Monday, April 15, 2013

Nests of light|from Russia with love*

Is a nest on a tree already architecture or still a forest? The project was created for the purposes of the Archstoyanie festival in 2012 and responds to the question above: A manmade nest occupies a position in between: it is of evidently artificial origin, but “lives” on a tree and does not exist without it, it shines – but in the forest, where there is no one to shine for.The light gives the natural space a status of being habitable, developed by man. The clearing becomes a square, the tree becomes a street-lamp.

As compared to its dweller, a nest is more like furniture than architecture. A nest of light in the forest reminds us of interiors, of green suits and halls, corridors and vaults, of all the architectural undertakings that can be met in an ordinary forest. And then, by the power of imagination, a forest becomes a park, and the locality – a landscape!                     

Η εγκατάσταση που δημιουργήθηκε στα πλαίσια του Archstoyanie festival στη Ρωσία σηματοδοτεί ένα δάσος με φωτεινές φωλιές, μετατρέποντας με διακριτικό τρόπο ένα ακατέργαστο φυσικό τοπίο σε ένα πανηγυρικό τόπο.  

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Artist Lu Xinjian draws abstract images of city patterns by interpreting aerial views form Google earth to a set of straight and curved lines, circles, crosses and rectangles. Illustrations depict cities such as London, Barcelona, Madrid, Beijing, Kyoto, Los Angeles and many more. Colors applied are derived from the national flag of each city creating a vibrant and distinctive blueprint. The viewer is indroduced to the genotype and vibe of a real place - in architectural terminology - its City DNA. The artist, through an abstract manifestation, suggests the interconnectivity between human footprint and urban development and welcomes a reevaluation on our perception of the existent spaces and their relation to one another. 


Lu Xinjian χρησιμοποιώντας απλά γεωμετρικά σχήματα και χρώμα δημιουργεί μία αφαιρετική απεικόνιση της εναέριας θέασης πόλεων όπως το Λονδίνο, η Βαρκελώνη, η Μαδρίτη, το Πεκίνο, το Κιότο, και το Λος Άντζελες. Ο θεατής παρακολουθεί τη γραφική αναπαράσταση και ερμηνεία ενός ζωντανού οργανισμού - όπως υπονοεί και ο τίτλος της σειράς city DNA - και εμπλουτίζει την αντίληψη και προοπτική του για τη σύγχρονη πόλη. 

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