29 ene 2012

Sa, Nam, Bots

all images by Sarah Khan


by Marco Monterzino

What is it?
The Ark of Many Voices is a sound system designed to stimulate thought. It is a symbolic object, a visible common element, an ideal, a materialized discipline.

Who is it for?
For people who feel empowered to gather and commit themselves to a protest.

Why am I doing this?
I am undertaking a further research effort. My aim is to to have a deeper understanding of what really is important to the people who protest.

Ethnographic research of a current case of social empowerment
Project description:

The design of the Ark of Many Voices is informed by the ethnographic research I have undertaken so far and it materialises the issues that my project is arguing. (...)
My final aim is to produce industrial design artifacts which address the issue of empowerment.

DIY Power Tool

It is by shaping the everyday little things that one can influence and contribute in shaping the larger scale of community and society.

I am very interested in see how this project is going to evolve. For more information visit his tumblr and MAID at CSM website

New UAL Campus for Central Saint Martins

Central Saint Martins has moved to King Cross to a new imponet building that unites all the disciplines Arts, Fashion, Design in one unique space. Compared to the previous campus where I studied looks amazingand it is quite impresive the scale of the building. Half of the set of images that I have posted I took them when I went to see the WIP show from MAID students. Sadly ex students and alumni are not allowed to get into the building so I could just take images of the main street where the works of the students where exhibited, the interior images are publishedin Stanton Williams website.

28 ene 2012

Trellic Tower

This tower is a master piece of the architecture from the UK. I discovered it 2 weeks ago on my way to have lunch at Portobello Road. It is an impresive building that reminds me the SESC from Lina Bo Bardi in Sao Paulo. 

Trellick Tower is a 31-storey block of flats in North Kensington, London, England. It was designed in the Brutalist style by architect Ernő Goldfinger, after a commission from the Greater London Council in 1966, and completed in 1972. It is a Grade II listed building and is 98 metres (322 ft) tall (120 metres (394 ft) including the communications mast).

Goldfinger’s design is based on his earlier and slightly smaller Balfron Tower (in Poplar, east London), and is in effect a sister building. It is also similar to Anniesland Court in Glasgow, design by J. Holmes & Partners and completed in 1968. It has a long, thin profile, with a separate lift and service tower linked at every third storey to the access corridors in the main building; flats above and below the corridor levels have internal stairs. The building contains 217 flats. Shortly after its completion the building was transferred to the local council (the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea). Most of the flats are still social housing, but a significant minority are now privately owned.


Aparently now has become a trendy place to live and despite the fact that the building aspect is not great, but we know that London is all about vintage and if it is almost destoryed it's cool.

Alexandre Despatie


Admiring the "qualities" of mr Despatie... Getting ready for London 2012

25 ene 2012

Lucian Freud

His works are noted for their psychological penetration, and for their often discomfiting examination of the relationship between artist and model.

It was Freud's practice to begin a painting by first drawing in charcoal on the canvas. He then applied paint to a small area of the canvas, and gradually worked outward from that point. For a new sitter, he often started with the head as a means of "getting to know" the person, then painted the rest of the figure, eventually returning to the head as his comprehension of the model deepened.

Lucian Freud self portrait

Regarding the difficulty in deciding when a painting is completed, Freud said that "he feels he's finished when he gets the impression he's working on somebody else's painting"

Read the full article at Wikipedia

I am taking painting lessons, what has increassed my eye into art in the way of how the brush is used, technique and performance with the canvas. 

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