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I came across an interesting a public sculpture project by artist Kate Browne called Cocoon. This is a crowd-and locally-sourced outdoor sculpture performance project which Browne has produced in several cities including Mexico City in 2009, two different cities in Mississippi, Greenwood in 2010 and Jackson in 2012, and the South Bronx also in 2012. She has begun the process for another iteration of the project to take place in Paris, Goutte d’Or for October, 2014. The photographs from these projects really give you a sense of the scale and unique qualities of each Cocoon.
Browne states: “I chose each location for their dense histories of violence and repression entangled with decades, if not centuries, of forced and voluntary migrations…Cocoon offers everyone in the neighborhood a structure, a performance, in which to participate as themselves with their own voice and memory of history.”
If you are interested in seeing more photographs and learning more about the artist’s process, check out this project at BrowneBarnes.
- Sarah Kennedy, Associate Educator
Here’s a spectacular sight for those of you wondering what might happen if you left your faucet running all winter long: a giant frozen waterfall. This is an apartment building in Jilin City, Eastern China. When 58-year-old resident Wen Hsu learned that this building, his home of 35 years, was slated for demolition, instead of accepting what he felt was an inadequate sum of relocation money from the developers, he decided to stay put and came up with a plan to keep his uninsulated pipes from freezing and draw attention to his plight.
Because the water comes from underground, where temperatures are above freezing level, Wen figured leaving the tap on all the time would prevent the pipes from freezing. So he simply diverted the water to flow outside of his window on the seventh floor down the side of the building and left the hot water on the whole winter, which created the marvel you can see in these photos.
Wen, the only remaining resident in the building, was able to keep his water flowing and gain the attention of China’s national media and government officials, who’ve urged the property developers to settle the matter.
‘The weather is warmer now but I think it might take a while for the waterfall to melt.’ says Wen. ‘In any case, I understand the developers may be prepared to make me a better offer now, I hope so. It is very lonely here with nobody else around.’
We hope so too.
THE MANY FACES OF INGEBORG BACHMANN
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Ingeborg Bachmann’s death. The famous Austrian poet and author died in the Roman Sant’ Eugenio hospital on 17 October 1973, three weeks after a fire in her bedroom. Local police concluded that the blaze was caused by a lit cigarette.
May her soul rest in peace.
“Our field is the sky,
tilled by the sweat of motors,
in the face of night,
at the risk of our dreams—-
…. … … … …
Who lived there? Whose hands were pure?
Who glowed in the night,
A ghost to other ghosts?
Who lives down below? Who cries….
Who has lost the key to their house?
Who can’t find their bed, who is sleeping
on the steps of the stairs?
When morning comes, who will dare
interpret the silvery trace: look above me…
When the water pushes the watermill wheel once again,
who will dare remember the night?”
― Ingeborg Bachmann, In the Storm of Roses: Selected Poems
#1: © Barbara Pflaum, 1971, Bachmann receiving Anton Wildgans Prize of Austrian Industry
#2: Unknown photographer, undated, 'Spiegelbild'
#3: © Piper Verlag / ddp, undated, Portrait
#4: Unknown photographer, 1962, Kurt Saucke shows Bachmann his favourite books
#5: Unknown photographer, undated, Ingeborg Bachmann working on typewriter
#6: Unknown photographer, undated, Unknown publication
#7: © Bachmann-Erben, summer 1970, Bachmann reading Italian newspaper
#8: © Bachmann-Erben, 1959, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Bachmann, Günter Grass
#9: © Hans Müller / Piper Verlag, ca. 1952, Reinhard Federmann, Milo Dor, Ingeborg Bachmann, Paul Celan
#10: © Bachmann-Erben, undated, Bachmann as a kid, Wörthersee, Austria
School Auditorium, Chinquapin, North Carolina, January 2009
Scenes for the Cocoon workshop yesterday in la Goutte d’Or.
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