Sunday, February 25, 2007

Frustrated Belgian aircraft designer quits the art field and takes up coffee making: Panamarenko

"Panamarenko's experimental flying machines modeled on the motion of birds, insects, and human craft have been greeted with wonder and acclaim since the 1960s. In his exploration of the potentially fertile relationships linking technology and nature, Panamarenko considers issues of imagination as well as function.

Since the mid-1960s, he has invented flying machines that combine primitive forms with technologically sophisticated materials in his search to resolve practical mechanical problems as well as to probe metaphysical dilemmas. In addition to building and testing speculative models, Panamarenko has developed singular theories on the nature of closed systems, electromagnetism, and the relationship between inertia and mass."

..The name Panamarenko is supposedly an acronym for Pan American Airlines and Company. In 2005 he retired from art to promote his own coffee-brand, PanamaJumbo

Here's a little cryptic poem I found about the man himself. I love it ; but i'm completely unable to fathom it,...just like Panamarenko, and I like that.

He is never late for anything.
His heart is free from all movement;
He owns his future, no residue deteriorates."

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