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On The Cover: Calendar 2009 

click to enlarge 2009 Calendar, Robert Kocik, 2008
  • 2009 Calendar, Robert Kocik, 2008


Robert Kocik’s disappointment with standard calendrical representations led him to create the circular chart for 2009 that appears on this month’s cover. “All regular calendars tend to be rectilinear, but everything being represented is a sphere and spins,” says the designer/architect. “It’s an attempt to get the most practical information right before our eyes in a very accurate and true-to-nature fashion.”

Here’s an explanation of what you’re looking at:

The 365 days of the year run along the outermost band of the chart. Moving inward, the next band shows the cycles of the moon. For instance, if you track the first full moon of the year—the large empty circle, at approximately one o’clock on the face of the calendar­—you can see it falls on Sunday, January 11. The four concentric circles radiating out from the center represent the hours of 5 to 8, both am and pm. The center point of the wheel is 4am. The squiggly lines overlaying the concentric circles represent the time of sunrise and sunset, Eastern Standard Time. The double triangle overlaying everything marks the twin solstices and equinoxes dividing the year into unequal quadrants. (The calendar depicted on the cover is a simplified version of a more intricate chart that includes the movements of the other planets, lunar and solar eclipses, comet showers, and the standard holidays.)

Kocik is also an acclaimed poet whose books include Over Coming Fitness
(Autonomedia, 2000), Rhrurbarb (Ecopoetics, 2007), and the forthcoming The Prosodic Body (The Factory School, 2009). His poetry and writings have appeared in the journals Action Poetique, The New Coast, and Ecopoetics, among many others. He has also translated and published the work of several contemporary French poets.

In 1990, Kocik co-founded the Atelier Trigon, a multidisciplinary arts, trades, and performance space in Paris with choreographer Daria Faïn, where he served as co-artistic director from 1990-94. In 1997 he founded the Bureau Of Material Behaviors, a materials research, consultation, design, and building practice located in Brooklyn. He has been commissioned to design buildings for several well-known artists, including sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard and art critic David Levi-Strauss. In the Catskills, for the past 12 years Kocik has worked toward the establishment of a vernacular architecture amid the modular blight. As an architect in the public sphere, he works toward the realization of “missing civic services,” conceptualizing, designing, and constructing buildings that serve a public function and provide an activity that in some way “turns the world around.” An example of such a space is the Enfranchisement Ranch, a rural doctor’s office in which the building itself is considered the first “treatment.” Kocik has exhibited related sculptural work in New York City at P.S. 122, Hunter College Gallery, the Kentler International Drawing Space, and the Makor Gallery.

Kocik has taught and lectured extensively throughout the United States.

Full-size charts of Kocik’s calendar can be purchased by contacting him at rkocik@earthlink.net. Portfolio: www.prosodicbody.org.

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  • Robert Kocik's 2009 calendar, designed exclusively for Chronogram.

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