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Damn # 10 PORTFOLIO: GROUND CONTROL / RICHARD MOSSE
One of the wounded buildings that was finally put down in last summer’s fighting in Gaza - for the previous five years Gaza International Airport lived a Marie Celeste existence. A place where reality bordered the absurd, now it is a looter’s paradise. (1)
DESIGN RESEARCH: THE MUSEUM OF CONFLICT / HOUSE OF PEOPLE
Meta Haven’s collective design research studies and practices examine the linkage between visual imagination and politics. Ceausescu’s former House of People in Bucharest is one example where the past structures of dictatorship question the democracy of contemporary conversion.


ARCHITECTURE: NATION BUILDING / AFTER APARTHEID
South Africa’s exhibition at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennial highlighted the challenges facing the country’s contemporary architecture and urban planning. These tools were systematically used to implement segregation under the apartheid regime, but a number of new projects are seeking to forge spaces where social cohesion, ownership and a democratic identity are the prime motivation.


ART & DESIGN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS / NEW CREATIVE TALENT
A new generation of artists and designers offer a contemporary view of South Africa, in which the creative scene is evolving, splintering and mutating and taking on a nuanced post-apartheid character. Here the work of three individuals is highlighted, along with names to look out for in art, design & photography. (2)


EX-ARCHITECTURE: GREEN GOES GREY? / EDOUARD FRANÇOIS
Whatever you do don’t call Frenchman Edouard François a ‘green’ architect. Not only does he hate the tag, it understates the complexity of his work and visions of living environmental conditions. Inspired by a love of art and food, the model freak is now set to work on his first project outside France. (3)


ART: TRADING PLACES / BLACKMARKET
Blackmarket is one of the projects from the Mobile Academy, and in this mix of communication concept and performance art, both the truly bizarre and deadly serious are part of the deal. Blackmarket brings together 100 experts and if you ever wanted to know How to Castrate a Redneck this is the place to find out. (4)


DESIGN: NOTHING OF TODAY / LUIGI COLANI
The Translating Nature exhibition at the Design Museum in London highlights the creations of Luigi Colani, a pioneer of biodynamic design. Responsible for the world’s fastest Ferrari, Colani is a designer of the big things of tomorrow. (5)


ART: FUTURE TENSE / FISCHER EL SANI
The focal points of artists’ Fischer El Sani are places, revolving around the historical and atmospheric charges of buildings or urban spaces. In one of their latest works, the Oscar Niemeyer-designed headquarters for the French Communist Party provides the setting. (6)


UNUSUAL SHELTERS: UNDER A SHELTERING SKY / BUS STOPS
While cycling from London to St Petersburg photographer Christopher Herwig discovered the joys of Soviet bus stops. This series of images is from his exploration of the five new ‘stan’ countries in Central Asia, where the simple roadside shelter has been transformed into a work of art. (7)


ART: YOU CAN’T EAT PRIDE / HORNSLETH VILLAGE PROJECT
Artist Kristian von Hornsleth has attracted controversy in his Hornsleth Village Project. What exactly is being highlighted in this work subtitled ‘we want to help you, but we want to own you’, in which Ugandan villages received a pig in exchange for taking on the artist’s name? (8)


FASHION & ARCHITECTURE: ROLE MODEL / SKIN + BONES
The Skin + Bones exhibition at the MOCA in Los Angeles sets out to explore the relationship between fashion and architecture. It looks great but is the lack of human presence stretching the underlying thesis too far? (9)


PUBLIC ART: TINSEL TOWN / MADER STUBLIC & WIERMANN
German media artists Holger Mader & Alexander Stublic and architect Heike Wiermann utilise the potential of light as a medium in which to investigate mechanisms of perception within public contexts. (10)


PHOTOGRAPHY: STILL LIFE / AMSTERDAM’S POLICE ARCHIVES
Forensic photography from the archives of Amsterdam’s police archives has been published and exhibited as art. With a contemporary fashion for brutal tableaux vivants in photography, are these victims of murder and assault dehumanised for shock value alone? (11)


ART: UNFICITION / ANDREAS GURSKY
Andreas Gursky is back and big. In a new exhibition in Munich he shows a universe populated by crowds, production plants, structural landscapes and a range of motifs taken from collective pop-culture memory. They are fictions based on facts, and proof that size matters. (12)


DIGITAL ART & CULTURE: MOVING MEDIA / TRANSMEDIALE 07
This year’s Transmediale Festival for Art and Digital Culture in Berlin liberated the potential of technology in a five-day & night fest of talks, screenings, performances & parties.


DESIGN: WHAT GETS ME GOING / JURGEN BEY
Dutchman Jurgen Bey believes that global design is some kind of myth. A pioneer of Droog Design, Bey reveals the objects that attract him for functional, symbolic or emotions reasons. A chance encounter with a brick factory and questions about the purpose of dust are just stop-offs in his visual journey. (13)


DESIGN: DAMn° PRODUCTIVITY
Just for the New Year DAMn° presents a selection of products, places and prototypes from both established and new talent - plus a fair few works by people whose sanity and sense of humour is by no means assured!


AGENDA / WHAT TO SEE & WHERE


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