Boyan Slat The Ocean Cleanup

Leveraging the past to create the future: Part two of our Bricolage feature

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In our first part of this Bricolage feature, we explored Bricolage as a potential answer to tackle problems, and to enhance creativity through improvisation, playfulness, and experiments. However, not all the problems are easily resolvable, and often the solutions are more harmful than the actual issue. In his interview with AoA , artist Bernard Pras, explains that it is difficult to anticipate the malicious effect of innovation: “we create new products as we need it, and it is often fantastic, but there is always a negative side that one could – or not – anticipate, and sometimes the malicious side takes on the initial magic of the invention.”

By taking a look at environmental issues on our starship earth and the research for new energy sources, a clear example lies in the manufacture of photovoltaic panels.

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Bernard Pras Einstein

Bricolage: Innovation without destruction

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‘Pour explorer le champ des possibles, le bricolage est la méthode la plus efficace’ (‘To explore the scope of possibilities, bricolage is the most efficient method’)
Hubert Reeves 

Yes, the world became extremely complex and it is fair to admit that we engage with problems and new challenges on a daily basis – on a personal and societal level. We strive to find new solutions most of the time by innovating.

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Steve Linn Ai Weiwei

You have to be Passionate about what you do – Interview with Sculptor Steve Linn

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Steve Linn is an American sculptor who came twenty years ago to southern France. Although most of his clients and business partners are located in America, Linn feels at home on the mediterranean coast. Located in Montpellier Area between the mountains and the beaches, the sculptor rearranged an old building into a studio where he stocks his sketches and gives life to them making bronze, wood and glass sculptures. If combining the materials together to create an artwork is recurrent in his work, his real signature is the tribute to history and achievements of extraordinary people.

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Zohar Fraiman

It takes a lot of Guts to Paint – Interview with Painter Zohar Fraiman

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The Israeli painter Zohar Fraiman, who lives in Germany, developed her skills from Jerusalem to Berlin. Influenced by painters, among them Edgar Degas and Balthus, and the society where she grew up, our conversation with her emphasized the importance of inspiration, focus, intuition and perspectives.

Although Fraiman always felt the need to be a painter, she does not come from a family of artists instead they are more geared towards business and entrepreneurship.

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Bernard Pras La Vague

“I speak of Phantom Memory” – Interview with Bricoleur Bernard Pras

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At first, an exposition of Bernard Pras only slightly differs from a bric-a-brac store. There are piles of objects and materials that seem to be randomly arranged on the ground such as during a Sunday garage sale. However by looking at each of the parts you realize that they are tied together, ingeniously aligned to draw and replicate a well-known image, but only when seen from a certain perspective. The french artist, fond of Bricolage and Improvisation, uses an anamorphic perspective to turn 3D into 2D.

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