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The Log-O-Rithmic


Fischli, Fredi; Olsen, Niels (2012). The Log-O-Rithmic. Milan: Kaleidoscope Press.

Abstract

The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule is an ephemeral work created by architects Trix and Robert Haussmann. Both were educated in the context of Swiss Modernism, but eventually evolved their approach to the practice. In 1967, they began their collaborative work with Anti-Chair, a fragile chair made of neon tubes, and also opened Allgemeine Entwurfsanstalt, their office for design and architecture. In addition to a wide range of realized buildings and furniture designs, the duo has created a rich body of theoretical works that renegotiate entrenched ideas about architecture. In 1980, Robert Haussmann visited a sanatorium to recover from an illness. It was during this time, when he was physically unable to work, that the couple created The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule. This playful device is based on a very bureaucratic principle inspired by the OuLiPo movement. Due to its combinatory potential, it paradoxically creates infinite varieties of imaginative architecture, language and images.
Seven contemporary artists have been invited to activate the experimental device and reprocess it for their own specific purpose. The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule is applied as a denominator and serves as a starting point for the exhibition at GAMeC in Bergamo.

The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule is an ephemeral work created by architects Trix and Robert Haussmann. Both were educated in the context of Swiss Modernism, but eventually evolved their approach to the practice. In 1967, they began their collaborative work with Anti-Chair, a fragile chair made of neon tubes, and also opened Allgemeine Entwurfsanstalt, their office for design and architecture. In addition to a wide range of realized buildings and furniture designs, the duo has created a rich body of theoretical works that renegotiate entrenched ideas about architecture. In 1980, Robert Haussmann visited a sanatorium to recover from an illness. It was during this time, when he was physically unable to work, that the couple created The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule. This playful device is based on a very bureaucratic principle inspired by the OuLiPo movement. Due to its combinatory potential, it paradoxically creates infinite varieties of imaginative architecture, language and images.
Seven contemporary artists have been invited to activate the experimental device and reprocess it for their own specific purpose. The Log-O-Rithmic Slide Rule is applied as a denominator and serves as a starting point for the exhibition at GAMeC in Bergamo.

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Contributors:Uri Aran, Karl Holmqvist, Kaspar Müller, Ken Okiishi, Oliver Payne, Emanuel Rossetti, Anicka Yi
Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Art History
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:28 September 2012
Deposited On:03 Jan 2013 09:00
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:13
Publisher:Kaleidoscope Press
Number of Pages:54
Official URL:http://studiolo.ch/index.php?/root/the-logorithmic/
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-68950

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