Monday, August 20, 2007

street light museum berlin

Walking through the Tiergarten in Berlin and coming upon this collection of street lights taken from different cities in Germany, and from different time periods, struck me as a delightful way to construct a museum - situating the lights in a public site, allowing them to continue to function, while also displacing them so as to highlight their particular histories and aesthetic features.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

art and anarchism

It seems that anarchism is in the air... or at least several recent books that address contemporary anarchist ideas. I just came accross Roopa Singh's review of Realizing The Impossible (AK Press), edited by Josh MacPhee and Eric Reuland. It made me want to rush out and buy it... I have been reading another AK press anthology called No Gods, No Masters which is a historical look at some of the (mostly european) theorists of Anarchism. And of course, there's David Graeber's short read Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology which I can't recommend highly enough... You can order or download that here.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Looking for Beuys

"Beuys's project 7000 Oaks began in 1982 at Documenta 7 in Kassel, which called for the planting of seven thousand trees, each paired with a columnar basalt stone approximately four feet high above ground. The project took five years to complete, the last tree having been planted at the opening of Documenta 8 in 1987. Beuys intended the Kassel project to be the first stage in an ongoing scheme of tree planting to be extended throughout the world as part of a global mission to effect environmental and social change; locally, the action was a gesture towards urban renewal."