Largest portrait ever on Holland.

by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Internationally renowned urban artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada has gone to Amsterdam (Zuiderzeedijk) to create a huge land portrait, made of fertile soil, spanning almost two football fields, to launch the campaign Vogelvrije Vrouwen – Defend women who defend human rights!, an initiative in support of women human rights defenders in Mesoamerica.

The portrait - the largest ever on Dutch soil - shows a fragment of the face of an anonymous Mesoamerican woman human rights activist. It was commissioned by feminist foundation Mama Cash and created in one week with the help of 80 volunteers by Cuban American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Rodriguez-Gerada is known for his spectacular temporary urban art projects all over the world.



Ode to Black Rock City.

[VIDEO] from Anders Christian Rasmussen
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Bursts of creativity, art, love and lots of dust! This film was shot at the 2012 Burning Man-festival in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Such a beautiful place!

Part of a documentary-project directed by Anders Christian Rasmussen and Bo Storm Madsen

Cinematography and Editing by Anders Christian Rasmussen

Music: "Clouds are sleeping" by the Abbasi Brothers



Japan Tsunami before Tsunami. Nippon Chinbotsu. JAPAN SINKS. A MANGA

MAK [Vienna] Austria 16/01 > 21/04/2013
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
With the Nippon Chinbotsu manga series which is about the sinking of Japan after a series of earthquakes, the manga-ka (manga or comic artist, cartoonist) Tokihiko Ishiki produced a megaseller that has remained popular until today. The MAK exhibition Nippon Chinbotsu. Japan Sinks. A Manga takes this well-known example as a basis to explore the visual aesthetics and graphic-art quality of manga, which have risen into a mass phenomenon of contemporary culture far beyond the isles of Japan.

Ishiki took the inspiration for his manga series from the best-selling novel Nippon Chinbotsu, first published 1973 and adapted into several movies, by science fiction writer Sakyou Komatsu (1931–2011). The book describes the fictitious submergence of the whole of Japan, one of the most earthquake-endangered areas in the world, following several cataclysmic earthquakes and passes epic criticism on the progress-and-technology-obsessed Japanese society of the...


Carsten Höller: Experience

[VIDEO] from Pablo Bujosa Rodríguez [NYC]
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Yesterday we talked about the latest documentary by Pablo Bujosa Rodríguez about José Luis Sert, today show a short video of the exhibition "Carsten Höller: Experience" (New Museum, 2011-2012).

The video talk about work by Carsten Höller. Over the years, the artist has employed psychotropic drugs, flashing lights, and other stimuli to potentially alter the viewer’s mental state.

Each floor of the museum explores a different general theme within Höller’s work to provide a carefully choreographed journey through the building and the artist’s oeuvre.



Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society by Andrés Jaque

Fundació Mies van der Rohe [BCN] 13/12/2012 > 27/02/2012
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society Andrés by Jaque can be seen from today in the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona. The project by Andrés Jaque is part of the Pavilion’s program, developed in recent years, to invite architects and artists

Intervention by Andrés Jaque, on this icon of architecture, is actually an art-performance which dialogues to the current rebuilding of the pavilion  by Ignasi de Sola Morales, Cristian Cirici and Fernando Ramos to recover the Germany pavilion built in the Universal Exhibition of 1929, in Barcelona. Andrés Jaque when to know that the podium on which it sits the...


La impotencia aprendida [Only in Spanish]

Galería Raquel Ponce. [MAD] 15/12/2012 - 15/01/2013
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
Lo mejor son las imágenes...El próximo 15 de diciembre el artista Manuel Antonio Domínguez Gómez presenta su nuevo trabajo, "La impotencia aprendida", en la Galería Raquel Ponce de Madrid.

"La impotencia aprendida" es una colección de ilustraciones que, mediante el detalle, cuestiona el rol de la masculinidad en la sociedad, una ruptura de estereotipos, una búsqueda de paralelismos y oposiciones entre la homosexualidad y la heterosexualidad, en definitiva, la representación de la confrontación de identidades construida a lo largo del tiempo que ahora el artista dispone como escenario de reflexión.


The mural "America Today" by Thomas Hart Benton at The MET

AXA Equitable - Metropolitan Museum of Art [NYC] USA.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
American artist Thomas Hart Benton’s epic mural America Today—a sweeping panorama of American life, celebrating the promise of modern industry and technology and the accomplishments of working people in the boom years of the 1920s—has been donated by AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The announcement was made jointly today by Thomas P. Campbell, the Museum’s Director and CEO, and Mark Pearson, AXA Equitable Chairman and CEO.

Benton (1889–1975) created the ten-panel mural cycle in 1930–31 as a commission for the third-floor boardroom of the New School for Social Research in New York City. Referring to sketches he made during his travels around the U.S. in the 1920s, Benton initially executed nine of the panels, which were first seen by the public when the International-style building designed by Joseph Urban at 66 West 12th...


PROYECTOR 2012. 5º Festival Internacional de Videoarte [Only in Spanish]

[MAD] 14/12 > 23/12/2012
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Art, VIDEO, Recommendations
En esta quinta edición PROYECTOR continúa ahondando en su vocación de diálogo internacional (sobre todo entre Portugal y España, que de nuevo parecen confinados al estigma de la periferia) y de experimentación formal. Pero detiene, asimismo, su mirada -una mirada que anhela ser mirada activa, ciudadana, crítica- en la cuestión del emplazamiento. El emplazamiento en torno a dos ejes: el cuerpo y la calle. Asumimos el espacio como elemento político, de ahí que este año pretendamos incidir en la dimensión del cuerpo y del espacio público como lugares de contienda y militancia, de empoderamiento cívico. Entendemos que las prácticas visuales han de dirigirse -en un movimiento centrífugo- hacia la población, por ello apostamos por la calle, los espacios independientes y los talleres de artistas como emplazamientos que desean saberse próximos a los ciudadanos. PROYECTOR quiere reafirmar la ‘performatividad social' del arte, trabajar por fortalecer, a través del lenguaje visual, su inherente capacidad de agencia y transformación.

De acuerdo con la importancia que el Festival da a la función social de la mediación cultural, PROYECTOR contará con un cuerpo de conferencias y mesas redondas pensadas como un nicho de generación de masa crítica y de creación de trabajo en red.

Simultáneamente a la celebración de PROYECTOR en Madrid, se hará un festival paralelo en Espaço Artes, Multimedia e Performance de Coimbra -el cual arranca este año de forma piloto- con la intención de que...


The sheer magic of Ann Hamilton.

Park Avenue Armory [NYC] USA. 05/12/2012 > 06/12/2012
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA
Architecture, Art, VIDEO
Park Avenue Armory has commissioned artist Ann Hamilton to create a new installation, her first large-scale project in New York City in more than ten years. On view from December 7, 2012, through January 6, 2013, the event of a thread weaves together Hamilton’s exploration of time-based performance, the act of public speaking, and the poetic accumulation of material for which she is best known. Responding to the architecture and social history of the Armory, the participatory installation will feature a field of swings, suspended like pendulums from the drill hall trusses, and incorporate readings, sound, and other live elements that will animate the 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall.

“The Event of a Thread” draws inspiration from the act of reading aloud and its relation to the varied experiences of speaking, listening, and recording.

Ann Hamilton’s installation “The Event of a Thread” at the Park Avenue Armory, concocts an intricate pulley system that interconnects swings, bells, pulleys, and an enormous white sheet. The largescale swings...


La Rinascente. Little Sun

[Milan] Italy. Give a Little Sun Light this Christmas – a Unique and Useful Gift with a Social Purpose.
Architecture, Art, Design
December 4th marks the opening of a special installation created by Little Sun for la Rinascente’s famous Milan store windows that will showcase the off-grid shops throughout the Christmas season. The design of these windows will establish a powerful visual link between customers in Milan and customers in these off-grid areas. 20% of the world’s population has no access to electricity or to clean, reliable, affordable light – that’s 1.6 billion people. Artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen developed the Little Sun solar-powered lamp to change that.

This holiday season Little Sun joins the Italian department store la Rinascente in a celebration of light for all – making Little Sun lamps available in 6 off-grid shops for the first time. Little Sun shops have just opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Nairobi, Kenya; Jakarta, Indonesia; El Nido, Philippines; Yangon, Myanmar; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Little Sun...



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