Underground-Arthackers from Paris

Gepostet vor 5 Jahren, 6 Monaten in #Misc #Art #Underground

Share: Twitter Facebook Mail

Wired hat einen extrem spannenden Artikel über UX (Urban eXperiment), ein Künstlerkollektiv, die in jahrelangen Aktionen alte Kunstwerke restaurieren, die Uhr des Panthéon restaurieren oder Kinos unter dem Trocadéro bauen und dazu das jahrhunderte alte System aus Tunneln und Katakomben unter der Stadt nutzen. Underground-Art-Hacking in Kunstraub-Ästhetik, oder so ähnlich. Toll!

UX is sort of like an artist’s collective, but far from being avant-garde—confronting audiences by pushing the boundaries of the new—its only audience is itself. More surprising still, its work is often radically conservative, intemperate in its devotion to the old. Through meticulous infiltration, UX members have carried out shocking acts of cultural preservation and repair, with an ethos of “restoring those invisible parts of our patrimony that the government has abandoned or doesn’t have the means to maintain.” The group claims to have conducted 15 such covert restorations, often in centuries-old spaces, all over Paris.

What has made much of this work possible is UX’s mastery, established 30 years ago and refined since, of the city’s network of underground passageways—hundreds of miles of interconnected telecom, electricity, and water tunnels, sewers, catacombs, subways, and centuries-old quarries. Like computer hackers who crack digital networks and surreptitiously take control of key machines, members of UX carry out clandestine missions throughout Paris’ supposedly secure underground tunnels and rooms. The group routinely uses the tunnels to access restoration sites and stage film festivals, for example, in the disused basements of government buildings.

UX’s most sensational caper (to be revealed so far, at least) was completed in 2006. A cadre spent months infiltrating the Pantheon, the grand structure in Paris that houses the remains of France’s most cherished citizens. Eight restorers built their own secret workshop in a storeroom, which they wired for electricity and Internet access and outfitted with armchairs, tools, a fridge, and a hot plate. During the course of a year, they painstakingly restored the Pantheon’s 19th- century clock, which had not chimed since the 1960s. Those in the neighborhood must have been shocked to hear the clock sound for the first time in decades: the hour, the half hour, the quarter hour.

The New French Hacker-Artist Underground (via Reddit)

Digital Skin

Emilio Vavarella: The Digital Skin Series, 2016. „Archival inkjet prints on metallic paper. 18 elements. X:150; Y:115 cm, each.“ Von…

Salvador Dalís Moustache totally still a Moustache

Nachdem sie Savador Dalís Leiche wegen eines Vaterschaftsstreits ausbuddeln mussten, stellten man fest, dass der Schnurri vom Dalí noch 1a…

Frankenstein vs Ingmar Bergman: Persona and the Monster

Fascinating (and awesome and gory) Movie-Mashup from Filmscalpel: „In 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley began writing what was to become her…

Visual AI-Spaces Auto-Pilot

Ich habe schon ein paar mal über Mario Klingemanns Arbeiten hier gebloggt, derzeit jagt er Neural Networks durch Feedback-Loops und…

Beautiful set of rules for artful learning

Ganz wunderbare Regeln für Schüler und Lehrer von Sister Corita Kent aus ihrem 1992er Buch Learning by Heart: Teachings to…

GATS on Driftwood and Skateboards from the 60s

Love the new GATS-Exhibit at Spoke Art featuring his bold Characters and Faces on Driftwood and Skatedecks from the 60s.…

3D-Rendering accepted as ID-Photo

Herr Raphaël Fabre hat ein 3D-Rendering als Passfoto eingereicht und ist damit durchgekommen. An den Haaren hätten sie's eigentlich erkennen…

Freddie and Bruce and the Scream

So, the funny Actionfigureshenaniganstweetoh すえきち‏ @suekichiii bought Edvard Munchs Der Schrei and he's obviously having a good time.

Deep Dreaming an Art Archive

Tolle Installation des türkischen Künstlers Refik Anadol, der eine künstliche Intelligenz und ihr Machine Learning auf das Archiv des SALT…

Lou Reeds „Walk On The Wild Side“ is transphobic

I'll leave this here without comment (yet): Is Walk on the Wild Side transphobic? Student group issues apology after playing…

Neural Network dreams of riding a Train

Tolle Arbeit von Damien Henry: Ein Neural Network, ein sogenannter „prediction algorithm“, der Frames eines Videos „errät“, ausgehend vom jeweils…