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Vitra Conference Pavilion, Weil am Rhein / Germany. Image © Vitra, by Richard Bryant Vitra Conference Pavilion, Weil am Rhein / Germany. Image © Vitra, by Richard Bryant

If there is any consistent factor in his work, says Pritzker-winning architect Tadao Ando, then it is the pursuit of light. Ando’s complex choreography of light fascinates most when the viewer experiences the sensitive transitions within his architecture. Sometimes walls wait calmly for the moment to reveal striking shadow patterns, and other times water reflections animate unobtrusively solid surfaces. His combination of traditional Japanese architecture with a vocabulary of modernism has contributed greatly to critical regionalism. While he is concerned with individual solutions that have a respect for local sites and contexts Ando’s famous buildings – such as the Church of the Light, Koshino House or the Water Temple – link the notion of regional identity with a modern imagining of space, material and light. Shoji walls with diffuse light are reinterpreted in the context of another culture, for instance, filtered through the lens of Rome’s ancient Pantheon, where daylight floods through an oculus. Ando’s masterly imagination culminates in planning spatial sequences of light and dark like he envisioned for the Fondation d’Art Contemporain François Pinault in Paris.

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included in free walking guides, the 'once upon a time' series travels visitors through time with interpretations of rich yet dark stories from clerkenwell's past.

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a fully-electric, all-wheel drive, four-seater concept with enough room and responses for all your emotional baggage.

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Emerging Eastern Cape artist Sonwabiso Ngcai was announced as overall winner of 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards.

Eastern Cape artist Sonwabiso Ngcai secured both the Sculpture Category prize and the Overall Winner ranking for a thought-provoking entry, which provides an analogy for how certain religious cults are ensnaring their congregants.

At a gala event held at UJ Gallery on 11 April 2019, emerging Eastern Cape artist Sonwabiso Ngcai was announced as overall winner of 2019 PPC Imaginarium Awards, taking home R150 000 in cash for his sculpture entitled Isigu, or The Snare. A BASA Award-winning programme, the PPC Imaginarium Awards is the country’s most supportive art and design competition with over half-a-million Rand in prizes awarded across six categories – Sculpture, Industrial Design, Film, Fashion, Jewellery and Architecture – to standout entries that express innovation using PPC cement.

Ngcai secured both the Sculpture Category prize and the Overall Winner ranking for a thought-provoking entry, which provides an analogy for how certain religious cults are ensnaring their congregants.

According to the artist’s personal views on the subject matter: “An isigu, in traditional African society, is a contraption used by young boys to hunt birds. It consists of a downward-facing bowl, with one side held open by an upright stick that has a string tied to it, with a few pieces of grain scattered underneath the bowl. Lured by the promise of food, a bird enters the area – the string is tugged, and the bird is captured. In this piece, the use of this simple but effective hunting tool is an analogy for the entrapment of people by religious cults.”

“In South Africa, recent exploitation has included feeding vulnerable congregants snakes and grass, making them drink petrol, sexual abuse, bullying and victimization – all in the name of faith,” he says. “Baited by the expectation of salvation and often seduced by promises of wealth, people are increasingly falling into religious cults. The use of concrete refers to the perceived power of faith and how congregants find strength in the Bible. The construction of the trap alludes to temporary church pop-up structures such as tents or rented buildings that appear in strategic places,” he continues.

Ngcai probes an aspect of the current South African society by means of a skillfully executed visual metaphor. Other work in the Sculpture Category was categorized by this same desire to interrogate the contemporary African condition. Runner-up in the Sculpture Category was Durban-based artist Kenneth Shandu for a work that depicts the plight of the homeless as observed on the streets of Durban. A Special Commendation went to Prudence Magagula for her exploration of gender violence and sexism experienced by female mine workers.

All the Winners and Runners-up in the other entry Categories are as follows:

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Winner

“Vertical Concrete Record Player” by Jomar Dreyer

Runner-up

“Lime Light” by Jon-Peer Bouwer

Tribe by Cow Mash

FASHION

Winner

“Tribe” by Cow Mash

Runner-up

“My Mother’s Dress” by Cheryl Traub Adler

Special Commendation

“Genesis 4: I Am Not the Keeper” by Itumeleng Ramakau

ARCHITECTURE

Winner

“Camara and the Clothing Factory” by Wian Jordaan

Runner-up

“Finding Identity Within the Grid” by Suzani van der Merwe

Day Zero – Reversible Pendant by Khanya Mthethwa

JEWELLERY

Winner

“Day Zero – Reversible Pendant” by Khanya Mthethwa

Runner-up

“K3 – Keree 3” by Joani Groenewald

FILM

There was no Winner or Runner-up in the Film Category but Nirma Madhoo received a Special Commendation.

The Overall Winner, Category Winners, Runners-up and Special Commendations were chosen from an unprecedented number of 67 Finalists. In the past five years of the competition, the number of Finalists selected has not exceeded 50 entries on average per year. According to the director of the awards, Daniel van der Merwe of PPC Ltd, the “increasing level of the work entered and the expanding number of Finalists points to the momentum the competition has gained since inception. We commend all our entrants on the fantastic work and extend our hearty congratulations to the winners!”

The PPC Imaginarium Awards grew out of the previous and longstanding PPC Young Concrete Sculptors competition. Together, the two awards programmes constitute a 27-year-long legacy and investment in the arts for PPC Ltd.

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the exhibition included cibic’s various objects, drawings, photographs, and installations, tracing his design language as it evolved throughout the years.

The post aldo cibic presents ‘aesthetics of vitality’ with works from his memphis era to present day appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.

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journalists who received the galaxy fold before the public launch said the fold screen started flickering before turning completely black.

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Shaw Auditorium. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Shaw Auditorium. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Henning Larsen has begun construction of a new multi-purpose auditorium for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dubbed the Shaw Auditorium, the project is the newest addition to the Clear Water Bay campus of Hong Kong University. The auditorium features an elliptical design with a series of concentric white rings that aims to become a dynamic new cultural venue. The building’s rounded form was made to shape campus flows as a gateway to the university and a cultural incubator for student life.

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