Monday, 30 November 2009

Rhythm Of Life in BCN

Some quick videos about various things ... at Videos from Barcelona

Barcelona 1908 - Video following the tram line.

Early Video from 1908 following the route of the tram line :

There's also another one which compares the route to 2008:

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Field Trip Snaps

Skateboarder outside MACBA




Placa de Sant Felip Neri

Placa de Sant Felip Neri

Sagrada Familia Interior

Sagrada Familia Carvings

Sagrada Familia Carvings

Sagrada Familia Scaffolding

Sagrada Familia Rose Window

Olympics Site

History Of Catalonia Museum

Barcelona Pavilion

La Pedrera Roof


Tuesday, 17 November 2009

BendCIRCUITS // music

It's becoming a fashion to create remixed music using old electronics including old toys. To do this, the musician dismantles the electronic device to add switches, components and potentiometers to adjust the short-circuting of the device.

Circuit Bending Old toys // Pikachu


A listing of contemporary galleries in Barcelona and here's the ones I find might be useful for us : click on the link below each to see what's on , and whether we want to go!

Angels Barcelona

c. pintor fortuny 27

08001 barcelona

tel. + 34 93 412 54 00

Visiting hours: tues - sat / 12 - 14 h. ; 17 - 20 h. 

Location: Metro: L3 Liceu; L1, L3 Plaza Catalunya

Click to see what's on NOW// the poor people fending for themselves: the artist looks at photography, truth, film, etc, as impressions of society then and now.

Antonio de Barnola Schönhöfer

Palau, 4

08002 Barcelona

dm-dv: 17.00-21.00

dss: 12.00-14.00 & 17.00-21.00

Galeria h2o

Joaquim Ruiz Millet

Verdi, 152

08012 Barcelona

+34 934 151 801

m-dv: 16.00-20.00

dss: 11.00-13.00

NOW //pedestrians: new street photography : Bito Cel, the artist looks into ways of photographing pedestrians, at light and composition, new techniques or the lack of. He looks at street photography as it were a studio session, searches places with appropriate light, setting, background and waits for the adequate passer by – selective techniques to present a more intensive way where the subject is almost extracted from its surroundings.

Galeria Hartmann

Santa Teresa, 8

08012 Barcelona

+34 934 159 556

dm-dv: 10.00-14.00 & 17.00-20.00

dss: 11.00-14.30


C/ Comerç, 15

08003 Barcelona

T.Gallery: / +34 / 933 100 735

on: 17 h. - 21 h.

Tue - Sat: 11 h. - 14:30 h. /// 17 h. - 21 h.


Metro: Arc de Triomf (L1), Jaume I (L4) // Bus: 17, 19, 39, 51, B24, etc

NOW //street artist

Galeria Senda

Consell de Cent, 337

08007 Barcelona

+34 934 876 759

dm-dss: 10.30-14.00 / 16.30-20.30

Safia Galeria

Passeig de Gracia 96

La sala Vincon

Until the 21st of Novemeber only

NOW// Reusa Barcelona: The artist creates a miniature Barecelona with is emblematic streets using only recycled materials found in the city.

Galeria N2

C./Enrique Granados, 61 bajos.

08008 Barcelona

0034) 934 520 592

FTuesday to Saturday

11a.m.-14 p.m. and 17-21 p.m.

NOW// Exploring Form and Colour: numerous artists join to put on an exhibition that is about form, colour, theories, techniques, found materials, light and all sorts of connotations.

Raina Lupa

C/Consell de Cent, 278, 1º 2º

Tues-sat: 11-14 h y de 17-20,30 h

Metro: Passeig de gràcia, Universitat

//Gallery was first founded in Paris in 1994 specializing in illustrations, graphics, etc. It has published 15 books to the date. In 2001 it opened a location in Barcelona, which features mainly photography and digital techniques. Both national and many international artists have and continue to exhibit here.

NOW// Carlos Pazos : Collages – When asked about the technique of cut-and-paste, the artist declares it as possibly the best technique he’s encountered from the xx century. Allowing one to be modest, to be quick at portraying ideas but also avoids the artist-god-creator character of the artist.

For the full listings go to //

Time Out

Also, am sure you've all already had a look at this, but if not:

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

I've heard on the grapevine that the front of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) is the the place to skate and is where many young british ex-pats hang out on a day-to-day basis. Could be useful if you are interested in speaking to some people who have experience of living in Barcelona.

Take Off Guides

The first printable and totally FREE travel book.

El Passeig De Picasso

The intervention on Passieg de Picasso is the work of Antoni Tapies. It is convertedm by way of its own autonomy, into a symbolic object which alludes to Picasso's nonconformity. Untilizing materials habitual to his work, Tapies encloses them within a glass cube with 4 meter edges.

The Dalí Museum - In Figueres

The Dalí Museum - In Figueres

Check out opening times and travel options at:

Train takes about 2 hrs depending on which one we get, and then there's a 15 min walk the other end. Currently I am thinking about going on Friday, though that's obviously dependent on what whoever else wants to come thinks.

Opening Times: 1 Nov - 28 Feb: 10.30 -18.00, last entry 17.15

Monday, 16 November 2009

Barcelona Opening Times and Admission Prices (part I)

Boqueria Market Mon-Sat 08.00-16.00 (Free)
Palau Guell Tues Sat 10.00-2.30 (Free)
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Mon & Wed-Fri 11.00-19.30, Sat 10.00-20.00, Sun 10.00-15.00 (€6 or €4.50 for temporary exhibition)
Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona Tues-Sun 11.00-20.00, Thurs 11.00-22.00 (€3.40, free Thurs 20.00-22.00, Sun 15.00-20.00) Exhibitions-Curda and the Barcelona of the future; Reality vs Plan, World Press Photo
Sant Antoni Market Mon-Thurs & Sat 07.00-14.30 & 17.30-20.30, Fri 07.00-20.30
La Seu Cathedral Daily 07.45-13.30 & 16.00-19.45 (free)
Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat Tues-Sat 10.00-14.00 & 16.00-20.00, Sun 10.00-15.00 (?)
Palau de la Musica Catalana 10.00-15.30 Tours 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00 (€11.00)

More to follow tomorrow folks......

This graffiti, like millions of other forms of street art in Barcelona is posted on a blogspot:

Barrio Gotico is perhaps one of the richest places in graffiti art. The Photoblog intends to document these and get people talking about them. Enjoy, its a pretty cool blog - it looks at architecture, urban spaces, etc, etc...

Makes me think of graffiti art as a collage - not in itself - which it could well be - but as the idea of art on the urban canvas:

As an idea-rich fragment from a disperse source [the graffiti artist] placed onto other fragments already existing in their own right and already with established ideas/connotations/symbolism behind them: a garage door, an alley corner, a park bench, a road sign, etc. Perhaps overlayed in time with an announcement, a company sticker, an advertisement.
The [accidental?] placing of all these fragments by different authors at different moments in time might tell us something about the inhabitants of the area or about the political or social issues involved. Perhaps only understood when you look at the relationship between each fragment....
something to think about?

Architectural Copyright : Architect Sues David Childs and SOM Over Freedom Tower Design

Shine, 40, in a lawsuit filed on Nov. 8 that Childs copied a project Shine had produced while studying for his Master's at Yale University School of Architecture. Shine claims to have presented the project to Childs in the Autumn of 1999.

The project, named “Olympic Tower,” is a twisting tower with a symmetrical diagonal column grid, expressed on the exterior of the building, following the twisting surface created by the floor plates’ geometry. Shine copyrighted the idea last spring, and is suing for copyright infringement under the U.S. Copyright Act.

Shine, who says he has always been fascinated by the twisting forms in ceramics, says he came up with the idea while attending a studio course with architect Cesar Pelli. Childs was one of the reviewers criting the final projects.

SOM quickly responded to the suit’s filing with a statement, claiming, among other things, that the components of the Freedom Tower had been in development by the firm long before Shine's project.

Given that the lawsuit doesn't deal with the current version of Freedom Tower (it was extensively redesigned after the NYPD and NYFD contributed to the discussion). Regardless, the trial will be very important in what it says about the application of intellectual copyright to architectural designs.

Architectural works in the US have been protected by the U.S Copyright office since 1990. The governmental body defines architectural works as "the design of a building embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building, architectural plans, or drawings." That's fine, but judging if an architectural work copies a previous design, as in this case, is a very gray matter. Here it pertains to the diamond-shaped facade.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Eisenstein's October Intellectual Montage

Октябрь [October], 1928, Eisenstein

This extract of the 1928 Soviet film by Russian film director, Eisenstein is an example of what he later goes to refer to as "intellectual montage". October was one of a series of films that portrayed the Soviet Revolutions that lead to Communist power.

-"the essence of cinema", quoted by Eisenstein in 'Montage of Cine-Attractions'. 1925
-and idea in motion

"From the process of production, a technical term has passed into linguistic currency, designating a mechanical assembly, a set of water conduits, or machine tools. The beautiful word of such constructions is 'montage'."
('How I became a Director', 1945 - FW 3, p. 243)

"What we need is science, not art. The word creation is useless. It should be replaced by labour. One does not create a work, one constructs it with finished parts, like a machine. Montage is a beautiful word: it describes the process of constructing with prepared fragments."
(Notebooks from 1919, cited by Shklovsky)

In effect, montage is the assembling together in a meaningful and intentional order of individual parts which already have a name, and meaning and purpose. The outcome is something new that only means something due to the relationship between the separate parts.
Eisenstein never defines what is meant with "fragment" but continually uses it as a notion defined by its context, its associations, causes or effects - like words or phrases with multiple meanings.

Intellectual Montage:
An idea is not represented with an image, but rather, through the relationship of two or more images, or even fragments - presumably coming from disperse sources.

These fragments are already charged with meaning and symbolism which he puts together to form a new meaning. Eisentein was interested in the symbolism of the images, but his films were not meant to be looked as just metaphors put together - as Metz observes there is a level of dramatic action.

Balazs, a critic of Eisenstein saw this intellectual montage as a form of "cine-language" or "film-writing", whereby the film becomes ideograms or essays in hieroglyphs. Balazs saw this as pointless, you might as well read it in writing and understand it better.

Intellectial montage may be best understood with a scene from Strike, another film in the same series as October.

....this is what i've taken so far from 'Montage Eisenstein' by Jaques Aumont. Correct me if i'm wrong. Eisenstein was a film maker and presumed theoriser, but his contradictions and lack of systematic methodology made it hard for him to get his ideas understood. Only one time did he explicitly depict montage as a method according to Aumont.