Into the Imagine Festival 2010 today: 1 – 3PM Imagine the Architecture of the Future
(the Imagine Festival 2010 calendar of events)
Today: CARP exbition and concert
Contact: Velazquez Bonetto & Josina Burgess
The Nicolas Schöffer’s Tower at CARP
Father of Cybernetic Art, a architect, visionair and artist, famous for his enlightened way of thinking and his architectural “cybernetic art” of moving and turning modules and mobiles using light and mirrors to create new forms of all kinds. In his time the 50-60-ties he was creating a totally new form of Art that he called “Cybernetic” and his work is displayed in many musea over the world. There are even several musea carrying his name and showing his art.
One of his biggest creations was his Tower of Light, what he designed for the city of Paris where it had to stand in a special surrounding where you could see it from far away.
Mirrors and lights were used to create the illusion, specially at night, to make the tower was like floating in the air.
Inside the tower all kind of exhibitions, theatres, cinema’s, restaurants and shops would entertain the visitors, rotating floors would give spectaculair vieuws and on certain times a lightshow would make the tower a performence of its own
Schöffer made a blueprint of his tower, did build maquettes, painted it and drew it many times. Just he was too visionary, the tower could not be build, there was no technique good enought to build the machines to controle all, so his tower remained but only on paper.
Schöffers widow Eléonore de Lavandeyra Schöffer kept his heritage and is still working to keep Schöffers work alive and vivid in many openings and many exhibitions about his work. Also on SL where she made herself a avatar and visited a exhibition in world.
This we she learned to know Velazquez Bonetto and CARP.
The contact remained and she liked the work of CARP and its creators very much and also learned what Velazquez was capable of…
Eleonore wrote a letter to Velazquez Bonetto and this is what she wrote:
“Agota told me that you could be interested in building the TLC on SL. It is a marvellous idea. I thought about it a long time ago. It would be fantastic if it could be done for the 100th anniversary of N.S. birth, and 20th anniversary of his death. 2012.
If you decide to do it, and I agree to the principle, (the modalities would have to be clearly precised together) their previous work could be of some help, and a meeting with you and them should be arranged as a second step. The first one being your trip to Paris, contact me, visit the atelier, and try together to put a wonderful dream… into reality.
So, you have to tell me if you can come to Paris one of these days, and when. Propose to me different dates, so that I can find one fitting with my work.
I am very VERY happy with your idea. No one could be able to realize it properly exept you. I already thank you.”
Eléonore de Lavandeyra Schöffer
So Velazquez Bonetto and Caravaggio Bonetto went to Paris RL, spend several days in the atelier and home of Schöffer with Eleonore explaining. Then he got the blueprints and made many pictures, went back home and started building the Tower.
AND ITS READY NOW………to see and experient in SL… to walk in and look around. its build on scale 1:1 that is a bit different then what we are used to in SL where we all build “bigger” because our avatars a bigger and taller as well. This is because we look from behind our avatar and not through the eyes of the avatar. Still the tower is a amazing piece of work, it will be a performence at itsself, Velazquez did build in a programm and controllers that let all the lights and particles perform in a lightshow automaticly or on command.
Seats with the audience will fly around with build in camera’s that offer spectacular views, because the tower is to big to see in all. Elevater seats bring you to the floors you chose, the exhibitions with cybernetic art show you what that is about. great artists did create specially for the tower all kinds of interactive, and scripted sculptures. Josina Burgess created immersive particles, lots of cybernetic sculptures and both they invited
to add cybernetic works on the floors.
Special performences and small shows are there for your entertainment.
Its the dream of Schöffer, his tower to be build, and even better: its build in the virtual world, something he never would have thought would really become true! and Velazquez Bonetto did build it.
Cybernetics “is the interdisciplinary study of the structure of control and regulatory systems, circular, casual and feedback mechanisms, self-organization and system dynamics. «Cybernetics – derives from the Greek «kybernetes» meaning «steersman»; our word «governor» comes from the Latin version of the same word. The term cybernetics was first used by Norbert Wiener around 1948. In 1948 his book «Cybernetics» was subtitled «communication and control in animal and machine.» The term today refers to systems of communication and control in complex electronic devices like computers, which have very definite similarities with the processes of communication and control in the human nervous system.”
CYBER ART The First Sculpture was “CYSP 1”
here you can see it with a young Nicolas Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
THE IMAGINE FESTIVAL 2010
Woodstock, Extropia, Africa Live, Benvolio, Four Bridges, Garden for Change, Virtually Speaking, Native Lands, Zinnia, UTSA, KUWOL, Etopia
Talks & presentations :
Dr Andrew Wallace, Artemisia Mathy, Cotton Thorne, Trill Zapatero, Jenny Valerian, Delia Lake, Nany Kayo, Cliff Schecter and Tom Schaller, WilliamThewise Goodman
Naftali Torok, avantgarde Frequency, Grace Mcdunnough, junivers Stockholm, Hexis Moody, Cypress Rosewood, Fran6 Parkin, Jana Kyomoon, Lance Rembrandt
Artists ( 2D & 3D art works ) :
Glyph Graves, Artistide Despres, Igor Ballyhoo, Bryn Oh, Eliza Wierwight, Sorror Nishi, Ub Yifu, Shellina Winkler, Ariel Brearly, Jedda Zenovka, Sabrinaa Nightfire, Misprint Thursday, Bliss Violet, Starlash Sweetwater, Paulette Felisimo, Trill Zapatero, Dancoyote Antonelli, Velazquez Bonetto, Josina Burgess, Werner Kurosawa, Merlino Mayo.
Event arrangers :
lynsey Fleury, Isenhand Nightfire, Artemisia Mathy, Velazquez Bonetto & Josina Burgess, Cotton Thorne, Trill Zapatero, Jenny Valerian, Delia Lake, Nany Kayo, Jana Kyomoon, ConstructiVist Solo, Widget Whiteberry, MS Hawker, WilliamThewise Goodman
Festival management team :
Medora Chevalier, junivers Stockholm, Lynsey Fleury, Paulette Felisimo, any1 Gynoid, Sunshine Vayandar, Monarchy Republic
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