Studies in Temporal Urbanism: The urbanTick Experiment (Data Soliloquies)

Studies in Temporal Urbanism: The urbanTick Experiment (Data Soliloquies)

Chapter from Data Soliloquies included in Studies in Temporal Urbanism by Fabian Neuhaus

This book is very much about what the name urbanTick literally says, about the ticking of the urban, the urban as we experience it everyday on the bus, in the park or between buildings. It is about the big orchestrated mass migration of commuters, the seasonal blossoms of the trees along the walkway and the frequency of the stamping rubbish-eater-trucks. It is also, not to forget, about climate, infrastructure, opening hours, term times, parking meters, time tables, growing shadows and moon light. But most of all it is about how all this is experienced by citizens on a daily basis and how they navigate within this complex structure of patterns. The content of this book is based on the content of the urbanTick blog between 2008-2010. One year blogging about this topic brought together a large collection of different aspects and thoughts. It is not at all a conclusive view, the opposite might be the case, it is an exploratory work in progress, while trying to capture as many facets of the topic as possible.

Hardcover: 283 pages
Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (4 Aug 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9400709366
ISBN-13: 978-9400709362
Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm

Martin John Callanan is Okay – Pin board project

The Pin Board Project opens with Martin John Callanan. It is an attractive exhibit that makes so much sense right now. and it is so clear and frank and simple and has such a nice taste. This exhibit has no rubbish in it – it doesn’t have anything at all really. It is okay. We know it’s okay because Martin told us. We hope the work in this show will leave you alone more or less and only grab your mind. which is okay. But no experiences. we hate experiences in art. We prefer to experience things in real life.

Pin Board Project

Pin board project
space is everywhere

The Pin board project is organized by Angus Braithwaite, Benedict Drew, Rudolf Reiber and Julia Tcharfas who are reasonably modish and quite friendly group of artists. The project is currently situated in studio 5 at the Slade School of Fine Art, which is located on Gower Street in London. The Pin board constructed by Angus (and fucking beautifully I might add), was assembled from Benedict and Julia’s recycled art works and can quite seamlessly fit into any institution or space and can appear in almost any locations in the future. The exhibitions will alternate biweekly starting on Thursday, November 20. 2010, each show chosen by the artists that preceded it. Thus the project will curate itself really. and maybe have something new to offer each time, and maybe something interesting even.

Finally an art space that is like a momentary revelation one has passing something unexpected on the sidewalk. or a quick glance of the eye of a nice stranger. or a pleasant high. It is like everything radical that’s happened in New York in the 70’s and in other symbolic places. An encounter that you are not sure whether it is or isn’t a work of art and you want to steal it. and you can. because they are just ideas. And it doesn’t matter what you decide to do with your ideas. which you can just think about. or use. or throw away. And everything is always a reproduction including this text: which is like the one I read in an art magazine by Gregory Battcock. But I shouldn’t talk about that because I should focus on the art. and it’s okay in this case because it’s good art.

And another thing about this project is that perhaps it isn’t an art space but a space for ideas that are not intended to be any more than ideas. As such they are pretty much invisible. which in itself is a good idea. We’ve suspected. for some time now. that art perhaps can be integrated in our daily lives and now it is. Therefore there’s nothing that can be damaged and we don’t have to worry about lighting and hole filler.

Martin John Callanan is okay
Wednesday 24th November 2010 – Tuesday December 7th
Studio 5, Slade School of Fine Art, Gower St. London

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