A HOUSE FOR HIERONYMUS BOSCH
The greatest Medieval Dutch painter, as he was called…
The Netherlands… Nether lands… or one of the great lands of painters.
This small country gave to the world some of the greatest painters, and Bosch was / is one of them.
How could it be that at his time, he was able to create an art so very modern, almost alarmingly so…?! Could there be anything more "surreal" than his paintings…? Would indeed Surrealism go beyond what Bosch already conveyed…?
To design a house for Bosch, now at 500 years since his death, would mean to restore the power of the "SUR" in front of “realism.”
SURREALISM and ARCHITECTURE
A theme worth exploring, we feel… and we regret from the bottom of our heart that Taller de Arquitectura’s “surrealist manifesto”, in which it glorified Magritte well above Mies, ended up corroded, fatally, by the oppressiveness of French Neo-Classicism, making Ricardo Bofill the very opposite of what initially he stood for.
SURREALISM and ARCHITECTURE
Let’s explore it again, by the way of celebrating the great Hieronymus Bosch, this painter who activated Hell and Paradise, pictorially, in a supremely original manner.
Today, of course, our churches eliminate(d) depictions of Hell, as if Paradise was the only one worthy of visualisations.
But Bosch, like the great Medieval artists and builders, knew quite well that light without shadow is not possible, inasmuch as Paradise without Hell.
The circularity of Bosch’s vision is impressive, even now, 500 years after his death.
So how would an architecture inspired by Bosch look like…?
Maybe, in some respects, not very different from some adventurous depictions of human architecture on Mars…
Indeed, the “other-worldliness” of Bosch could inspire us to imagine the unimaginable…
So let’s do it. BE CRAZY! BE “MEDIEVAL”. BE SURREAL. BE OUT OF THIS WORLD.
THE MORE, THE BETTER!
Envision A HOUSE FOR HIERONYMUS BOSCH.
Half a millennium after his death.
But what is half a millennium in the field of art…? A mere second, at the most. Art doesn’t care about Chronos… and here lies its force.
BUILD OUTRAGEOUSLY, dear architect!
BUILD FOR THE SURREAL BOSCH!
BUILD FOR THE SURREAL US.
BUILD FOR “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY”, or, to use Frederik Kiessler’s language, BUILD AND IMAGINE A MAGICAL ARCHITECTURE.
Please send us ANY work, ANY size and ANY format and we will organize an exhibition, which we hope to be traveling. We will also publish a book with the best works received and we will display all the works received on our website. Please write to: email@example.com in order to receive a registration number with which to identify anonymously your work. The deadline for registration is August 1st, 2016. The deadline to submit your work is August 9th, 2016, exactly 500 years since Hieronymus Bosch's death.
A HOUSE FOR FRANZ MARC
“And all being is flaming suffering” – this is what Franz Marc wrote on the back of his great painting from 1913, Tierschicksale (Animal Destinies or The Fate of the Animals).
But what about the fate of the poets…?!?
Often, all too often, poets die young, as if punished by Fate for the great gifts the real ones are endowed with. So was the case with this very gifted painter (thus, inevitably, a poet, through line and color)… he died at 36, hit in the head by the bullets of war, that very war he was afraid he had a premonition of in this very work… he himself said, in regard to this painting: “It is like a premonition of this war – horrible and shattering. I can hardly conceive that I painted it.” Yes, he did conceive it…
And the painting itself was almost killed, when one third of it was damaged by fire… and then creatively restored by none other than his great friend, Paul Klee.
Beautiful conjunction, this, between two great painters.
So what is a painter…?
And what is a poet…?
The most vulnerable beings… yet, as if Fate does want some restitution, the very good ones last much longer, in afterlife, than the fattest banker…
So let’s celebrate this year, when there are 100 years since his tragic death, the power of painting, this most fragile yet enduring power…
Marc loved animals and often depicted them.
Animals, these very animals we either domesticate, or cage in rough zoos… another form of domestication.
Anthropos no doubt does want to rule… everything, plant and stone and animal alike.
Let’s study Franz Marc’s painting, his life and let’s imagine a House for him.
A House for a painter who combined, somehow Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism in a very convincing way.
So let’s try to design a house that is at the same time Expressionist, Cubist and Futurist.
Can we do it…?!
And then add, perhaps, the FERAL aspect.
Yes, how can we make a Feral House that celebrate this very great painter…?!
ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS. Perhaps the Latins were right, even if the most authentic and profound artists and poets are maybe inclined to think and feel otherwise: ARS BREVIS, VITA LONGA.
Indeed, the true artist is not arrogant about his mission. LIFE comes first, always!
We accept ANY work, ANY size, ANY format. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1st, 2016. Deadline for registration: August 1st, 2016. You will receive a registration number with which to identify, anonymously, your work. We will publish all the works received on our website and we will organize an exhibition with the best works.
We are pleased to announce you the evaluations of our jury. The jury was composed of the following five people:
NERMA CRIDGE - AA - London
MANIJEH VERGHESE - AA - London
VALERIO MASSARO - AA - London
STEFAN CRISTIAN POPA - AA - London
DANIELA FABRICIUS - Pratt Institute - New York
We asked each member of the jury to send us her / his seven best projects choice. And the winners were determined by the number of votes received. The highest number of votes was received by the first prize, while the special mentions received one vote each.
Here are the chosen works:
"UNDER THE WHITE SKY
OVER THE WHITE CLOUD
UNDER THE BLUE SKY
OVER THE BLUE CLOUD
RISE UP TO SKY
Mircea Eliade - Shamanism. Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy (1964)
Besides the deliberations of the jury, we also asked our collaborator, the Egyptian architect Shahira Hammad, to choose herself the best seven works, in her opinion. Four of her choices overlapped those of the jury, but three works were just hers. We believe that any jury is, by necessity, only partially "objective"... architecture is not a science, subjectivity is always present, often masked under the guise of "objectivity." This is why, any number of juries would arrive at slightly (at least) different results. In our case though there was a certain degree of unanimity... and this is how we arrived at the list with the winners.
The works chosen by Shahira, who represents ICARCH, receive "the other prize" award.
Here are her choices:
And to those who didn't receive an award, we want to thank with equal gratitude and we confess that it is very difficult to choose and that often good works get neglected... we hope to diminish this injustice by displaying all the works received with equal interest and affection. They can all be seen on our website and we thank all of the participants, for their heartfelt tribute to David Bowie.
And now, if our competition didn't disappoint you, we invite you to the new ones, which can be seen under the category: New Competitions.