016/2011 a new arts venue

016/2011 a new arts venue, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

To finish the grand opening weekend of the Culture Capital Year, we went to check out the new LOGOMO venue. It’s an old train warehouse and engineering workshop, now refurbished into one of the main venues of this year’s cultural events. I like the idea of rough, industrial environments being transformed into something more human.

If you go there on foot, the shortest way from town is across this pedestrian bridge over the main railway lines. A new light and sound installation now decorates this bridge, too. Flickering red led lights, and irregular urban or machinery sounds. Something I’ve seen and heard at some airports abroad before.

In the cafe of the venue, I guess they have tried to illustrate railwaylines in the black and white decor. And the one orange line and lamp represent the signature colour of the Culture Capital Year. It is probably very trendy and modern, but I couldn’t spend long there. Somehow the surroundings make me very nervous. I feel like I have to rush to catch my train that’s about to leave. Maybe that is the idea – to have a very fast turnover of customers!

4 Responses to “016/2011 a new arts venue”

  1. January 17, 2011 at 23:09

    It’s interesting to see how physical environment is constructed to create a particular response in people. I like the rough industrial feel too because I can imagine the hum of activity and works in progress in the past. I like a place to breathe.

  2. 2 sinikka
    January 17, 2011 at 23:48

    I like your idea of places breathing, Tania. You are so right! One of my colleagues said today that she wanted to go and see this place now, as her late-father used to work their, repairing trains. For her, I’m sure, it will breathe in a very special way!

  3. 3 Susan van Gelder
    January 18, 2011 at 04:05

    I can see why you would find the cafe a difficult place to linger in. And I suspect you are right about wanting the turnover. Nice to see new uses for old places.

  4. January 19, 2011 at 23:18

    This has been an ongoing trend for some time – and I guess not only here. Old factories and industrial building have become sought-after for converted apartments or art venues.

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