Thursday, 29 June 2017

Proxemics : Speculative Images/Interpersonal Communication


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Proxemics is the study of human use of space and the effects that population density has on behaviour, communication, and social interaction.[1] Proxemics is one among several subcategories in the study of nonverbal communication, including haptics (touch), kinesics (body movement), vocalics (paralanguage), and chronemics (structure of time).[2]
Edward T. Hall, the cultural anthropologist who coined the term in 1963, defined proxemics as "the interrelated observations and theories of humans use of space as a specialized elaboration of culture".[3] In his foundational work on proxemics, The Hidden Dimension, Hall emphasized the impact of proxemic behavior (the use of space) on interpersonal communication. According to Hall, the study of proxemics is valuable in evaluating not only the way people interact with others in daily life, but also "the organization of space in [their] houses and buildings, and ultimately the layout of [their] towns".[4] Proxemics remains a hidden component of interpersonal communication that is uncovered through observation and strongly influenced by culture.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Interaction of Color : Joseph Albers

Veiled Melancholy/Book Narratives : Film Collages. #3

   The Politics of Architecture : Theorizing through speculative spatial practices.

"Spatial turn" The increased attention to matters of space, place and mapping in literary and cultural studies, as well as in social theory, philosophy, and other disciplinary fields.

Spatiality, Robert T. Tally Jr. Routledge 2013.

"He rubbed his eyes. The riddle of his surroundings was confusing but his mind was quite clear - evidently his sleep had  benefited him. He was not in a bed at all as he understood the word, but lying naked on a very soft and yeilding mattress, in a trough of dark glass. The mattress was partly transparent, a fact he observed with a sense of insecurity, and below it was a mirror reflecting him greyly. Above his arm- and he saw with a shock that his skin was strangely dry and yellow - was bound a curious apparatus of rubber, bound so cunningly that it seemed to pass into his skin above and below. And this bed was placed in a case of greenish-coloured glass (as it seemed to him), a bar in the white framework of which had first arrested his attention. In the corner of the case was a stand of glittering and delicately made apparatus, for the most part quite strange appliances, though a maximum  and minimum thermometer was recognizable."

H. G. Wells : The Sleeper Awakes. 1899/1910

Spatiality : The Spatial Turn, Robert T. Tally Jr. 2013

Immediate Architectural Interventions, Durations and Effects : Apparatuses, Things and People in the Making of the City and the World. Alberto Altes Arlandis, Oren Lieberman. 2013

Preface (1921) ” The great city of this story is no more than a nightmare of Capitalism triumphant, a nightmare that was dreamt a quarter of a century ago. It is a fantastic possibility no longer possible. Much evil may be in store for mankind, but to this immense, grim organization of servitude, our race will never come” H.G. Wells. EastonGlebe, Dunmow,1921.

Oxford Dictionary of Geography: spatiality

The effect that space has on actions, interactions, entities, concepts, and theories. Physical spatiality can also be metaphorical. It is used to show social power—thrones are higher than the seats of commoners, and ‘high tables’ for university teachers in most Oxbridge colleges physically elevate the teachers over the taught. People use proximity to show how intimate they want to be with others (See personal space), or orientation; we may face someone or turn away from them. Institutions and governments have used large architectural spaces to invoke awe, while restaurateurs may create ‘cosiness’ in small spaces.

Pinhole Photography, Winchester Discovery Centre and Library.

Analogue : On Zoe Leonard and Tacita Dean. Margaret Iversen 2012

"The imprint of light on emulsion"
"The alchemy of circumstance and chemistry"

Tacita Dean : Filmworks, Kodak Analogue, page 96/97

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Josef Albers : Glass, Colour and Light.

Guggenheim Museum. 1994


32. Skyscaper 11
Sandblasted flashed glass 36.2 x 36.2cm.

30. Skyscraper 1
Sandblasted opaque flashed glass 34.9 x 34.9cm.

28. City
Sandblasted opaque flashed glass with black paint, 33 x 55.3cm.
Badley damaged with sections of glass missing.
Alber's numerical notations in white chalk or pencil are visible on the surface.

21. Frontal
Sandblasted opaque flashed glass with black paint, 34.8 x 47.9cm.

Richard Sennett: Craftsmanship/Craft as Code

Encountering Resistance
Skill Development
Open Source Programme

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Thoughts on Art : Janie says we all such a crush of want

The Planet drowns  in an ocean of photographic emulsion.

The more civilised we are, the fewer moral choices we have to make. But the mind atrophies. A moral calculus that took thousands of years to develop starts to wither  from neglect. Once you dispense with morality, the important decisions become a matter of aesthetics.
Super Cannes, J G Ballard. 2000

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Opening Collages : Ambiguous Borders

Curatorial Practices
The Alchemy of Building
Collages/Inclusions : Creative Ecologies

Yvonne Buchheim
Wish you were here to trip up memory lane. Belfast 2000

Alberto Perez-Gomez
or The Dark forest Revisited
An Erotic Epiphany of Architecture

Robert Mangold

Sarah Purvey
Landscape Series, Rhythm. 2012
Crank vessel with slips

Robert Macfarlane
The Old Ways
A Journey On Foot

Kengo Kuma
Transparent Pavilion

Wondrous : Light and Nowness

Tuesday, 6 June 2017


Extremely Violent Man/Desolation Blues : Jackie Leven

Nick Cave Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - We Know Who You Are (Live)

Jethro Tull Royal Albert Hall 1969 Part. 1

Built upon Love : Architectural Longing after ethics and aesthetics, Alberto Perez-Gomez

Built upon Love

Built upon Love

Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics


The forced polarity between form and function in considerations of architecture—opposing art to social interests, ethics to poetic expression—obscures the deep connections between ethical and poetical values in architectural tradition. Architecture has been, and must continue to be, writes Alberto Pérez-Gómez, built upon love. Modernity has rightly rejected past architectural excesses, but, Pérez-Gómez argues, the materialistic and technological alternatives it proposes do not answer satisfactorily the complex desire that defines humanity. True architecture is concerned with far more than fashionable form, affordable homes, and sustainable development; it responds to a desire for an eloquent place to dwell—one that lovingly provides a sense of order resonant with our dreams. In Built upon Love Pérez-Gómez uncovers the relationship between love and architecture in order to find the points of contact between poetics and ethics—between the architect's wish to design a beautiful world and architecture's imperative to provide a better place for society.

Eros, as first imagined by the early lyric poets of classical Greece, is the invisible force at the root of our capacity to create and comprehend the poetic image. Pérez-Gómez examines the nature of architectural form in the light of eros, seduction, and the tradition of the poetic image in Western architecture. He charts the ethical dimension of architecture, tracing the connections between philia—the love of friends that entails mutual responsibility among equals—and architectural program. He explores the position of architecture at the limits of language and discusses the analogical language of philia in modernist architectural theory. Finally, he uncovers connections between ethics and poetics, describing a contemporary practice of architecture under the sign of love, incorporating both eros and philia.

About the Author

Alberto Pérez Gómez directs the History and Theory of Architecture Program at McGill University, where he is Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture. He is the author of Architecture and the Crisis of Modern ScienceBuilt upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics (both published by the MIT Press), and other books.


“It is as if the author has created a gathering of characters from history (Ficino, Vico, Piranesi, and others who advocated a poetic vision of architecture) outside of time. The book's riveting moments stem from the author's intimate rapport with them.”—Canadian Architect


“In this book, as in Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science, Pérez-Gómez rewrites the history of architecture. His aim is not to replace reason with desire; instead, it is to show the insufficiency of the former and the unacknowledged importance of the latter for the making of good architecture. While showing the links between desire, friendship, and responsibility in human affairs, he unveils the ways architecture builds culture by giving material and spatial definition to those relationships. His learning is deep, his writing is passionate, and his message is profoundly humane.”
David Leatherbarrow, University of Pennsylvania
“In Built upon Love, Pérez-Gómez traces the mythological and historical role of eros and philia in the making and experiencing of architecture. He shows convincingly and poetically that architecture arises not from utility and reason, practicality and technique, but from the desire to sensualize and poeticize the human condition. His erudite narrative helps us understand the essence of architectural pleasure and its origins in the longing for beauty. This book is an important antidote to today's over-intellectualized theories of architecture, alienated from life, and to the formalist and self-centered architecture of our time.”
Juhani Pallasmaa, architect, former Professor of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology, and author of The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses
Built Upon Love adds yet another footnote to Plato, more specifically to the Symposium. But what a footnote it is! Informed by an extraordinary understanding of both the history of building and the history of ideas, it reminds us that, to the extent that architecture allows itself to be ruled by the material and political realities of our technological world, it loses sight of the bittersweet love that alone can ground both the ethics and the poetics of architecture.”
Karsten Harries, Professor of Philosophy, Yale University
“Alberto Pérez-Gómez is one of that rare and endangered species—the Renaissance intellectual who can draw deeply from the wells of ancient wisdom while critically engaging with the modern humanist sciences. This book is testimony to a brilliant imagination in action, treading a daring tightrope between the competing demands of ethics and poetics.”
Richard Kearney, Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College, and Visiting Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin

The Photographic Body/Working Documents : Bacon/Muybridge/Beuys/Butler/Piper

The Human Figure in Motion
Eadweard Muybridge

Francis Bacon
In Camera
The Human Body
The Violence of The Real

John Deakin
Heinrich Zille

Reg Butler
Woman 1949

John Piper
Eye and Camera, Blue to Ochre, 1976

Monday, 5 June 2017

Only Lovers Left Alive OST full

01. Streets Of Detroit - SQÜRL
02. Funnel Of Love - SQÜRL (featuring Madeline Follin)
03. Sola Gratia (Part 1) - Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL
04. The Taste Of Blood - Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL
05. Diamond Star - SQÜRL
06. Please Feel Free To Piss In The Garden - SQÜRL
07. Spooky Action At A Distance - SQÜRL
08. Streets Of Tangier - Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL
09. In Templum Dei - Jozef Van Wissem (featuring Zola Jesus)
10. Sola Gratia (Part 2) - Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL
11. Our Hearts Condemn Us - Jozef Van Wissem
12. Hal - Yasmine Hamdan
13. Only Lovers Left Alive - Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL
14. This Is Your Wilderness - Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL

re:publica 2016 – Richard Sennett: The City as an Open System

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