From January 28 through February 19 of this year, Warm Engine (Greta Hansen and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong) rode the entire Trans-Siberian Railway, studying the impact of Communism on the design of the Russian and Chinese cities that grew up along the railroad. TRANS SIBERIA, a show of their photos and drawings, will be on view through April 16 at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture's Studio-X (180 Varick Street, Suite 1610).
Greta Hansen was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her B.S. in architecture at the University of Cincinnati, studied classics at Boston University, urban planning in Alghero, Sardinia, and completed her Masters in Architecture from Columbia University in 2009. She has worked in exhibition design for projects for the Morgan Library, the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum of New York, and the Children's Museum of Manhattan.
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong
Wong worked to design spaces for the Venice Biennale of Art 2009.
Warm Engine is a transdisciplinary practice working at the boundaries of art and architecture. W.E. merges together film, costume, writing, installation, and the built world to narrate and imagine new frontiers in the conception of space. As a creative duo with art and architecture backgrounds, our work takes place on a variety of scales, whether our proposals are to modify a small room or a larger fragment of a cityscape.
By Lori DeGolyer
DEC 19-JAN 20 | Music
On November 18th, a cold and rainy Monday night, Miami-based band Las Nubes performed a compelling show at Trans-Pecos in Queens. Self-identified as Lo-fi fuzz-worshipping pelotudas en Miami that just wanna shred, Las Nubes produces raucous yet dreamy punk with the effect of a tonic. Fronted by Ale Campos on guitar and vocals, and joined by Emile Milgrim on drums, Gabriel Duque on guitar, and Cuci Amador on bass, the band was a welcome antidote to the otherwise dreary evening.
By Charles Reeve
DEC 20-JAN 21 | Field Notes
Ultimately, the disquiet of the European ruling classes clarifies what they understand to be the essence of that soul, whose contours seem at first sight to be rather vague: democratic consensus. For the implosion of this consensus opens up on conflicts and clashes escaping consensual resolution and makes even the pursuit of the reproduction of a modern capitalist society seem difficult.
By George Grella and Brad Cohan
FEB 2019 | Music
The Rail’s February Music Listings
By Margaret M. Seiler
APRIL 2020 | Field Notes
I spent a week on the US/Mexico border in February with a grassroots group called Witness at the Border. It was my second trip this year, since we launched a daily vigil in Xeriscape Park in Brownsville, Texas, in mid-January. Witnesses from over 30 states and abroad have come to bear witness to the horror wrought by the current administrations cruel immigration policies. A steady drumbeat of incomprehensibly racist policies keeps escalating. First, the travel (or Muslim) ban, then family separation, then children in cages, then Remain in Mexico (absurdly called the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP), and now an alphabet soup of stealth policiesPACR, HARP, ACAthat fast track the deportation of asylum seekers. As each new policy unfurls, quicker than the ACLU and other human rights groups can challenge them in court, another one pops up. Cruelty is the point.