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Damn # 14 ART: MOVING STILL / DAVID CLAERBOUT

Belgian artist David Claerbout often takes recourse to architectural photography as a way of defining what he calls the ‘terrible flatness of film’. DAMn° features stills from Sections of a Happy Moment, in which single moments in the life of a Chinese family negotiate between human intimacy and abstraction.

ART: BURN IT OR NOT? / ISTANBUL CONTEMPORARY ART BIENNIAL
The latest edition of Istanbul’s Contemporary Art Biennial drew attention to a myriad of political, social and economic themes, both within the country and on the global landscape. However, it was demolition-threatened Atatürk Cultural Centre that brought that event into sharp focus. (1)


ART: ASHES TO ASHES / ZHANG HUAN
Having experienced poverty as a performance artist, Zhang Huan’s work is now been enthusiastically embraced by the international art world. Even if the Chinese artist seems genuinely bemused by the interest, his latest works using incense ash as a material, confirm he represents an image of a China that does not have to choose between tradition and modernity. (cover)


ARCHITECTURE: STRANGER THAN FICTION / FRANÇOIS ROCHE
As founder of the French architectural studio R&Sie(n), François Roche is not content to be his native land’s token pervert in the biennial circus – not to mention being shot by the Jean Nouvel system. However, the studio’s scenario approach, in which fictions are realised in real time is finding receptive readers from Switzerland to South Korea. (2)


ART: BIRDS OF ENVY / THE ICELANDIC LOVE CORPORATION
The creations of the ILC are no mere exercise in foolish fun or an excuse to dress up, although its three members willingly acknowledge that their ideas are ‘best when they come with a laugh’. Fantastical, intricate, bizarre and exotic, it’s little wonder that fellow Icelander Björk was attracted to such performing characters. (3)

ARCHITECTURE: MAKER OF SMILES / PANCHO GUEDES
A new exhibition at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel lifts the lid on the work of Portuguese-born architect, painter & sculptor, Pancho Guedes. Dubbed the ‘alternative modernist’, the intense period of work he undertook in colonial Mozambique is breathtaking in its scope. Forgotten for far too long, this re-examination is long overdue. (4)


DESIGN: THE FINAL NYLON / ECAL
L’Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne has firmly established itself as one of the world’s leading design school. With a keen eye on brand awareness, the work of ECAL students regularly features on the international design circuit – all the more reason why it was time for this ‘factory of ideas’ to move to a new location. (5)


ART: UNDER THE CARPET / CHUCK CLOSE
Largely based on his daguerreotypes of fellow artists, Chuck Close has shifted his attention to another medium: tapestry. It’s a tradition steeped in history, but in the hands of the American artist and others, the modern power of the loom to translate ideas into thread makes for a vigorous, engaging field in contemporary art. (6)


MATERIALS: THE MATERIAL MENU / GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT
From edible packaging to plastic milk, a new breed of multi-sensory & tasty materials satisfies more than the cool factor. Not only a response to conern about the availability of resources, these products can often be used and then eaten. (7)


STREET ART: THE FOURTH WALL / MARK JENKINS

The city where American artist Mark Jenkins lives is at the intersection between reality and imagination. In his work that bizarre sight you thought you saw out of the corner of your eye is actually there, and his roles on the urban stage create a surreal world that has as much shadow as it does light. (8)


FASHION: GONE WITH THE WIND / MIYAKE + DYSON

The collaboration between industrial designer James Dyson & the new creative director of Issey Miyake, Dai Fujiwara, certainly pro-vided some mind-blowing moments during Paris Fashion Week, exemplifying a shared philosophy of complete design and production. (9)


DESIGN: WHAT GETS US GOING / KRAM/WEISSHAAR
The design partnership of Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar has been busy working, playing & working over the last few months. Exclusively for DAMn° the pair reflect on the moments of inspiration that punctuated a hectic summer and present a selection of souvenirs from their travels.

ART: MORE REAL THAN LIFE / RAGNAR KJARTANSSON
Using the tools of theatre, Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson captures and extends body-tingling moments in video, drawing and painting. However it is performance that lies at the heart of his work, and by taking on numerous roles, the familiar becomes the original, and both artist and viewer engage in an emotionally stirring exploration. (10)


RESORTS: STRENGTH THROUGH JOY / PRORA

Prora was the only resort that embodied Hitler’s dream holiday to get built, and then the business of invading nations took priority over propaganda-fuelled vacations. Now a listed monument, you can’t forget its totalitarian roots, but this Piranesian ruin is an extraordinary building and a living prophecy of mass tourism.

ART: LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION / TATSUMI ORIMOTO
Until recently Japanese performance artist Tastumi Orimoto refused to sell his work, but things and people change for a number of reasons. With his mother acting as inspiration and muse, Orimoto speaks of how care for his mama reflects on his serious/humorous life-work and why tying baguettes to his face is both a challenge & admiration for European culture. (11)


PORTFOLIO: ARE YOU WIRED?

Romania has experienced seismic changes since the Ceaucescus were removed from this mortal coil. Progress seems be coming in the form of Britney Spears and McDonald’s, and looking around the streets of Bucharest the future is anything but wireless, with streets and facades dripping with a maze of cables. (12)


ARCHITECTURE: QUICK ASSEMBLY REQUIRED / SANTIAGO CIRUGEDA

The urban recipes of Santiago Cirugeda are not always legal, but by being able to operate inside & outside the systems of power does not diminish the audacious inventiveness of his projects. Here the role of architect is not just builder but social agent. (13)


ART: TIMESCAPES / ANDY GOLDSWORTHY
Landscape has never been ornamental backdrop for British artist Andy Goldsworthy. Ice, thorn, trees, water and stones have consistently featured in his work, and the indeterminate outcomes of natural processes are used to spark artistic experiences that fight against an idyllic vision of the landscape as frozen outside of time. (14)


ARCHITECTURE: NON-SLICK TRIP / 2012 ARCHITECTEN
If someone’s going to pimp your ideas it might as well be yourself, so seems to be the ‘supersuse’ approach of Dutch 2012 Architecten. But the strategy is not just about the use of old materials or new applications, there’s ‘the aesthetics of random structures’ to consider, not to mention the serious business of having fun. (15)


GRAPHIC DESIGN: BEYOND THE PAGE / TACTILE
A new publication brings together a collection of works by designers who are enthusiastically exploring and experimenting with the spatial in mediums from typography to outdoor installations – ideal if you want to discover what happens when hi-tech inspiration and lo-tech craft collide. (16)


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