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Damn # 15 PORTFOLIO: DUST & ASHES / TEUN VOETEN
Photographer Teun Voeten wanders away from the tourist guide version of China and visits its most polluted province, Shanxi. The enticing Mysterious Mining Underground Tour was just one of the attractions, and with the Olympic Games just round the corner, will it be the pollution or athletes that break the records? (1)


PORTFOLIO: WHITER SHADE OF PALE / WALTER NIEDERMAYR
The open collaboration that Italian artist Walter Niedermayr has with the Japanese architects SANAA is a unique one. Revealing the complexities of their buildings, Niedermayr’s images capture the poetry of space and the aura of place in a way that allows the viewer to perceive the architecture in all its senses. (2)

DESIGN: JOY OF A TOY / BAN JINH JHEOW
The story of Singaporean designer Ban Yinh Jheow begins with a three-inch articulated action figure called Stikfas. With LEGO somewhat of a spiritual father, this no-personality, no-image toy has revolutionised the toy industry. Now, as Singapore moves to bring the benefits of design to the economy, Ban wonders where the rule breaking will fit in? (3)


ARCHITECTURE: HIGH STAKES / REVISITING LAS VEGAS
The Las Vegas mix of neon and desert sprawl is a powerful image, even for non-visitors. In Sites of Transition: Urbanising the Mojave Desert, a new exhibition will look at the way the city is going beyond its hedonistic appeal and becoming a golf course-based version of a gated community. (4)


ART: CONSCIOUS BODY / ELMGREEN & DRAGSET
Having concentrated on varied projects and installations over the last few years, the Scandinavian art duo of Elmgreen & Dragset have revisited sculpture for their latest work. Side Effects straddles the worlds of fashion and art, highlighting the absurdity of both but also revealing their mutual friends: love and passion. (5)


ART: (A) COVER-UP / RICHARD WOODS
Artist Richards Woods’ temporary clashes of reality and fantasy unpick the acceptable veneer of representation. No Arts & Crafts throwback, Woods is able to utilise and manipulate the devices through which we understand the visual world and issues an invitation to ponder the relationship between authenticity and image. (6)


FASHION: IN THE MIX / ANDREA CREWS
The fashion art activisim of Maroussia Rebecq’s Andrea Crews label is a crossover feast. With a collection largely based on second-hand material, the fictitious character Crews is shameless and free. The ambition is to inspire like a pop artist and wearing her clothes is not about front rows at fashion shows, but a live public experiment to enjoy. (7)


ART: FEAR OF FEAR ITSELF / SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY
You might not be under the eye of Big Brother right this minute, but especially if you live in the UK, you’re likely to fall under his gaze at some point in the day. The technology, motivation, language and strategies of a surveillance society are part of globalisation of fear that is creeping all around us. Artist activists are not turning a blind eye. (8)


DESIGN: A CHIP OFF / RETHINKING MARBLE
Istanbul was the perfect location for getting a group of international and Turkish designers to show marble’s contemporary potential. Block, a project initiated by the Haaz Gallery, attracted the likes of Jurgen Bey and Michael Young, and if you ever wondered what a marble hair-dryer case would look like, this was the place to find out. (9)


ART: LET IT GROW / ORGANIC ART
Algae, beetroot purée and a dash of human pee are just some of the materials on the organic artist’s palette. Defying the idea of the museum as a place for the presentation of dead things, the volatility of organic art is also a protest against the concept of eternal or at least conservable beauty. (11)


GLOBAL ISSUES: MEANWHILE AT 02¡55’N, 101¡40’E
Away from the dirt and action of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya serves as Malaysia’s political and administrative centre. With its flamboyant ambitions


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