There was a fight on the street out my house. It involved students of Coral Gables Senior High and the police. At one point, it looked like it could have escaladed to something more. The students on the street objected to the treatment and arrest of another student. And they voiced their opinioned; and some even engaged the cops. The kids didn’t show any fear for the authorities. There wasn’t any news organization on the scene. They arrived after the dust settled; a police officer stated what happen and Oscar was interviewed. I beleive Oscar.

When I finally got to the studio. I did some work and went for a walk. I found nice things.

golden mailbox. NW 2 ave. & 26 St.

a collection of objects.

a collection of object. other angle.

A nice collection of objects that started me thinking about installation works which contain drawing, photographs and found objects.

my work

I am going to be in a show next week at The Moore Space. The exhibition is called Metro Pictures. Here is a preview:

detail from untitled(here and there) 2006, exhibited at The Moore Space.

I have added a new page to this blog called studio. It should reflect experimentations and endeavours from my studio practice.

Noise Orders

Noise Orders : Jazz, Improvisation, and Architecture by David P. Brown promises to be an interesting reading. Here is a book description from U. of Minnesota Press:

In this lively book, David Brown locates jazz music within the broad aesthetic, political, and theoretical upheavals of our time, asserting that modern architecture and urbanism in particular can be strongly influenced and defined by the ways that improvisation is facilitated in jazz.

Improvised music consists of diverse properties that fail to register in the object-oriented understanding of composition. As a result, it is often dismissed as noise—an interfering signal. However, Brown asserts, such interference can bear meaning and stimulate change. Noise Orders identifies how architecture can respond to the inclusive dynamics of extemporaneous movements, variable conceptions of composition, multiple durations, and wide manipulation of resources found in jazz to enable outcomes that far exceed a design’s seeming potential.

By exploring overlapping moments between modernism and the cultural dimensions of jazz, Noise Orders suggests that the discipline of improvisation continues to open and redefine architectural theory and practice, creating a world where designers contribute to emerging environments rather than make predetermined ones. Comparing modern and avant-garde artists and architects with individuals and groups in jazz—including Piet Mondrian and boogie-woogie, John Cage and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Le Corbusier and Louis Armstrong, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)—Brown examines how jazz can offer alternative design ideas and directions, be incorporated in contemporary architectural practices, and provide insight on how to develop dynamic metropolitan environments.

Interdisciplinary in its approach, innovative in its methodology, and unexpected in its conclusions, Noise Orders argues for a deeper understanding of the infinite potential inherent in both music and architecture.

David P. Brown is associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

192 pages | 47 halftones | 5 7⁄8 x 9 | February 2005

noise orders:

Music and Architecture have been academically coupled ever since Vitruvius’s Ten Books on Architecture. He advocated, as part of the education of an architect, an emphasis on music.

Music assists an architect in the use of harmonic and mathematical proportion.

An architecture informed by jazz and improvisation might be to impractical to produce houses and buildings that would serve our immediate needs. Especially when one thinks of the case of a city like New Orleans. But it would be grand if such a conversation takes place. I would welcome a theoretical project which re-plan and design New Orleans, while taking notes of the city histories–music, food, decadence and inhabitants.