Archis 1999 #8

Authentieke plekken. Lunetten en de teloorgang van de omgevingskunst / Authentic places. Lunetten and the demise of environmental art

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With the blossoming of so-called environmental design or environmental art in the 1970s, the socialization of the visual arts in the Netherlands reached a climax. Artists responded to a general demand for a corrective to the practice of architects and urbanists who, swept along by the modernization of the construction industry and the scaling up […]

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Archis 1999 #8

The artist stripped bare. Undercover

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The new patronage The plans for ‘De Poort van Noord’ highlighted one of the Achilles’ heels of public space: urban leftover spaces. Leftovers develop within the seams of chronologically layered infrastructures; they are places where, in the first instance, official and commercial interests lack a clear presence. This status means that leftover spaces behave like […]

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Archis 1999 #8

De kunstenaar als Robin Hood / The artist as Robin Hood

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‘Dear Chris Dercon. Thanks for the Knack interview! (1) Now that’s what you call interviewing – and you profit from it by being stirred by pithy statements. A bit too pithy perhaps. I believe that the competition model you are proposing – with the visual arts repairing the inflicted damage – would bring further escalation […]

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