20150625

Tree Dance

Tree Dance (1971), Gordon Matta-Clark



The images are stills from the video [vimeo link]
An Art performance by Gordon Matta-Clark entitled "Tree Dance" (1971) put to "Miss Balaton" by Venetian Snares. "For the exhibition Twenty-Six by Twenty Six at the Vassar College of Art Gallery in Poughkeepsie, New York, Matta-Clark created a performance inspired by spring fertility rituals. He performed in a structure made of ladders, ropes and other materials, which he built at the top of a large tree." [via Vimeo] [Link for more info] 

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20150618

upcoming chapter

Just finished my chapter draft  Architecture & Living Matter(s) for an anthology about biology in art and architecture. 
Zenovia Toloudi / Studio Z, Photodotes II: Light Garden @Photograph by Dominic Tschoepe

Zenovia Toloudi / Studio Z, Photodotes III: Plug-n-Plant @Photograph by Kristophe Diaz

About the chapter:
The chapter critiques the current disengagement from the "living" while presenting a series of provocative metabolic structures. By analysing materials and media technology, building systems, and events that relate to the metabolic, the chapter proposes directions of speculative metabolic art/architectural installations that can affect architecture and improve the lives of people. It eventually creates a language of patterns of the aesthetics of the metabolic.


About the book:
The anthology titled The Routledge Handbook to Biology in Art and Architecture (forthcoming fall 2016) is co-edited by Dr. Charissa Terranova and Meredith Tromble. This anthology brings together essays from a transdisciplinary array of experts on biology in art, architecture, and design. They consider why, how, and under what circumstances artists, architects, and designers have integrated biology into their practices. The authors – artists, architects, designers, scientists, historians, and theoreticians – connect biological thought past and present, on topics such as complex systems, epigenesis, ecology, evolution, and expanded mind, to the use of living materials in art, architecture, and design. This anthology surveys the emergent field of biocreativity and outlines its theoretical foundations. The hybrid art-and-science thinking it reviews newly articulates the relationship between science and culture to meet the burgeoning needs of programs of academic study and research integrating biology into art, architecture, and design.


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20150525

OPTOTOPIA


OPTOTOPIA lecture & exhibition New England College of Optometry as part of Light InSight lecture series http://www.neco.edu/research/IYL2015 

lecture: 
ARCHITECTURAL APPARATUSES FOR SPATIAL LIGHT 

“Sealed” buildings and window-less working offices disconnect humans from natural light, pollute them with artificial light, and eventually disrupt their biological rhythms: Depression, insomnia, tiredness to name a few of the familiar problems of this “illegal” architecture. I propose a series of interventions that aim to provocatively express these problematic condition and spaces to advance quality of living. These architectural apparatuses are spatial elements (such as walls and horizontal surfaces, objects, and modular systems) that act as transmitors of natural light in dark spaces. Other times they are hybrid structures/gardens and edible structures that evolve in space. And other times playful micro-tectures that challenge perception, reveal immaterialities, and map the spatio-temporal changes. 

exhibition: 
OPTOTOPIA 

Optotopia is an exhibition of architectural apparatuses that interplay with light, vision, architecture, perception, and space through camera obscura techinques. Optotopia presents two site-specific installations that are placed under New England College of Optometry (NECO) iconic skylights. Optotopia installations observe the light diffusion and reflection deriving out of the skylights and intervene by reflecting the images of the skylights and surrounding spaces. 

address: 
New England College of Optometry 
424 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115

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20150517

algorithmic architecture archive



With Kostas Terzidis 
Photos by Arlene S. Persaud

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20150516

MDES Thesis Reviews

It has been great day to be guest critic at Art, Design, and Public Domain Thesis Reviews at Harvard GSD.
And what a treat, to spend the day, in the back yard patio! On May 13, 2015


Thesis presentation by Jen Krava. Photo by Tatjana Bianca.

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20150512

lecture abstract

Architectural Apparatuses for Spatial Light


“Sealed” buildings and window-less working offices disconnect humans from natural light, pollute them with artificial light, and eventually disrupt their biological rhythms: Depression, insomnia, tiredness to name a few of the familiar problems of this “illegal” architecture. I propose a series of interventions that aim to provocatively express these problematic condition and spaces to advance quality of living. These architectural apparatuses are spatial elements (such as walls and horizontal surfaces, objects, and modular systems) that act as transmitors of natural light in dark spaces. Other times they are hybrid structures/gardens and edible structures that evolve in space. And other times playful micro-tectures that challenge perception, reveal immaterialities, and map the spatio-temporal changes.


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on delta tv!



Snapshots: Zoe Sidiropoulou 

Here you can find info about the episode and watch the interview [ deltaTV LINK ]
Directly the episode in VIMEO

Many thanks to Ioanna Parashaki for the invitation, devoting one of episode to me, and the very thoughtful questions. Also to Thanassis Tsolakis for making the very refreshing reportage!

The interview was taken in March, and the episode was projected on Monday May 11, 2015 10pm Greek local time.

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Senior Seminar Show 2015

Congratulations to Studio Art Majors! A great show curated by Gerald Auten.

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20150507

The Contemporary Problem of A Body of Work

"The Contemporary Problem of A Body of Work" Title for Mahler lecture series @Dartmouth by Michael Meredith (Photo credits: Michael Meredith / MOS Architects)

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