Ampitheatre Lineage

What are the most epic and memorable structures of human history? You could say churches, mosques, castles, skyscrapers, but one structure that has remained with us is the stadium (ever since we had enough time to be entertained on mass scale).  From the Coliseum to the Hippodrome, the stadium is a great monument of human history.  In light of this summer’s games, Populous, designer of the London Olympic Stadium has sponsored a new exhibition at London’s Soane Museum that looks at the origin of these venues and how they have evolved.  Whether housing gladiator fights, football matches or Beyonce’s local fan base, the legacy of the stadium carries on. "Stadia: Sport and Vision in Architecture"

Desert canyon in Times Square
The world is flush these days with museum quality white cube shows in both commercial gallery and institutional spaces.  But also on the rise are artworks that utilise the city’s infrastructure as both a method of display and as a medium.
Every day from 11:57 pm to midnight, a sweeping image of desert landscapes fill 36 of the large outdoor video screens lining Times Square, covering 63,500 square feet of screen space.  This time based work is entitled Buoy and is a luminous tribute to the Californian desert on the other side of the land mass.  Made by Seoungho Cho, the work reflects on the polar extremes of this desert, which was once the floor of a vast sea, now traversed by sight-seeing tourists.
The video work changes the cacophonic ad space into an immersive art installation, alluding that the city itself is a canyon, crevices winding through tall cliffs of surrounding skyscrapers.  
The ephemeral piece is just three minutes long and will be showing until June 30th.
Times Square website
Huffington Post: “Times Square Desert-Scape”
EAI in Times Square

Daido Moriyama portrait of Tokyo at LACMA

Photographer Daido Moriyama (Japan, b. 1938) first came to prominence in the mid-1960s with his gritty depictions of Japanese urban life. His highly innovative and intensely personal photographic approach often incorporates high contrast, graininess, and tilted vantages to convey the fragmentary nature of modern realities. Fracture: Daido Moriyama presents a range of the artist’s black-and-white photographs, exemplifying the radical aesthetic of are, bure, boke (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus), as well as the debut of recent colour work taken in Tokyo. A selection of his photo books—Moriyama has published more than forty to date—highlights the artist’s experiments with reproduction media and the transformative possibilities of the printed page. Moriyama’s achievements convey the artist’s boldly intuitive exploration of urban mystery, memory, and photographic invention.

Born in Ikeda, Osaka, Daido Moriyama first trained in graphic design before taking up photography with Takeji Iwaniya, a professional photographer of architecture and crafts. Moving to Tokyo in 1961, he assisted photographer Eikoh Hosoe for three years and became familiar with the trenchant social critiques produced by photographer Shomei Tomatsu. He also drew inspiration from William Klein’s confrontational photographs of New York, Andy Warhol’s silkscreened multiples of newspaper images, and the writings of Jack Kerouac and Yukio Mishima.

LACMA site

Moriyama’s gallery, Luhring Augustine

The Me Magazine: “Daido Moriyama photographs his beloved Shinjuku

Tokyo Art Beat: “Readymade distortion”

High Tech Haute Couture

We have all heard of high tech fabrics that can deflect bullets, keep us warm and wick away sweat.  However, high tech fabrics and high fashion are now united in an exhibition in Vienna entitled Technosensual: Where Fashion Meets Technology.

The more fantastical possibilities of smart textiles are on display here, laden unabashedly with LEDs and electronic sensors.  Similar to a networked city, garments can communicate and interact with people wearing and admiring them.  Dresses can mix cocktails, change color and play music or read poetry upon trigger of a sensor.  The innovative use of micro-technologies, the body, and familiar materials makes for some wildly extreme outfits. 

Anouk Wipprecht designed a dress called the Pseudomorph which is made of pristine white felt that dyes itself in a different way every time it is worn.  Bart Hess, frequent collaborator with Nick Knight and known for creating Lady Gaga's slime orgy in “Born this Way”, has a dress made of the viscous material.  Ricardo O’Nascimento was commissioned to make a gown embedded with 7 touch sensors and 4 speakers that can play overlapping aboriginal musical pieces as the wearer dances and moves.

The exhibition will be open from June 15th to September 2nd and is located at quartier21.