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Obtain-ium. Nicola Carignani

16-06-2017

Obtain-ium. Nicola Carignani

Italian photographer, Nicola Carignani uses his photography project called Obtain-ium to take us on a discovery tour of highly unusual places and architecture in the Joshua Tree National Park, south-east California. “The Joshua Tree National Park” - its original name - has been a national park since 1994 under the “California Desert Protection Act”, and prior to that had been a national monument since 1936. It is named after the Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) that are native to the park. But it is not just nature that makes this wilderness area unique, it is also the exceptional people who live here, a community of artists and musicians. These people, their constructions and their way of life are what inspired Nicola Carignani's photography project.  The Italian photographer has immortalised a whole world in itself with “Obtain-ium” – a world that is totally off the conventional grid of contemporary life.  “Obtain-ium” is an invented term coined by the word obtain - in this case obtaining abandoned objects found in the desert or in local thrift stores or even from dumpster diving - and the suffix -ium, often used in the names of elements, almost as if it were an imaginary metal alloy. The Joshua Tree locals bandy this word about a lot because it expresses their relationship with the world “of things”. Things that are stories of upcycling objects, ideas and even survival strategies. But Nicola Carignani doesn't use his shots as a documentary reportage of how this odd “tribe” lives and survives in such an extreme and awe-inspiring environment, nor is it his intention to celebrate this highly sustainable way of living. What he aims to do is share what he saw when he arrived at the crossroads where the high Mojave desert meets the low Colorado desert, the almost unreal colours, a bit like the words of anthropologist John Lubbock, who writes in "The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in": “What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. ... Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them”.  Nicola Carignani uses Obtain-ium to help us become creatives and not simply spectators. And his photos invariably set the scene for the notes of the album by the famous U2, “The Joshua Tree”, both because of the cover immortalising the same Mojave desert that Carignani photographed and because the people who live here really may have found what they were looking for. Christiane Bürklein (@chrisbuerklein) Nicola Carignani http://www.nicolacarignani.com/ Expowall Gallery 

The winners of the ARCHMARATHON Selections@MADE EXPO 2017

17-03-2017

The winners of the ARCHMARATHON Selections@MADE EXPO 2017

The 14 projects shortlisted for the finals of the ARCHMARATHON 2018 were announced at MADE EXPO 2017 on March 11.

Archmarathon 2016 winners

17-03-2017

Archmarathon 2016 winners

The first 14 projects competing for the 2018 Archmarathon Awards have already been announced. We take a look at the winners of previous editions of the contest covered in the pages of Floornature and Livegreenblog.

Fiandre at Mipim 2017 and the Museum of Alfa Romeo History

16-03-2017

Fiandre at Mipim 2017 and the Museum of Alfa Romeo History

Mipim is underway in Cannes until March 17, and Fiandre is at stand P-1.N61 presenting an outstanding case history: The Time Machine – The Museum of Alfa Romeo History.

Jacques Ferrier Impressionismus exhibition Architektur Galerie Berlin

13-03-2017

Jacques Ferrier Impressionismus exhibition Architektur Galerie Berlin

The exhibition due to open on March 16 at Architektur Galerie Berlin includes an optical installation recalling the façade of the Metropole Rouen-Normandie, architect Jacques Ferrier’s homage to Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s work in Rouen.

New buildings in Milan

17-02-2017

New buildings in Milan

New buildings and important renovation projects have changed the look of Milan and its landmarks in recent years. Here are some of the projects that have attracted the most attention among Floornature and Livegreenblog readers.

New York and our collective imagination, Electri-City by Giuseppe di Piazza

25-01-2017

New York and our collective imagination, Electri-City by Giuseppe di Piazza

New York photographed by journalist Giuseppe di Piazza on exhibition at Expowall Gallery gives us the opportunity to reflect on the syncretic image of one of the most iconic cities of our times.

Endless Space by 57STUDIO for Casa FOA Chile

18-01-2017

Endless Space by 57STUDIO for Casa FOA Chile

Chile-based architecture firm 57STUDIO has crafted an office environment as part of the “Casa FOA” architecture and interior design trade fair.

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