Graz, Austria, Pop Ark 2008
pop ark

 

 
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Flying Back home over the dry land of Spain

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The drum of the Gorebot, 7 kilobytes of information can be stored on it, as it slowly rolls along its program...

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Found time to take a few snapshots of the installation as I was leaving.

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Popark was more compact/condensed at the Festival Center of the Steirischer Herbst.

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Feeling special with Doris and Mara from the festival. Too bad I didn't find time to take photos with Kira, Roland, Florian, Veronica, and all the other nice people in Graz.

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Me and Gregoire got invited for an afternoon at the castle of the Eybesfelds, an aristocratic art collecting family who knew Gregoire when he was young.

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The Romantically landscaped part of the grounds. More recently they are making an effort to add aesthetically challenging terrain.

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Bertrand Eyebesfeld explains a newish architectural project on his land to Gregoire. Over time, the Wysteria vines will grown into a green wall.

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The Polar Bear tent, modified to fit Austrian fire codes so now I can walk in the snout, standing up.

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Next door to Pop Ark was an exhibition curated by Reinhard Braun. Here is the wall piece by Lily Van der Stokker which I liked a lot.

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Opening of the Steirischer Herbst Festival featured a social sculpture where men and women were divided by this meter wide waterway. The well dressed guests had to get over it (and I forgot to add: food was on one side, wine on the other) by rope swing.

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Can you imagine the expose if such an event was state funded in the US? I love Europe.

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Vibe of the opening.

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Veronica Kaup-Hassler, director of the festival, speaks at the opening.

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Front of the festival center, where the Berlin architects from Raumlaborberlin had transformed the facade.

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With Avi, and Dov whom I met while attending Rosh Hashanah services at the synagogue in Graz. I was there in 2007 too, so felt close to the community this time. Some members came to see Pop Ark.

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Glass dome of the synagogue.

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dealing with all the wires of Pop Ark: under the carpet!

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Gregoire Paultre helped me supervise the installation. He's a patient guy! Working on the rainbow laptop is Mario who was an excellent technician.

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Raumlaborberlin's explosion, again. Has a nice time talking with Jan Liesgang from the architectural collective.

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Front desk at the festival center. Made up of parts of found furniture.

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A green Austrian of yesteryear.

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The Schlossberg: a little mountain in the center of Graz with a Medieval castle on top, a giant Clocktower on the slope and a Nazi cave inside.

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Looking down at Gregoire and Jan as we descend from the Schlossberg.

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The famous Kunsthaus in Graz, which becomes a big amorphous animated screen at night.

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Walking up through the Nazi cave.

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The wild Mur river.

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At our home this time in Graz: the Pensione Traude which greeted us with this warm welcome sign every morning and night.

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back to the installation....

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Roland up on the ladder.

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About to enter the metalic eagle to fly off to Graz, Austria.

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09/26/2008