031 The Future Of The Past
Zanele Muholi, The History of the Elevator Pitch and To Paradise
there could not be enough of these throwback slide shows and articles about architect Ricardo Bofill, who leaves behind such a unique legacy and approach to his industry. He formed the Taller de Arquitectura in 1963 as a collective concerned not only with architecture but also with urban planning, filmmaking, philosophy, writing, and sociology.
When Post-Modernism became accepted and popular in the United States and worldwide, it also became a style,” Mr. Bofill said in 2016. “And with time it became ironic and even vulgar. I was no longer interested.
A quick Nowness video feature on him can be found HERE, where he invites us to La Fábrica, his home and 5,000-square ft former cement factory outside Barcelona (pictured above). Arch Daily has an extensive long interview and a 80 image slide show from their archives HERE.
The internet is awake again, so I hope you enjoy the curation of snippets below.
📝 LINKS - BITS (easy to digest snippets)
Openings Berlin gastronomy is going strong with two new must-see destinations: Dashi Diner, a modern interpretation of an Asian diner & takeout (such a thoughtful diner-consequent but super elegant interieur, love it) & Bar Normal steps up the cozy, New York-like bar game and introduces itself with a menu and CI to drool over (LINK, LINK)
App Step is a new kind of social media built around the places you love. To explore areas you have never been and discover spots you wish you had always known about. Plus: The design is a 10/10 (LINK)
Brand to Watch An architect and a musician believed in the perfume’s ability to conjure unseen worlds. “Our scents are fragments of half-remembered myths and imaginary landscapes that invite exploration” - say Kavi & David, founders of D.S. & Durga. Their candle title game is also quite strong, .i.e. “Big Sur After Rain”, “Portable Fireplace” or “Breakfast Leipzig”, that smells like coffee, buttery pastry and pipe tobacco, inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach having breakfast while putting together his Java Cantata in 1723 (LINK)
Real Estate Eva Alt is not only a contemporary ballerina & former founding member of the Glossier team, she now deals with delicate apartments in New York. Last up were 4 units in the Hotel des Artistes building, where Isadora Duncan (think roaring 20ies) used to live (LINK to the listing, LINK to her website)
Theater Loved seeing Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at Berliner Ensemble and was impressed by the unconventional yet so perfectly executed costume design by croatia-born Ana Savić-Gecan (LINK Trailer, LINK Website)
Future Pinterest published their trend report for 2022 - what a feast for the eye (LINK)
🤓 LINKS - PIECES (deep dives and longer reads)
Video You might know Ines Weizmann from her work at Forensic Architecture, a research agency investigating human rights violations. She produced a philosophical video about A Short History of the Elevator Pitch, where she investigates on the similarities between the initial purpose of the sheer object and its unexpected new meaning for social encounters in the context of idea formulation & creative exchange (LINK) - Thank you, Claudia, for sending this absolute gem 🙏🏼
Article John Berger’s TV docu series Ways of Seeing aired on BBC Two in 1972 and turned 50 in January. Writer Olivia Laing analyses how influential his work was for generations to come, being one of the first to describe the beneficial relationship of art and commerce (LINK)
Podcast I experimented with self hypnosis again lately and am quite excited about the thought that our brain can be trained like a muscle. Dr. Tara Swart is one of my go-to-experts around all things Neuroplasticity and she now shared some insightful knowledge about the science behind it all in a conversation with Lacy Phillip from To Be Magnetic (LINK)
Article The student exchange program Erasmus turns 35 and this compilation of personal stories AND retro analogue photos by the European Commmission on Medium (!) filled my nostalgia heart with pure joy (LINK)
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JOBS (all f/m/d and in Berlin or remote, if not stated otherwise)
Country Manager Germany & France, full-time // MEJURI, a direct-to-consumer approach to buying jewellery for the modern woman. Tasks: ideate and execute on expansion strategy for our business incl. briefing campaigns and initiatives into teams across company (marketing, merchandising, retail expansion, logistics, and many others), setting up new logistical processes as well as challenging teams on performance KPIs and campaign execution in order to drive hyper growth with a strong return. (LINK) Reach out to me directly via email, this is one of my ❤️ clients
Digital Marketing Manager, Recruiter / Talent Acquisitions Manager und Nutritionist, full-time, Hamburg // Mushlabs, a biotech company using fermentation to create the next generation of sustainable foods from the roots of mushrooms. (LINK) Reach out to Michael Fischer directly via email
MitarbeiterIn Front Office, full-time // Studio Olafur Eliasson. Tasks: Organisation und Koordination der Abläufe im Sekretariat in direkter Zusammenarbeit mit dem gesamten Team (Produktion und Werkstätten, Buchhaltung, Studioleitung u.a.) (LINK) - Thank you, Toyah for sending this
Consumer and Product Communications Manager, full-time // AirBnb. Tasks: support the Communications team on telling the Airbnb story in DACH. (LINK)
FOH staff & bartender/barista (1 yr experience), chef (2+ yrs exp), host & FOH Manager (2+ yrs exp), full- or part-time// Gaia Feed, a special restaurant experience with farm to table approach in Gerswalde (LINK) Reach out to Zsuzsi & Julia via email
Superhi basic income experiment: Apply until EOD for a crypto-based 1k monthly financial support while re-training to be a coder and shift careers (LINK)
For Sale Vintage Mario Bellini Camaleonda Modular Sofa B&B Italia (LINK)
10th to 20th February // Festival 18 movies will be competing for the Golden Bear of the Berlinale and the line-up is quite remarkable this year: Charlotte Gainsbourg in “The Passengers of the Night” von Mikhaël Hers, Juliette Binoche in “Both Sides of the Blade”, Nicolette Krebitz debuts her movie “A E I O U - A Quick Alphabet of Love” with Sophie Rois and Udo Kier, as well as “Call Jane” feat. Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara. Opening movie is “Peter von Kant” by Francois Ozon in which Isabelle Adjani, Hanna Schygulla play leading roles (LINK)
Until 13th March // Exhibition Zanele Muholi at Gropius Bau. The shown photography is not only a gesture of empowerment, but consistently challenges the heteronormative gaze while building a network of affinity and new pictorial histories. Highly recommend this brave, moving and mind expanding work of art (LINK)
The excitement is real and I am still on it 🤩
“To Paradise” by Hanya Yanagihara is about the understanding of the aching desire to protect those we love—partners, lovers, children, friends, family and even our fellow citizens—and the pain that ensues when we cannot.
Enjoyed the empathic feature in the New Yorker on the author and her thoughts that led up to the final plot:
She began “To Paradise” in 2016, after a discussion with Jared Hohlt (also an editor and her best friend): What would Henry James’s “Washington Square” be like if it were retold as a story about same-sex marriage? How would the power dynamics shift? The emotional weight? James’s story, published as a serial in 1880, is simple: A father, Dr. Sloper, and his daughter battle over her independence. When an unworthy suitor appears, he blocks the marriage; afterward, father and daughter live together in a chilly stasis, with the doctor despising his daughter’s concession and the daughter refusing to give her bullying father the satisfaction of a firm renunciation of her lover.
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