100 tonnes of ice. Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson.

Studio Olafur Eliasson [Copenhagen] Denmark.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
One hundred tonnes of inland ice from Greenland melt on Copenhagen City Hall Square. With Ice Watch, Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing direct attention to the publication of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report on the Climate.

On Sunday, twelve large blocks of ice, collected from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland, will arrive at Copenhagen’s City Hall Square. The ice, displayed in clock formation, is a physical wake-up call: Climate change is a fact. Temperatures are rising. The ice is melting. Sea levels are rising. With Ice Watch, artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing have made a visually striking, haptic contribution to the climate debate. Their shared message:


Tokyo Blur by César Ordóñez.

Exhibition. [BCN] Spain.
metalocus, SARA REBOLLO
César Ordoñez's new exhibition 'Tokyo Blur' will open in Barcelona on November 4th, 8:00 p.m at Galería Atelier, Pl. Rovira y Trias, 9.

Tokyo Blur is artist César Ordóñez's new project in Japan. The fourth project developed in the city of Tokyo and the name of his third solo exhibition in Barcelona.

The exhibition consists of about fifty black and white images which were mostly taken at night and often show a high degree of abstraction. They take the...


Situation Room by Jana Winderen and Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY.

StoreFront [NYC] USA. 4.10 > 21.11.2014
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Reflecting on the contemporary conditions emerging between the digital and the physical realms, the collaboration of Winderen and Fornes collapses sound, light and form in an object with intrinsic sensorial behaviors, inviting visitors to question the properties of matter and the built environment surrounding us. The installation is a vibrating sound experiment that aims to transform the architecture into animated sensible form.

Conceived as a sound object that absorbs and contrasts the site specificity of the Storefront Gallery with abstract, spatial, formal and acoustic variations and compositions, Situation NY raises questions about context, sensorial readings, estrangement and the uncanny tangentially resonating with contemporary debates around the ontology of objects.  


A Model for a City, Post-Soviet Landscape, by Petr Antonov.

[Moscow] Russia.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
In "A Model for a City" photographer Petr Antonov explores the aesthetics of contemporary Russian cityscape, taking Moscow as the perfect example of any post-Soviet urban environment.

Historically, the archetype city and the model for any other city within Russian cultural space, Moscow also acts as the place where changes in the cultural landscape become most pronounced and are visible with special acuteness. Photographs are accompanied with textual descriptions questioning whether the image might be equal to the sum of its elements, as well as our readiness to filter out when looking whatever is perceived as familiar. In 2014 Petr Antonov...


BCN RE.SET at Aedes, Berlin.

Exhibition. Aedes Gallery. [Berlin] Germany.
metalocus, BELEN CALLEJO
This year Enric Miralles Foundation presents the exhibition "BCN RESET – The making of”, which shows the work of six international architects to create ephemeral installations, each associating different themes linked to the commemoration of Tricentenari BCN.

The exhibition will document the work of the Enric Miralles Foundation with the focus on the urban intervention project BCN RE.SET’. Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) and the stage director Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus...


Wet Horizons by Luis Callejos / LCLA Office.

[LA-CA] USA 11.10. > 23. 11.2014
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO.
This fall, curators from three Los Angeles-based organizations come together as part of World Wide Storefront, a Storefront for Art and Architecture project, to present Host: Natural Histories for Los Angeles. This series of exhibitions and events is a collaboration between Big City Forum, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and the Neutra VDL Research House.

Host: Natural Histories for Los Angeles presents Wet Horizons, an installation and exhibition by architect Luis Callejas / ...



Centre Pompidou. [PAR] France. 8.10.2014 > 26.01.2015
metalocus, ÁNGEL BLANCO
Architecture, Exhibitions
The "Frank Gehry" monographic exhibition presented at the Centre Pompidou retraces the stages marking a globally acclaimed body of architectural work. If the name of Frank Gehry embodies the very image of contemporary architecture, it is because his work has been questioning the identity and standards of the architectural form since the Sixties.

The exhibition is intended to shed light on this career. It is divided into six sections, following the development of his work through some 60 projects, with a large number of original drawings and research models.

From the first period of his work (when the architect was close to artists on the Californian...


Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Un Zodíaco.

Exposición, Fundación ICO [MAD] Spain. 08.10.2014 > 01.02.2015
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Coincidiendo con la semana de la arquitectura, el Museo ICO presenta una de esas exposiciones que no te puedes perder: "Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Un Zodíaco." La exposición, que se ha presentado hoy y que a partir de mañana será visitable por todo el público, muestra el trabajo de este arquitecto y artista español. Su original obra arquitectónica denota una clara fundamentación en temas conceptuales que tienen su origen en una actividad polifacética desarrollada en los ámbitos de la pintura, la escultura y la instalación. Esa dedicación paralela a lo largo de toda su carrera es la base de una filosofía centrada en la definición del juego de las energías naturales y su interacción con la materialidad constructiva.

La exposición "Juan Navarro Baldeweg. Un Zodíaco." contiene numerosos dibujos, fotografías, maquetas, esculturas y piezas que dieron forma a más de treinta obras realizadas y algunos proyectos de concurso que dan idea de un programa creativo vital unitario y una capacidad singular para transitar por diversos medios expresivos. Este gran programa vital queda ordenado en la...


Rebellion, jealousy and uprising.

Venice Biennale 2014. [VEN] Italy.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Every two years, the largest architecture exhibition in the world is held with great show and exhibition display media. It is an event which should always be memorable but rarely succeeds in it, although this year it did. For many years now, and I remember most of the Venice Biennales, not many have been incentive as a whole. This time, curator Rem Koolhaas left no one unmoved. His provocative proposal, "an architecture biennale without architects' egos and personalities”, stirred up everyone. His break with the more or less recognized as "academic" discourse was clearly evident and irritated many people.

Rem Koolhaas announced in his Biennale presentation that he was determined to deliver to a Now-for-Something-Completely-Different moment and he certainly did not disappoint us. Some speak of the curator's legions of fans and warrant that they are former or current students, a somewhat inconsistent statement if we consider the time Rem Koolhaas devotes to teaching compared to other architects who don't count with...


Community Space by a21studio. Building of the Year WAF2014.

WAF 2014. [Ho Chi Minh City] Vietnam.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
A community space in Ho Chi Minh City designed by local firm a21studio and built using recycled materials and colourful fabric has been named World Building of the Year 2014 at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore.

After three days of the Worlld Architecture Festival in Singapore, the festival's super-jury has awarded the World Building of the Year award to The Chapel, Vietnam, designed by a21studio. Working to the model of a traditional Vietnamese neighbourhood building, a21studio created this multi-purpose community space and youth centre in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Chapel is a...



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