david byrne seems to be having a pretty excellent year—“playing the building” was well-recieved, and is still open until the 24th of this month, and now, through a serindipitous series of events, he designed a number of metal sculptures that double as, “accidentally very useful” art: bike racks.
(image from flickr)
cloudy with a 60% chance of destructive airborne dogshit
The inflatable sculpture, “escaped from its moorings at the Zentrum Paul Klee last week and brought down a power line and broke a window before landing on the grounds of a children’s home 200 meters away”
it’s more of a large (previously-)abandoned building in lower-manhattan, turned into a musical instrument by David Byrne. pretty much, solenoids are used to vibrate different structural elements within the building, and by playing keys on an organ set up in the center of the space, one can actually create music out of the structure itself. being inside when an actual musician is playing is experience I would really like to have.
david byrne’s new band, with architectural solos
playing the building
interior landscapes of offices after their owners have gone bankrupt. some of them are starkly tranquil, and could pass as merely an excessively minimalistic office after-hours, but others show evidence of what the photographer terms, “life, interrupted”—a room full of office chairs piled like some bizarre game of tetris, phones lined up neatly along a counter, almost as if they are new and fresh, about to be distributed throughout a budding office space. the truth is, of course, the exact opposite.
the gallery design is kind of cool too, and uses java rather than flash (this is highly commendable).
phillip toledano: bankrupt
the “telectroscope,” an art installation by Paul St. George, purports to be, “an extraordinary optical device … installed at both ends [of a transatlantic tunnel] which miraculously allows people to see right through the Earth from London to New York and vice versa,” using a series of mirrors to bounce the image over the three-thousand mile distance. while it probably uses fiber optics, it’s still a pretty astounding feat, and the ability for spectators to walk up to it and see a live image from the other end is something singular, even in this age of telecommunications saturation.
bbc article (with video)
I don’t know his reasons, his message, his expectations. all I can say is that this is probably the silliest, freest, just plain coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. the site’s in (dutch?) but click through the pictures and videos. really.
but robert polidori’s series of photos documenting the “modern pompeii” of post-Katrina New Orleans is singularly arresting and manages to show a morbid sense of humor through it all—I especially liked the camouflaged buick above, and the optical illusion in “Corner of Law and Egania Streets.”
“After the Flood”
(definitely check out the slideshow)