself. Although I've spent 20 years/ all my life in this house, I've had various different bedrooms however I've alwats made it into my space. My newly decorated bedroom is a comfort zone for me, everything situated in my bedroom is what I have chosen for myself, striking wallpaper and bold black wardrobes reflects my interior interest and has created statemement pieces.
Not only is the interior of my home important to me but also the exterior garden creating a sense of place and freedom where I can also enjoy my time, weather permitting! Living behind a cricket field it brings a lot of activity during the summer months and then during the winter months I can view the snow on the moors from a window upstairs, all this together creates a beautiful surrounding to call home.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
My house is centred in a very natural environment; it is built on the side of a cliff over looking the Looe river; and is surrounded by woodland. This environment enables me to have a sense of space and freedom. I have obtained alot of inspiration for my artwork from my beautiful surroundings, such as the river and numerous trees and the wildlife. I have also drawn alot of inspration from certain colours during different seasons; such as the reds and golds during autumn and shades of green during the spring. For all of the reasons above, I feel part of my environment and can identify with its surroundings and how they enhance my life and indentity.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
This is home to me, although this is more of the house/building that I grew up in. My home, a place of refuge/ a place where I can rest, is more the image below, which is the view outside of Number 4, and I think of home as the flavor of the air when I return to Plympton, the taste of Plympton water, the freedom to do whatever I want. The wood itself still has similar attributes to a home, a roof - "shelter" (the canopy of leaves, branches etc), walls - "defence" (the trunks, bushes, ivy etc), and windows and doors - "seeing" & "entrance" (areas of the wood which is less dense which you can gain entrance through and look out from).
I currently live in rented accommodation. This is a room in a house occupied by my landlord who is away at work for weeks at a time. I haven’t ‘rented a room’ for over 15 years now so this feels very odd. I am used to putting my self onto the walls, establishing my clutter and having all my things to hand. At the present I am living out of my travel bag. With nothing in a specific place in this inpersonal non place I am continuously trying to find my things. They are all contained within my room but they all occupy a cardboard box. I have been made to feel very welcome in this house but I can’t yet live outside this temporary confinement. My pictures do not yet adorn the walls. My stuff has not ventured far from my room. My toothbrush is the only thing that has got far and that is just down the hall in the bathroom. I only have one piece of clutter and that is the small pile of paperwork living unmanaged on my desk.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
The World According to USA (Fearmonger Special XXL Edition)
The living room was decoreted modest anf familiar. It has beige walls and lignt brown carpet, a green sofabed and a blue recliner sofa, a plasma tv. I don't want to live with too much furniture because, they restricts my living area. I always want to be free, easy to rich something, ready for any unusual things. I should see my all around. The seaters were located as to be able to see tv. It shows that tv is one of part of our life. I like to watch film and documentery and I like to hear a voice in my environment. I feel safer like that.
One of my its wall full of my families photos. I enjoy to see my daughter photos from birth to present. Thus, I don't forget all her ages. I like to spent time with my family.
I like to be busy and in rush. There are too much things to do in the life. Spending time with familiy, friends, travelling all around the word, having hobies like designing something new, playing an ensturment, reading magazine or book, surfing on the net, improving ideas for new jobs, cooking etc...
I think my home simple and comfortable. It is enough to live in comfy, tidy, warm and familiar.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
'What we observe is not nature itself, but nature
exposed to our method of questioning.'
Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy 1963
I address the gap between the world and our representations of it, often making use of methods that promise objectivity but ultimately highlight the human presence.
Monday, 25 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Saturday, 9 October 2010
'NOW made a track for NEWLY DRAWN. It's a lecture about the history of urbanism and systemic change:'
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Saturday, 14 August 2010
The film registers the interior of Wilton’s in a series of tracking shots, leading you through the building before revealing an impossible snowfall. The snow was created digitally, confounding the presumed indexicality of the medium while offering a contrast to the dark, 19th century interior, and a parallel to the early days of film practice and the historical period of transition from Magician’s stage illusions, as popularised in venues like Wilton’s, to ‘magic’ films such as those of Georges Melies.'
Monday, 21 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Friday, 14 May 2010
Embed Code is disabled, so here's the Youtube link:
Saturday, 1 May 2010
'Our friend Yaohua Wang (see his Carbon tower and his interview of Wes Jones, his thesis tutor) from Sci-Arc sent me his thesis project he just presented in a room apparently fully packed !
The production of work is simply amazing and the ingenuity of the project is being proven in every rendering. However, a very important part of what makes his Latent City such an amazing projects is embedded in its narration and in this regard I HIGHLY recommend to take the time of watching the 15 min long movie below that explains very didactically why this city is called latent.
The narration implies the architect Foral (aka Yaohua !) finding an agreement with the State in order to build a new city for almost no money. The agreement has to remain secret because it implies a manipulation of big industrial corporations that will own the land for twenty years, build an industrial city according to Foral's plans and therefore providing an important infrastructure. When the city is built, local economic policies forces industries to relocalize their factories outside the city which is abandoned. The state can thus build a new city on the other using the already built infrastructure that has been designed planning on this scenario to occur.
The latent city is thus a palimpsest city whose transformation has been planned since the beginning.'
Latent City by Yaohua Wang from Foral on Vimeo.
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Martha Rosler's Semiotics of the Kitchen - 1975
From A to Z, Rosler "shows and tells" the ingredients of the housewife's day, giving us a tour that names and mimics the ordinary with movements more samurai than suburban. Rosler's slashing gesture as she forms the letters of the alphabet in the air with a knife and fork, is a rebel gesture, punching through the "system of harnessed subjectivity" from the inside out. "I was concerned with something like the notion of Ôlanguage speaking the subject,' and with the transformation of the woman herself into a sign in a system of signs that represent a system of food production, a system of harnessed subjectivity."
...and Semiotics of the Art Student
'This film is a new twist on the classic pice of video art, "Semiotics of the Kitchen" by Martha Rosler. This film pokes fun at life as an art student, and all that is expected from us.'
[This and other videos that are not specifically related to my place/space seminars can be found on my new Youtube Channel Fathomspace. I set this up so that I could 'store' other videos for various lectures to other groups.]
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
'The Blur Building by Diller + Scofidio whirling above Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland. Computers regulate the spray of tiny drops of lake water from 31400 jets according to climactic changes of humidity, temperature, wind speed and direction. Liquid architecture that synchronizes its form to the environment and the human body. As visitors enter the Blur Building, they take on a "braincoat". Besides as protection from the misty environment the coat stores personality data for communication with the building's computer network.'
Above is the Blur Building by Diller + Scofidio whirling above Lake Neuchatel , Switzerland and Below is an interesting interview of Brian Massumi by Thomas Markussen. Follow the link:
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Source: Interactive Architecture.
'Here’s a great project that came out of the Adapative Architecture and Computation programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture. ‘Adaptive Fa[ca]de’ by Marilena Skavara explores the functional possibilities and performative characteristics of cellular automata (CA). In addition to the unique emergent behaviour of CA, a neural network enables a further computational layer to evolve CA behaviour to the context of its surrounding environment.'
Adaptive fa[CA]de from marilena on Vimeo.
Marilena Skavara's Adaptive fa[CA]de at Digital Hinterlands exhibition, London from marilena on Vimeo.
'Building upon the early work of Conway’s ‘Game of life’ and Stephen Wolfram’s extensive research on the wider implementation of CA, ‘Adaptive Fa[ca]de’ becomes a living adapting skin, constantly training itself from the history of its own errors and achievements. For a more detailed description of the project, read Marilena’s article for Vague Terrain.'
Saturday, 13 March 2010
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
The text by Ian Lumsden: 'I confess the concept behind Malcolm Sutherland’s 2006 animation Birdcalls was not immediately enthralling though more fool me because it is such a distinctive, quirky and very enjoyable movie. Using stop motion of pen on paper, it commences with a telephone recording device and note pad on which, after a period of rapid rewinding, the unknown recipient of the calls commences writing down the calls received. On foolscap the language of birdsong is faithfully denoted in algebraic and symbolic form. However it accords perfectly with the birdsong used as soundtrack. The calls gather a life of their own and we are treated to a variety of charming voices, appearing on the bare pad as animated symbols that for all I know are the symbols used to record birds by those experienced in such things. As night falls the pad darkens and the symbols are illuminated. It is only in the closing and opening credits that we are treated to the actual physical presence of the birds as perfectly drawn illustrations. Before that, to provide perspective, in the gloom of night we travel above an urban scene and the noise of the birds is replaced by traffic noise and the hustle and bustle of the city. It reminds us of what we have lost. The cast, other than Malcolm himself, is the nightingale, yellow billed cuckoo and bluethroat. A charming cast and delightful movie. The link above is to YouTube though a better quality version is to be found at AWNtv - Birdcalls or, even more helpfully, via his website [http://www.animalcolm.com/index.html]. I will write on another of Malcolm's animations in the next day or so together with a little biographical detail.'
Monday, 8 March 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Friday, 26 February 2010
"In this installation series, the wall seems to come into the room, to attack the observer. The deformation of the surface is creating a tension between the solid and the void, and it blurs the limit of the the inner space envelope. The broken surface gives a very strong materiality to the traditional clean walls of the "white cube" and the pieces of wood appearing under the white coating are like scars."
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Posting this as the blog seems to be thematically interested in the idea of walls and their un/walling which is a nice tie-in with house theme. However, some of these examples exist within the context of the gallery [as opposed to domestic context] and exists partly as a critique of the 'white cube' ideology.
Friday, 12 February 2010
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Here is a short animation film by Generic Life that I found interesting because it happens to take place in the Kowloon Walled City (see previous post). There are extremely few graffiti artists in Hong Kong and making them operate in the Walled City here symbolizes the free zone - and on the contrary of what the authorities were saying, apparently not so dangerous - that represented this incredible densest area in the world (50000 people were living in it).
As far as self-construction is concerned, let's quote City of Darkness:
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Saturday, 6 February 2010
The Museum of Modern Art describes Empire as follows:
Empire consists of a single stationary shot of the Empire State Building filmed from 8:06 p.m. to 2:42 a.m., July 25–26, 1964. The eight-hour, five-minute film, which is typically shown in a theater, lacks a traditional narrative or characters. The passage from daylight to darkness becomes the film’s narrative, while the protagonist is the iconic building that was (and is again) the tallest in New York City. Warhol lengthened Empire's running time by projecting the film at a speed of sixteen frames per second, slower than its shooting speed of twenty-four frames per second, thus making the progression to darkness almost imperceptible. Non-events such as a blinking light at the top of a neighboring building mark the passage of time. According to Warhol, the point of this film—perhaps his most famous and influential cinematic work—is to "see time go by."
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010
Visual Music - Amon Tobin music video from 12FRAMES on Vimeo.
Making Of: http://12frames.de/motion.html
This short was selected by ONEDOTZERO and will be screened as a part of "terrain" 08/09.
My graduation film. It´s a music video about a man trapped in a dream. His world, consisting of "plattenbauten" (buildings made with precast concrete slabs) begins to fall apart...
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Michael Landy on Breakdown
Tornado: The Solid and the Ephemeral
Jean Cocteau: La Belle et la Bette [Beauty and the Beast], 1946
MTV Cribs Episode: Akon
Can't embed this, so here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7T7np6HetU&feature=related
Monday, 25 January 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Thanks for your enquiry about the Brunel statue on Pennycomequick
Roundabout. The sculpture was commissioned in 2006 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of
Brunel's birth in 1806. The sculpture was carved by Lee Dickenson of 'Squashed Apple' who is based in Dorset.Parks Services celebrated Brunel's achievements in 2006 by placing the
sculpture in the Hoe Front Garden. In 2007 it was placed on the roundabout at Pennycomequick.
of the Royal Albert Bridge.
Hope this has been of help
Little footnote, during my research I did try to contact Squashed Apple and never got beyond their website home page ???
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Media responses are here:
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Here is a link to some videos I have posted on youtube. Streets in the Sky documents some of the history and redevelopment of Park Hill Flats in Sheffield. Whilst The City focuses on the people of Bath's fight to stop the redevelopment of the city by Patrick Abercrombie after World War 2. Apologies for each video being in four parts, but youtube won't accept clips longer than 10 minutes. Hope you enjoy. Rich
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Found today's Lecture really interesting as Brutalism/Modernism is the area my essay is based around. I have added some web links on the subject that you may find interesting. Hope you enjoy. Rich
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
I first watched this film at a very young age and this scene in the film was the most memorable for me as it gave me nightmares for a very long time!
just thought id share it with everyone ..