Wednesday, August 03, 2011


BMW Guggenheim Lab Tuesday Night : Confronting Comfort on Houston Street


The old adage--if you ignore him maybe he will go away--NOT. A slice of NY living or a set up prank??
So sadly perfect.

Were you invited inside?
Alas , no Goggla . I was fated to remain at the gate .All was in sight and sound though
Including the link to these hypocrites website was pure genius. Great work and documentation, Bob!
Marty , its not so much that they are hypocrits but that they really do not understand the world around them . those who create these abominations are so removed from the realities of the many that they never learn how it is on the Houston street sidewalk.They don't produce anything of real value either because they don't have to ,there is no accountability to society required , they're subsidized !
"Everybody's talking at me.
I don't hear a word they're saying,
Only the echoes of my mind.
People stopping staring,
I can't see their faces,
Only the shadows of their eyes."
Yes there *is* hypocrisy on the part of the Guggenheim, Bob. When they tried to recruit me to create a series of events, they mentioned that their target is international tourists. Yet they promote their "Lab" as a "community center" seeking "urban solutions" coming from the community. It is quite a sham, Bob. Along with their remoteness from reality, remoteness from any real value and remoteness from accountability, as you perfectly describe, there is remoteness from honesty. If it looks slick, that's all that counts to the funders.

There's so much wrong there that I don't even know where to begin. But a good place is their funding source: BMW. That's their "urban solution."

Their "Lab" is called "Confronting Comfort" -- importing comfort into the urban environment. Comfort is the quitessential middle-class value. This Lab is intended to find ways to envelop the entire urban setting with gentrification, enticing everyone with their soft pleasure, comfort.

When these museums stop thinking of urban solutions as some kind of candy-store optimism, then they'll confront the real issues of the urban future: how to preserve human freedom, independence and diversity from social control and uniformity. Instead, they look for "the perfect sidewalk" not thinking that the perfect sidewalk will be co-opted as the perfect sidewalk for shoppers and shoppers alone. Without a clear social focus, "urban solutions" all lead to commercialism and the final solution of eliminating anything outside of it. It is incredible to me how these "thinkers" can't think beyond candy-store "solutions" entirely out of the context of the real social problems the future will face, even though it's so overwhelmingly evident in this neighborhood of all places.
Rob in the first part I stand corrected .My point though was that perhaps hypocracy is not the front issue . That is ,the first issue here is the arrogance , ignorance , indifference and incompetence of those promoting and realizing this abomination .

As to the rest of what you say I largely agree . I will be writing and picturing more as the days pass .I have wanted to gather more information before I have more to say .From what I have seen and read there is little of nothing happening at the Gug Lab that has any possibility of doing any positive good for the neighborhood .that its designed for tourist , yes obviously its the typical tourist attracting spectacle.

I can promise you that there will be more here and other places written on this carbon fiber extravaganza ....likely other things too.
A perfect photographic archive of the city's schism at this time in its history.At the right place again!
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