Francis Thompson, NY, NY: A Day in New York, 1957

Cortometraje en color de 15 minutos que torna la vida cotidiana de la calle en un caleidoscopio surreal que distorsiona, fractura y multiplica imágenes familiares, convirtiéndolas en una original experiencia visual.

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Berlin: Building Homes, Building Politics

Berlin’s Post-war Urban Developments and Ideology

Juan José Gómez Gutiérrez: When the Red Army took Berlin in May 1945, almost a quarter of the buildings were destroyed or badly damaged. Half of the 245,000 homes which had existed before 1936 counted among those ruined. Urban reconstruction then became a major priority. In Berlin, as in the rest of Germany, politicians and town planners conceived the reconstruction not only in terms of meeting the immediate needs of housing and administrative spaces but also in terms of a new conception of architecture that would contribute to fulfilling the desires of peace and democracy of the defeated Germans. From 1949 onwards, this task was understood in a completely different manner on each side of the wall.

Symbol of Berlin's former division
Brandenburger Tor: Symbol of Berlin’s former division

The division of the city was, however, preceded by a short period that witnessed some attempts to undertake an all-Berlin reconstruction scheme. The first of these was the output of the ex-Bauhaus member Hans Scharoun, an architect equally respected by all the political parties who had remained in Berlin during the Nazi period, surviving on private commissions. In 1946, he presented a reconstruction plan made by a collective under his supervision, together with the “Zellendorf Plan,” Walter Moest’s project for the organisation of traffic. Scharoun’s main concerns were the problems of housing, industrial development and communications. He proposed a “ribbon city” spread along the River Spree in an urban landscape and linked by a network of high-capacity highways, according to a band pattern and a system of concentric ring roads that would substitute the previous one of axis and radial connections. Sigue leyendo

Matthew Buckingham y Joachim Koester, Sandra of the Tulip House or How To Live in a Free State, 2001

La videoinstalación de Matthew Buckingham y Joachim Koester Sandra of the Tuliphouse or How to Live in a Free State, se inspira en la compleja historia de Christiania, una comunidad anarquista de 1200 personas establecida en Compenague en 1971. Dividida en grandes pantallas suspendidas, cada una acompañada de una altavoz unidireccional para minimizar la discordancia de sonidos, Sandra of the Tuliphouse combina cinco vídeos independientes de entre doce y treinta minutos que pueden visionarse en cualquier orden.

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Se prepara un congreso sobre control social y sexualidad en las ciudades del centro y el este de Europa

Tendrá lugar en Lvov el 12 y 13 de junio de 2009
El Centro de Estudios Urbanos de Europa Centro-oriental de Lvov, Ucrania, y el Instituto Wirth de estudios Austriacos y Centroeuropeos de la Universidad de Alberta, Canadá, organizan un congreso sobre ciudades del centro y el este de Europa durante el siglo XIX, concentrándose especialmente en prácticas y discursos “desviados”. El evento también cuenta con la colaboración del Centro de Estudios Austriacos de la Universidad de Minnesota, Estados Unidos.

Los organizadores solicitan el envío de comunicaciones y ponencias sobre homosexualidad, prostitución, crímenes sexuales y pasionales y trata de blancas, entre otros temas. En particular animan a la participación de estudiantes de doctorado. Las solicitudes de participación deben enviarse antes del 1 de diciembre a institute@lvivcenter.org con una breve sinopsis de unas 300 palabras, indicando en el asunto “2009 conference”

Más información: Dr. Tarik Amar, Bohomolcja-Str. 6, 79005 Lvov, Ukrania, institute@lvivcenter.org

Carteles en las calles de Nueva York

Exposición de carteles en las calles de Nueva York, desde 1981 a la actualidad.

Aids

Aids

A List

A List

Apology

Apology

Bank

Bank

Broken Glasses

Broken Glasses

Comic Relief

Comic Relief

Dear Santa

Dear Santa

Dick

Dick

Dustone

Dustone

Fire Island

Fire Island

Found Yang Yang

Found Yang Yang

Fukked

Fukked

God

God

Hang Man

Hang Man

Hip Pharamacy

Hula

Hula

I am your President

I am your President

Irene

Irene

Ling Ling

Ling Ling

Lost Dog

Lost Dog

Madness

Madness

Meato

Meato

Mindless

Mindless

Mitzvah

Mitzvah

Officer Ramirez

Officer Ramirez

Pat and Pataki

Pat and Pataki

Penis

Penis

Penny

Penny

Pit Bull

Pit Bull

Poem for All

Smoke Detector

Smoke Detector

Something New

Something New

Street Rag

Street Rag

Stuffed Animal

Stuffed Animal

Survival Fight

Survival Fight

The Truth about mongo Santamaria

The Truth about mongo Santamaria

The Chain

The Chain

US Air

US Air

Vote Here

What an Asshole

What an Asshole

Apology

Apology

Comic Relief

Comic Relief

Dustone

Dustone

Fukked

Fukked

Irene

Irene

Madness

Madness

Manuel Zayas, “Manila”, 2008

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Jean Vigo, “À propos de Nice”, 1930

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