Located along one of Lisbon’s most historic waterfronts, the MAAT museum will focus on visual arts, new media, architecture, technology and science. The new kunsthalle building (designed by AL_A) is stunning and the inaugural shows (Dominique Gonzales-Foerster and The World of Charles and Ray Eames) are very promising. Yet another reason to visit Lisbon this year!
Category archives: Must-Visit
Last chance to visit Sound Spill, a group exhibition curated by Thom O’Nions and Richard Sides for the Zabludowicz Collection and part of their ongoing project with artist Haroon Mirza. The setting of Sound Spill is quite unique: on two separate, and otherwise vacant, floors of an iconic New York skyscraper close to Times Square, with stunning views and serving as a perfect background for the artworks and the sound installations. See for yourself.
The project sets out to examine how sound inhabits an exhibition space through either existing works of artists from the Zabludowicz collection or through specially commissioned, new pieces.
The 7th floor has some great video/sound pieces from, a.o. Fischli & Weiss, Michael Bell-Smith, Cory Archangel on Oliver Payne. But the most spectacular part of the show is, in our opinion, on the33rd floor, presenting project called Volumes for Sound. Here, artists Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S Davidson were commissioned to create a set of 8 speaker sculptures, with each of these playing a new multichannel sound from a different sound artist (Ben Cain, Lesley Flanigan, Lucky Dragons, Lorenzo Senni etc.) and providing for an unforgettable experience.
The show is opened daily from 12–6pm until Saturday this week and you should rsvp in advance (for more info see the Zabludowicz website).
Not to miss!
We have discovered this place during one of General Assembly events last month,
and have been addicted ever since. Campus is powered by Google and occupies six storeys-high old office building, just off Shoreditch’s Silicon Roundabout. Unobtrusive from the outside (in fact easy to miss if you don’t know where u’re going), but filled with energy and entrepreneurial spirit. The fact that it’s located literally around the corner of our HQ is of course the cherry on the cake!
It offers seven floors of flexible work spaces, free internet and all the support you need to get your creative ideas off the ground. Besides being relaxed place to work and to connect (and selling some of the best flat whites in Shoreditch), it also runs an impressive schedule of talks and hacks organized by the startup community.
You can become member by signing online (this option is entirely free) and work from the cafe or – if you’re looking for a full-time working space – become a campus resident and join other startups on the upper floor’s co-working spaces. You can also just come and attend one of the events on their calendar. See you soon?
To round up with a quote of the Campus head, Ezequiel Vidra: “In terms of technology startups and tech activity, London has lacked the density of San Francisco, so this idea is to provide a space for people to meet, to work and exchange ideas. If you’re a London-based startup or are just passing through town, we invite you to join the Campus community.”
What a pleasure to discover a gem like the St Bride Library! Tucked away in corner of Fleet Street, not far from London’s Saint Paul Cathedral, you wouldn’t stumble upon it accidentally, but it’s well worth the visit for all graphic design, typography and print aficionados. Besides an amazing collection of historical artefacts (including the archive of Eric Gill, Calvert + Kinneir‘s original maquettes for the UK motorway signage, punches and matrices from Caslon and Figgins type foundries, or the recently discovered recording of an interview with Monotype’s “first lady” Beatrice Warde) and 50.000 books on printing techniques, visual style, typography, calligraphy and more, they also have over 150 subscriptions to latest design and typography periodicals and unique archive of the ones now out of print.
I had a great time browsing through the old editions of The Penrose Annual and Emigre as well as through the recent Type Directors Club Annual and Matrix Review and I’ll definitely be back for more! The reading room is open on Wednesdays from 11am to 6pm (£5 membership card is valid for a year), but if you want to see artefacts from the special collection or the impressive letterpress printing machines and other trade tools, you better make a private appointment in advance. Besides, the librarians are very helpful, knowledgable and truly enthusiastic about their domain – so talking to them is a real delight.
I hope to make plenty of photos during my private tour through the collection, but for the moment here are some pics from the reading room and of the books I looked at yesterday.
Opening today is Death: A Self-portrait at the Wellcome Collection, showing the extraordinary collection of Richard Harris. See our photos from the preview here. Over the period of just 12 years, Mr. Harris – former antique print dealer from Chicago – has assembled almost 2000 objects related to the theme of death, 300 of which are on display at Wellcome. The character of the objects ranges from art masterpieces, through ethnographic material, anonymous photographs, postcards and curiosities to medical illustrations and scientific specimen including works from Mexico, Tibet, India and Japan. And naturally, if you love skulls such as we do, you’re in for quite a treat!
Impressive in its scale and in its diversity, the overall feeling of the show is however very personal and contemplative. Richard Harris has chosen every item in the collection himself, based on his personal taste and what the object symbolized and communicated to him. In his own words: “As I get older the thoughts of my own demise has begun to enter my conscious thoughts. The universality of ‘Death’, with the realization that we will all die, encouraged me to begin the conversation of my mortality visually, rather than talking or reading about it.”
Curated by Kate Forde, the show is thematically divided into five sections: Contemplating Death with a series of artworks around the thought of “memento mori” – remember you will die;
The Dance of Death focusing on the universal certainty and the indiscriminate nature of death as well as the humorous perspective on life’s absurdity;
Violent Death with amongst others Goya’s masterpiece The Disasters of War, displaying the brutality of death on an industrial scale;
Eros and Thanatos depicting human fascination with morbid and disturbing phenomena, with in its middle a dramatic sculpture by John Isaac (a replica of the artist’s own body in the style of a wax anatomical model), acting as the centerpiece of possibly of the entire exhibition; and
Commemoration expressing the universal desire to connect with our loved ones beyond death.
Death: A Self-portrait, The Richard Harris Collection runs from 15 november 2012 to 24 February 2013.