Jan 27, 2014

Anticipating "Tomka Dhe Shokët e Tij" Restoration via The Albanian Cinema Project

credit ACP // for more photos visit their website

The Albanian Cinema Project has just made a public preview of TOMKA AND HIS FRIENDS / TOMKA DHE SHOKET E TIJ directed by Xhanfise Keko, 1977. Make sure to check it out on their website. Also, stay tuned for more updates.

This is the second film (after SECOND NOVEMBER / NËNTORI DYTË) that is being fully restored by ACP in collaboration with Arkivi Qendror Shteteror I Filmit (Albanian Film Archive) and the US Library of Congress Audiovisual Conservation Center.


Jan 26, 2014

Otherness | Misc. Projects of the Week

If you haven't yet, check out this gorgeous short video by Rino Stefano TagliafierroAll your favorite classics come to life in this  B E A U T Y [ful] animation. 


Jan 23, 2014

Featured Event | Uninspired Architecture: Public Space and Public Memory in Albania

Uninspired Architecture: Public Space and Public Memory in Albania

Opening: January 25, 2014, 18:00
Exhibition: January 26 – February 1, 2014

This event-exhibition, taking place during one week in Sincresis Spazio d’arte in Empoli, Italy, will sketch out a potential exhibition on the (re)enactment of public memory in public space, fleeting or more stable forms of monumentality, and potential modes of reactivation in different types of media. On the cover of the book from which this event-exhibition borrows its title, Marco Mazzi suggests that “photography is the exact opposite of pure immediacy.” The process of photography’s infinite deceleration from the immediacy of the event until an immeasurable standstill, which is emphasized by the importance of publications in the exhibition space – hermetic structures compared to the openness of the painting, – is traced through a series of works that all engage in a certain rearrangement of history and memory present in Albanian public space. [via Department of Eagles]

Jan 21, 2014

Featured Event | Albert Heta on Stacion, Art, and Society in Kosovo

Thursday, January 30, 2014


ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

FREE and open to the public.

Albert Heta is an artist and artistic director of Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina in Kosovo. His work includes simple acts of intervention in an existing social condition, responses to a given situation, or rethinking of existing objects. 

His notable works ‘It's time to go visiting: No visa required’, a public intervention on British Airways billboards in Prishtina (2003), 'Embassy of the Republic of Kosova in Cetinje, SCG' (2004) for Cetinje Biennale or his 'Kosovar Pavilion Venice Biennial 2005' (2005) distributed in collaboration with e-flux, are not merely the installations or acts of appropriation, but also acts of engagements with the conditions under which the works were accepted by the curators, media, politicians, and the public.

Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina is a project institution for contemporary art and architecture, established in 2006 by artist Albert Heta and architect Vala Osmani.

Stacion has brought for the first time in Kosovo, the exhibit do it, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, from November 15 to December 14, 2013.

For more info on this event, check out e-flux.


Jan 8, 2014

Monument Valley | A Game About Architecture & Impossible Geometry

Monument Valley is the latest game from ustwo™, creators of Whale Trail and Blip Blup. A game about discovery, perception and meaningful beauty, inspired by the art of M.C. Escher, each level is a unique, hand-crafted combination of puzzle, graphic design and architecture. 
Monument Valley originated from wanting to make a game where architecture was the main character. It’s a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry where the player guides Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.
Monument Valley is a beautiful, exploratory experience, somewhere between exploring a toyshop and reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
-Ken Wong, creator - interviewed by formfiftyfive. (check the link for the full interview)

To know more about this beautifully made game, check its website or sign up for an early beta testing. 


Jan 6, 2014

Featured Film | Dreams That Money Can Buy

I'd like to start off the new year with a surrealist piece of art that will (hopefully) set the tone for the rest of the year. An avant-garde experiment and inspirational project, just as this blog strives to be(come). 

Dreams That Money Can Buy is a 1947 experimental feature color film written, produced, and directed by surrealist artist and dada film-theorist Hans Richter.The film is a well-curated showcase of dreams by an artist collective including: Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Darius Milhaud and Fernand Léger; and original music compositions by John Cage, Paul Bowles, Darius Milhaud and Louis Applebaum. The film won the Award for the Best Original Contribution to the Progress of Cinematography at the 1947 Venice Film Festival