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Video of the Week XIV: Free Avone

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Here is a concept, as presented by¬†Graffiti Research Lab, that I quite enjoy. Of course, it isn’t exactly original, and Wellington architecture has seen its fair share of projected imagery, from the poppies on parliament by our own RSA to ¬†body moving¬†at Te Papa. Thus, I guess it must be the ever so slight frisson of illicitness that makes this seem more enticing – and, perhaps, the real-time¬†spontaneity¬†and the awareness that for your audience, this is a also a spontaneous urban intervention – not one that is scheduled in your summer city calendar between the Teddy Bear’s Picnic and the Beat Girls performing at the Dell. There is potential here to really say/achieve something however, and that is the motive behind GRI, who¬†want to provide graffiti artists with the tools that would allow them to compete with corporate advertisers to get their message across. Somehow I think the¬†bicycle¬†mounted virtual spray can won’t replace the real bomb anytime soon…

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Video of the Week XI: Architecture & energy 1

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Amid all of the hooha surrounding our Supreme Court – symbols of power,¬†propaganda, and hair loss –¬†we should take time out to step back and really consider the dome issue in a more holistic way. You see, as this remarkable little film sets out, there really are¬†supernatural¬†consequences of building domes, which have no doubt been taken into account by the architects of our esteemed Supreme Court (who are obviously well up on their freemasonry)… The result being,¬†of course,¬†to hide the dome away in the interior so as not to expose bystanders to the energy drawn therein.

The energy will, of course, be invoked by the highest powers of judiciary in this country when passing judgment and handing down sentence, and will no doubt contribute to the building’s green star rating…

You may want to look away if notions of anti-christ, other dimensions, ley lines (must check Wellington’s position wrt this), or the new world order offend thine eyes…

m-d

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Video of the Week VIII: Mister Glasses (episode 1)

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This is actually the first episode of 6 short stylishly noir¬†Mister Glasses film clips¬†(although for some reason episode 5 is missing). Never before has the relationship between love, sex, patricide, and Modernist architecture been so clearly expressed – it’s enough to make contemporary Modernist revivalism look hollow and superficial in comparison to the seriousness with which Mister Glasses and his team approach architecture and its meaning…

My favourite is the second episode – although ep. 6 is pretty good too, especially if you are looking for architectural pick-up lines to try out… If there is a moral in there somewhere, it seems the Modernist always ‘gets the girl’… (perhaps this explains the current revival?)…

Episode 2; episode 3, episode 4, episode 6.

Update: the ‘lost’ episode 5 was taken down by youtube, but is available here. That youtube felt compelled to remove it is quite ironic in the context of structural nudity honesty that the client initially rejected… However, the real question is, where can we get an engineer as blankly persuasive as Hard Hat…?