26/07/2013

MAI-prototype: The Marina Abramović Institute warms up.

[VIDEO] By Marina Abramović. [Toronto] Canada.
metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA.
Art, VIDEO, Recommendations
Since her retrospective at MoMA in 2010, Abramović has been working on the foundation of the Marina Abramović Institute (MAI), whose design, which has been already published in METALOCUS, would be created by OMA. Last intervention of the artist in the Luminato Festival, in Toronto, was a beta test of The Abramović Method, the learning and training method which will lead the Institute's workflow.

Commissioned by Amsterdam's Metamatic Research Initiative and designed by Dutch architect Siebe Tettero, MAI-Prototype was included in The Luminato Festival's 2013 Visual Arts programming. Conceived as a satellite to her yet-to-be-built Marina Abramović Institute (MAI) in Hudson, New York, MAI Prototype will be the largest expression mounted to date of what the artist calls the Abramović Method: a way of transmiting to...

26/07/2013

Ulay "appears" in front of Marina Abramović.

[VIDEO] By Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Art, VIDEO, Recommendations
In the retrospective that the MoMA organized in 2010 about the artist's work, and in the performance "The Artist is Present", Marina Abramović met Ulay, his lover and artistic fellow until 1988, after many years. The video we show you today, trailer of the film with the same name of the performance, captures both artsits reaction, and the deep emotional load that the reencounter had for them.

Marina Abramović had one of that romances like the one Frida Kahlo and Noguchi had, as we have wrote in METALOCUS before, [One market. One formule. A mural by Isamu Noguchi]. In 1975 she met the german Uwe Laysiepe, also known as Ulay. They realized all the things they had in...

25/07/2013

ARTLANDS, New landscape proposals.

Developed around the activity of Carlo Scoccianti. [Florencia] Italy.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Urbanisme, Recommendations
ARTLANDS works as a landscape laboratory, to observe, discuss and interpret it, and then translate all this experience in interventions that explore a new idea of the territory. These interventions are not only designed for the enjoyment of humans, also for all living beings, an ecosystem in the most extensive of senses, with theories based on the works carried out by biologist Carlo Scoccianti.

The ARTLANDS programme tends to give rise to new methods of interactions with the landscape. Created by an international committee of artistic and environmental culture experts, the initiative is developed around the activity of Carlo Scoccianti - a biologist, expert and WWF specialist in the conservation of “wetland areas” – who since 1996 has been working with a group of people united by the desire...

25/07/2013

Nicholas Felton. Infographic guru.

[VIDEO] By Gestalten. The Feltron Report.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Who are you? Where are you going? How long do you sleep? What are you drinking? How many pictures do in a year? Nicholas Felton does all these questions, and he represents them in striking graphics. Now that information is fashionable,with this representation, seems not mind sharing our personal data.

Nicholas Felton is a leader in the field of information visualization and personal data tracking. He is famous for his Personal Annual Reports, which charted his personal life in detail into beautifully minimal infographics compiled into annual-report format, weaving numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps, and statistics that reflect the year’s activities.

The 2009...

25/07/2013

House on the cliff by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos.

[VIDEO] By Alfonso Calza. [Alicante] Spain.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
A dialogue between landscape and building, nature and artifice. The house and the mountain interact, both looking at the sea and the sea look at them.

Project Synopsis.

We like the virtue of architecture which makes possible constructing a house on air, walking on water...

An abrupt plot of land overlooking the sea, where what is best is to do nothing. It invites to stay.

A piece that respects the land's natural contour is set in it.

Above, a shadow...

24/07/2013

Carrie Dickens: jewellery designer.

[New Work 2013] Photos by Michael Lau.
metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA
Refreshing images for these sunny days! Young designers, as we always say in METALOCUS, are an endless source of fresh ideas, with an extraodinary quality in spite of their short experience. Carrie Dickens is an example of that: an artist that, in our conversations, has transmited us her enthusiasm and commitment with her work, which we think is really valuable.

"I feel that jewellery has the potential to carry meaning and comfort for the wearer, has the ability to represent the memory of a moment, and can be tied up with powerful emotions for the wearer.  Often in my work I embrace serendipity, letting the material speak for itself by setting up scenarios which invite chance to draw the final outcome.  Although I often use technology in my work as a tool to achieve certain aims, at the heart...

24/07/2013

SARA HERRANZ, Illustrator.

[VIDEO] of Sara Herranz. "Micro-stories".
metalocus, LAURA CANTO.
She has found her way, after being a little adrift, she says as honestly as possible. Despite the difficulty of these bad times, she is no longer concerned about not knowing where to go. What makes her think that way is the acknowledgment of the people who follows her, and she finds inspiration to fiction-film sequences, fragments of novels, attempting to link them with her life, her lovers,...

Her illustrations of clean and simple lines are accompanied of "micro-stories" which excel for subtlety which with she make up the few thirty words that contains them. Her work is poignant and terribly honest. All to capture daily scenes scenes in which homesickness, irony, love and heartbreak are always present.

She has a predilection for female bodies, for classic film heroines as...

23/07/2013

36 Hours. 125 Weekends in Europe.

Book. TASCHEN.
metalocus, ROBERTO ALIA
TASCHEN brings us this wonderful tour around the old continent, gathering together 125 itineraries for Europe trips in this new publication, which is a result of The New York Times homonymous series. If you haven't decided where to spend your holiday yet, this guide could help!

Culture, history, natural beauty, fine cuisine, artistic masterpieces, cutting-edge architecture and style—Europe overflows with so many riches that a lifetime seems too short to appreciate them. But with the right guidance, you can go far in a single weekend. Stylishly written and carefully researched, this updated and expanded collection of the popular New York Times 36 Hours feature offers you 125 well-crafted...

23/07/2013

OMA is selected for the major design competition in Santa Monica.

[Santa Monica] USA.
metalocus, ÁNGELA SOLÍS.
Santa Monica’s City Staff has announced their recommendation of OMA’s competition proposal for a mixed use development that encompasses civic plaza, cultural venue, retail, residences, offices and a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Santa Monica.

The proposed design delivers iconic architecture from all elevations, as well as a highly flexible interior space design that could most easily accommodate potential design modifications and adjust to market demand changes in the future. Additionally, the site design maximizes the public view corridor toward the open plaza areas and integrates within the framework of downtown and adjacent properties.” The selection panel praise OMA’s...

23/07/2013

Gotland summer house.

By DEVE Architecture and Enflo Arkitekter [Gotland], Sweden.
metalocus, ALEX DURO
This summer house is built following the local construction tradition. A simple program, opened to the outside, makes from this house an elegant building.

The house is a long linear piece generated from a continuous section of gable roof. It contains a summer home on one side and a guest room on the other. These are separated by an outside space which is like a outside living room. This space can be closed with wooden panels if necessary.

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