Feb 27, 2013

A Million Times | A Kinetic Installation

Një Milion Herë është instalimi i ri i studios Suedeze Humans Since 1982
" Ai përbëhet nga 288 orë analoge të programuara nga një iPad për të krijuar një seri motivesh vizuale në lëvizje, faqen e një ore dixhitale dhe mbishkrime. Projekti është komisionuar nga dezaijneri dhe shitësi artit Victor Hunt, që thotë: "I mbyllur në funksionalitetin e tij për të treguar kohën, (që është) karakteri tipik i një ore analoge – me dy krahët në lëvizje të vazhdueshme rreth qendrës – zbulon cilësitë e fshehura figurative pa mohuar qëllimin primar." 

A Million Times is the new installation from the Swedish studio Humans Since 1982
" It uses 288 analogue clocks programmed via an iPad to create a series of swooping, swirling visual patterns, a digital clock face and lettering. It was commissioned by the design and art dealer Victor Hunt, who said: "Locked in its functionality to show the time, the natural character inherent to an analogue clock – with its two arms constantly dancing in slow motion around the center – unveils hidden figurative qualities without denying its primary purpose." via
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Feb 25, 2013

QRadio | A Public Music Sharing Installation

QRadio, the latest project by Berlin based artist SWEZA, is a street art installation that intervenes in the city through public digital interaction. All you need is a smartphone (as a cassette tape) to make the Boom Box work.

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This is something that local musicians and bands can utilize to share and promote their work. Also, the public display of their creativity can engage neighborhoods and amplify street atmosphere. 


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Feb 24, 2013

The Art of Illustration | Interpretation Through Imagery

**Creative Sunday Series
Duke përdorur një serë teknikash dhe stile nga vizatimet me laps, bojrat e ujit, të vajit dhe ato akrelike, tek kolazhet, punët 3D dhe ato dixhitale, ilustrimet pasqyrojnë histori dhe domethënie nga ato më faktike tek më fiktivet, nga editorialet nëpër revista dhe gazeta, tek librat komikë dhe mediat aktiviste
Zhvillimi dhe përdorimi i gjërë i fotografisë ndër vite ka mundësuar ilustruesit të shohin brenda imagjinatës dhe botës së tyre kreative duke prodhuar punë më artistike dhe ekspresive.
Sot, ata janë më të interesuar në interpretimin e sensibilitetit kreativ nëpërmjet imazheve sesa në krijimin e tyre për qëllime informative nëpër revista apo gazeta.

Illustrators articulate what a photograph cannot. Using an array of techniques and styles, illustrators evoke stories and meaning in a variety of mediums, from editorial illustration in magazines and newspapers, to comics books, to activist media. And as their tasks over the years have become less informational and more expressive, their individual voice as artists becomes all the more critical and beautiful, revealing an exciting and awe-inspiring age of illustration.
Featuring:
A Brief History of Illustration: Steven Guarnaccia, Professor, Illustration Program at The New School
Editorial Illustration: Yuko Shimisuhttp://yukoart.com/
Comic Book Illustration: Sean Murphyhttp://seangordonmurphy.com/
Standing Out as An Illustrator: Molly Crabapplehttp://mollycrabapple.com/


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Feb 22, 2013

Mirrored Facade | Illusionary Perception of an Urban Element

Facades as urban funscapes? Yes, please.

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One of the many optical illusion projects by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich is called bâtiment. A large-scale installation consisting of a building facade constructed on the sidewalk and a multi-story mirror towering next to it. 
The mirrored facade throws us off at first because it appears weightless and people are hanging off its elevation, but soon enough we'd want to do the same. 

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Our perception of building facades, as a visually accessible public urban element and not a physical public space, is somewhat challenged by this project. 
Wouldn't it be awesome to start thinking of such mundane elements as playful urban territory?

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Perceptimi jonë i fasadave të pallateve si një element urban, publik vetëm në qasjen vizuale dhe jo si hapësirë konkrete, sfidohet disi nga ky projekt. 
Nuk do të ishte mirë ti mendonim elementet e tilla mondane si territore urbane plot gjallëri dhe zbavitje?

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Feb 20, 2013

Social Participation in Public Spaces | Occupying Commons

David Harvey, "The Right to the City" // "E Drejta Për Qytet"
The question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from that of what kind of social ties, relationship to nature, lifestyles, technologies and aesthetic values we desire. The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is . . . one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights."
Pyetja se çfarë qyteti duam nuk mund të ndahet nga lloji i marrdhënieve sociale, raporti me natyrën, jetesa, teknologjia dhe vlerat estetike që dëshirojmë. E drejta për qytetin është shumë më tepër se liria individuale për qasjen e burimeve urbane: është e drejta për të ndryshyar veten duke ndryshuar qytetin. Është më tepër një e drejtë e përbashkët se individuale, meqënëse ky transformim varet në mënyrë të pashmangshme në ushtrimin e një fuqie kolektive në riformimin e proçeseve të urbanizimit. Liria për të bërë dhe ribërë qytetet tona ashtu si dhe vetveten është. . . një nga të drejtat njerëzore sa të çmuara aq dhe të neglizhuara që kemi."
Jeffrey Hou, "Insurgent Public Space" // "Hapësira Kryengritëse Publike"
Today, even as more and more public spaces have become heavily regulated and privatized, there are attempts by individuals and communities at greater freedom. (7)
[...] citizen initiatives and informal activities have created other new uses and forms of public space. They include spontaneous events, unintended uses, and a variety of activities that defy or escape existing rules and regulations. (10) 
[...] precisely because these acts do not require overburdening investment or infrastructure, they enable individuals and often small groups to effect changes in the otherwise hegemonic urban landscapes. Although the actions may be informal and erratic, they have helped destabilize the structure and relationships in the official public space and release possibilities for new interactions, functions, and meanings. (15)"
Sot, edhe pse hapësirat publike gjithnjë e më shumë kontrollohen dhe privatizohen, ka përpjekje nga individë dhe komunitete për më shumë liri. (7) 
[...] iniciativat qytetare dhe aktivitetet informale kanë krijuar përdorime dhe forma të reja të hapësirës publike. Ato përfshijnë evente spontane, përdorime të paparashikuara, dhe një shumëllojshmëri aktivitetesh që sfidojnë apo nuk zbatojnë rregullat dhe rregulloret ekzistuese. (10) 
[...] pikërisht për shkak se këto veprime nuk kërkojnë investime apo infrastruktura të mëdha, ato mundësojnë individë dhe shpesh herë grupe të vogla të bëjnë ndryshime në peisazhet tashmë hegjemoniste urbane. Edhe pse veprimet mund të jenë informale dhe të çrregullta, ato kanë ndihmuar destabilizimin e strukturës dhe marrëdhënieve në hapësirën formale publike si dhe kanë krijuar mundësi për bashkëveprime, funksione dhe kuptime të reja. (15)"
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In recent years, recession has caused social (mass) protests of all sorts. All around the world people have taken to the streets to 'perform' their anger and the injustice done to them. In a way they have redefined public space by occupying it, not only physically but by (creatively) voicing their human rights. 
They have opened it to discussion, a democratic one at that. Isn't it why the Greeks first established the agora

How do we take privatization, commercialization and political control out of it to restore its commons? Can that space be really public?

Here are a few examples of different social participation performance:

Occupy Wall Street

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For the full article go here.

" We must not be satisfied merely to ask how such models might conform to the supposed “realities” of a fetishized corporate economy. Rather, we must ask, quite pragmatically: What sort of political economy, and what sort of society, would be required to make another way of living possible or even conceivable in the first place? For there is nothing preventing us, in an agonistic and participatory manner, from devising and debating forms of shelter — of housing — that correspond, in microcosm and macrocosm, with the still-resonant slogan of the anti-corporate, anti-globalization protests from which the Occupy movement has itself taken inspiration: Another world is possible."

10.000 yellow helmets at Milan's stock exchange

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On 'the day of anger' in front of the Milan stock exchange, Italian workers, laborers, clerks, surveyors, architects and real estate agents brought attention to a sector that in the past five years, according to data from the center for economic research and market sociology, has lost 157 million companies as well as 893 million employees. (via)

Smoke and noise as a form of protest
The spanish group Luzinterruptus has taken to the streets yet again. Their latest project uses smoke and noise to protest political corruption and the controlling powers of publics.  
"This environment, belonging to a post-conflict zone or of a church during the hours of mass, was inviting to stay and watch as the smoke materialized the beams of light from the lampposts, forming imperfect cones in space, within which the smoke evolved in hypnotic movements." (via)

Art Kontakt Flash Mob in Tirana


Last December, Art Kontakt organized a Flashmob in Tirana. The goal was not only to bring a fun and engaging social event to the biggest, sparsely used and most central Albanian public space but also, to hang postcards dedicated to Albanian Railways on the big Christmas tree, wishing a speedy recovery to the binaries and trains in order to facilitate the communication of Albanians with Europe, but most importantly among us. (via) 

So, how can we (as designers and urban dwellers) take back and transform our cities? 
How do we push and encourage ourselves and others to not only question but take action through social participation, to engage (what are now institutionalized urban publics) commons in alternative ways (such as Park(ing) Day and many others) so we can fully explore the potential of the city?

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Feb 17, 2013

Projecting Into Snow | Digital Shrapnel

**Creative Sunday Series

Winter weather can produce some amazing digital effects. 

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Photographer Brian Maffitt has captured snowstorm Nemo on a completely different specter. 
"Producing magnificent images that look like something out of a science fiction movie or a DNA lab. 
“It became a process that felt very much like painting, where I tried to match the length of the depressed shutter with the speed and density of the snow." 
“Too much snow and too long an exposure would blow out the scene.”
“This is the only time I’ve captured a ‘digital’ result using purely analog means,” says Maffitt."
Check out the video below.
Read the full article on wired.



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Feb 16, 2013

Otherness | Misc. Projects of the Week


Otherness projects pick for this week show different ways of creating a sense of place (habitable, visual or experiential) in spatial thresholds as context or locations: how it comes to life when projected on a surface; how it is inhabited and informed in digital space; how it operates for habitation - afloat in the sky, stranded in south pole or just building lunar habits. 

GEOMETRIC LIGHT INSTALLATION
lights, perspex, glass and projections transform gallery space into eye-popping geometric visuals, 
as well as photographing these creations and turning them into 3D images   

image © bahar yurukoglu

LIVE VISUALIZATION OF WORLD'S TWEETS
tweetping, a real-time twitter tracking interactive visualization that results in a constantly changing image with a great amount of information and no pause button or off switch  

image © tweetping

59 STEPS TO AIR - BY SUN POWER
designed to float on the power of solar, using garbage bags, transparent tape, rope, bicycle wheels and other flotsam jetsam materials to fabricate the structure 

image © tomas saraceno


HALLEY VI ANTARCTIC RESEARCH STATION
the facility consists of an assemblage mounted on hydraulic legs designed to deal with Antarctic’s problematic conditions such as: 
extreme temperatures, inhospitable geography, and stretches of unwieldy ice

image © british antarctic survey

3D PRINTING LUNAR BASE DESIGN
3D print structures on the moon using local materials
building lunar habits 
by devising a weight-bearing ‘catenary’ dome design with a cellular structured wall to shield against micro-meteoroids 
and space radiation

image © european space agency

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Feb 14, 2013

Featured Exhibit | Genti Korini / Abstrakt


prezanton // presents:

STRUKTURA KALIMTARE 
EPHEMERAL STRUCTURES
nga // by
Genti Korini  ABSTRAKT
21 February - 23 March 2013 
Opening @18:00 h 
Event RSVP


Galeria Kombëtare e Arteve hap ekspozitën e artistit Genti Korini. I lindur në 1979, kjo është ekspozita e parë personale e artistit në galeri dhe përmbledh një cikël të fundit pikturash abstrakte.
Në se shohim punët e fundit të Korinit, takohemi apo ritakohemi me pikturën abstrakte. Një pikturë komplekse që kemi nevojë ta zbërthejmë për ta kuptuar më mirë. Shpesh shfaqet aty një lloj strukture a gjeometrie që merr formë dhe bashkëjeton me lëndën përbërëse abstrakte.
Linja apo blloqe të pikturuara me vendosmëri e shpesh me ngjyra të forta e evidentuese krijojnë hapësira e plane që diç të kujtojnë. Duket sikur autori është nisur me një mendim të caktuar për të ndërtuar diçka, një strukturë, një motiv apo një objekt por rrugës ka ndryshuar mendje dhe e ka lënë atë përgjysëm.
Në të tjera tablo kemi vizatime e struktura më të sakta që krijojnë edhe objekte me forma gjeometrike, po që mbeten pa funksion të përcaktuar e madje më shumë shkatërrojnë se sa ndërtojnë një konkluzion mbi tablonë dhe imazhin që ajo prezanton.
Ekspozita shoqërohet nga një katalog me ilustrimet e plota të pikturave, i cili përfshin një ese nga Alban Hajdinaj kurator dhe studiues në GKA.
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National Gallery of Arts presents an exhibition of works by the artist Genti Korini. Born in 1979, this is the artist’s first solo show in the gallery and brings together a interesting selection of his abstract paintings. 
Looking through Korini’s latest works, we encounter or re-encounter abstract painting - a complex painting that we need to disassemble in order to distinguish its main features and understand it better. There often appears a geometric type of structure that takes form and coexists with the abstract subject matter.  
Lines or blocks painted convincingly and often with strong visible colors create spaces and angles and seem to remind us of something. It appears as if these shapes, sometimes precise and other times fluid, fracture the composition. They attempt to take us somewhere, towards a volume, or a certain perspective, but they never quite get there. It seems as if the author had started with a clear idea of building something, perhaps a structure, a motive or an object, but changed his mind along the process and left it unfinished. 
In other works, we find drawings and structures that are more precise and form geometrically shaped figures, with no clear function ascribed to them. In fact, they destroy rather than build a conclusion about the composition and the images that it represents. 
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, which includes an essay by curator and writer at the NGA, Alban Hajdinaj.
Here's a video from this exhibit:



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Feb 13, 2013

Architecture Love Cards by Architecture for Humanity

Këtë Shën Valentin, Architecture for Humanity ka bërë një seri kartolinash arkitekture që mund t'ia jepni të dashurve, miqve dhe të afërmve tuaj. Këto jane disa nga ndërtesat më të famshme në bote që na kane bërë të apasionohemi më shumë me arkitekturën në pergjithësi. 

Castelvecchio Museum, Verona, renovated by Carlo Scarpa

This Valentine's day, Architecture for Humanity has made a series of architecture love cards that you can share with your friends and close ones. You can find a few of the buildings from around the world that made us fall in love with architecture.

You can find the rest of the cards on their website if you want to download it or share on social media.


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Feb 9, 2013

Otherness | Misc. Projects of the Week

Otherness projects pick for this week invite the user to differently experience space in its dimensional capacity and aesthetic practice

FIREWALL
a spandex installation interface that reacts to the stretching touch of the user
by measuring its depth with visuals and music, with the ability to switch between calm and aggressive


WOVEN WALLS INSTALLATION
hand-woven 'walls' of thread-patterned installation that 
generate an illusory transparency and spaces that appear three-dimensional

image © wies preijde

SPRING / SUMMER 2013
the animation is inspired by Superstudio, Archizoom's No Stop City, 
Dubai, spas, Brave New World, and general decadence


Spring Summer 2013 from Illustrated People on Vimeo.

TAGTOOL APP PAINTS CITY WITH LIGHTS
by OMAi
an iPad app that enables you to create art and project it large-scale onto the sides of buildings, turning your city into a virtual canvas 


CAMOUFLAGE BUILDINGS
an urban intervention improves the streetscape 
by using tile, mirrors, hi-res photo prints, and paint to camouflage ugly buildings

photo by Roeland Otten


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Feb 8, 2013

TEDx Talks | Edi Rama: Take Back Your City with Paint

Edi Rama: Take back your city with paint

Make a city beautiful, curb corruption. Edi Rama took this deceptively simple path as mayor of Tirana, Albania, where he instilled pride in his citizens by transforming public spaces with colorful designs. With projects that put the people first, Rama decreased crime -- and showed his citizens they could have faith in their leaders. (Filmed at TEDxThessaloniki.)
From 2000 to 2011 Edi Rama was the mayor of Tirana, where he implemented a series of reforms to take back the city for the people.

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tags: painting urbanism, featured artist | kryetari bashkisë, le clash, architecture in albania, utopian tirana, play tirana,

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Featured Exhibit | SEMAFOR // TRAFFIC LIGHT

prezanton // presents:

"SEMAFOR" // "TRAFFIC LIGHT"

nga // by
 Klodian Deda 

11 - 24 February 2013
Opening @19:00 h



" Vepra SEMAFOR e Klodian Dedes sugjeron një hapësirë tre dimensionale midis dy semaforëve që e vënë publikun në kushte perceptuese dhe e ben të zhvillojë emocione në një hapësirë ku mbretëron realiteti sensorial. 
Kemi të bëjmë me një ekspozitë “jo-të korrnizuar”, që del jashtë normave konvencionale të cilat marin në konsiderate artin pamor të lidhur ngushtësisht me volumin që zë në hapësirë, duke krijuar kështu një hapësirë mentale ku mendimi i mirëfilltë përzihet me perceptimin e trupit në një moment preçiz hapësinor/kohor. 
Përdorimi i hapësirës tre dimensionale në të cilën përdoret një formë arti jo material krijon premisat për një kategori estetike specifike e prirur me shumë drejt epistemologjisë se sa ontologjisë nëpërmjet trasgredimit të formave shprehëse formale, duke zhvilluar kështu përjetim shqisor, vizione, fantazi, dhe gjendje tensioni në hapësirën midis semaforëve striktë, të cilat provokojnë si konseguencë një realitet kontradiktor abstrakt e që e vendos publikun në kushtet e dilemave apo pikëpyetjeve të cilat paraqesin një analogji midis iluzionit dhe qëllimit. 

Cfarë mendimi objektiv sugjeron një hapësirë midis dy objekteve specifikë të përfaqsuar simbolikisht nga dy semaforë kushtëzues? 

Pergjigjet vijnë nga subkoshienca dhe sfera kulturore
Projekti SEMAFOR është pjesë e një kërkimi artistik dhe eskperimentimi estetik që nxisin refleksione mbi fenomene të rrafshit social kulturor politik. 
Në vetvete ky projekt përbën një qasje domethënëse që mbart modelin e vetëdijes për çështje të identitetit: nga vijmë, kush jemi, ku po shkojmë, duke shprehur këndvështrimin e tij për individin në raport me kohën që jetojmë." - Andi Tepelena
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Klodian Deda lindur në 1984. Jeton dhe punon në Milano, Itali. Ka studiuar ne Akademinë e Arteve Brera Milano. Në 2008 për herë të parë ftohet në Art Kontakt Festival Sarandë dhe në vazhdim në festivalet e mëposhtëm: Art Kontakt Kavajë 2009, Art Kontakt Porto Palermo 2012, Himarë. Në 2009 bëhet pjesë e projektit "Krossing" 53° Bienale e Venecias. Ka ekspozuar në O.C.A Milano 2012, Caelum Gallery New Yourk 2012, Galeria San Lorenzo Milano 2009. Po ashtu në Konkurse-ekspozitë të perbashkëta si: " Internazionale Italia Arte 2010" Torino, "Sotiri 2011" Korçë, "Riciclati 2011" Padova, etj.

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" Klodian Deda's work TRAFFIC LIGHT suggests a three-dimensional space between two traffic lights; inserting the public in a perceptual setting to cultivate emotions in a space where sentient reality prevails.
We are dealing with an "un-framed" exhibit that falls outside conventional norms and takes into account visual art as it closely relates to the extent of the volume it occupies, thus creating a psychological space where genuine thought merges with the perception of the body in a precise space/time momentum. 
Utilizing a three-dimensional space as an immaterial art piece establishes the premise for a specific aesthetic category leaning more towards epistemology than ontology through the transgression of the formal expression forms, developing a sensory experience, visions, fantasies, and a state of tension in the space between the austere traffic lights, which consequently provoke a contradictory abstract reality that puts the public in a dilemma or questionable position, thus presenting an analogy between illusion and purpose. 

What is the objective opinion suggested here, by the space between two specific objects symbolically represented by two contingent traffic lights? 

The answers come from the subconsciousness and the cultural domain. 
The TRAFFIC LIGHT project is part of an artistic search and aesthetic experiment that encourage reflection on the phenomena of the political, social and cultural kind. 
In itself, this project represents a significant approach conveying an identity awareness paradigm: where we come from, who we are, where we are going, expressing its point of view on the individual in relation to the time we live in." - Andi Tepelena
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Klodian Deda born in 1984. Lives and works in Milan, Italy. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Brera Milan. In 2008 for the first time was invited to the Art Kontakt Festival Saranda and the following festivals: Art Kontakt Kavajë 2009, Art Kontakt Porto Palermo 2012, Himara. In 2009, the part of the "Krossing" 53 ° Venice Biennale. OCA exposed Milano 2012, Caelum Gallery New yourk 2012, Galeria San Lorenzo Milano 2009. Also in joint competition-exhibits: "Internazionale Arte ITALIA 2010" Torino, "Sotiri 2011" Korçë, "Riciclati 2011" Padova, etc..

Here's a video of the exhibit:


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**English Translation by irsib @PERfACT