SWISS BRUTALISM. 2012  
 
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On the acquisition of cultural trophies, art tourism and Swiss Brutalism – or – why mountains are better then art.

 

There are roughly seven reasons why mountains are better then art, but the purpose of this brief text is not however to explain this statement. I'm charged instead to construct a valid explanation for art tourism. I'm required to sell you my experience of Switzerland. That is to find some tangible bankable reason to explain why more Australian artists need to climb the Matterhorn and why tax payers should foot the bill.

 

The international art residency; like some kind of working holiday is a cultural right of passage for Australian artists, but what exactly does one gain through an actual experience of Swiss Brutialist architecture? My residency, a gluttonous consumption of cultural trophies across Europe employs an intuitive itinerary, a travel log that begins with the pioneering work of German architect and designer Peter Behrens. I have however become sick with culture. Consumed too much history. It has been, in all truth really hard work living the dream – a gap year in Europe? It is fortunate through that my extensive and rigorous training (seven years within University Art schools across the globe) that I have such stamina. That I can keep looking at art even when it makes me sick. I can hold down my culture. My abilities have grown more powerful during my time in Europe. The power to consume entire museums in less than 12 minutes or a single loop around Villa Savoye and I'm done.

 

Ok new style_____ You should probably imagine me writing this with a backdrop of Starshine - All I Need Is You (Cuetec Edit) ––– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT2YYWPCEa4 in my Mies van der Rohe inspired studio apartment… just slightly paranoid, sitting in the middle of some kind of glass panoptic. The autumn leaves an iridescent yellow disappearing to reveal tourists at street level - watching me. I'm excited about the new 007 movie, Skyfall. Bond Villains always have the coolest modernist houses. I miss explosions. Ive been indoors for too long, reading about the history of Brutialist Architecture. I might just download Die Hard; I do love LA's Nakatomi Plaza.

 

People keep asking me what art I am making – what am I doing in Switzerland! I don't know. Which is tricky as I'm in an exhibition in about two weeks. Evidence of my experience is required so I now have an assortment of jade green rocks shaped like mini-mountain peaks. I carried them all the way down from the actual Matterhorn peak. It seemed like a good idea at the time, some kind of souvenir – a memento of achievement slightly more authentic then just another photo?

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Le Corbusier Spectrum

947–1952: Unité d'Habitation, Marseille, France

Digital print

 

 

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Tetrahedral structures, enamel paint, 1989 Allorgan Radio, Wireless FM Transmitter, white orchid, three bonsai trees, Le Corbusier's favorite song (Metastasis: dialectic transformations by Iannis Xenakis) and Clitoria ternatea plant based indigo elixir.

 

Iannis Xenakis was a Greek composer, music theorist, and architect-engineer who collaborated with Le Corbusier on a number of architectural projects. The composition Metastasis was inspired by Einstein's view of time (a function of matter & energy) and its structure was based on/ influenced by the mathematical ideas of Le Corbusier. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2O8bMlEijg

 

The Allorgan radio plays Le Corbusier's favorite song softly on a loop to the three bonsai trees, stimulating brutalist or functional growth patterns. The coloured gradient of the tetrahedral structures is the equivalent to the 0-20.000Hz frequency spectrum produced within the musical piece. The Clitoria ternatea (blue-pea) plant based blue elixir is injected into the root system of the white Phalaenopsis 'moth orchid' eventually turning it blue.

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Tetrahedral structures, enamel paint, white Phalaenopsis orchid injected with Clitoria ternatea (blue-pea) plant based blue elixir.

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Tetrahedral structures, enamel paint, white Phalaenopsis orchid injected with Clitoria ternatea (blue-pea) plant based blue elixir.

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Tetrahydric structure, enamel paint, radio playing Le Corbusier's favorite song (Metastasis: dialectic transformations by Iannis Xenakis).

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Tetrahedral structure, enamel paint and Clitoria ternatea (blue-pea) plant based blue elixir.

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Tetrahedral structure, enamel paint and three bonsai trees.

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