As many of you know, since begin November I am trying to create my own thing called “Petervan Productions”.
The scaffolding is already in the works for many years, and I am still hesitating whether I will once publish the 100+ page reflections on the intentions of all this, what I think this enables, and then working down the tactics such as outcomes and deliverables.
Besides the artwork and the research bit of my activities, I spent quite some time in re-thinking what “events” could be like. And thinking of my customers as “guest”, not consumers. What I am trying to offer is a one-stop-shop for unique immersive learning expeditions in emotionally and physically right spaces for humans.
So anything that gets me back to my architectural roots of “right” spaces for human beings makes me a bit poetic. In this case this very nice article in Aeon about the French architect Jean Nouvel, all about light, geometry and symbolism to re-imagine culture.
The core of the article is a very nice video. As usual, I made the transcript of the video, and added some poetic highlights and typographic reflections by myself. I have stopped adding comments and trying to explain. My guests are smart enough to make up their own minds. Explaining would be an insult.
Each project is an adventure, a passion
The biggest temptation
Is to jump into it
There are solutions that come to you
There are images that spontaneously appear
My method is rather to hold back as long as possible
To really imagine it spatially
So, to be sure that I have something to say
These moments where you understand somebody cared about something
That’s when you feel
like “oh yes,
this is a human thing,
not some robot that
put something together”
Simply living there is a cultural act
Combine big bold shapes with intricacy and delicacy
The ability to be bold and delicate at the same time
The relation between time and light
The sphere above,
As spiritual space
“Perhaps we have to keep dust”
Create a space, no inside, no outside…
“We have principles, and these principles we have to nurture.
We nurture them.
We deepen them.
And with them,