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A night out with 1024 architecture (or maybe two)

Before start reading, you should get into 1024′s typical workday playlist and listen to those beats:

Siriusmo – Goldene Kugel  +  Laurie Anderson – Oh Superman

[Press here if you are annoyed and you want to read directly the end of the tale]

I met Cinzia more than a year ago, it was spring and the architecture firm I was working for was celebrating the launch of a new project on the top of the Cité de l’Architecture. In this “so cliché” landscape, with the Tour Eiffel standing right behind us, and a wonderful sunset shading the atmosphere, I was sipping Gallia beer and being introduced to her. She told me about her job and the gist of her speech (elaborated by my brain and chewed out here) was “well, we’re doing great parties!”. Which was kind of cool anyway, but I soon figured out that this was not the only thing 1024 architecture achieved nowadays..

Change of location. A bunch of months later, I was speaking with a friend of mine who apparently attended the “coolest show ever”. Interested by the topic, I asked for more and I found out that he was talking about the event taking place at La Grande Halle de La Villette organized by We Love Art + The Creators Project (presenting Miss Kittin, LFO, Jackson among others).

And guess who were the magicians behind that itinerant BoomBox that made the crowd go crazy and dance like they mean it? Oh, really? 1024 architecture you say… Uhm, reminds me about something.

A Short definition of BoomBox courtesy of Wikipedia: “Boombox is a colloquial expression for a portable cassette or CD player with two or more loudspeakers. Other terms known are ghetto blaster, jambox, Brixton briefcase or radio-cassette. (…)”

Boombox created by 1024, Grand Hall de La Villette, Paris, 2011

Hell yes, I wish I was there. 1024 built a big reproduction of an enormous K7 Boombox structure sized 16x8m, where they eventually projected their super visuals through one Playstation 3 controller device especially modified for this particular use.

This was the first time I heard about Video Mapping.

Apparently I was the only one not up-to-date about this super contemporary technology, now widely developed, but à l’epoque of 1024’s first steps it was still a pretty experimental practice.

1024 architecture even developed a program designed to simplify the hard work required for “mapping” objects and projecting stuff on them, they invented MadMapper (launched in 2011 and developed in collaboration with Garage CUBE – a swiss crew who previously released the well known program for mapping Modul8)

Video Mapping; a definition for dummies (like me):  “The basic idea is: take a projector, point it at a physical volume like an object or an architectural element, and then map an image onto it.” (courtesy of www.madmapper.com)

1024 architectural path was an evolution of experimental ideas in-between the milieu of architecture, installation, vj-ing, live performance and ephemeral structures.

1024 was founded in 2007/2008 by Pier Schneider and François Wunschel, members of a previous existing collective named EXYZT (b. 2003, which included five architects founders and now spread to a number of about 30 individuals) that, in between other great projects, was invited by Patrick Bouchain in 2010 to invest for more than three months the Franch Pavillon at the Xth Venice Biennal, with the installation of Metavilla.

Metavilla, Franch Pavillon, Xth Venice Biennale, 2010

So, my statement about these guys shortly switched from “what the #?*$& is this video mapping?” to “Yum, this might be pretty interesting”.

Returning back to my relationship with lovely Cinzia, I finally received the invitation to attend the first 1024 architecture show of my life. Exciting.

It was to the occasion of the big Parisian annual rendez-vous of Fete de la Musique that 1024 was invited to realize a light installation on the notes of Four Tet, Caribou, Jamie XX. Particular remark: the location was the big hall of Grand Palais invaded by the colored joyful piece made by Daniel Buren “Excentrique(s)” (part of 5th edition of Monumenta). 2nd Particular Remark: everybody was supposed to wear white to obey to the classy rules of “Bal Blanc”.

Bal Blanc 2012: 1024 light installation + Daniel Buren « Excentrique(s) »

The show was mind-blowing, the location contributed the most, the music was cool and the light installation did its best to solve technical problems related to the complicated association with Buren’s intervention.

When I returned back home early in the morning I could definitely say “Well, these guys know how to party”.

The thing that 1024 does is not just to create happenings that amaze people with their cool lighting effects and great background rhythms, their aim reaches deeper in the research of a spectacularisation of architecture and forms.

The public is the actor of the creative process, the characteristic big scale of their installations diffuses a common sense of participation to a unique event. The architecture animates a debate which interacts with the human senses, opening up to a metamorphoses and digressions caused by technologic interferences. Their live shows are vibrantly powerful and diffuse a stunning and ephemeral visual shock.

Later on, back in July 2012, they were performing the experimental piece Euphorie. The piece was born from the collaboration between François Wunschel and Fernando Favier; a musican.

Euphorie, 2010 (François Wunschel and Fernando Favier)

Euphorie is the first part (initially presented in 2010) of a trilogy of experimental enactments realized through basically low-tech tools and which considers not only the visual experience of mapping but also the interaction between sound and images, movement and live performance. Euphorie is a 40min. long digital-theatrical experience and again a platform for developing new forms of exchanges between the static and dynamic, public and performer, music and its visual translation.

It was wow to say the least.

But 1024 does not only mean ephemeral performances, they’re also engaged in different kind of projects. Guess what, in October 2012 they even realized a scenography for the exhibition French Touch hosted by Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The aim was to expose various French graphic designers and illustrators that, in parallel with the slow spread of frenchie music around the world, contributes to diffuse the signature of this French wave.

Also this time our heroes couldn’t miss a respectful after-party, where we were kindly invited to move our fancy feet on Silencio dancefloor.

Views of the exhibition French Touch, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2012

And we’re arriving at the end of the tale.

On November 27th  2012, the second part of Euphoria was performed for the first time at MAC in Créteil as a part of the NEMO Festival program. The piece was named Crise (the third part, still a work-in-progress will be named Recession, but we’ll unfortunately have to wait over 2 years to see the light) and was speculating about businessmen’s bottled-up utopias, ancestral failing fears and anxiety for future risks and breakdowns.

Crise, 2012 (François Wunschel and Fernando Favier)

François and Fernando, the two “actors on stage”, employed mixers, DMX-MIDI devices and unusual bizarre retro-futuristic objects to animate this piece involving lights, sound and projections.

The show was impressive and the awareness of the public was remarkable. Personally (and based upon my own presumptions) I didn’t expect such a crowd attending a show taking place unhappily out of “Parisian’s boundaries”. But in spite of this, the show was a success and the backstage was even cooler. Happy people, friendly people, people like Michel Gondry, people-champagne and people giving stupid descriptions like me.

A family portrait: Tijani Loussaief (collaborator), François Wunschel, Fernando’s cousin, Mike Latona (collaborator), Fernando Favier, Cinzia Campolese, Pier Schneider, Alban (trainee)

 

After all, this is a description based on my personal interest in following 1024’s work and their experimentations:

1024 (and their external collaborative projects) keep on generating new forms of overtures to create through a manipulation of traditional temporality and interaction between technologies and human receptivity.  Eliminating the traditional boundaries concerning the limits of the different independent tools they’re using, they establish innovative forms of fascination generated through art installation.

Nevertheless, in my mind they will still be “the party makers”.

Keep on going.

Cinzia and François

Cinzia has just started her collaboration with KSAT, joining the scenography team for KSAT events. We’re happy to welcome her on board!

Thanks to Cinzia for introducing me to this vibrant world, and for the fun.

Thanks to 1024 architecture for the permission to use those images and diffusing those words. Cheers!

Go to 1024 website

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Event: Offprint Paris

An annual not-to-miss event for emerging art press and printed image lovers. This time Paris Offprint Festival was hosted by l’Ecole des Beaux Arts. Previous events took place at Le Bal et à l’Espace Kiron in Paris. Numerous publishers met up in the big and charming hall of Beaux Arts to exhibit to the public their realizations. A full overview of various practices is offered; from the traditional art catalogues to independent and self published issues, from collective publishing book to institutional publications. Saturday, November 17th, a series of lectures were organized about « art publishing » with speakers from different backgrounds and countries. Most of them being artists and others theorists. In a chronological order of appearance: Rafael Rozendaal (brazilian-dutch interactive web artist), Richard Kostelanetz (american author and critic), Alberto de Michele (italian artist and curator), Paul Armand Gette (french photographer, sculpor, director and writer), Lorenzo de Rita (italian inventor).

Here below you can have a glimpse on how the Beaux Arts Pavilion organised the setting of  the event.

Event: Salon! Fanzine

Two weeks ago Yasmine and me attended a really interesting weekend-long festival that took place at the Médiathèque Marguerite Duras à Paris. Focusing on independent edition, it showed of a bunch of international fanzines developing proudly their DIY practice. We chatted with some of the makers and discovered very different paths they decided to take to make their artistic project materialized on paper. Sometimes the producers of the magazine are also artists, so their zines are like little art pieces, printed in limited series and aesthetically looking like masterpieces of handcraft. Some producers are focused on comics, others on traditional illustration. Then some of them developed personal projects as a sort of little artistic portfolio of their practice.

We had fun with Crudités Magazine, who interviewed me about a randomly picked topic (Soundcloud). Obviously… we didn’t resist the temptation of buying something. We didn’t really come back home with empty bags!

We also noticed the great work of Les machines and one of their creation « Le Héron » by Dan Selig.

Long live DIY zines!

Here is an overview of the materials we collected/bought during the event. It was really nice to se how everyone developed different and so interesting practices, starting their artistic pieces from novels, from music, or simply graphical patterns.

Below you can see the exhibitors’ space, everyone was presenting their creations and projects on a week end of practice. So much material, so much creativity!

The fair showed not only magazines but also art pieces, like serigraphies and prints, produced as a complement to zines or independently.

A view of the exhibition’s space. The Festival collected numerous zines,  forming a real historiography of fanzine art, where you can surf through different ages, style and topics. The collection is open to public all year long and can be consulted on site.

Fanzines! Salon 2012

To know more about Fanzine! Salon and the past editions of the festival click here

The event has been produced by Papier Gaché

Event: Salon Light #9 at Palais de Tokyo – Paris

Don’t miss the annual Artist’s book festival organized by CNEAI (Centre National d’Edition Art Image) hosted by Palais de Tokyo, Paris. The Festival is a meeting point for lots of editors worldwide and it will take place this weekend (19th, 20th, 21st October). We suggest you to go, get inspired and get a glimpse at those publications. You probably can’t find most of them very easily!
KSAT will be there!

You can also participate to the interesting conferences that will take place today and tomorrow:

20th October, 15h-18h
« En Traduction » École supérieure des beaux-arts TALM – Angers
The first of three meetings on the project Living Archive and Art by Telephone… Recalled curated by Sébastien Pluot and Fabien Vallos on the topic of translation.

21st October, 15h-18h
« La publication comme espace curatorial »
 École supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen/Cherbourg + C-E-A / Commissaires d’exposition associés.
A group of curators launch a publishing label seldomly in association with artists, graphic designers and art critics. Artist are invited to invest the publication space by the curators.

More informations on:

Project : Begane Grond

Sue van Geijn collaborated to KSAT#5 and we were so happy to hear about her newly born artistic project Begane Grond last September. We wanted to know more about it, also because it’s interesting to spread it to the KSAT audience.

What is Begane Grond ?
For non-dutch speakers it basically means « ground floor ».
The collective is a collaboration between Nora van der Steeg – art director, Lisa Thissen – Graphic Designer and Sue van Geijn – Fine Artist.
The aim of the project is to promote and develop interdisciplinary projects by artists.
How do they do it?
The project starts as a sort of game. Students willing to participate will receive a toolbox, where they’ll find a couple of objects coming from everyday life and not necessarly dealing one with the other.
The student has to use the objects, but is free to choose whatever he likes to do with it.
Artists will have 6 weeks to develop an artistic project and during that time Begane Grond will visit them for a little chat/interview to document their work.
The results of those visits will be firsly made public on their Facebook page.
The project outcome will see the light in occasion of an exhibition at the Depot BG in Amsterdam on December 14th, where all the documentation of artist’s work will be shown as a visual presentation.
For the moment the Open Call is open only to dutch students who are in the 3rd an 4th year of their art studies from those listed courses:
photography, illustration, graphic design, film, fashion and fine arts.
You would like to participate?
Then dutchies, it’s really easy!
Just send a selection of your work and a short motivation to
lisa.beganegrond@gmail.com 
sue.beganegrond@gmail.com
nora.beganegrond@gmail.com
and you will hear from them as soon as possible!
For more informations about Sue’s artistic works you can check out her website:
This is the folding robot Sue made for KSAT#5 « Visions of the future »!

Artists: Matthias Reinhold & Matthias Kranebitter

Check out the work of Matthias Reinhold. Here is his cool website:

An interactive play will lead you through his projects.

Matthias took part at KSAT#4 « Musical Issue », where he collaborated with the musician Matthias Kranebitter. Visual artist were asked to translate into images their imaginery got through songs of a given musician. Ans vice versa.
Here below you can find the result of this exchange.
Matthias Kranebitter’s scores edited by Magnus Caverius:
Matthias Reinhold’s pictures inspired by Matthias Kranebitter’s song:
To get to know better the work of composer Matthias Kranebitter:

A report: Warehouses turned into art headquarters

During this weekend the neighborhood of Ivry-sur-Seine, in Paris’ proche banlieue, will let the public discover the beauty of old typical factories that used to dominate this particular landscape until the second part of last century. Amazing stories underlay those old working spaces; their walls still partly show nowadays some traces of what those structures hosted during time, thanks especially to the architects who worked on their rehabilitation that decided not to cover the real identity and personality of those constructions.

When I first visited those factories I felt dazzled. I started taking pictures of any detail: high coated metal pillars, rusty crooked gates, creaky wood boarded floor and the smell of the place… oh what an amazing atmosphere. No more noisy machines for molding or weaving, but a collection artist’s workspaces, all rearranged differently, pearls of rare beauty.
Artists interact with those spaces, most of the time they either live there, in a intriguing fusion with the spirit of this old-raw renewed architecture.
As I said before Ivry was well known for being a workman spot out of Paris boundaries since its origin, art was barely there but a bright future was about to come for this community. Today Ivry is known for being the municipality showing the highest density of working artists in between all France.
When lots of old factories started to move out of the place, mostly after the sixties, little by little enormous luminous structures were left abandoned and sometime fell into dereliction.
I would like to bring you into a virtual visit of those spots, starting from some representative images.
Act 1: United Shoe HQ in Beverly, Massachusetts, early XX

THE SECRET ISSUE IS ON ITS WAY!

If you’re a motivated and passioned artist, no matter the field,  you could take part of the next issue or simply ask informations about how to by contacting KSAT team: contact@ksat.fr > new release early 2013!

KSAT#6 : Share a secret with a secret identity!

Rumor says that the next KSAT issue will be about Secrets. We need yours, or the one of your neighbour or your friend. We accept any type of secret in any type of format. Send it to contact@ksat.fr or just write it below.

You can write as many as you want at any time of the day, no one will know your identity but yourself.

- Peace out -

P.S : This is the continuity of the game we started at the last KSAT event to give everyone the opportunity to participate.

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La rumeur court que le prochain KSAT sera sur les Secrets. Nous avons besoin du tien, ou de celui de ton voisin ou ton ami. Nous acceptons tout type de secret à n’importe quel moment de la journée, personne ne connaîtra ton identité sauf toi.

- Paix à toi -

P.S : Ceci est la continuité du jeu commencé lors du dernières évènement KSAT afin de conner la possibilité à tout le monde de participer.

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