February 24, 2012
So, first, a quick intro:
One project that I especially liked was a public projection on the façade of the Kunstmuseum in
(2006). Basel, Switzerland
The project reveals the illegal immigrants in
they share their sometimes horrible experiences, their identities remain secret
and all we can see is a few pairs of legs. This position – sitting on top of
buildings with their legs hanging down, Wodiczko says, is stereotypically
common for the immigrants. I think this design is strong and moving. It gives
people to opportunity to open up and tell the truth as it is, without risking
exposing their identity and involving themselves in any consequences. Switzerland
I also find the choice of the location of the work quite genius. The screening on top of the Kunstmuseum –
prominent art museum, a palace of culture even - presents the sometimes inhumane
experiences with an interesting sense of irony. Switzerland
Are you familiar withWodiczko's work? What do you think about this project?
February 21, 2012
February 18, 2012
The location that we decide to set our lives at influences a lot more that solely our postal code. In spite of our biggest egoistic fantasies, we (as individuals) do not change the city, but it influences us.
In "What is a City",
writes that "A city is a theater of social action". LEWIS MUMFORD
The set of the play, though ever evolving, is permanent and determined for us by architects and urban planners. The city's arrangement creates its atmosphere, and its architectural landmarks build symbols and traditions. Once we put those things together, we get a culture, a stereotype even, of our city.
Now, we come into the picture – the dwellers – the actors. Why are we actors, you wonder? Because we naturally try to fit into out surrounding; we try to live up to the "image" of the city; eventually, we become a personification of it.
How do you describe a city? What is your favorite city or town? What do you love about it?
February 16, 2012
. (Well, actually, Juliette Gold is my online alter ego. My real last name – though magnified by the allure of its secrecy - is far less regal). I am an architecture enthusiast (some say fanatic, but only behind my back) and - hopefully - a future student. My take on architecture it this: architecture is magic. A designed space influences and guides the people in it. It determined their immediate reaction, their feelings and self-esteem in that space. It manipulates their behavior and might influence their perspectives. This blog is where I explore that approach. Juliette Gold
I would love to hear your thoughts!