Sunday, July 29, 2007

Ulay Babait [Maybe at Home]

Ulay Babait [Maybe at Home]
Brazilian artists showing in Pyramida
Participating artists: Luiz Rodolfo Annes, Adriana Barreto, Ricardo Basbaum Marcio Botner & Pedro Agilson, Alex Cabral, Avraham Eilat, Michel Groisman, Rubens Manom, Regina Melim, Jorge Menna Barreto, Vadim Nemirovskiy, Yiftah Peled, Marga Punte, Laercio Redondo, Marco Paulo Rolla, Yehuda Yatsiv.
Coordinated by Yiftah Peled
17.07.07 - 17.08.2007

The exhibition “Ulay Babait” (Maybe at Home) is composed of artists who work in experimental , often interactive ways to develop living relationships between artists and participant. Some works are even intended to reach out beyond the space of the exhibition, sometimes all the way to the visitor's home. This happens through instructions or suggestions of participation that allow the spectators to become active participants in the work.
Ulay Babait poses a question for the visitor: Who really inhabits the house? This is also a more general territorial question; in other words, Who really inhabits any space? With whom is this territory divided or shared? And what are the possible dynamics and sensations involved in the relationships among all the possible inhabitants of a space?
Ulay Babait can be an answer for these questions; however it is a fragile answer that recognizes the cracks and the structural mistakes, that notices the flow and the fragile balance of our assumptions about the self.
-- Yiftah Peled, Coordinator

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Documenta poppies

Searching for Oz with Dorothy, through the fields of poppies, the project of Sanja Ivekovic, getting tired, sleepy...and being awoken, with the sounds of revolutionary songs emanating from the soil, like voices inside the flowers, singing through the red and the green, under the cloudy skies of Kassel, to stimulate the ears of visitors, to incite or refer to legacies of lost upheavals, and pointing to, or making aware of the horizon always there, of certain promises or potentials: the songs both come to index as well as embody, according to the logic of the voice and its musicalities, history's stirring. But when I am there, I don't hear anything...all silent, sleeping with Dorothy, the voices quieted by the gentle breeze of other thoughts...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Caputh, Germany

The summer house of Albert Einstein, built in 1929 by Konrad Wachsmann,
where Einstein spent most of days before emigrating to the US in 1932.
Initially, the city of Berlin had wanted to give the scientist a summer house
as a present upon his 50th birthday, but failed to agree on a location and
suitable dwelling. Albert politely told them to forget it, and he built his

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

frozen pizza taste test

thin crust. pastry almost like a cracker, but in a good way. carmelized onion provides sweetness. presentation is unappealing. salty. too hamy. buttery! ham=outrage.
e 7.5
a 8.0
mn 4.0
j 9.0
k 8.3
ma 6.0

too greasy. sauce too sweet. good body. pepperoni=yay. thick and chewy crust. very salty. good crust/bad sauce. good texture. "it's like when i was eating it, but i wan't eating it." somewhat bland.
e 7.0
a 6.5
mn 6.5
j 5.0
k 7.0
ma 8.0

looks dry. needs dressing - no flavor pack provided. decorative olives. crust seems dry. tomato saouce isn't bad, goat cheese o.k. crust stale. not a good experience. savory cheese good.
e 3.5
a 4.0
mn 3.0 (w/out tasting)
j 4.0
k 4.3
ma 4.5

looks overspiced. train wreck. maggie likes crust. snorts! made in a lab... poorly! garlic powder. very chemical! large pepperoni=celebrate! franken pizza.
e 2.5
a 4.0
mn 3.5
j 3.0
k 3.8
ma 3.5

looks good. salty good. anthony indifferent. sauce a little too sweet. MN - " pizza has a lot going for it!" stingy on cheese.
e 8.0
a 5.0
mn 6.5
j 6.0
k 7.3
ma 5.5

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Urban Artscape Workshop

Urban Space as a work of art -
The workshop is made by Urban Artscape (Jan Hatt-Olsen, Ásta Olga Mágnúsdottir), art group from Copenhagen and Cape Town. As part of Metropolis Thinking, Copenhagen.
In the workshop participants work through performance installations and interventions to create 'catalysators', which can initiate processes to tranform Urban Space as a whole into works of art, examining what a work of art in reality is.

The workshop will take place from the 30.7 – 3.8. The results of the workshops (made in Metropolis Thinking Lab) will be presented and evaluated by four international architects on 4.8 and 5.8.

In addition, nightly actions will be undertaken between Àsta and Jan -
We will walk around in the Copenhagen night with laptop, microphones, small loud speakers and sounds broadcast to people's mobile phones, like some 21 century alchemist to re-enchant urban spaces, so that the urban space as a whole and everyone, everything in it, will transform to the works of art and the artists they in fact already are.

As part of the Metropolis Biennial from the 27.7 – 30.8, focusing on the cross-over between art-architecture-urban planning – and urban research.