Should we get lost?
A Philosophical machine
Boris Bernaskoni’s ARC AT Nikola-Lenivets
1 / 11 The ARC, described by its designer, Boris Bernaskoni, as a landscape object rather than a building, is situated on the edge of a forest. (Photo: Yuri Palmin)
The ARC, a 13.2 meter high blackened timber structure, acts both as a kind of triumphal arch and portal, whilst also containing a well, bar and observation deck – and a single multi-purpose room.
The circumstances around the construction of this hauntingly intelligent architectural offspring of Russian conceptual art tradition are worth relating.
About 20 years ago, the village of Nikola-Lenivets in the Kaluga Region, was a typical dying outpost of Russia’s inhabited realm, with a ruined church, the decaying remnants of an extinct collective farm and just three families surviving on vegetable allotments. This was at the time when Moscow was probably the world’s hot spot of anarchic energy and creative indulgence – for the spectacular collapse of the ‘Evil Empire’ was experienced by many as an Apocalypse and a new Universal Beginning. Artists flew to the West in droves, but there were also those who sought refuge from the looming tsunami of western capitalism in the depths of the Motherland’s frozen backwoods, attempting in remote and autonomous artistic communes to realize fragments of the broken promise of global communism.
Highly recommend visiting the flickr stream for more ! Interesting translations from drawing to sculptural objects….matt-niebuhr
Marius Watz is an artist working with visual abstraction through generative systems. After abandoning his studies in Computer Science, he pursued graphic design and media art in parallel, becoming known for his hard-edged geometric compositions and bold use of colors. After winning multiple awards for his design work, he was featured in I.D. Magazine’s “40 under 30” list in 2000. In 2002 Watz quit design to focus on his artwork, exploring software processes as an aesthetic medium. He has since exhibited at venues like Todaysart (The Hague), Künstlerhaus (Vienna), Melkweg (Amsterdam), ITAU Cultural (São Paulo) and Club Transmediale (Berlin). He continues to explore the boundaries of code as method, producing work that ranges from realtime software works to physical output using digital fabrication technology. In 2005 Watz founded Generator.x, a curatorial platform that has resulted in a series of events related to generative art and design, including a conference, a travelling exhibition and an audiovisual concert tour. The most recent incarnation, Generator.x 2.0, focused on digital fabrication and computational architectural processes and was a part of the Club Transmediale 2008 festival. Watz is a lecturer at the Oslo School of Architecture and at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Department of design. He presents workshops and lectures on computational aesthetics, live cinema and digital fabrication. He also does audiovisual performances with musician Alexander Rishaug. Marius Watz is represented by [DAM]Berlin. He is currently based in Oslo and New York.
Thanks to http://nearlya.tumblr.com/Marius was briefly on Tumblr. I wish he was still around in these parts.
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