We can discuss a lot about the quality of art, but we don’t have to. When surfing around I came across this rather funny kiosk which checks the quality of your artwork. This is how it works. Just pay a small fee and insert an artwork. The machine will automatically determine the artistic value of it. Very handy for insecure art students or tired critics. I suppose the installation reflects on the question whether any formal institution can decide about the quality of art. An interesting issue in the context of current Dutch culture and art policy discussions. I have no idea when this kiosk is installed and if it is still there. I also don’t know who made it and where it comes from. But it’s a nice idea. I hope it works. At least it would save a lot of work.
Everybody should learn from set designer Tony Hornecker how to face crisis times. Why? Because he manages to reinvent his job, using his experience to create an original and unusual installation: a restaurant. Yes, a traveling pop-up restaurant. The project somehow recalls to Swoon’s Swimming Cities, because, as in that case, the artist and his team built…Read more →
In the Netherlands new business parks pop up everywhere. At the same time 16% of the office buildings stand empty. The Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman came up with this pretty remarkable project that criticizes this phenomenon, as well as the architectural styles at business parks. In the Dutch city of Drachten he built a Little…Read more →
Talk about an unsettled view. As part of Liverpool’s biennale, artist Do Ho Suh decided to suspend part of a house in between two existing structures. Even though a description of the materials used in the piece seems relatively mundane (“Steel structural frame with sub timber frame, Filcor 45 FRA EPS bounded to 19 mm marine plywood, painted finish”), the result is a jolt when we consider what an alley normally looks like.Read more →
In 2007 we fell in love with Spacecraft, a fantastic book published by Gestalten which presents inspiring “projects that meet the changing spatial needs of our modern lifestyles and that are simultaneously expanding our current understanding of architecture”. For that reason we were very happy to hear about the launch of Spacecraft 2 last year….Read more →