“In Africa the wise men say: good things don’t last”
Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.
– George Orwell, Ninety Eighty-Four, ch.7.
So…we eventually got news that our darling ex-premises PREMISS (the building that housed the coolest young underground art in Bergen, Norway, between 2011 and 2012), will soon receive its “coup de grâce” to give way to new middle-class housing facilities. If you never had the cold pleasure of walking all the way out to these shady outskirts on a rainy Friday evening for a gallery opening, then you never will.
If at first glance you see an ugly building above, let me remind you that perceived beauty depends on the personality of the object (combined with the subjectivity of the subject) and that this condemned building has a lot of soul. We will make sure to extract the ghost in the shell and transfer it to a new body very soon.
Here are some beautiful death-row executions, from Implosionworld.com
(There are approximately twenty of them if you let the playlist roll):
This entry was posted on May 13, 2013 by Ellen Ringstad. It was filed under ARCHITECTURE, ART, Capitalism, Dystopia, Dystopian, Ellen Ringstad, Future, George Orwell, Politics, Social critique, Utopia and was tagged with Art Exhibition, Beauty, Bergen, City Planning, Condemnation, Condemned, Condemned buildings, Construction, Curating, Curatorial, Death, Death penalty, Death Row, Deconstruction, Demolition, Exhibition, Galleri Premiss, Ghost in the shell, Grey, Implosion, Middle-class, Norway, Ouroboros, Personlaity, Premiss, Rain, Resuscitation, Sauna, Underground.