31 dic 2010

First time...

at night & together
Paris, the Eiffel Tower

29 dic 2010

Mode contemporanie

being able to see this in person made me fall in love with Nicolas Ghesquière and his work for Balenciaga

25 dic 2010

Boomerang Generation

Named for the frequency with which they choose to cohabitate with their parents after a brief period of living on their own–thus boomeranging back to their place of origin. This cohabitation can take many forms, ranging from situations that mirror the high dependency of pre-adulthood to highly independent, separate-household arrangements.

The 18th through 21st birthdays of this generation coincide with the economic downturn starting with the collapse of the
stock market bubble in 2000. This led to rising unemployment until 2004, the same time this generation was entering the workforce after high school or college graduation. Additionally, in the new economy, where globalisation-induced phenomena like outsourcing have eliminated many jobs, real wages have fallen over the last twenty years, and a college degree no longer ensures job stability, this is the only way for them to mantain a middle class lifestyle they anticipated. Additionally, with the recent economic crisis hitting much of the world, many young people were either laid off or could no longer afford to live on their own. Moving back home allows them the option of unpaid internships and additional schooling without the burden of paying rent at market rates (or paying rent at all), though experts recommend that boomerangers pay at least token rent to offset the additional costs they add to the home, and maintain their sense of self-esteem.

This can benefit parents when they reach old age. In societies where it is common for children to live with their parents into adulthood, such as Asian, and Hispanic cultures, children more frequently take care of aging parents.
On the other hand.

A lack of motivation can delay the start to a young adult's career and cause him/her to miss months or years of job earnings and experience. Those who return home from the unrestrictive nature of college dorm life may have difficulty readjusting to their parents' domestic expectations. Where living space is shared, gatherings with friends can be limited in frequency or scope. Dating is similarly constrained and can be impaired by the stigma of the young adult's perceived inability to function independently of his/her parents.


from the latin word limen, meaning threshold

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It is a psychological, neurological, or metaphysical subjective state, conscious or unconscious, of being on the "threshold" of or between two different existential planes.
Van Gennep stressed 'the importance of liminality, the transitional time or condition in which one, or a group, or a territory, or the season, is not what it was and not what it will become, but something in between, something marginal, vague, and flexible'.

threshold by multimedia artist Allison Urban

'The attributes of liminality or of liminal
personae ("threshold people") are necessarily ambiguous'. One's sense of identity dissolves to some extent, bringing about disorientation, but also the possibility of new perspectives.

'According to Turner, all liminality must eventually dissolve, for it is a state of great intensity that cannot exist very long without some sort of structure to stabilize it...either the individual returns to the surrounding social structure...or else liminal communities develop their own internal social structure, a condition Turner calls "normative communitas". During the liminal stage, normally accepted differences between the participants, such as
social class, are often de-emphasized or ignored. For example, during a pilgrimage, members of an upper class and members of a lower class might mix and converse as equals. When in normal life they would rarely converse at all or their conversation might be limited to giving or receiving orders.

'Following Victor Turner in The Ritual Process', one may see such communitas as the product of 'anti-structure...Anti-structure is anti- "structure", ideological rejection of the idea of structure itself. 'what Turner's concept of social liminality does for status in society, Jung...does for the movement of the person through the life process of individuation". Individuation can be seen as a 'movement through liminal space and time, from disorientation to integration....What takes place in the dark phase of liminality is a process of breaking down...in the interest of "making whole" one's meaning, purpose and sense of relatedness once more'

General Examples of use of liminality
New Years Eve, whatever its connection or lack of one to the astrological sky, is a liminal time. Customs such as fortune-telling take advantage of this liminal state. In a number of cultures, actions and events on the first day of the year can determine the year, leading to such beliefs as First-Foot. It can also mean a "threshold" in time and space, the middle ground between more than one entity without being either entity. The energy of both entities meet at this spot. The top of a mountain- in between the sky and the earth. Seashore- in between earth and ocean. Midnight- for those 60 seconds it is neither the past, present, or future.

It has been suggested that of itself 'the Internet...creates a natural environment for liminality: a place separate from one's space where the ordinary norms of everyday life easily may be suspended'

source wikipedia

24 dic 2010

Photo of the week

Challenger Explosion 1986...
the end of the spacial race and the begining of the NETboom!

Stephen Hayward tutorial 19th December 2010 [Critical Journal Ep. 11]

First of all S. made a point on different Nomad definitions: 1) before the birth of agriculture. The explorers 2) Homeless/Outsiders. Living in the edges. 3) People In transit. Definitively in my project the reason for the movement of my project is about people in between 2 places, two states of mind.

We talked about solutions available: capsule/temporary/transport. But still without a domestic, no sense of belonging to that place. It seems to me that they talk about more about a solution to a physical issue of no space.

I created this graphic to represent the target for my project. Situating this period in between two states it is maybe a mistake situated. Because you may never reach your dream either is impossible or you will want always something else. The thing you will take with you will create a memory from that past.
Memories that will create communities and Network. You do not share things you think they may not be possible or that are located in the future. You have to make people to bring the narrative with them. It is not looking forward because that will make them unhappy. How did I get here? Learn from the past and refuse to be a victim.

Doubt: What will happen with tensions with sharing? Concept of Gangs, new frontiers, . Question: How do you share your container? You do not have anymore a place to show , you meet in a Specific Place.
Chart with possible target personas

20 dic 2010

Back up Objects

by Hector Serrano
A series of object with great emotional value from the owner that have been back up and then materialize by printing them with a 3D Printer.

This is a good example of how virtual can become real. How can we have a data base of our precious objects. We are continously storing data. Music & photographs are no longer ocupying real space. Books are going in the same direction. Will this happen also with our objects? Are we going to store them and carry with us a encripted/encoded/formated version of it?

lacie by STARK

lacie(s) by
Neil Poulton

concept by Sang-Hoon Lee

19 dic 2010

Mateus for Butch

Some Summer feeling for these cold days... (-4ºC right now)

18 dic 2010

Us & the Universe

With the Modulor, Le Corbusier sought to introduce a scale of visual measures that would unite two virtually incompatible systems: the Anglo Saxon foot and inch and the French Metric system.[2] Whilst he was intrigued by ancient civilisations who used measuring systems linked to the human body: elbow (cubit), finger (digit), thumb (inch) etc., he was troubled by the metre[3] as a measure that was a forty-millionth part of the meridian of the earth.

The graphic representation of the Modulor, a stylised human figure with one arm raised, stands next to two vertical measurements, a red series based on the figure's navel height (1.08m in the original version, 1.13m in the revised version) then segmented according to Phi, and a blue series based on the figure's entire height, double the navel height (2.16m in the original version, 2.26m in the revised), segmented similarly. A spiral, graphically developed between the red and blue segments, seems to mimic the volume of the human figure.

via wikipedia

17 dic 2010


beautiful work by Naoki Kawamoto, seen a year ago at 100% week and comming back now as a main inspiration.

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