Lawrence Weiner, "Removal to the lathing or support wall of plaster or wallboard from a wall" (1968)
During this Theory Tuesdays session, Nadine Helm and Barbara Preisig will present Benjamin H.D. Buchloh's seminal text, “Conceptual Art 1962-1969: From the Aesthetics of Administration to the Critique of Institutions” from the publication October, Vol. 55 (Winter, 1990), pp. 105-143.
It’s encouraged that you read the text beforehand to participate in the discussion. Below is a .pdf of the essay.
I Dreamt of You so Much That...
In his stirring 1926 poem, J’ai tant reve de toi, (J’ai tant reve de toi que tu perds ta realite) Robert Desnos laments the impossibility of real love with the young woman he tries to capture in his dreams. Desnos remains in a state of longing, lost between reality and the idealised image he creates of her, the carnal and the immaterial. He takes refuge in his dreams, the space where he can hold on to her, and as he does, his lover recedes more and more away from reality. Therefore, hope for true connection is futile – the two lovers are but shadows to each other, existing only in the imagination, a third space, or heterotopia to quote Foucault, that mixes reality and fantasy, and allows them to make the impossible possible.
Much like in Desnos’s poem, the imagination of the characters in Stefan Constantinescu’s three films (of a future seven-film series), Troleibuzul 92, Family Dinner, and Six Big Fish, which in this case is activated through the use of technology, plays a central role to the conflicts and tensions that well up within the relationship of today’s heterosexual couple. And yet, Constantantinescu’s open-ended stories do not cling to the specific events depicted– they reveal larger societal realities, hypocricies, and deformations that force the viewer to question himself and his role as spectator, but also participant, in everyday human dramas. This calling into question of societal structures is an aspect that Jean-Luc Godard considered essential to making films politically today, by ”creating moments of openness and undecidability: moments that also question the structural principles of cinema and the filmer-filmed-viewer contract."
The exhibition, which in addition to the films also features a photo essay and journal, Northern Lights, revealing private moments, anxieties, and longing typical of the immigrant experience, as well as a pop-up book, The Golden Age, juxtaposing the artist's biography to the history of Romania, his native country, is built as a living room where one hosts friends and relatives, a third space between the public and the private, and yet a bit of both. Here we encounter the artist's most intimate disclosures, transforming us from mere spectator to participant and even more so, a partaker in the artist's life. We are forced to question our role as audience and explore new relationships with art and our environment, an essential element in today's political cinema and art.
During the vernissage, Stefan Constantinescu will cook and serve a meal for the guests.
The exhibtion is organized by Olga Stefan.
During this Theory Tuesdays session, Rémi Jaccard will be presenting excerpts from «DEVORATION» by FUZI-UVTPK.
«In the mid-1990s, French artist FUZI-UVTPK pioneered a form of graffiti known as Ignorant Style. In 2005, he took his Ignorant Style-art to people's skins, and has since developed an international following. In 2013 alone, he has tattooed clients such as Os Gemeos, Diplo, Justice, Kavinsky, and Scarlett Johansson. In DEVORATION he talks about radicalism, graffiti, art and violence.»
The text and session will be held in English. It’s encouraged that you read the text excerpts beforehand to participate in the discussion.
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Parametric type design, METAFONT and Metaflop
Seit über 45 Jahren zeichnnet man digitale Schriften mit Outlines. Diese als Standard geltende Technologie ermöglicht eine von Endgrösse und der Auflösung unabhängige Darstellung von Schriftzeichen. Obwohl Outlinefonts ausgereift sind und gute Resultate für Web und Druck liefern, sind sie von Natur aus unflexibel. In den 90er Jahren war die Suche nach Nachfolgetechnologien von Outlinefonts ein viel diskutiertes Thema in der Forschung und der Schriftgestaltung. Leider gelang es aber keiner der neu entwickelten Methoden wie Multiple Master oder parametrische Schriften, die Outlinefont-Technologie in der Praxis abzulösen. Seither ist das Interesse von Akademikern und Designern an Type Design Software rapide gesunken und erst seit Kurzem wieder erwacht.
Wir geben eine Einführung in die Font-Programmiersprache namens METAFONT, welche vom Mathematiker Donald E. Knuth in den späten 70er Jahren entwickelt worden ist. Sie wird heute noch häufig in naturwissenschaftlichen Artikeln und Formelsätzen in Kombination mit dem Schriftsatzsystem TEX verwendet. In METAFONT können Schriftzeichen mit geometrischen Gleichungen beschrieben und deren Parameter stetig verändert werden.
Abschliessend präsentieren wir Metaflop, eine Webapplikation für die Modulation von METAFONTs und den Export in verschiedene Fontformate, inklusive OTFs und Webfonts.
The outline font technology has for over 45 years been established as the standard way to design typefaces, allowing characters to be represented independently of print size and resolution. Although outline fonts are mature and produce results of sufficient quality for professional online and printing needs, they are by their nature inflexible. In the 1990s, the topic of finding a successor to outline fonts was a hot topic of research and type related discussions. Unfortunately, none of the methods, such as Multiple Master or parametric fonts, were successful in replacing outline font technology and its field of use. Since then researchers and designers have rapidly lost interest in type design software, that only recently regains consciousness.
We revisit a parametric font format developed in the late 70s by Donald E. Knuth, which is still in use today and is called METAFONT. It is nowadays mostly used in combination with the typesetting system TEX. Characters in METAFONT can be built up using pen strokes defined by geometric equations, enabling several parameters to be varied continuously.
To conclude, we provide a discussion on parametric type design in the light of today’s web-centric technologies and present the open source web application Metaflop that is enabling users to modify METAFONT parameters and export the results to current type formats on the fly.
During this Theory Tuesdays session, Daniel Morgenthaler will be presenting excerpts from "PRESENT SHOCK: When Everything Happens Now" (2013), by Douglas Rushkoff.
“Rushkoff argues that the future is now and we’re contending with a fundamentally new challenge. Whereas Toffler said we were disoriented by a future that was careening toward us, Rushkoff argues that we no longer have a sense of a future, of goals, of direction at all. We have a completely new relationship to time; we live in an always-on “now,” where the priorities of this moment seem to be everything.” (rushkoff.com/present-shock/)
Klimawandel, Urbanisierung, invasive Arten, oder Eutrophierung verändern Ökosysteme fundamental. Zunehmend gehen Ökologen davon aus, dass Ökosysteme durch gezielte Neu-Gestaltung an diese anthropogene Veränderungen angepasst werden müssen. Konzepte wie ‚ecological design’, ‚intervention ecology’, ‚re-wilding’, ‚resurrection ecology’, ‚assisted migration’ oder ‚reconciliation ecology’ propagieren verschiedene Formen des Re-designs der Natur zur Erhaltung von Biodiversität und Ökosystemdienstleistungen. Gemeinsam mit einer Professorin für interaktive Kunst und Wissenschaftskommunikation analysieren wir diese neuen Vorstellung der Beziehung vom Menschen zur Natur, vergleichen diese mit aktuellen Arbeiten von Künstlern zum Thema, und diskutieren Fragen wie: Welche Natur wollen wir in Zukunft? Welche Kommunikationsformen sind geeignet, um als Wissenschaftler gemeinsam mit der Bevölkerung Zukunftsvisionen der Naturgestaltung zu verhandeln?
Climate change, urbanization, invasive species, or ecosystems eutrophication are causing fundamental anthropogenic changes. Increasingly ecologists are assuming that ecosystems need to be adjusted through targeted new design concepts to deal with these changes. Concepts such as ecological design, intervention ecology, re-wilding, resurrection ecology or assisted migration, reconciliation ecology are new terms that propagate interests in various forms of re-designing nature. Artists main aim is still to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services but do other aims also exist?. How are artists and designers representing the changing relationships between humans and “nature” today? What is the definition of "nature" in the future and what do scientists need to know about design and communication to cause more post reflection or share definitions about the future of "nature" with the general public?
The presentation is part of a series on the topic of Bioart organized by Hackteria Society and Corner College.
Der Abend wird moderiert von Boris Magrini.
OPEN STAGE ist eine von der TanzLOBBY IG Tanz Zürich neu initiierte Plattform, die keine Grenzen kennt. Ob work in Progress, Research Arbeiten, Adhoc Performances, oder Experimente, die Tanzschaffenden entscheiden selber, was sie zeigen wollen. Open Stages fanden bereits in der Roten Fabrik statt und 2015 im Tanzhaus Zürich sowie bei Zürich tanzt.
An diesem Abend treten auf:
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During this Theory Tuesdays session, Anke Schorr will screen “Profondo Rosso” (Deep Red, 1975, Dario Argento) – which is considered to be one of the most classic movies of the “Giallo” film genre. This film can be viewed in dialogue with Antonioni’s “Blow Up” (1966), pondering the profound yet slippery correspondence between the plot and a banana peel (which will be represented by Anke being dressed up as one).
During this Theory Tuesdays session, Leila will present excerpts from the book, "ABC of Reading" (1934) by Ezra Pound.
A .pdf of the excerpts will be posted soon. It's encouraged that you read them beforehand, to participate in the discussion.
Mandarin 101 - Tiān Rén Hé Yī
During this Practical Fridays session, artist and part-time Mandarin teacher Pei will introduce Mandarin characters and pronunciation.
During the workshop, we will begin with one of the simplest Mandarin characters - 人 Rén (human, person). The goal is to familiarize the participants with the basic components of the Mandarin characters; from the strokes, to the units and finally, the assembly.
We will collectively learn how the characters are formed to depict the pictorial into a meaningful interpretation. To conclude, we will practice groups of consonants and vowels with a "four-tone" system, so everyone will then be able to read "PinYing" (the alphabetical spelling of Mandarin).
The workshop is free, open to the public and will be held in English. No prior experience with Mandarin is necessary.
During this final Theory Tuesdays session at Corner College, Philip Matesic, the founder and coordinator of the discussion group, will host a special event.