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City as Commons

Commons is not something that just exists out there, nor is it something that is objectively present in certain resources or things. It is a relation of people with the conditions they describe as essential for their existence, collectively,” writes Stavros Stavrides, architect, activist, and author of Common Space: The City as Commons. Stavrides understands the creation, development, and maintenance of commons as a social practice that radically challenges capitalist values and hierarchical forms of social organization. Constructed in this way, urban spaces differ both from private enclosures and from public space as we know it: common spaces are permanently inviting ...

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Birds

Philosophical thoughts by birds, drawn and put into words by the artist. „Birds“ was inspired by Jim Goldberg’s „Rich and Poor“, a collection of photographs of rich and poor Americans, each with a handwritten statement by the subject, thereby creating a heart gripping portrait of the USA. It was a logical step to have an ornithologist (a fictional ornithologist) portrait birds in a similar way, for they have just as much to say about the human condition. If people would only listen. “I have no idea what people think of me, I don’t think much of them, that’s for sure. Life is a bitch for ...

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Treasures from the Forest – Tales of Brazilian Folklore

Contributor Camila Coutinho
Treasures from the Forest is a small collection of folktales from native indigenous Brazil, retold by the author as she remembers it from her own childhood. In an attempt to keep these stories alive and present in an increasingly globalized media, she decided to collect and bring them to the European reader. The book is an ode to a mystical childhood and a thank you to the author’s culture and roots. The tales are accompanied by the author’s own animated illustrations.

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Inspiring the Light in the Darkness

An abstract illustration that represents different phases of depression, seeking to make the invisible visible. The word “depression” is not mentioned in the book. Therefore, the reader must find her own interpretation of the different feelings and emotions of the disease while diving into the illustrations. The aesthetic approach is consciously simple and minimalist. The techniques used are hand drawing, computer drawing, and 3D-modeling.

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The Atlas of Sculptural Situations, part 2: Disko-Diskurs-Object

The Atlas of Sculptural Situations is a series of spontaneous publications that try to make a variety of public spaces aesthetically and politically tangible. The approach happens through drawings and photographs that document, describe, analyze, shape, move and evolve the space in question. This is about the search for the sculptural conditions of what reality provides and the historically invisible. About how we can react to urban space in a situational-spatial and performative-materialised way. What does it mean, artistically (but also for urban planning) to be active in public space, if you are interested in being socially effective? All these approaches, temporary ...

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New York Twice

NEW YORK TWICE: AIR DE PARIS, PARIS May 28–June 25, 2005 and June 28–July 24, 2005 Wade Guyton, Mai-Thu Perret, Seth Price, Josh Smith, Kelley Walker Curator: Fabrice Stroun Xerox: edited by Bettina Funcke

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How to Disappear in America

Contributors Seth Price, Joseph Logan
I’m like a person who makes things. You do it one after another, unending. It goes on for such a long time: something new, and something else, and something something. Here come a lot of different varieties of strategies and arrangements, all interesting, all interlocking, mutatis mutandis. Such a lot of things!

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Scratching the Surface: Jeffrey Schnapp

Jeffrey Schnapp is the founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He holds the Carl A. Pescosolido Chair in Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and is on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In this episode, Jeffrey and Jarrett talk about his background as a medievalist and how that influences his research around media and technology, why he likes to call himself a ‘knowledge designer’, and how form and ...

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Scratching the Surface: Mark Minkjan

Mark Minkjan is an urban and architectural geographer. He is Editor-in-Chief at Failed Architecture and produces the Failed Architecture Podcast. He is also part of Non-fiction, office for cultural innovation, and has written for numerous publications including VICE, The Guardian and The Architectural Review. In this episode, Mark talks to Jarrett about the origins of Failed Architecture and his goals for the publication, the state of architectural and design criticism, and finding new ways to talk about buildings.

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Scratching the Surface: Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell

Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell are designers, authors, and educators. They operate Skolos+Wedell where they are interested in demising the boundaries between graphic design and photography through collaged three-dimensional images influenced by painting, technology, and architecture and are long-time faculty members at RISD. In this episode, Nancy and Tom talk to Jarrett about how they met at Cranbrook and the influence of that education on their career, how design education has changed over the last 30 years, and how they balance history and innovation in their own work and with students.

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Notes on This Show

Contributor Seth Price
amorphous interrogation– “How’s it going?” Corruption Shoddy construction The work cannot sustain it- self. It remains in a borderline state. Like anagrams- signifying to the maximum, signifying nothing “It certainly is true that the public still enjoys art, maybe more so than ever before, as there is greater awareness”: What is an enjoyment emancipated from exchange value- Find a person who cannot speak

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Seth Price: Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna

What would it mean to give this optical instrument another metaphoric turn? One wonders whether it is the artist himself who is attempting some escape. And as a matter of fact, false trails and forked paths weave throughout Price’s practice as he seeks both to mirror and inhabit the circulatory and distributive systems of his own time. Even this signature text, Dispersion—devoted as it is to an extended contemplation of contemporary information technologies as they provide artists with a new context (or “scape”)—never remains totally the same. Rather, the artist continually returns to it, revising it, adding or subtracting ideas—always ...

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