Thursday, September 25, 2014

Radio 4 - The Map That Made Manhattan

A radio feature from the BBC exploring the genesis of the city grid system, which is particularly relevant to Glasgow(!).

'Filled with the sounds and atmosphere of New York, and hearing entirely from its residents (from city architects and historians to taxi drivers and subway engineers) this feature traces the evolution and impact of arguably the most important, far reaching and visionary piece of urban design ever created. It explores the geometry of the grid on more than just an architectural level, but as the brilliant intersection of architectural vision, with imaginary and cultural space.'

Monday, September 22, 2014

Façades - Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy

Façades is an on-going series of work by French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy that imagines a world where façades have been completely isolated from buildings. The project in his own words:
The façade is the first thing we see, it’s the surface of a building. It can be impressive, superficial or safe. Just like wandering through a foreign city, I walk through the streets with these questions: what will happen if we stick to that first vision? If the daily life of “The Other” was only a scenery? This series thus offers a vision of an unknown world that would only be a picture, without intimate space, with look as the only refuge.
If you would like to know more about façades in general, the GSA Library has a number of relevant books on the subject, held in its Architecture section on the main floor.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Strategic Questions - New Display at the Library

As you may have seen from our Twitter account, there is a new display on the second floor of the GSA library.

Based on Strategic Questions (curated by Gavin Wade, 2002) - an on-going project to develop forty projects in response to forty questions written by architect R. Buckminster Fuller. Each project is an artwork or combination of artworks developed in relation to forty different publication scenarios. Each project tackles one question (such as, 'What is intellect?', 'What is wealth?', etc.) and is placed into an existing magazine, journal or other publication vehicle (or a new publication is developed in response to a specific site and context).

These strategic questions were written by R. Buckminster Fuller as part of a statement to a leading figure in the world building industry. The statement is called Design Strategy (1966), and was published in Fuller's Utopia or Oblivion: The Prospects for Humanity (1969, p.352). It is Fuller's proposition that to achieve total success for all humanity until the end of time, all interested parties must agree upon the answers to these strategic questions before they can successfully combine their efforts.

If you'd like find out more about the project, then please follow this link. You can also find a full bibliography for everything on display on the library VLE site.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Artists U: a Movement for sustainable art practice

Artists U are a movement originating from America questioning the current cycle of unsustainable exploitative practices in the field of art and trying to offer an alternative.

Their mission statement is as follows:

Artists U is a grassroots, artist-run platform for changing the working conditions of artists.
Make art. Don’t starve.
We want to change the conversations artists have in our heads, with each other, and with the world.
We push artists to build lives that are balanced, productive, and sustainable.
We are skills-based, not need-based: we work to empower artists to create their lives and their art.
We don’t give advice. We don’t do things for you.
Everything we do is artist-to-artist and free for all participants.

Artists U have now produced a book, which is available to buy online, but also free to download as a PDF, called Making Your Life as an Artist. They are aiming to get 100,000 artists to read this book (and have reached 57,882 downloads so far). Follow this link to download a copy for yourself.