Knocking On A Pale Blue Door

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…

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Gum Democracy

Gum Election is a guerrilla art project which kicked off in New York City in October 2008. Claiming to install “modern democracy” in public space, the project was aimed to encourage people to vote in 2008’s presidential election, and also not to spit out their chewing gums carelessly on the Big Apple’s already dirty pavements.

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Catching Falling Fruit

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, we are approaching the most fruitful time of the year. The harvest of apples, pears and stonefruit is underway and new season fruit is available for purchase in our supermarkets and grocery stores. Unfortunately, most of these fruits will be sprayed with pesticides and transported thousands of kilometres across our…

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An Inflatable Homage To Childhood

Walter is an enormous white inflatable bunny created by Singapore-based illustrator, artist and all-round creative Dawn Ng. Her creature measures 6 by 4 meters and was inserted in different places throughout Singapore’s landscape of standard flats and heartland enclaves, in order to create scenarios filled with surprise and wonder. She took Walter to 30 different spots in and around the city. By placing something surreal in a totally ‘invisible normal’ scenery, Ng aims to enable people to rediscover the beauty of places and the extraordinary in their everyday lives.

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Art Has A Hidden Message

From 1994 — when the Japanese invented them — till now, QR codes have been used for many purposes that have no immediate affinity with the original aim they were used for. In 2008, for instance, La Pluma Eléctri*k, an art collective based in Madrid, decided to use QR codes as a modular element for…

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Play With Your City

This post is written as a conversation with ‘I, Eyes And JR’ By Ajantriks, ‘The Pop-Up City As Museum’ by Alexandra Mientjes and ‘New York’s Underbelly’ by Anna Triboli. As we know, urban interventions in the streets differ a lot. Not only for the scale or the media used but also, as Jan Vormann already…

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I, Eyes And JR

This post is written as a conversation with ‘The Pop-Up City As Museum’ by Alexandra Mientjes and ‘New York’s Underbelly’ by Anna Triboli. The champion of  ‘the street is my gallery’ and large-scale in-your-face projections of the ‘hidden’ urban moments and emotion, JR , is the winner of the TED Prize 2011. He began his…

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