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Artist of the Week – Elise Morin and Clémence Eliard

French artist Elise Morin and architect Clémence Eliard will show a shimmering art installation made from 65,000 discarded CDs at The Atrium of The Hague’s city hall. The shiny still sea of metallic dunes will take up 500 square meters of the white hall. The metallic surface reflects light, commenting on the use of petroleum, its byproducts, and the resulting waste.

Waste Landscape is an artificial landscape of hilly features blanketed with a sea of CDs. The 65,000 CDs were collected, sorted and then sewn together by hand to create an undulating and reflective surface, which was then draped over the hills. CDs were designed to serve as storage media, however their fragile nature and limited storage capacity have led them to be often forgotten about and condemned to a long life as waste in dumps. Made from petroleum, the plastic discs practically never decompose. The artwork’s monumental scale reveals the precious aspect of a small daily object. The project joins a global, innovative and committed approach, from its means of production until the end of its “life”.

Waste Landscape will be displayed in locations coherent with the stakes of the project: art role in society, raising consciousness to environmental problems through culture, alternative mode of production and valuation of district associative work and professional rehabilitation. This time it will hit The Hague in The Netherlands, at TodaysArt Festival 2012 on September 21 and 22.

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Artist of the Week – Raumlaborberlin

Raumlaborberlin is a group of architects that combines experimental and participatory working methods with striking designs. They are drawn to overlooked or undeveloped spaces of towns and cities and develop tools to activate them. These tools often emerge as temporary or mobile structures.
Spacebuster, for example, is an inflatable space in the back of a truck. It toured sites in New York, where it was set up and used as the base for meetings, neighborhood events, parties and workshops. As in all their work, Spacebuster combines an awareness and interest in the politics of urban spaces, investigating the transformation of such places and developing new perspectives and alternative proposals for architecture and urban planning.

The Big Crunch
This is a recycled building made entirely from trash. An absurdest take on recycling and architecture, the building is made from anything the builders can get their hands on, such as fridges, cardboard, used furniture, washing machines, mirrors, etc.

On September 21 and 22 they will exhibit their work in our hometown The Hague, The Netherlands, at TodaysArt Festival 2012.

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