tagged: city

Wandering through Turin’s porticoes: the ONE TORINO project

by Federico Florian
With a royal ordinance, in the XIX century the king Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia commanded that Turin's roofs be covered with the vast porches that still run along the beautiful Via Po. The reason for the decree was to offer shelter from the rain to the monarch and his entourage during their route from the Royal Palace to the Church of Grande Madre di Dio. Turin is the city with the largest porticoed area in Europe – here, the porches join together the most representative buildings in town,... [more]
Posted by Federico Florian on 11/6/13

Artificial Amsterdam?

by Nicola Bozzi
The city as an artwork. That's quite a broad premise for a group show, even more so considering the increasingly heterogeneous ways in which contemporary artists dabble with public space these days. Visiting the exhibition currently hosted at De Appel, though, I didn't find so much of the mapping, downscale modeling, installation-erecting that so much abounds when it comes to tackling the urban within the gallery space. The zoom is rarely on the “bigger picture”, and maps are quietly... [more]
Posted by Nicola Bozzi on 7/12/13

Basel: Staid Yet Surprising

by Frances Guerin
Last weekend I travelled to Basel for a conference. It's been years since I was in Basel, so many years, that my memories of the city are vague, but after twenty-four hours, I remembered where I was. Things tend to stay the same in Switzerland. In the years since I first went to Basel, the world has become a smaller place, Russia has assumed a role as a world power, China has become a leading economic and political force to be reckoned with, the Middle East has become increasingly unstable,... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 6/13/13

1st ArteKalye: A Celebration of Contemporary Art In Public Places

by J. Honoridez aka Joan of Art
Bacolod City, Philippines. A small strip of unnamed street was turned into an avenue where local artists can express themselves creatively. ArteKalye, which literally means "art" + "street", is envisioned to be the hub of contemporary art not only locally but also in the national and hopefully, international art scene. A band of committed members of the Art Association of Bacolod headed by its president, one of the most famous Filipino contemporary artists, Mr. Nunelucio Alvarado,... [more]
Posted by J. Honoridez aka Joan of Art on 5/13/09

Liminal: A Question of Position at Rivington Place

by Chris Osburn
        brings together more than twenty artists to examine contemporary life in cities.  Through their collection of large scale, interactive installations, the artists make use of digital media to delve into the contemporary urban experience, questioning the physical and cultural positioning of city dwellers. For example, the Che-Guevara John and Philippe Chollet piece Frictions of Distance links Liminal with the French Cultural Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to "explore the issues of... [more]
Posted by Chris Osburn on 3/14/09
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