Norwegian conceptual artist, Rene Guneriussen “works site specific primarily in nature, but also with more manmade structures. The isolation of objects are turned in to installations, most of these are not seen by audience, but only photographed.
The work on objects such as tables, lamps and chairs started in 2005, and has been photographed on location all over Norway. The objects are implemented mainly in scenes cast in appropriate landscapes, and here they are subject to a certain carachter carefully laying out a story. It is an approach to the balance between nature and culture, but also a multiple reading of stories. On the contrary to many believes the work is made solely on site, and the photographs represents the reality of the installation itself. This makes the work increasingly complex and time-consuming. The photographs has been exhibited in House of Photography in Oslo, The National Annual Autumn Exhibition, Bremen in Germany, National Gallery of Bulgaria, Tallinn and more. His works also includes live installations open for an audience. Most lately this happened for the Nuit Blanche 2009 in Paris with the installation “Don´t leave the lights on”, but also with “An electric field” as his most extensive project done in Norway.
As an artist he believes strongly that art itself should be questioning and bewildering as opposed to patronising and restricting. As opposed to the current fashion he does not want to dictate a way to the understanding of his art, but rather indicate a path to understanding a story.”
Voluntary Confinement Spaces is a collection of projects on the subject of voluntary confinement carried out by young Greek architecture students during an architectural design workshop at the end of 2009. The workshop that produced the presented material was organized at the University of Thessaly by Aristide Antonas and introduced the topic of “Narrative Conditions” in today’s architectural practices.
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“The building industry is the last holdover of the archaic craft system. We are going to have to revise our building technology. The Lockheed Corporation already has drawings for an aircraft holding ten thousand passengers. There is no reason why you couldn’t build a New York skyscraper along similar lines. It could be built horizontally under mass production conditions and flown in horizontally to minimize drag, then upended. In this fashion we would be able to deliver a whole city in one day by air.”
(Buckminster Fuller on New York Magazine, March 1970, in a panel of other key figures)
Illustration by Seymour Chwast.
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