A Painting Reflection

Klimt painted the mural for the XIVth exhibition of the Association of Visual Artists Vienna Seccession in 1902 devoted to works focussing on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Originally placed in the left aisle of the exhibition, the 34m long mural was meant to be a temporary installation however it was carefully removed after the exhibiiton and reinstated on permanent display in 1983.

It represents Wagners interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, namely thus: The Yearning for Happiness, The Suffering of Weak Humanity, The Knight, who driven by Ambition and Compassion takes on the fight for Happiness (YEAH!), The Hostile Forces of Typhoeus (the horrific baboon with mother of pearl eyes), who is surrounded by his daughters – the three Gorgons – as well as Sickness, Madness, Death, Lasciviousness, Wantonness, Intemperance and Gnawing Grief. Quiet the baddass posse ol’ Typhoseus had. After the maelstrom of the insane baboon and his cohorts, the frieze returns back to more pleasant territory with Happiness finding solace in Poetry depicted here playing the lyre. Then there is the void followed by the Arts where true happiness is found and you get to see a couple making out. Get a room, kids.

Upcoming event

The studio is happening again SOON. Last year in the studio, run through the University, students worked on projects that explored the industrial ruins of the site, the topography of the already tunneled, chiseled and warped landscape, and constructed a stunning installation in the turbine hall.

Kickstarting the event will be a symposium at Sydney University on Monday July 16th and will tackle everyone’s favorite myth, that of the “Industrial Landscape”. Indeed these are my favorite kinds of myths and I am sure yours too so make sure you get in early!

The day is will take place on Popoli Island. If you have never been out to Popoli Island, this is a fantastic opportunity to rummage among the abandoned industrial radness as well as seeing some interesting student work and to have a few beers in the setting sun.

Hip Hop Modern Architecture

And I thought the swamp donkey was hardcore. Boy was I wrong:

Check out Swiss hip-hop crew,getting massive in this youtube video of their track’.

The baths are already a rather primal place – the mass of the stone dug into the side of a mountain, the silver coiffured ladies wading in steaming pools, black leather curtains and fourteen different types of muesli at the buffet. However add a hip-hop posse all clad in white, some super mystical monks in red, a medieval knight (dude! don’t go in the flower pool! You’ll rust/drown!) and ancient mask held aloft and all of sudden things get are bound to get a whole lot heavier.

I do wonder how this crew/posse managed to sweet talk Mrs and her fellow directors into allowing them to film their epic masterpiece of wordcraft in the baths. As anyone who has ever visited the baths would know it is difficult enough to smuggle in a digital camera let alone a suit of armour. An accordion, maybe. Suit of armour? No.