“…the artist has become the exemplary worker in conditions of late capitalism. The artist has become the exemplary worker and the worker is meant to be an artist, so to be a worker it’s not enough to just turn up at work and do your job: you have to be creative, you have to be innovative, you have to be flexible, you have to be constantly available. So, if you like, the new model of the worker is a model drawn from the artist, and that means that you can turn up at work wearing your Ramones t-shirt or listening to Radiohead on your iPod and you don’t have to shave or anything and you can be completely bohemian and say that you hate capitalism or whatever, but you’re still a good worker, and in fact you’re the best worker. There’s a sense in which the artist has become the paradigm fo work and I want to think about that a little bit to try and recover some discourses around work. There’s a rich history of discourse around work, which we need to go back to.”—miguel a hernández-navarro interviews simon critchley, manifesta journal 12 (via belashayevich)
“Older and less planned quarters of cities and towns are profoundly woodlike, and especially in this matter of the mode of their passage through us, the way they unreel, disorientate, open, close, surprise, please. The stupidest mistake of all the many stupid mistakes of twentieth-century architecture has been to forget this ancient model in the more grandiose town-planning. Geometric, linear cities make geometric, linear people; wood cities make human beings.”—From The Tree by John Fowles. Posted by Cecilia Fagel. (via dcritconference)
“There is a danger when every building has to look spectacular, to look like it is changing the world. I don’t care how a building looks if it means something, not to architects, but to the people who use it.”—David Chipperfield (via brittanyleighspangler)
“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”—Ray Bradbury (via bookporn)
Public higher education — and, indeed, indirect public support of private higher education through Pell grants and subsidized loans — reflects an ethical position that holds that education should not be the exclusive province of the wealthy and powerful. That ethical position, in turn, rests on an…
Neat rectangles of clipped English yew stand adjacent but not connected in one of Mien Ruys’ legendary gardens in Dedemsvaart, Netherlands. The plants form a green wall visually reminiscent of a common border hedge but entirely different—imposing but permeable. Light, air, and people can pass through. Ruys’ use of a living fence to divide a garden internally demonstrates how simple plantings can influence how we experience a space.
Brad Pitt, actor extraordinaire, stunned audiences in his performance in Interview with the Vampire. He dazzled in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and drew crowds at the Academy Awards where he received Best Picture for The Departed.
In light of all his glory, there is one thing Mister…
With a yellow pirate flag, the SkyHive is a platform of beehives are being hoisted up an urban park in the middle of downtown Maastricht, Germany. The operation is simple: a large crank brings the platform down for beekeepers to harvest honey from the wooden box hives.
Another beehive that is elevating beehives is in Buffalo, NY. Its project name ‘Elevator B’ tells the story of the hive being discovered in a nearby factory and moved. Their Youtube video explains the process behind the form. The metal sheets stamped hexagon and little punches form seemingly random patterns.
But, the metalized exterior is just a shell. It stands as a sign, an advertisement in eco-art clothing. Its radical form and material stands in radical expectation for something exciting or innovative. But its reality pales against the seemingly high-tech sheen. Glistening against the sun, the metal has to be buffed. One can imagine the elements battering through and the constant upkeep.
It makes one even like the simple purity of the bee platform in Germany. The crank mechanism is protected within the tube against the elements. The form does not lie about its function. The lift is a symbolic precaution: the bees may sting, as it is their nature. While the platform too communicates the larger issue of nature in the city, there is no overt showmanship like the glass installed underneath Plan B’s platform. The bees are left in peace to, well, be bees.