This week on PRJKT Dump: two instances of architecture that makes me jealous, and then a slew of cool projects that have to do with the nature of images, (e.g. image construction/deconstruction/collage), including a couple that I find uber fascinating and pretty. SO, check 'em:
N.D. Austin: Night Heron
So this is temporary architecture at its most amazing and inspirational (kind of). For 8 weeks, artist N.D. Austin created this legit speakeasy secret bar inside a water tower on top of an abandoned building in Chelsea. The tower was capable of holding 12 ppl, including (presumably) the bar tender and band members. In order to get in, you basically had to have no idea what was happening. You were given a pocketwatch, told to be at a certain place, then were led through abandoned buildings, up 12 flights of stairs, and a ladder, before emerging into this badass bar. Austin calls it "trespass theater"—which is fascinating and related, in my mind, to a kind of architectural form of graffiti; in the sense of Architecture being a social weapon or tool or, perhaps, a subversive protection of [sub]cultures from dominant cultures. LOVE. Read more about this incredible project in the Times. (via Core77)
Downtown Beds, Mexico City
I'm almost as jealous of this project as I am of the Night Heron. This is a hostel, in Mexico City, housed inside a completely renovated 17th century palace. Complete with new furnishings, a gorgeous bathroom, fabulous common areas, and a healthy list of room options. Plus, it has a really nice atrium with wall garden, and ridiculous pool bar on the roof. I have been in my share of hostels, but never have I encountered anything as stupidly awesome as this one, which is only $45 per night (WHA' ?!?!). Mexico City, here I come. Book your own room and check out more pics on the Downtown Beds website. (via Design Taxi)
Onion Lab: Evolució, Geneva
You may have seen the work of this artist collective before, but here you go again: they project video onto the facades of buildings that completely deconstruct the structure and exploit its elements for mind blowing, affective weirdness that you can watch over and over again. This particular show is built for the face of the Museum of Art and History in Geneva, for the 2013 Mapping Festival. Check out the video on Vimeo, more information and photos on Architizer, and more gifs on Design Taxi.
UK/CoD: Tangible Projections
Every year the students of UK's College of Design put on the charitable Beaux Arts Ball—a massive costume rave complete with all kinds of installations and a few thousand mostly naked strangers. (SO FUN) This year one team of students built this rave-inspired installation, a cube of clear plastic tubing that caught and displayed the video projected through it. (writeup on suckerPUNCH) Super cool. It reminds me of this crowd sourced installation by Tobias Klein that I almost shared on a PRJKT Dump a few months ago. Klein hung a bunch of glazed plastic tubes and then projected a massive series of images of the sunset through it, which he crowd sourced through his website, in order to create the ambient experience of a sunset. Which is very cool.
Young Ant Studio: Drama King
Ok movie dorks, this one's for you. UK-based graphic designer Young Ant Studio created this gorgeous infographic of IMDB's top 50 movies, which you will love. You are welcome. Click on the image for a large enough version to read. It involves everything I love: movies, icons, infographics, and an Art Deco inspired layout. Ugh, do me. The colors are a little less that perfection, but oh well.. (via Co.DESIGN)
Paul Belford, Ltd.: BT adverts
Found this guy while cruising through grain edit, and then spent some time on his website. This London-based design firm focuses on branding and publication/ads, and they produced this humorous series of posters that I wanted to share with you guys. The posters are clever one-liners that encourage better, quality communication with your loved ones, and they're generally nice to look at. Some of my faves include "Ugly friends? Phone them." and "Enjoy an evening with a friend without having to tide up..." Check out the series and more of the firm's work (which includes some nice layout compositions) on their website.
Fiddle Oak (aka. Zev)
This project will make you sit down, cry a little, and think "what the hell am I doing with my life?!" This photographer, known on Flickr as Fiddle Oak and in real life as Zev, is 14 years old. (That's right. Commence feeling badly.) He takes these photos, which he conceives of with the help of his 18 yo sister, and then does all the editing himself. The result is image after image of interesting or quirky scenarios that involve miniature Zev and his sister doing all kinds of weird tasks with normal sized things, like building a house of cards or sitting on typewriters. These images will definitely make you smile, which I think is evinced by just how many blogs have featured them in the past few weeks. So skip the middle men and go straight to Fiddle Oak's Flickr roll for more.
I found this artist on Jealous Curator , which is an excellently curated blog that begins each post with "I am jealous of..." And let me tell you, I am jealous of Elise Wehle. She produces these gorgeous prints/paintings that she has also woven together from other pieces of paper, or has hand cut lace patterns out of after collaging them together? or something. They are show-stoppingly exquisite, and I want them. Check out her website, and peruse the purchasable works on the Uncommon Goods page.
Nick Dangerfield, et al.: To Be
This project takes the cake for me this week, in terms of how utterly fascinating it is. The writeup on Co.DESIGN is a little confusing (appropriate, since the post is just about the video), but here's the short version: this is a website that allows you to collage any kind of media from your computer and the internet, and then save your collages, and even print shirts out of them. I mean, any kind of media: video, music, images, tiffs, gifs, you name it. You can also convert any of the above into stencils, paint with them, change colors, &c. Super cool.
Why I think it's amazing: It a singular, actual, tangible version of the experiential phenomenon that occurs while we browse the internet. I like to think of all our experiences as forming a massive collage in our subconscious—which, I believe, is actually how our brain works anyway. Our time spent at an internet terminal is no different. And here, you can create an actual, physical collage of all those favorite memes and gifs and whatever else, and then wear it (!!!), which is a further articulation of identifying yourself through the amalgam of your experiences. LOVE. SO MUCH.
Check out the video link above to hear Nick Dangerfield explain why he created the app, which is totally not connected to anything i've said here but is so interesting. Also check out the website to set up your account and make your own.