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Open Switzerland is a conceptual design project by BaseGVA in collaboration with SUMO interactive, where the initiative, comprising provocative, rethought, iconic Swiss imagery, an interactive website and a custom-made «neutral» typeface, launches a debate about what it means to challenge a country’s identity and, in doing so, its very reason for being.
Visit full gallery + make your own poster, here.
All vases are handmade by members of the Tiny Miracles foundation in Mumbai. The foundation brings people together that are living on the street out of poverty trough manufacturing small and useful handcrafted objects.
via mocoloco - photos: Annemarijne Bax.
When the Portuguese arrived in the area which is now present-day Brazil, the American Indian population was over 5 million. European disease and other factors decimated the indigenous population reducing them to the thousands. The Kayapo are one of the Native American Indian groups that survived and have resisted assimilation by the European invaders.
These days thousands of the Kayapó tribe are forced out of their native land, since Brazil’s president, Dilma Vana Rousseff, has announced the ‘at any cost’ construction of the pharaonic Belo Monte (!) dam, on the Xingu River in the Amazon.
The world’s third-largest hydroelectric dam will be a global ecocide, as flooding 400,000 hectares of the world’s largest rainforest can libarate massive amounts of methane gas and destabilize tremendously river’s vast biodiversity.
Take action and support tribe’s unequal fight :
Sign an online petition here.
Rethink Athens is a European Architectural Competition organized and funded by the Onassis Foundation promoting the revitalization of the Athenian center. Undoubtedly, this is the most ambitious effort, among a series of architectural competitions on public spaces or buildings, to shape downtown Athens and stimulate growth towards resiliency – to use the socially friendly mirror term of sustainable development.
The competition was set against the background of a crisis that during the past years has magnified urban and social ills – not to mention nationalist spirit, and this is probably the reason that the results have generated an unprecedented political paraphernalia on the Athenian urbanism.
While waiting the much promised debate on the objectives and development of the project, worths considering other proposals that have contributed in their way, yet barely discussed.
The second prize was awarded to a group of young architects (Kiki Ilousi, Oihana Iturritxa Kerexeta, Dimitris Gourdoukis, Theodora Christoforidou, Katerina Tryfonidou, Fotis Vasilakis) whose proposal, much alike the winning one, figured a network of open and green spaces around the central intervention axis, integrated in the Athenian ecosystem.
The utopian proposal award went to Kostas Tsiambaos and Myrto Kiourti who suggested a different land ownership structure stating that “the catalyst towards a new city center will be its active and responsible citizens and not its superficially redesigned image”.
The winning proposal “One Step Beyond” was submitted by OKRA, in collaboration with Mixst urbanism and Wageningen University. In the forthcoming months, OKRA will develop a plan scheduled for implementation in 2015, under the auspices of the Onassis Foundation and via European Funding. Provided that such an option is still on the table…
[previously published at funnelme]
A series of photshopped images from the Thai Politics III book by documentary photographer and visual artist Miti Ruangkritya, all collected from the Thaksin where are you? Facebook group.
Launched in 2010, during an intense period of political speculation, the group wanted to find out the whereabouts of the fugitive and former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin was satirized and ridiculed within the group as participants added an images of him in a wide variety of humorous scenes. The group no longer exists.
Duck Police stencil in Berlin, by by Norwegian street artist DOLK(aka Dolk Lundgren).
I’m desperate from the project: Signs that say what you want them to say and not signs that someone else wants you to say (1992-93), by British photographer / video artist Gillian Wearing. Standing in a busy area of South London, Wearing stopped passers-by and asked them to write down what was on their mind. With their permission, she then photographed them holding their statement.
In a 1996 interview Wearing described how ‘People are still surprised that someone in a suit could actually admit to anything, especially in the early 1990s, just after the crash… I think he was actually shocked by what he had written, which suggests it must have been true. Then he got a bit angry, handed back the piece of paper, and stormed off.’ (Unpublished interview with Marcus Spinelli, South Bank Centre 1997) via Tate
An innovative toilet-to-garden process turning waste into resource, in Haiti’s camp for the internally-displaced.
FEMEN‘s protest in January 13th, 2013@Saint Peter’s square, decrying the Vatican’s opposition to gay marriage.
The protesters were met by anger from those gathered, especially by a middle-aged woman with a fur coat (go to 1.37min) who repeatedly struck one of the girls with her umbrella, yelling “you are the devil”.
Found here. Link to video.
Installation of 44 flags by British artists Lucy + Jorge Orta, for the Festival of the World 2012, Southbank Centre London, UK.
According to the artists: “As if through the filter of a prism, the flag concentrates all the national colours into the sum of light…. All identities coexist, side by side, hand in hand. The edges blend, symbolising belonging to a larger common identity..”