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Friday, June 24, 2011

On the Silver Couch : Rob Meerman


Rob Meerman (graphic designer)

Is Holland still a heaven for sexual, ethnic or social minorities? 
No it isn't really. Most people are really quite liberal, and in politics everybody is very homo-friendly but in the streets it's a different story. We struggle to integrate muslims in our society who seem to have different opinions on homosexuality and who don’t know how important the history of Jewish people has been to Europe.

Kids who claim they are muslim have been hateful towards gay men and gay couples and it has led to people having had to sell their homes because they were being constantly harassed. 
Harassment is not very haram, to use this word from the Quran, anyway.
Also, we have had the terrible incident of a refugee from Iran burning himself on Amsterdam’s main square. Asylum procedures are fucked up and people are put away for years in centres where they have nothing to do. They’re not allowed work, and spend their days in complete boredom and they sometimes radicalize as well - from this situation. 
So, it’s not very good
Would you get a project from a homophobic client?
They wouldn't choose us anyway, I suppose. But if we knew, we wouldn’t accept it.

On the Silver Couch : Nikos Smyrlis


Nikos Smyrlis (architect and professor)

Is there an original and risky architectural proposal by younger architects in Greece today?
In 2006, Winy Maas of MVRDV in the exhibition "New trends of architecture» wondered: "Why 
the architectural movement in Greece is so invisible?"Still seems to be.

What would be your dream project to be built some day?
Exciting buildings, enriched by human experience on Earth. Because nature is breathtaking and the architecture is the compact representation.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Robot Poetry Book published by Automatic Books in Venice

Robot Poetry Reading book has just been published in a paperback version by Venice-based publishing house Automatic Books.
The book was launched during the opening of the 54th Venice Biennale at the Book Affair at the Metricubi, the communist community center of Venice.

The book contains a chapter of poems of taken from the website

but also some that are not published.
The fair included the most interesting independent publishing houses of Europe but also conferences, presentations

and a little reading I did from the robot poems