jueves, 2 de junio de 2016

LA TRILOGÍA DIVINA: Arte + Arquitectura + Diseño. Conferencia de Lucrecia Piedrahíta en Medellin Design Week


Arte + Arquitectura + Diseño

Por: Lucrecia Piedrahita*

Las relaciones entre Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño nos implican en el mundo contemporáneo en las maneras de habitar y percibir -la esencia espiritual de las cosas- (W. Benjamin), la manera en que las cosas se nos ofrecen, la forma en que éstas se transmiten. Revisar los  hilos del sistema estructural que liga estas tres prácticas para entender cómo se lee una imagen, un espacio y un objeto permitirá mantener el ojo en un umbral entre lo visible y lo no visible.

A través de la práctica curatorial que da cuenta de fracturas, rompimientos, de tomar una parte por el todo, se acentuará la importancia del acto interpretativo que se corresponde con el espíritu que acompaña la acción de curar: un aporte nuevo en escritura, lenguaje y maneras de traducir los espacios, las imágenes y los objetos.

MAMM 20 Junio, 2016 4:00 pm

Lucrecia Piedrahíta

*Lucrecia Piedrahita. Es Museóloga de la Universidad Internacional del Arte, Florencia, Italia. Curadora  de  Arte -becaria LIPAC -  Universidad  de  Buenos Aires, Argentina. Especialista en Periodismo Urbano de la UPB. Especialista en Estudios Políticos en la Universidad Eafit. Actualmente candidata a Magister en Teoría Crítica del 17 Instituto de Estudios Críticos de México, D.F. Es estudiante de Arquitectura de la Facultad de Arquitectura de la UPB.

Directora para Latinoamérica de la edición del libro de la Universidad de Chicago: De lo que no se puede hablar. El arte político de Doris Salcedo, escrito por Mieke Bal y publicado por la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Medellín y Formacol.

En 2014 se desempeñó como Asesora curatorial y museográfica de la Oficina OPUS Arquitectos para el proyecto de renovación Urbana para el Cerro Nutibara y en 2015 trabajó en la oficina L-A-P Arquitectos en calidad de Asesora Técnica en Museografía y Curaduría para el Concurso del Museo Nacional de la Memoria en Bogotá. Ha hecho parte del equipo de Visionadores de PHOTOESPAÑA. Es docente universitaria, columnista y conferenciante. Ha sido Becaria del Ministerio de Cultura.

Distinguida entre los 10 Ejecutivos Jóvenes de Colombia en la categoría de Logros Culturales; por la Cámara Junior de Colombia – JCI. Es invitada a diversas universidades nacionales e internacionales para presentar la investigación (libro y catálogo) “La Memoria Decapitada”. Un análisis estético, espacial y cultural sobre la situación de desplazamiento forzado en Colombia.

Invitada como profesora – visitante a la Universidad de Bergamo y como conferenciante a la Universidad de Bologna, Italia. Finalista del Concurso FURS Mejor ensayo sobre temas urbanos y regionales, promovido por la Fundación para los Estudios Urbanos y Regionales que convoca la Universidad Kent, Canterbury-Inglaterra y la Universidad Bicocca, Milán, Italia.

jueves, 21 de abril de 2016


 Están todos cordialmente invitados. Será una cita con el buen arte!!!.
 Imágenes referentes en tarjeta: Sol Lewitt, model, for Complex Form N. 20, 1989. Rg @micahlexier. / Leong Leong Architects. N. Y.

martes, 5 de abril de 2016

Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' was re-created with bacteria. It's as cool as it sounds.

Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' was re-created with bacteria. It's as cool as it sounds.

What do the Chicago skyline, a cat, a subway map, a Van Gogh, and a skull all have in common?

They've all been re-created into beautiful masterpieces using... bacteria

BOOM is right. And BOOM is bacteria, too.

The American Society for Microbiology just held its first-ever Agar Art contest, challenging microbiologists to mix science with art.

Their main rule: to use
microbes as the paint and agar (a jelly-like substance) as the canvas

Let's just say I'm glad I wasn't a judge — it would have been a tough call. After 85 submissions came rolling in, it's evident that science and art can overlap in a very special way.
Here are the top 3 winners:
1. Neurons
Submitted by Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, with artist Maria Penil.

2. NYC Biome Map
Submitted by Christine Marizzi, an educator at a community lab. This art piece was created as a collaboration between citizen scientists and artists at Genspace: New York City's Community Biolab.

A subway map! Ahh. I love this description of it:
"Microorganisms reside everywhere, yet they are too small to be seen with the human eye. New York City is a melting pot of cultures - both human and microbial - and every citizen has a personalized microbiome. Collectively, we shape NYC's microbiome by our lifestyle choices, and this unseen microbial world significantly impacts us."
3. Harvest Season
Created by Maria Eugenia Inda, a postdoctoral researcher from Argentina working at Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
People's Choice Winner: Cell to Cell

It had the most Facebook Likes! Created by the group that won first place, Mehmet Berkmen with artist Maria Penil.
When the idea of bacteria goes from "ew" to "interesting!" ... that's awesome.

Bacteria is so normal and EVERYWHERE (you're entirely covered with it, sorry), but it's still often seen as such an icky thing. This is one way to show it in a different light and have a lot of fun doing so. 

There were many submissions that didn't win the art contest but are still a sight to behold — like this version of Van Gogh's "Starry Night." Whaaat!

Or this butterfly that almost looks real.

And then there's St. Louis. Hey there, St. Louis.

Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' was re-created with bacteria. It's as cool as it sounds. Agar Art contest, American Society for Microbiology, art, Bacteria, Culture,

Looks like it was picture day for one petri dish.
What a cool competition and a way to show that science and art don't have to be seen as opposites.

Left-brained, right-brained, whatever. We tend to box ourselves in to thinking we're only good at certain things. But ... says who? Just go for it.

You can see the rest of the amazing submissions on Facebook. Feel free to share them too! They worked hard, guys.

By Morgan Shoaff
October 21, 2015

viernes, 18 de septiembre de 2015

This Tower Purifies a Million Cubit Feet of Air an Hour

Daan Roosegaard worked with scientist Bob Ursem and European Nano Solutions to create the Smog Free Tower. STUDIO ROOSEGAARDE
The tower, shown here in Rotterdam, sucks pollution from the air into its chambers and purifies it. STUDIO ROOSEGAARDE
The air is sucked in from a ventilation system at the top of the tower.STUDIO ROOSEGAARDE
And then it enters a chamber where the pollution becomes positively charged before latching onto grounded electrodes. The particles then becomes trapped in the chambers while the clean air escapes.Studio Roosegaarde

Roosegaard is compressing smog particles into jewelry, because why not? STUDIO ROOSEGAARDE
Daan Roosegaard worked with scientist Bob Ursem and European Nano Solutions to create the Smog Free Tower. STUDIO ROOSEGAARDE
THERE’S A MASSIVE vacuum cleaner in the middle of a Rotterdam park and it’s sucking all the smog out of the air. A decent portion of it, anyway. And it isn’t a vacuum, exactly. It looks nothing like a Dyson or a Hoover. It’s probably more accurate to describe it as the world’s largest air purifier.

The Smog Free Tower, as it’s called, is a collaboration between Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard, Delft Technology University researcher Bob Ursem, and European Nano Solutions, a green tech company in the Netherlands. The metal tower, nearly 23 feet tall, can purify up to 1 million cubic feet of air every hour. To put that in perspective, the Smog Free Tower would need just 10 hours to purify enough air to fill Madison Square Garden. “When this baby is up and running for the day you can clean a small neighborhood,” says Roosegaard.

It does this by ionizing airborne smog particles. Particles smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter (about the width of a cotton fiber) are tiny enough to inhale and can be harmful to the heart and lungs

Ursem, who has been researching ionization since the early 2000s, says a radial ventilation system at the top of the tower (powered by wind energy) draws in dirty air, which enters a chamber where particles smaller than 15 micrometers are given a positive charge. Like iron shavings drawn to a magnet, the the positively charged particles attach themselves to a grounded counter electrode in the chamber. The clean air is then expelled through vents in the lower part of the tower, surrounding the structure in a bubble of clean air. Ursem notes that this process doesn’t produce ozone, like many other ionic air purifiers, because the particles are charged with positive voltage rather than a negative.

Ursem has used the same technique in hospital purification systems, parking garages, and along roadsides, but the tower is by far the biggest and prettiest application of his technology. Indeed, it’s meant to be a design object as much as a technological innovation. Roosegaard is known for wacky, socially conscious design projects—he’s the same guy who did the glowing Smart Highway in the Netherlands. He says making the tower beautiful brings widespread attention to a problem typically hidden behind bureaucracy. “I’m tired of design being about chairs, tables, lamps, new cars, and new watches,” he says. “It’s boring, we have enough of this stuff. Let’s focus on the real issues in life.

Roosegaard has been working with Ursem and ENS, the company that fabricated the tower, for two years to bring it into existence, and now that it’s up and running, he says people are intrigued. He just returned from Mumbai where he spoke to city officials about installing a similar tower in a park, and officials in Mexico City, Paris, and Beijing (the smoggy city that inspired the project) also are interested. “We’ve gotten a lot of requests from property developers who want to place it in a few filthy rich neighborhoods of course, and I tend to say no to these right now,” he says. “I think that it should be in a public space.

Roosegaard has plans to take the tower on a “smog-free tour” in the coming year so he can demonstrate the tower’s abilities in cities around the world. It’s a little bit of showmanship that he hopes will garner even more attention for the machine, which he calls a “shrine-like temple of clean air.” Roosegaard admits that his tower isn’t a final solution for cleaning a city’s air. “The real solution everybody knows,” he says, adding that it’s more systematic than clearing a hole of clean air in the sky. He views the Smog Free tower as an initial step in a bottom-up approach to cleaner air, with citizens acting as the driving force. “How can we create a city where in 10 years these towers aren’t necessary anymore?” he says. “This is the bridge towards the solution.


martes, 23 de junio de 2015

The Best Design of the Year (Maybe Ever?)

Every year, the Design Museum in London picks a single object and names it the best design of the year. It’s pretty bad sometimes! But this year, the museum picked a winner: A chip that replaces animal test subjects with a complex package of human cells.

It’s called a lung-on-a-chip--a name that is very literally true, lest you think this is simply a computer chip programmed to mimic a lung. It comes from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, which explains in a great video how it works.

This clear, simple-looking brick of plastic actually contains complex human cells, arranged in a simplified version of the way a lung works: Along the central channels, there’s a lining of human lung cells separated from a lining of capillary blood cells by a porous membrane, just like the air sacs in your lung:

On each side, channels create the flexing movement that an air sac does while you breathe.

In other words, it’s all of the biological complexity of your lungs distilled onto a computer chip.

Scientists can, for example, introduce bacteria to the channels to mimic an infection—and white blood cells in the capillary channel will attack. Or, they can introduce the chemicals you breathe in regularly to mimic air pollution and its affect on your lungs. Or test new medications.

Bio-inspired micro-devices that mimic whole human organs, such as the lung on a chip, could potentially replace animal testing and bring new therapies to patients faster and at lower cost in the future,” the design team explains in their video. Other labs are working on organs like the heart and even spleen, and Wyss’ ultimate goal is to build ten different organs and link them to create a whole body.

Who do we have to thank for bringing news of the chip to the design world? That would be Paola Antonelli, MoMA’s Senior Curator of Architecture & Design, as Dezeen points out today in its announcement as the award’s media partner. Antonelli not only nominated the chip, she already added it to MoMA’s permanent collection in March, writing on MoMA’s blog:

Esoteric or specialized, perhaps, but universally remarkable in their balance of form, function, and vision, investigations like the Wyss Institute’s Human Organs-on-Chips demonstrate new, radical intersections of synthetic biology and design.

In the past, the Design Museum’s pick have ranged from anodyne at best—a lightbulb, in 2011—to downright tone-deaf, like the jury’s choice of a Zaha Hadid building in Azerbaijan built by a dictatorial regime and named for a president known for his human rights abuses. This year, the jury really turned it around, selecting an object that is not only a brilliant piece of design, but also has the power to end the barbaric practice of animal testing while helping human patients.

Antonelli deserves a lot of credit for caring what’s happening in science, medicine, and technology, and forcing the rest of the design world to broaden insular, myopic field of view to include objects that aren’t just lightbulbs and billion-dollar museums, great though they are. Design—while it won’t save the world—can certainly change it for good.

Contact the author at kelsey@Gizmodo.com.


lunes, 6 de abril de 2015

Recycled PET Plastic Bottle Plant Sculptures by Veronika Richterová

Photo by Michal Cihlář
Czech artist Veronika Richterová creates new life from repurposed plastic PET bottles. For the last decade the artist has used various methods of cutting, heating, and assemblage to build colorfully translucent forms of everything from crocodiles to chandelier light fixtures to plants. Her obsession with plastic bottles doesn’t stop with creating artwork, Richterová has also collected over 3,000 PET plastic objects from 76 countries and writes extensively about the history and usage of plastic in her article A Tribute to PET Bottles. You can see hundreds more sculptures in her online gallery. (via Mister Finch, Lustik)

Photo by Michal Cihlář
Photo by Michal Cihlář
Photo by Michal Cihlář
Photo by Michal Cihlář
Photo by Michal Cihlář

Photo by Michal Cihlář
Photo by Michal Cihlář
Photo by Michal Cihlář

Photo by Michal Cihlář
ORIGINAL: This Is Colossal
April 6, 2015

martes, 6 de enero de 2015

The projection mapping "bioluminescent forest" is made by artists Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad.
The artists spent six weeks in the forest fascinated by the silence and natural occurrences in nature, especially the phenomenon "bioluminescence". They personified the forest to accentuate the natural beauty by creating luring luminescent plants and glowing magical mushrooms that speaks volumes to any visitor that enters the minds of the artists through viewing "bioluminescent forest".

More information on the project: bioluminescent-forest.com
Friedrich van Schoor: vanscore.com
Tarek Mawad
: tarekmawad.com

Many thanks to Achim Treu, Composer and Sounddesigner.
private homepage: ufohawaii.com
commercial homepage: treumedia.de

While we’ve seen many examples of projection mapping on the sides of buildings or other relatively flat surfaces in an attempt to add depth or dimension, it seems photographers and digital artists are getting progressively more innovative as the technology continues to evolve. Last week we saw a commendable dance performance making use of projection mapping, and now photographer Tarek Mawad and animator Friedrich van Schoor just spent six weeks embedded in nature to create Bioluminescent Forest. The 4-minute short film imagines what various plants, insects, spiderwebs, and mushrooms might look like if they possessed the ability to emit bioluminescent light, creating a strange wonderland of blinking and twinkling organisms. The filmmakers state that everything you see was created live, without any effects added in post-production. You can watch a behind-the-scenes clip here. (via PetaPixel, The Kid Should See This)

ORIGINAL: Colossal
January 5, 2015

jueves, 25 de diciembre de 2014

El pueblo Africano donde cada casa es una obra de arte

Por Francisco Lira

Burkina Faso no es una zona frecuentada por los turistas, pero en la base de una colina con vista a la sabana de África occidental se encuentra un pueblo extraordinario. Un complejo de 1,2 hectáreas con arquitectura circular de tierra, intrincadamente bello. Es la residencia del jefe, la corte real y la nobleza de la gente Kassena, que colonizaron la región en el siglo 15, convirtiéndose en uno de los grupos étnicos más antiguos de Burkina Faso. Este pueblo es Tiébélé.

El pueblo se mantiene extremadamente aislado y cerrado a los extraños, muy probablemente para asegurar la conservación y la integridad de sus estructuras y de proteger las tradiciones locales.

Una residencia real en el África no es lo que podríamos pensar en cuando imaginamos palacios reales. En Tiébélé, la corte real se compone de una serie de pequeñas estructuras de adobe, cubierto con pinturas de arcilla naturales, con patrones geométricos elaborados para diferenciarlas de las casas de la gente común.

Toda las fotografías son de Rita Willaert