Local production is a deep long term trend corresponding to a need of roots and proximity. In Brooklyn a project called Made by Hand aims to promote what is made locally, sustainably, and with a love for craft. The project takes its influence from the handmade movement here and elsewhere.The things we collect, consume, use, and share are part of who we are as individuals. The food that we eat says something about each of us, as do the tools we buy. Objects that are in our space tell stories on us and on the people who made them.
Each year, the Grand Palais in Paris offers the entire nave to a sole artist for a great challenge called Monumenta. This year, the French artist Daniel Buren followed in the footsteps of Anselm Keifer, Richard Serra, Christian Boltanski and Anish Kapoor. With his in situpiece, “Excentrique(s)” — which means both “elliptical” and “eccentric” — Buren has built a true artificial landscape: a fascinating forest with a canopy of circle-shaped colored pergolas.The visitors’ path in this forest leads to a sort of clearing under the Palais’ large central dome.
There, huge circular mirrors are installed, reflecting the ambient colours of the installation in a magical way.
After spending a while in the installation, “Excentique(s)” becomes a very intimate space; life is seen through many different hues and we simply want to remain and be immersed in its magic. A precious moment ! Read more…
It’s years now that I think the DYI movement is a huge trend in society that will change radically our way of seing the world.
What best example than the story of Caine a 9-year old boy who spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store.
Caine dreamed of the day he would have lots of customers visit his arcade, and he spent months preparing everything, perfecting the game design, making displays for the prizes, designing elaborate security systems, and hand labeling paper-lunch-gift-bags. However, his dad’s autoparts store (located in an industrial part of East LA) gets almost zero foot traffic, so Caine’s chances of getting a customer were very small, and the few walk in customers that came through were always in too much of a hurry to get their auto part to play Caine’s Arcade. But Caine never gave up.
One day, by chance, Nirvan Mullick, a filmmaker & digital strategist , walked into Smart Parts Auto looking for a used door handle for my ’96 Corolla.
What he found was an elaborate handmade cardboard arcade manned by a young boy who asked him if he would like to play. Nirvan asked Caine how it worked and he told him that for $1 he could get two turns, or for $2 he could get a Fun Pass with 500 turns. He got the Fun Pass.
And that was the beginning of a viral & successful story. Nirvan made the buzz, created a website, a Facebbok page, a Twitter account, a flashmob and a Scholarship Fund for Caine.
What a great story !