Armin Linke is an artist/photographer of italian-german descent and lives in Milan. As a photographer and filmmaker he documents scenes where the boundary between fiction and reality almost becomes invisible. Some of his photos are shot in the most unexpected places in the world. While I was in Milan this year, Mai and I, were invited to become his subjects. I attach some of the photos he took of me. Check his website here
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
I have just finished a print on demand book for the Anathena exhibition taking place at Deste Foundation, opening on the 19th of Oct. This book contains a 2 page profile of all the artists, curators, architect and writers that were involved with the show. It is available from a website called Cafepress that prints whenever there is demand. You order it from here
Monday, September 25, 2006
WhatRemainsIsFuture.com. I attach some of my photos of few artowrks.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
I wanted to write about this since a lot of time ago but the article I read yesterday at Vimagazino reminded me to do it right away. The architectural competition for a proposal of a block of residencies in the recently "trendy" area of Athens called Metaksourgeio. The majority of the proposals for this really interesting spot was deja-vu. Most of the projects lack of orginality and a different perception of the existing condition. It is very clear (I followed all the progress of this competition) that the majority of the architects had in mind how to please the constructing company and make the building as much commercial as it gets...without having ANY experimental approach, ANY new idea to propose in a city that the only buliding can be presented as a sample of greek contemporary architecture is the Benaki Museum(imagine!!!). I just mention the first prize and the one that will be built. The building of Katerina Tsigarida is a building to remind us of the obnoxious and ugly colourful office buildings that the greek constructing companies are doing the last 5 years in new areas such as Kantza and or on the highway to Lamia. Fortunately and strangely the 3rd prize will be built (I. Papadopoulos- G Daskalaki- Tasos Biris). The 3rd proposal is not the "experimental" approach but is well-done and serves fully it's commercial purposes (aligned with the hidden but dominating concept of the competition). It is a copy and a follower of the trendy modernist comeback with more pleasant colors than the 1st prize and some ideas that are ok and fully executable. It should have been better as a school project. To be continued....
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Reading about the Middle East on New Yorker magazine is always educational and the least superficial you can get. This time the NewYorker had an extensive article by Lawrence Wright on what are the plans of Al Qaeda for the next 15 years. A scary extract:"By 2020, “definitive victory” will have been achieved....The Islamic state will lead the human race once again to the shore of safety and the oasis of happiness.” Read whole article on the New Yorker website
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
During the architecture Biennial in Venice I saw 2 art shows. One was the "Where Are We Going?": Selections from the François Pinault Collection at the newly rennovated but uptight Palazzo Grassi. The show was good as expected with no surprises. Another show was the Lucio Fontana at the Peggy Guggenheim. I did not like these Fontana pieces which were made and inspired after one of his visits in New York. I moved to the permanent collection building to enjoy the Max Ernst, Magritte and Yves Tanguy paintings once again.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
The 10th edition of the Architecture Biennial has just opened at the Giardini and the Arsenale. This year's theme is about Cities, Architecture and Society. It is curated by Richard Burdett. I almost visited every pavillion and the Arsenale. One of the main aspects of this biennial is a sparse ideas of proposals and a vast presentation of information (overpopulated cities, migration etc). Ideas that I have seen 3 years ago when Rem Koolhaas was the guest editor of Wired. Of course there are some highlights. The French pavillion was one of them. The project was called Metavilla in which a team of people did a sort of a squat in the pavillion building a temporary block of rooms. The Austrian pavillion which one of it's projects was the Aircraft Carrier City by Hans Hollein made in 1964. An aircrfat dugged in a rural area creating a new city. More about the architecture Biennial on Andreas' blog.