Los Angeles-based artist Pae White merges art, design, craft and architecture through site specific installations and individual works which defy our expectations of a variety of techniques and media. For her South London Gallery exhibition she creates a mesmerising installation in which vast quantities of coloured yarn span and criss-cross the room to create supergraphics spelling out words that can only be deciphered by navigating the space. Inspired by a period of insomnia and consequent reflection on the transience of our existence, the letters and words emerge and dissolve depending on both our physical relationship to them and the relative weight of the overall aesthetic experience.
The Happiness Brewery is an art project by french blog Happiness is a Beginning. What they do is sharing emotions that people send them by email and print them on labels, finding place on different sized bottles. Currently they are working hard to make those objects produced for people who are interested in having their personal potions and they’ll set a price for it soon. At the end of the day though, it’s a ‘love share’ project which might lead to a book or an exhibition in Paris. They select stories for their emotional potential, trying not to be redundant and keeping the original energy behind this idea. The bottles are empty, up to you to put a perfume, an alcohol or anything you want to put in.
The relief organisation MISEREOR is always looking for new ways to promote its, “2 Euros Help” initiative. Table Football for Africa is an interactive donation box in the form of a table football game, complete with all the adversities you might expect at a typical African kick-about. The 2 Euro donation goes directly towards promoting sports for children and young people in Rwanda and South Africa. A facebook app spread word of the campaign on the social web with a ticker and live stream, drawing attention to the initiative and encouraging more giving.
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Based in Paris, artist Kader Attia builds all kinds of visually poetic installations that evoke contemplation of the human spirit. One piece in particular, Holy Land, involves shaped mirrors unnaturally placed across a landscape. Exhibited twice, the first installation was on public display at the Canary Islands and involved 45 mirrors placed along the beach.
© Kader Attia
“Hands s a project developed in 2013 by Octavi Serra, Mateu Targa, Daniel Llugany and Pau Garcia. All of them works in the field of visual arts and loves the way actual and past politicians are doing their job.”
Lullaby Factory comprises an intricate labyrinth of metal listening pipes and gramophones that play out a selection of soothing melodies by composer and sound artist Jessica Curry. These sounds can be heard through height-level pipes near the hospital canteen, and via the hospital radio station.
Studio Weave architects Je Ahn and Maria Smith were inspired by the maze of drainage systems and pipes that already cover the numerous, enclosed walls of the hospital. Here, attention is drawn to this often overlooked space by creating a fantastical and interactive, “curious world (for hospital patients, visitors and staff) to peer onto.” The duo have re-used silver, bronze and gold-colored metal gauges and horns, recovered from the hospital’s former boiler house, to create an incredible audio installation that reaches nearly 10 floors in height.
“Using a 19th century style and vintage building materials, this temporary rustic cabin is attached to the Hotel des Arts and about 40 feet in the air above the Restaurant le Central. Measuring about W7 x D8 x H11, the dwelling is meant to be homage to the romantic spirit of the Western myth and a commentary on the arrogance of Westward expansion, sticking out like a sore thumb in the city’s dense landscape.”
Besançon (Fr) © Mark Jenkis