ZILVINAS LANDZBERGAS THE CAPITAL R at Fons Welters, Amsterdam
Our films screening and special performance by Alex Cecchetti at Microscope gallery, New York
VEERLE is a project and a site of projection, which curator Chris Fitzpatrick has sited in and out of the project-room of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.
Buckminster Fuller & Shoji Sadao, Megastructures, (1960’s)
In the sixties, Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao proposed several large scale projects in tune with the megastructures of that decade of technological optimism, applying the principles of the “design science” advocated by the unflagging engineer, who’s ambition reached new heights, driven by the economic and popular success of the geodesic domes. The “Dome Over Manhattan”, which would crystallize in a canonical image, was based on the notion of tensegrity which had guided the construction in 1959 of a large scale sphere at the University of Oregon, and another that year that was shown at New York’s MoMA. The greater efficiency of tension over compression inspired an oneiric proposal that he took further with the “Floating Cloud Structures”, tensegrity spheres measuring more than one kilometer wide and held aloft as balloons by the interior air, heated by the sun. Furthermore, the “Floating Tetrahedral City” in San Francisco Bay contained 5,000 dwellings in a 2.5 kilometer high pyramid, clearing a path for other projects of floating or underground cities that also remained on the drawing board, and the “Proposal For Harlem” house 11,000 families in fifteen hollow towers of 100 floors, hanging from a central mast.
LILI REYNAUD-DEWAR, Four walls speaking of revolt, media and beauty (detail), 2011. Mixed media, sound. In collaboration with Pierre Giquel and Sabisha Friedberg.