PRINT January 2005

Michael Rakowitz

I like the poetics of Michael Rakowitz—the pragmatics of his aesthetics and the “making” (poiein) of his projects. Toying with the various boundaries between architecture, engineering, industrial design, and art, Rakowitz devises his works in a concise but richly metaphoric language that almost belies the practical and politial issues he addresses in his highly charged installations and public projects.

Born in New York in 1973 of Iraqi Jewish descent, Rakowitz is a nomad, always translating, transforming, shifting, renovating, and experimenting, continually asking what might happen if you put something belonging to one place, or one culture, into another. The effect resembles that of the poet who creates a surprising and unexpectedly vivid image through substitution, connection, or juxtaposition. After completing a masters of science in visual studies at MIT in 1998, he launched paraSITE

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