Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Public squares & dissent – Julian Assange, Slavoj Žižek, Amy Goodman

Monday, July 4th, 2011

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the video of the discussion between Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Julian Assange of Wikileaks, and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. It took place in London over the weekend and was produced by Frontline Club. The discussion is wide-ranging but one remark that really struck me was Assange observation of the importance of a city’s central square in democratic movements, that it’s the place where the people can witness their own numbers, their own majority in the face of a governments’ insistence that opposition is merely a minority of agitators.

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Ruin Academy

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

You may have seen the work of architect Marco Casagrande here before—his Walking Barns series in Finland or his Chen House in Taiwan. He is now involved in a project in Taiwan called Ruin Academy.

“Ruin Academy is set to re-think the industrial city …. The research and design tasks move freely in-between architecture, urban design, environmental art and other disciplines of art and science within the general framework of built human environment… The Ruin Academy occupies an abandoned 5-story apartment building in central Taipei.

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Paola Antonelli treats design as art

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I can forgive Paola Antonelli for liking Karim Rashid because I love her. She’s the design curator at the MoMA in NYC and she has this amazing knack for animating our built and designed environment in an entertaining and charming way while also lightly inserting some very serious remarks about its history and politics.

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Wish Werner Herzog would come by the studio

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Wish Werner Herzog would come by the studio and narrate our work in that soft, brutal, matter-of-fact German tone. Instead I just re-read the imaginary Herzog diary, below, to wallow in Herzog postmortemese.

This morning Sarah said “Dear Diary: I am making a bag out of a trench coat.

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