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Vanessa Vanselow: Originality vs Authenticity

3 Jul
Vanessa Vanselow Australian Graphic Design, Installation on originality vs authenticityVanessa Vanselow Australian Graphic Design, Installation on originality vs authenticityVanessa Vanselow Australian Graphic Design, Installation on originality vs authenticityVanessa Vanselow Australian Graphic Design, Installation on originality vs authenticityClick to enlarge

Recent graduate, Melbourne-based graphic designer Vanessa Vanselow created a installation to visualize her thesis on Originality vs Authenticity. It’s probably best to quote Vanessa directly on her thesis statement and explanation:

Redefining the term ‘originality’ into the more relevant term ‘authenticity’ is essential in the growth and development of the design community. Authenticity entails taking ideas and using them in a way that is unique and different. It is more about the way you are influenced by what is around you, and the way you apply your ideas to your work. It relates to how you are inspired, what elements affect you personally and how you translate this into a solution.
In creating a visual outcome, I have focused on the concept of an authentic experience that is ever changing by creating an imprint made by each viewer onto a structure, whilst projecting images and colours onto it that relate to them on a personal level. This therefore becomes a genuine and authentic experience, influenced solely by the viewer that evolves and changes through time. The ever-changing nature captures an ephemeral imprint of each user, tailoring the experience to become authentic and personal to each individual.

Here’s the stop motion animation that documents the installation in use and illustrates Vanselow’s thesis quite well.

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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse Index

1 Jul
Pulse Index, a cool interactive art installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, records participants’ fingerprints at the same time as it detects their heart rates.Pulse Index, a cool interactive art installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, records participants’ fingerprints at the same time as it detects their heart rates.Pulse Index, a cool interactive art installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, records participants’ fingerprints at the same time as it detects their heart rates.Click to enlarge

Mexican-born artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (previously here) is an electronic artist who develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation using technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance and telematic networks. In his installation Pulse Index Lozano-Hemmer invites participants to place their finger into a custom-made sensor equipped with a 220x digital microscope and a heart rate sensor. The piece displays data for the last 765 and over participants in a stepped display that creates a horizon line of skin. The fingerprint immediately appears on the largest cell of the display, pulsating to the person’s heart beat. As more people try the piece one’s own recording travels upwards until it disappears altogether.

Reading Lozano-Hemmer’s website I learned that he has a mysterious public art piece scheduled for NYC next month (August) so we’ll have to keep an eye out for that.

Photos: Anti-modular Research and Kate Russel

Front 404: Happy Birthday George Orwell

27 Jun
Surveillance Cameras with party hats in Utrecht, Netherlands, in honor of George Orwell's Birthday, Front404, street artSurveillance Cameras with party hats in Utrecht, Netherlands, in honor of George Orwell's Birthday, Front404, street artSurveillance Cameras with party hats in Utrecht, Netherlands, in honor of George Orwell's Birthday, Front404, street artClick to enlarge

Dutch duo Front404 create interactive installations with humor that aim to surprise and offer a different perspective on the world. On June 25th, in honor of George Orwell’s 110th birthday, the two, Thomas voor ‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle, placed party hats on surveillance cameras throughout the city of Utrecht. Not just a celebratory gesture, but a great way of drawing attention to the inconspicuous cameras that observe our every move and we so readily ignore. Every day, just that much closer to an Orwellian surveillance state.

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Stairway Cinema: Oh.No.Sumo

27 Jun
Stairway Cinema by Oh.No.Sumo Collective, Auckland, Australia, movie theater in stairwellStairway Cinema by Oh.No.Sumo Collective, Auckland, Australia, movie theater in stairwellStairway Cinema by Oh.No.Sumo Collective, Auckland, Australia, movie theater in stairwellClick to enlarge

The experimental design collective Oh.No.Sumo started as a creative outlet for four friends graduating from the architecture school at the University of Auckland and soon transformed into a design collective exploring many avenues of design, pushing the boundaries and allowing for uninhibited design freedoms through creative thinking and active participation. Their third and most recent major installation is Stairway Cinema at a corner in Auckland where there’s not much community interaction. By creating a mini movie theater in the stairway of a building, Oh.No.Sumo have in effect countered this issue, creating a communal and social environment that engages passers-by.

The structure was created with a timber truss covered in fabric with a waterproof exterior. Matching red cushions were added to the steps for softer seating while video content is projected onto the cantilevered end of the canopy. Very fun.

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Richard Woods: A Maze for Yorkshire

19 Jun
Richard Woods, A Maze for Yorkshire, the Orangery, Wakefield, Faux cartoon stone wall mazeRichard Woods, A Maze for Yorkshire, the Orangery, Wakefield, Faux cartoon stone wall mazeRichard Woods, A Maze for Yorkshire, the Orangery, Wakefield, Faux cartoon stone wall mazeClick to enlarge

I’ve come across artist Richard Woods’ work over the years, but I don’t think I ever quite put it all together until now. The London-based Woods likes to substitute colorful faux cartoon-y textures for the real ones. Beginning about a dozen years ago replacing wooden floor slats in a house with their colorful cartoon counterparts, Woods has since made aluminum siding homes look like tudors, revamped brick homes with larger cartoon-like faux brick exteriors, and now, at the Orangery in Wakefield, Yorkshire, he’s created a maze titled A Maze for Yorkshire in shades of pinks and reds in what he describes as a ‘cartoon Yorkshire dry stone wall.’ The temporary labyrinth measures 10 meters square with an intimate performance space at its center. The maze has an accompanying soundscape as well.

A Maze for Yorkshire will be up at The Orangery through September 29, 2013.

Photos of maze by Jonty Wilde. Other photos courtesy of the artist.

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Sonos Playground Deconstructed

12 Jun
Sonos Playground Deconstructed an immersive interactive installation at the Museum of Moving Image, Red Paper HeartSonos Playground Deconstructed an immersive interactive installation at the Museum of Moving Image, Red Paper HeartSonos Playground Deconstructed an immersive interactive installation at the Museum of Moving Image, Red Paper HeartClick to enlarge

Sonos Playground Deconstructed, an immersive and interactive installation by Red Paper Heart (previously here) — currently at the Museum of Moving Image here in NYC in conjunction with Spectacle: The Music Video exhibition — brings minimalist art to life using five detached walls suspended above a reflective floor. Each of the walls has been painted with 27 1-inch wide white lines and 26 2-inch wide black lines. By mapping the white lines set between black lines the studio was able to create a more immersive and surreal environment. Visitors are able to select any song from an iPad and watch a visualization of the music projected onto the surrounding walls. Through motion-capture technology, they can interact with and manipulate the animation through movement.

Take a look at it in motion in the video below:

Sonos Playground Deconstructed (deconstructed because it was originally installed in a 250 sq. ft shed at the Sonos Studio at the 2013 SXSW festival) is on view at the Museum of Moving Image until June 16, 2013.

Photos courtesy of Red Paper Heart and MoMI

Miranda July: We Think Alone

3 Jun

Miranda July, We Think Alone, Email project starting July 1, 2013. Private emails of Celebrities will be sent out to subscribers. Conceptual art. Fun, Strange, Goofy. VoyeurismMiranda July, We Think Alone, Email project starting July 1, 2013. Private emails of Celebrities will be sent out to subscribers. Conceptual art. Fun, Strange, Goofy. VoyeurismI’m not a twitter person. I usually dash in and out to tweet about the latest post on this blog and while there I’ll peruse the 20 or so latest tweets streaming in that minute. I find it a little overwhelming. But every once in a while I hit something in that very moment that I’m happy to have found out about and Miranda July’s latest project, We Think Alone, is a prime example. The quirky, funny, incredibly appealing writer/performance artist/filmmaker/actress has created the email-inbox-only project as part of a Swedish exhibit titled “On the Tip of My Tongue”. A collection of private emails from celebrities and public figures (some friends of July) that include Lena Dunham, Kirsten Dunst, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be sent out every Monday between July 1st and November 1st to anyone who signs up to receive them. The previously written emails from the sent folders of these people will deal with the subject-of-the-week selected by the artist. July’s first subject is “Money” and those emails will arrive on July 1st. It sounds a bit conceptual, definitely odd and, of course, voyeuristic but, based on Miranda July’s past projects, I have faith that it will be interesting and subscribed last Friday.

If you’d like to read more about the project and/or sign up to receive the emails yourself, you can do that here. If you’re not familiar with Miranda July’s work, you might enjoy this website, or just look through the many projects on her main site.

via @Miranda_July

Anne Lilly: Temporal Tincture

23 May
Anne Lilly, Interactive kinetic stainless steel sculptures, mechanical sculpture, temporal tinctureAnne Lilly, Interactive kinetic stainless steel sculptures, mechanical sculpture, temporal tinctureAnne Lilly, Interactive kinetic stainless steel sculptures, mechanical sculpture, temporal tinctureClick to enlarge

I first saw Boston-based artist Anne Lilly’s beautiful interactive kinetic stainless steel sculptures at Scope NY a few months back and thought they were among the best pieces at the show. More recently, I saw more of them at the very intimate Beth Swanström Gallery where the artist herself was present. She spoke enthusiastically about her switch, years ago, from architecture to sculpture and the thrill she got the first time she entered a metal workshop surrounded by all the lathes and other tools.

Lilly’s sculptures have a fluidity and elegance that rival that of the most graceful dancer. The cool, mechanical, minimalist steel pieces (many of which remind me of some of my favorite Blomus housewares) need only a slight push and off they go in an incredibly smooth movement where collision seems inevitable, yet never occurs. Trust me, it’s worth watching the videos below to get the full effect, or as much of a full effect that one can get online.

Photos & videos courtesy of Anne Lilly and Galerie Swanström

Somos Luz: Boamistura

23 May
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The folks of Boamistura (previously here & here) were at it again, doing what they do so well: fostering pride and community in impoverished neighborhoods with their street art interventions. Their latest participatory urban art project Somos Luz (We are Light) took place this past March in Panama City. Invited by the Panama Art Biennial and as part of their own Crossroads project, Boamistura enlisted the help of the inhabitants of the Begonia I building in El Chorrillo to paint the phrase “Somos Luz” on the façade of their building. Each apartment (50 total) was responsible for painting their own home including corridors and stairways. The concept was based on a color grid that, when seen from up close, looks like abstract shapes but, from a distance, spells out their proud bright message. It’s win-win all around. The building got a much needed coat of paint (see ‘before’ in third photo down from top.) The community, down to the young children, were included in the project. And a sense of well-deserved pride was instilled in all who live in the Begonia I building. Nice work as usual Boamistura!

MT Masking Tape Installation: Koji Iyama

14 May
Koji Iyama, Iyama Design, colorful masking tape installation for mt tape in Sendai, JapanKoji Iyama, Iyama Design, colorful masking tape installation for mt tape in Sendai, JapanKoji Iyama, Iyama Design, colorful masking tape installation for mt tape in Sendai, JapanClick to enlarge

This delightfully colorful tape installation designed by Koji Iyama took place in Sendai, Japan, as a promotion for mt masking tape. Iyama and his team set out to show the multiple/alternate uses of the bright and patterned rolls by covering the walls and floors—as well as other objects they came across—of a huge old garage and then hanging thousands of rolls from the ceiling. The visitors could walk through the space and peruse the tape selections on the tables as well. You can see a time-lapse video of the installation process below:

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Rain Room at MoMA: Random International

13 May
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It’s been a weekend of wall-to-wall art and design here in NYC with art fairs small and large, from Pulse, to Nada, to Collective, to Frieze and, of course, the opening of Rain Room at MoMA, the interactive and immersive installation by rAndom International that first debuted at the Barbican Centre in London last October. I will be featuring some of the highlights, for me, from these events in the next few days but here, for starters, is the amazing Rain Room.

Rain Room is a large-scale environment (in the case of MoMA, it’s a separate entity outside the museum on 54th Street) with a field of pouring rain whose flow is suspended detecting the presence of bodies, allowing visitors to wander around the room amidst the beautifully highlighted drops, without getting wet. Injection moulded tiles, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, 3D tracking cameras, custom software and steel beams are involved in the production of the installation. Definitely fun and cool, making for some stunning photographs (better ones if you opt for camera over phone) and lots of kids running fast trying (and mostly succeeding) to get wet.

But, as with all fun and cool NYC activities, there are long lines. If you’re a museum member the wait is slightly shorter, but even early on the first day, while there were probably many still unaware of the exhibit, the wait was about an hour and a half. So, go prepared and avoid peak hours. There are early morning members-only hours from 9:30 to 10:30am but getting there by 9am is likely to be a good idea.

Rain Room is part of EXPO 1: New York and will be on view through July 28, 2013.

Photos: Joe Holmes; rAndom International; and collabcubed

NYC Culture on the Cheap: Weekend 5/10

10 May

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Free& Cheap things to do 5/10/13 to 5/12/13
Free & Cheap things to do in NYC this weekend (5/10/13 to 5/12/13). It’s an especially good weekend for fans of art and design…
1. DESIGN/ART: Fri 5/10 & Sat 5/11 – Collective Design Fair at Pier 57 – will present a cohesive, curated selection of contemporary design and historical pieces from galleries around the world. $25 Fri 11am to 9pm; Sat 11am to 5pm. Register in advance.
2. ART:  All weekend & through 9/2 – Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney $15. Also Fri 5/10 Film No Restraint by Barney at 7pm. Morgan Library. FREE Friday Evenings.
3. ART/DESIGN:  All weekend – PULSE NY at the Metropolitan Pavilion.  11am to 8pm $20 to $25
4. MUSIC: Fri 5/10 & Sat 5/11 – Downtown Music Festival  Full day passes between $25 and $45
5. DESIGN/ARCHITECTURE/TALKS/ART:  All weekend & through 5/21 – NYCxDESIGN inaugural citywide event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines. Events will be staged across all five boroughs,from convention facilities and galleries to design schools and public parks. Most events FREE
6. ART: All weekend – NADA NYC: creatively reinventing the experience and presentation of art in a fair enviornment. at Basketball City at Pier 36 on the East River. See hours FREE.
7. FILM/COMEDY:  Fri 5/10 –Kevin Geeks Out about Rip-Off Cinema. Comedy-variety show hosted by Kevin Maher. Vintage clips and videos, games and curiosities. 8pm $10
8. DESIGN/ART: All weekend  – Brooklyn Designs annual exhibit of local designers work in furnishings, lighting, and accessories made or designed in Brooklyn.  Fri open to Trade. Sat 10 to 7pm, Sun 11am to 6pm. $15 to $20.
9. DESIGN CONFERENCE: Sat 5/11 – Counter/Point: the 2013 D-Crit Conference. 12:30 to 7pm. at SVA theater. FREE with Registration
10. ARCHITECTURE WALK/TOUR:  Sat 5/11 – AIA Roosevelt Island: 1970s “New Town In Town” to FDR Four Freedoms 11am to 1pm $15 to $25
11. ARCHITECTURE/TALK: Fri 5/10 – Diller Scofidio in conversation with Dimendberg Vidler and Polan about Lincoln Ctr., 6 to 8pm. FREE with RSVP
12. ART/PARTICIPATORY: Sun 5/12 through 7/28 – The very cool installation that doesn’t get you wet: The Rain Room opens at MoMA $25 admission. FREE Friday evenings and first 100 visitors on Tuesdays in May.

More Topotek 1: Temporary Playground

6 May
Topotek 1, Cool, inflatable, temporary playground, installation, interactive, landscape architecture, State Garden Show WolfsburgTopotek 1, Cool, inflatable, temporary playground, installation, interactive, landscape architecture, State Garden Show WolfsburgTopotek 1, Cool, inflatable, temporary playground, installation, interactive, landscape architecture, State Garden Show WolfsburgClick to enlarge

Yes, it seems that I’m smitten with Topotek 1’s work (see previous post.) This cotton-candy pink temporary playground was created for the State Garden Show in Wolfsburg, Germany. It’s clear that color and fun are both things that these guys know how to work with well. Twenty-four inflatable objects and fifteen cubes made of foam rubber were strewn across a lawn along with bouncy mats that beckoned to any passer-by. Inspired by grazing horses, young-girls’ romanticism and a Barbie-doll world, this temporary structure is part sculpture part interactive play object.

A more recent garden show installation, in fact going on right now, is in Hamburg and includes wacky Aqua Soccer and Dymaxion Golf. Check it out here.

All photos courtesy the architects and fandisk256’s flickr.

Topotek 1: Cold War

6 May
Art Installation Cold War at Venice Architecture Biennale by Topotek 1, landscape architects. Interactive installation with refrigerators and art installations inside each one, cool art, fun installationArt Installation Cold War at Venice Architecture Biennale by Topotek 1, landscape architects. Interactive installation with refrigerators and art installations inside each one, cool art, fun installationcool interactive art installation Cold War by Topotek 1, Venice Architecture BiennaleClick to enlarge

The first thing I thought of when I landed on German landscape architecture studio Topotek 1’s (previously here) projects page and was greeted with all the brightness was “Why don’t real refrigerators come with bright-colored interiors??” So great! Maybe one color for the freezer and another for the fridge? But, they’re not selling refrigerators at Topotek 1. Instead, these are images from their very fun interactive installation titled Cold War at the Venice Architectural Biennale 08. Roughly twenty fridges were lined up and stacked against a wall in the Italian Pavilion each containing funhouse-like effects from sounds, kaleidoscopic viewing machines, to fans, mirrors, peep holes and more. According to principals Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler, the installations are a demonstration of the company’s work tactics, offering a glimpse into enchanting worlds.

Photos courtesy of Topotek 1 except image of fan courtesy designboom.

NYC Culture on the Cheap: Weekend 5/3

3 May

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Free & Cheap things to do this weekend in NYC (5/3/13 to 5/5/13)
It’s going to be a perfect Spring weekend so here are plenty of suggestions to keep you out and about with culture and fun. Free & Cheap things to do this weekend in NYC (5/3/13 to 5/5/13) Walks, talks, music, art, Ideas Festival, Pen World Voices Fest, Red Bull Music Fest, Nuit Blanche events, Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo and so much more!
1. THEATER: Fri 5/3 and all weekend – Blondie of Arabia. Monica Hunken’s one-woman show on her odyssey biking through 3 countries in the Middle East weeks before the Arab Spring. A quirky comedy. Monica talks after the Fri 5/3 and 5/10 performances. 8pm. $25.
2. LITERATURE/READINGS:  Fri 5/3 – PEN World Voices of International Literature’s Literary Mews. Nestled among the cobblestone streets of NYU’s storied Washington Mews, this day-long “festival within the Festival” will feature writers’ workshops in the morning and readings in the afternoon. FREE
3. ART:  Fri 5/3 & all weekend through 6/20 – Holton Rower Focus paintings, Pour Paintings two bodies of work side by side. Diverse results achieved by the artist through his innovative and deceptively simple process of pouring hand-made acrylic paints over wood. Rower will also introduce a new body of work titled “Focus paintings” which are amazingly out of focus! Opening Fri 6 to 9pm. FREE
4. FILM: Fri 5/3 & Sat 5/4 – New York Indian Film Festival $15  See schedule.
5. ART/ARCHITECTURE/URBAN STUDIES/DESIGN/FOOD: Fri 5/3 & Sat 5/4 –Ideas City is a biennial Festival in New York City of conferences, workshops, an innovative StreetFest around the Bowery, and more than one hundred independent projects and public events that are forums for exchanging ideas, proposing solutions, and accelerating creativity. So much to do so check schedule to pick. A few events that caught my eye: Creation 3D; Human Hotel; and Murals on the Bowery. 9am to Midnight. FREE
6. MUSIC: All weekend & through 5/31– Red Bull Music Academy. An amazing amount of music events all around town ranging mostly from FREE to $20. Check events on their site.
7. WALK/ARCHITECTURE:  Sat 5/4 – The Great Saunter. A 32 mile walk around Manhattan’s Shoreline.7am to 7pm $20
8. ART/VIDEO/LIGHT: Sat 5/4  – Nuit Blanche presents Change of State. Site-specific projection on the facade of the New Museum.  And Mulberry Street Night Fest where the street is converted into a series of cool light, projection-mapping, and video installations. 8pm to midnight. FREE
9. ART/PARTICIPATORY/FUN: Sat 5/4 & Sun 5/5 – The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure: Experiment 17 - DUMBO Individuals (or pairs) sign up for a personalized journey that remixes history, memory, the everyday and the spectacular. A multitude of performers will be scattered through the neighborhood to lead you through a series of unexpected and fabulous DUMBO encounters. Noon to 5pm $10.
10. ARCHITECTURE/WALK/TOUR: Sat 5/4 – Made in LIC: A Jane Jacobs Walking Tour of Long Island City 12pm at The Clock Tower. FREE
11. MUSIC: Sat 5/4 – Brooklyn Flea Record Fair at Smorgasburg 11am to 6pm. FREE
12. ARCHITECTURE/WALKING TOUR: Sat 5/4 – Hudson Yards: Design(in) The New Heart of NY. OHNY. Exhibit and architect-led tours. 10am to 3pm. Register. FREE.
13. MUSIC/ART/FUN: Sat 5/4 – Earth Day Rockaway: Free activities, live music by Il Collectivo, art-related booths, kite-making, recycling olympics and much more. 12 to 4pm. FREE
14. FUN/SPECTATOR: Sat 5/4 – Kentucky Derby watch sites
15. THEATER: All weekend & through 3/19 – The Pulitzer Prize winning play ‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman. General Admission $18
16. MUSIC/DANCE/PARTY: Sun 5/5 – Cinco de Mayo with Body Language. Dance Party at Glasslands Gallery. 8:30pm. $10 to $12
17. MUSIC/ART/INSANITY: Sun 5/5 – The National perform their song “Sorrow” for 6 hours straight as part of Ragnar Kjartansson’ A Lot of Sorrow at PS1 in the VW Dome $15 Tkts
18. FOOD/DRINK/FIESTA: Sun 5/5 – Roberta’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Tacos, Cervezas. Tequila, music, pinatas! 2pm to 10pm

Get outside and enjoy!

Danielle Tay: Pods

2 May
Danielle Tay, Installation Art, Pods, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, immersive art, cool environmentsDanielle Tay, Installation Art, Pods, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, immersive art, cool environmentsDanielle Tay, Installation Art, Pods, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, immersive art, cool environmentsClick to enlarge

Currently studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, Singaporean artist Danielle Tay works in a variety of mediums though up until recently they seem to mostly be limited to walls. Her most recent work appears to be a bit of a departure, stepping into immersive installation art with her work PODS showcased at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow this past January in their very appropriate Art Experiment 2013 show. Each pod had a different interior, some were crawled into, others acted more like canopies, but all of them seem to have offered a very cool environment to its visitor.

The Museum of Broken Relationships

25 Apr
The Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia, Zagreb, Objects left behind and donated at the end of love affairs, shared belongings, mementos, gifts. Odd Museums. Travel destination
Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia, Handcuffs
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From wedding chapel to The Museum of Broken Relationships all in the same day! Yes, it’s true, there is a museum of said name and theme. Originally a traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins, the success of the exhibit encouraged its founders Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic to establish the Museum’s permanent collection within the baroque Kulmer Palace in Zagreb, Croatia. The concept is simple: the Museum offers a chance “to overcome an emotional collapse through creation” by contributing to its collection. Donors part with objects left behind at the end of love affairs such as shared belongings, mementos, and gifts. It’s not clear what actually compels them to donate—some may do it out of grief while others exhibitionism—but whatever their reasons, people seem to embrace the notion.

Though different in theme, the collection of odd and random objects in a museum setting reminds me of the Cortlandt Alley Museum as well as Claes Oldenberg’s Mouse Museum currently on exhibit at MoMA.

As previously mentioned, the museum also has a touring component and currently that collection can be seen at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado through May 26th.

Wedding Chapel: DUS Architects

25 Apr
Wedding Chapel Villa Escamp by Dus Architects, 2kms ventilation tubes crocheted together to create a dome in the NetherlandsWedding Chapel Villa Escamp by Dus Architects, 2kms ventilation tubes crocheted together to create a dome in the NetherlandsWedding Chapel Villa Escamp by Dus Architects, 2kms ventilation tubes crocheted together to create a dome in the NetherlandsClick to enlarge

The wedding chapel is part of Villa Escamp, a temporary city hall for the Escamp district in The Hague. The 6-meter long and 3-meter high dome, designed by DUS Architects in Amsterdam, was crocheted using two kilometers of flexible white ventilation tubes creating a peaceful atmosphere with soft acoustics and lighting. It can accommodate up to 50 people and, yes, people can actually marry there.

via thetreemag

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