The Sustainable Dance Floor, the world’s first energy generating dance floorThe Sustainable Dance Floor, the world’s first energy generating dance floor

27 August 2014

The Sustainable Dance Floor, the world’s first energy generating dance floor

Exhibition ‘Elements of Architecture’ at the 14th International Architecture Biennale, Giardini & Arsenale, Venice, Italy, until 23 November.

Dutch design company Energy Floors launched the world’s first energy generating dance floor. By dancing on the floor, the audience powers the LED lights creating a human powered light show right below their feet.Only within the past year, the Sustainable Dance Floor produced more than 13 million joules and provided fun and awareness regarding energy for about 350.000 people.  The light show enlarges the interaction between visitors and enables the audience to become a dancing ‘energymeter’ as the LED’s charge according to the generated energy. Rem Koolhaas (OMA)..

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Prêt-à-Loger, Home with a SkinPrêt-à-Loger, Home with a Skin

26 August 2014

Prêt-à-Loger, Home with a Skin

The Green Village, TU Delft campus, Delft, the Netherlands.

Since this month, the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has the world's most sustainable house on its campus. With their ‘Prêt-à-Loger, Home with a Skin’, the TU Delft student team won the first prize in the Sustainability category at the Solar Decathlon 2014 - the Olympic Games for sustainable construction.  Since the key sustainability challenge of the future is to improve existing buildings, the student team chose to improve the sustainability of a terraced house from the 1960s. They applied a 'second skin', including a glass ..

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25 August 2014


Exhibitions and performances, Lasipalatsi Square, Helsinki, Finland, 25-31th of August

TO THE SQUARE 2 (#TSQ2) re-invigorates the question of public space as the crucial locus for the articulation of the political and the art of protest. From Tahrir to Taxim, from Occupy Wall Street to Blockupy Frankfurt, the hopeful new generation of rebellions of circa 2011 has been repressed, marginalized and removed from urban space. Bringing together the wit and experience of artists, activists and theorists from “the square”, the international Re-Aligned Project re-opens the question of public space as the crucial locus for the articulation of the political, and the art of p..

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Trading places. Designers meet the collectionTrading places. Designers meet the collection

24 August 2014 by Joerg Zimmerman

Trading places. Designers meet the collection

Exhibition, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden, Germany, until 2 November.

New director Tulga Beyerle is setting strong benchmarks at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden. With three exhibitions in 2014, she gives an impression what to expect the next years. For the intervention 'Trading places. Designers meet the collection', five design studios have been invited to set their hand to the Kunstgewerbemuseum collection: Daphna Laurens, Dechem, Judith Seng, Loris & Livia and mischer’traxler. They were given glimpses into the Depot where the museum stores its knowledge, reflecting the collection's huge variety. The designers selected items to put into..

Rochaden exhibition Pillnitz Museum

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SIT – LIE – ROCK. Furniture from ThonetSIT – LIE – ROCK. Furniture from Thonet

23 August 2014 by Joerg Zimmerman

SIT – LIE – ROCK. Furniture from Thonet

Exhibition, GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig, Germany, until 14 September.

Family-owned manufacturer Thonet is well known for its famous bentwood bistro chair No. 14 and steel-tubed seating of the Bauhaus era like the S43 by Marten Stam, but there are more discoveries to be made. The exhibition Sit – Lie – Rock shows about 130 pieces, a surprising ramble through almost 200 years of furniture history. For the first time, an almost full profile of the company’s milestones is displayed, starting with the Thonet’s classics, and with a focus on the firm’s development since 1945. Pieces of the 1950s and 1960s revived the former zeitgeist th..

Gartenschaukelstuhl ST 459 Entwurf: Hanno von Gustedt, 1958/59 Rundstahl, lackiert, Kunststoffschnüre; Holz, lackiert. Picture: Constantin Meyer.

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ON THE MOVE: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic DesignON THE MOVE: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design

22 August 2014

ON THE MOVE: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design

Upcoming exhibition, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 29 August 2014 - 18 January 2015.

On the Move reveals the many ways in which artists and photographers work today, also in collaboration with graphic designers. The title On the Move refers both to new developments in photography and to the photographers who are literally on the move, travelling through the Netherlands and abroad for their work. 28 projects were selected for the exhibition, created by both young and more established artists and designers.

Sarah Carlier, The Lamb (video still), 2013, courtesy Sarah Carlier en LhGWR gallery - See more at:

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21 August 2014


Contest, Łódź, Poland, exhibition 9-19 October.

The make me! International contest and exhibition are one of the landmarks of the Łódź Design Festival, aimed at young designers. The ultimate goal of make me! is to promote the young generation of designers and stimulating a new way of thinking about the reality which surrounds us. This year 21 projects have been selected out of 247 applications; the selected projects will be presented during the exhibition.

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Olafur EliassonOlafur Eliasson

20 August 2014

Olafur Eliasson

Exhibition opening today, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, until 4 January 2015.

Olafur Eliasson fills the entire South Wing of the Louisiana with a huge project that reverses the relationship between nature outside and art inside. Eliasson has exhibited at Louisiana several times, but so far it has either been the presentation of new acquisitions to the permanent collection or thematic shows such as The World is Yours, in which he contributed an ice-covered car entitled Your Mobile Expectations. This exhibition, in contrast, is very much a site-specific project. For the artist, Louisiana is a museum characterised by the interplay between na..

Olafur Eliasson, Iceland Series, 2004, C-print, © Olafur Eliasson

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Group show: A Simple PlanGroup show: A Simple Plan

19 August 2014

Group show: A Simple Plan

Upcoming exhibition, VILLA T.D., Kruiskerke-Ruiselede, Belgium, 29 August-20 September.

The group show ‘A Simple Plan’, curated by art critic Sam Steverlynck, takes places in a private villa belonging to artist/collector Frank Tuytschaever and his partner Caroline Degezelle. The villa was designed by the renowned Belgian architect Stéphane Beel. 13 artists of different generations were selected to take part in the exhibition. Most of them have produced new, site- specific work that enters into dialogue with the remarkable architecture and its surroundings, the Flemish village of Kruiskerke. One of the key figures in the show is the Belgian architect/artist R..

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Grand Opening exhibition of the PhotoBookMuseumGrand Opening exhibition of the PhotoBookMuseum

18 August 2014

Grand Opening exhibition of the PhotoBookMuseum

Opening exhibition, The PhotoBookMuseum, Carlswerk, Cologne-Mülheim, Germany, opening 19th of August from 3pm on, exhibition until 3 October.

The PhotoBookMuseum is the first museum in the world dedicated to the medium of the photo book in all its facets. For the initial phase of the museum’s operation, Photoszene Köln and the Cologne Foundation are presenting an international expo. This occasion marks the 175th anniversary of photography. A total of 24 exhibitions and photo book studies are being shown in a space of more than 5,000 square metres. The diverse accompanying programme includes lectures, workshops, discussions, and book signings by exhibiting artists and members of the advisory board.

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Art in the woods: Sites en LigneArt in the woods: Sites en Ligne

16 August 2014

Art in the woods: Sites en Ligne

Upcoming: Open air art event, 8th edition of the sculpture & installation symposium in the woods of Silly, Belgium, 18-24 August.

The art works are created in the woods, in a spirit of respect for the natural heritage of the region. This 8th edition will feature installations and sculptures by 30 international artists & groups of artists. The public is welcome to observe the works in progress and vote for the awards, and to meet the artists in a nice and friendly atmosphere. From 18th to 22nd of august: works in progress, from 23rd to 24th of august: works and awards presentation.

Bienal do LivroBienal do Livro

15 August 2014

Bienal do Livro

Biennial, Anhembi Exhibition Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil, 22–31 August.

Just as books transform the world, the 23nd São Paulo International Book Biennial transforms the city of São Paulo in August. Under one roof and covering a total area of 60,000 m², the biennial brings together Brazil’s main publishing houses, bookstores, and distributors, which present the most important editorial launches to some 800,000 visitors and offers a unique diversity of titles. In addition to being a place for doing business, the event gathers representatives from the creative and production chain. The event attracts a widely-varied audience, you..

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Line Depping is the winner of Formex's 2014 Nova Design Award – Nordic Designer of the YearLine Depping is the winner of Formex's 2014 Nova Design Award – Nordic Designer of the Year

14 August 2014

Line Depping is the winner of Formex's 2014 Nova Design Award – Nordic Designer of the Year

Line Depping is the winner of the Nova Award 2014 for her self-explanatory and esthetically assured design. Line Depping is from Denmark and has run her own design studio in Copenhagen since 2007. For Line Depping, it is crucial to see a good reason to create a new piece of furniture; an opportunity to add something to an object that expands its usefulness. Her expression is simple, and her emphasis on function also involves making room for disorder in order to accommodate the messy and chaotic aspects of life. Line Depping has a special focus on materials. She mainly works with wood bu..

Line Depping (r).

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Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for LondonGilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for London

13 August 2014

Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for London

Exhitibion, White Cube, London (Bermondsey), UK, until 28 September.

The SCAPEGOATING PICTURES unflinchingly describes the volatile, tense, accelerated, and mysterious reality of our increasingly technological, multi-faith and multi-cultural world. It is a world in which paranoia, fundamentalism, surveillance, religion, accusation, and victimhood become moral shades of the city’s temper. Gilbert & George take their place in the shattered and spirit-like forms shown here. At times they are masked, at times grotesquely capering skeletons, at times dead-eyed and impassive. These ‘pictures’ consolidate and advance the art of the duo as a vi..

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Innaugural exhibitions Aspen Art MuseumInnaugural exhibitions Aspen Art Museum

12 August 2014

Innaugural exhibitions Aspen Art Museum

Aspen, CO, USA, until October/November.

The ASPEN ART MUSEUM, designed by this year's Pritzker-prize winning architect Shigeru Ban, has just opened its doors. On the 35th anniversary of the museum’s operation as a Kunsthalle, the new building, located in the heart of the city centre, contains 17,500 square feet (1625 square metres) of exhibition space, more than tripling the amount of exhibition space in the current building. Furthermore, it boasts a rooftop sculpture garden with dramatic views of Ajax, the main skiing mountain, and of the surrounding landscape. 

From the controversial Moving Ghost Town exhibition, Cai Guo-Qiang.

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Disobedient ObjectsDisobedient Objects

11 August 2014

Disobedient Objects

Exhibition, The Porter Gallery, V&A, London, UK, until 1 February 2015.

The first exhibition to explore the powerful role that objects play in grassroots movements for social change, it demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity. Disobedient Objects showcases collective creativity that defies standard definitions of art and design. The exhibition focuses on the period from the late-1970s to the present, a time that has brought a new cycle of global social struggles and new technologies. An extensive range of objects from all over the world are on display, from Chilean folk art textiles that document political violence, to a graffiti-writing robot, through to giant inflatable cobblestones thrown at demonstrations.

How to Guide: Makeshift Tear-Gas Mask. Illustrated by Marwan Kaabour, at Barnbrook.


10 August 2014


upcoming: International Festival of the Arts, various venues in Ruhr metropolitan area, 15 August until 28 September.

What characterizes the Ruhrtriennale are the interactions between artists and spaces. These make strong artistic experiences possible for all of us and they are my highest priority: where else does one have the freedom to allow something to develop without compromise? Interesting to know: the artwork by internationally renowned installation artist Gregor Schneider at the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg could not be realised. The artistic director of the Ruhrtriennale, was informed by telephone “that irrespective of further inspections by the building control office the artwork was no..

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Louise Bourgeois: Works on PaperLouise Bourgeois: Works on Paper

09 August 2014

Louise Bourgeois: Works on Paper

Exhibition, Tate Britain, London, UK, until April 2015.

Though she is most widely recognised for her ambitious sculptures, Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) also produced a large body of works on paper throughout her lifetime. This four-room display brings together a selection of her prints, drawings and books. Drawing and printmaking were important aspects of Bourgeois’s practice. Having abandoned the practice for many years to concentrate on three-dimensional work, in the 1990s Bourgeois returned to printmaking, collaborating with a number of publishers and printers and often revisiting the notes and drawings she had produced decade..

Louise Bourgeois THE STRETCH, 2006 Etching on paper 150.8 x 90.2 cm Collection Tate, London, Gift of The Easton Foundation and Osiris Photo: Ben Shiff, © The Easton Foundation / Licensed by DACS.

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Self-Portrait, Alberto García-AlixSelf-Portrait, Alberto García-Alix

08 August 2014

Self-Portrait, Alberto García-Alix

Photography exhibition, Photo España, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain, until 28 September.

Self-Portrait is not intended as a diary of Alberto García-Alix, nor is it meant as an egocentric exercise. His concept of self-portrait is very broad, for it takes in much of the work in which he sees himself reflected. It is hard to find a single piece by García-Alix that is not highly self-referential; indeed, his oeuvre as a whole might be regarded as forming a single large self-portrait. The exhibition, under the official section of PHotoEspaña 2014, looks back over his career, from his early self-portraits of the late 70s to photographs of fragments of his body wh..

Alberto García-Alix. Un instante de eterno silencio, 2010 © Alberto García-Alix. VEGAP. Madrid, 2014

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Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the UniverseItalian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe

07 August 2014

Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe

Exhibition, last weeks, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA, until 1 September.

Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe is the first comprehensive overview in the United States of one of Europe’s most important 20th-century avant-garde movements. Featuring over 360 works by more than 80 artists, architects, designers, photographers, and writers, this multidisciplinary exhibition examines the full historical breadth of Futurism, from its 1909 inception with the publication of F. T. Marinetti’s first Futurist manifesto through its demise at the end of World War II. The presentation includes many rarely seen works, some of which have..

Umberto Boccioni, Elasticity (Elasticità), 1912. Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. Museo del Novecento, Milan. Photo: Luca Carrà © Museo del Novecento, Comune di Milano–all legal rights reserved

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