Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ant Farm: a great book I just read

Cover of the book "Living Archive 7 : Ant Farm" published by Actar


Environman, 1969 35mm slide. Courtesy Chil Lord/BAM/PFA

Ant Farm was a visionary architecture group founded in 1968. One of their projects was the Environman, a fantastic depiction of the man and a woman of the future who could plug into an "alpha" computer for simulated trips, opening the mind to streams of data.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Angelo head




Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tonight in Paris: Poem Island


Sunday, February 07, 2010

The auction of the Athens (Gay) Pride at the Breeder gallery


Auctioneer Elisavet Logotheti Lyra was capable of selling everything!


Here with participating artists and sisters Dora and Maria Papadimitriou
(in the background a work by Christina Dimitriadis)


The Breeder, George and Stathis
(in the background a work by Steven Yiannakos)


Elisavet Logotheti Lyra with Andreas Angelidakis


l-r: Kunsthalle Athena's Marina Fokidis, new collector Alexandra Tsesmeli
with 303 gallery director Mari Spirito


The Breeder's Nadia Gerazouni


Participating artist Poka Yio with Marina Fokidis


Artist Deanna Maganias


A work by Christodoulos Panayiotou


Participating artist Em-Kei with Iliana Fokianaki
(in the background a work by Katerina Kana)


Athens Pride's and auction curator Andrea Gilbert with George Vamvakidis


Participating artist Mantalina Psoma


Participating artist Katerina Kana


AMP's Olga Hatzidaki with designer Ilias Lefas


A work by Theo Michael

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

My new piece:



OnTopOfTheEmpire4, Angelo Plessas, 2010

additional programming Michal Fiala


Thursday, February 04, 2010

A blog I recently discovered: Letters of Note


Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated every weekday. Edited by Shaun Usher.





October 18, 1956

Dear Mr. Warhol:

Last week our Committee on the Museum Collections held its first meeting of the fall season and had a chance to study your drawing entitled Shoe which you so generously offered as a gift to the Museum.

I regret that I must report to you that the Committee decided, after careful consideration, that they ought not to accept it for our Collection.

Let me explain that because of our severely limited gallery and storage space we must turn down many gifts offered, since we feel it is not fair to accept as a gift a work which may be shown only infrequently.

Nevertheless, the Committee has asked me to pass on to you their thanks for your generous expression of interest in our Collection.


Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
Director of Museum Collections

Mr. Andy Warhol
242 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York

P.S. The drawing may be picked up from the museum at your convenience.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Osaka Expo 1970


A general view of Expo with all the national pavillions


The Tower of the Sun


The US Pavillion designed by architects Lewis Davis, Samuel M. Brody and Alan Schwartzman


The Swiss Pavillion designed by Willy Walter, Charlotte Schimid



( a post dedicated to my Osaka-born friend Mai Ueda)



Sunday, January 31, 2010

Do you remember Neen?


Translated via Google from german magazine Musikexpress

Are you Neen?, no joke sites, but tracks of Flash Player works, also called Neen Art. The Greek artist Miltos Manetas network founded an art movement that paints with pixels rather than with Farbpinseln and adjust their work all in one e-mail.

Miltos Manetas chose the art after he had received in the 80-years ago, a book of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock in his hands. The many colorful blobs looked pretty simple and it was Manetas big dream of becoming an artist. So he began to paint his first painting, mostly of televisions, laptops or a giant cable clutter. And most of the pictures painted by his assistants were completed, although there Miltos ideas but no talent found in himself - until he saw the flash animation.
His first mini-animation he made in 2001 Internet: a floating Jesus with bleeding hands. The clumsy animation would have sunk without a lot of attention in the depths of the Internet, if not always sober and more of these animated programs had appeared on the net. Due to the increasingly easy access to almost any flash programming could create with a computer and a reasonably creative idea his own animations. Many of these effects showed that there was in this form never were very easy to grasp and established themselves as a handy logo in the subconscious. Most of these sites had neither a meaning nor an intention, but stood as independent objects in space.
What was for many a nice gimmick, Miltos Manetas described as art. He demanded a name for this direction, which should stand out from the previously existing network of art. A computer of the branding agency Lexicon was fed with all sorts of data, and finally spat the word out NEEN. Miltos was great because Neen is not just a palindrome (a word that is read from front and rear right) and rhymes with screen, but in ancient Greek means "Right now, it's not a second later." Soon after, he wrote a manifesto and a diffuse said Neen designates a still undefined generation of visual artists, so-called Neenstars that would see the Internet as a vast continent and through their Web browsers could see much further than through ordinary window glass. The reactions were mixed on creation Manetas, the New York Times ridiculed Neen way than amusing, but doubted that this would establish itself as the art style.

Nevertheless identified a growing international community with the Neen movement. Software developers, animators and animation designers kill itself with the most absurd mini-animations on the Internet and expanded this Manetas term Neen art. The artist Angelo Plessas created interactive animations consisting of structures and patterns that sank under their own chaos and in turn, translated by Neen architect Andreas Angelidakis into virtual buildings were. In addition to the zig-zag structures also Neen-poetry arose, an initial experiment Japanese poet Mai Ueda. It combined simple animation, with their texts and then held her readings on Skype. But Neen art not only finds an audience on the Internet, but will also be shown in numerous exhibitions. The domains of the works will be sold as art ordinary objects. Raphaƫl Rozendaal, required for some of its Web pages up to $ 10,000, and even sells his first Neen Apps on the iTunes Store. Next, Rozendaal Neen would like to develop a computer game in which one walks through various landscapes and cities and everything that affects what is, as ice melts, "You just see two hands in front of you and the world with melted cars and trees and clouds. Rozendaal dream could soon come true, just like the dream to become an artist by Miltos Manetas. If today Manetas Jackson Pollock googlet his former role model, appears as the second entry (after Wikipedia), the domain a Neen factory, which he designed himself and a few years ago in 2006 with the "50 coolest websites" ders 'Times Magazine' count.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Museum on Non Participation


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In the Future everyone will be a Foundation: True!

Bruce High Quality Foundation

The Bruce High Quality Foundation