WHAT GETS ME GOING: DAVID BYRNE / ART FOR ALL
From Talking Heads to a modern opera about the disco days of Imelda Marcos, David Byrne has never been involved in a high/low cultural carve-up. With a selection of his own art projects and per-sonal images, he looks at the perceptual nature of art in the public. (cover)
PORTFOLIO: ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE EAST / BAS PRINCEN
Dutch photographer Bas Princen spent four months in the Chinese harbour town of Xiamen. To decode and decipher what is going on in his images is an ambiguous-filled process, and reveals his understanding of an invented landscape and passion for artificial reality. (1)
DESIGN: DESIGN REVELATION / ELASTIC MIND
With collisions of scale, intention and expectation, the projects featured in Design and the Elastic Mind represent New York’s MoMA’s investigation into the future context of design, and for its curator, Paola Antonelli, continued wonder at the intersection of science, technology and design. (2)
ARCHITECTURE: CLOUD BURSTING / ENRIC RUIZ-GELI
With the equally reviled/embraced work of Antoni Gaudi as one of his inspirations, Enric Ruiz-Geli’s work under the name of cloud9 redefines the role of technology in architecture. Making the fantastic possible, the Villa Nurbs is one of the projects to embody the continuous experiments. (3)
POSTER ART: OF FLESH AND BLOOD / GHANA’S MOVING CINEMA
A gore-fest with a particular penchant for ripping open stomachs and dismembered bodies is one way to describe the posters that advertised the films shown at Ghana’s mobile cinemas during the Eighties & Nineties. (4)
FILM: POD-U-LIKE / MAIX MAYER
German artist Maix Mayer’s most recent work brings together the odd geographical couple of the East German island of Rügen and an abandoned holiday resort in Taipei. Different but similar, the former’s architectural legacy and the latter’s pod-houses provide formal parallels and lurking contradictions. (5)
ART: THE FEMALE TOUCH / JOANA VASCONCELOS
Politics, gender and crochet are just some of the elements that come together in the work of artist Joana Vasconcelos. Often creating something monumental and spectacular out of banal objects, her artistic approach shifts context and makes interaction more than a remote concept. (6)
DESIGN: QUO VADIS / MADE IN ITALY
What exactly does Italian design mean these days? Milan hosts the world’s benchmark design event, so it’s the ideal time to take the temperature of the country’s design scene. Founders and art directors of some of Italy’s leading design companies give their assessment. (7)
ART: BARBARISM & MORE / NICOLA COSTANTINO
The works of Argentine Nicola Costantino can both shock and scandalise the casual observer, but this is an artist who delves into our most intimate relationships with the people and the world in which we live. (8)
ARCHITECTURE: OPUS DEI / DON JUSTO
A self-built cathedral is an undertaking of such immeasurable scale that even a hardened atheist can offer a pray for completion. In Spain’s Mejorada del Campo, Justo Gallego Martinez has made his life’s work such an act of faith, but magnificent domes of buckets don’t find much favour in Rome. (9)
ART: ROSE C’EST LA VIE / THE HILTON BROTHERS
The artistic alter ego of Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg is a comment on the numbing of current culture – Britney Spears and George W Bush eat their hearts out. Magical and poetic, the absurd humour of the ‘real’ world is revealed in full effect. (10)
GLOBAL ISSUES: INSTANT CITIES / POST-IT
The messy vitality of modern life is captured in the Post-it Cities project. Away from the urban managers, the spontaneous, unpredictable and fluid spaces in the urban landscape give rise to retirees who transform junkyards into gardens; sexual encounters; and ‘floating’ illegal immigrant communities.
ART: DON’T CRY FOR ARGENTINA / A CREATIVE SPIRIT
From journalists to curators, members of the Buenos Aires creative community come together to discuss the state of their country’s artistic output, and how its modern evolution and multiple identities fit together on the global stage. (11)
ART: ART HAPPENS / CONTEMPORARY ARGENTINA
The founder of the Braga Menéndez Arte Contemporaneo gallery in Buenos Aires offers a personal reading of Argentina’s recent artistic history, and suggests the country can teach the rest of the world a lot about the culture of chaos.
WHAT GETS ME GOING: DOMESTIC IMPRESSIONS / BARBEROSGERBY
The design partnership of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby has resulted in works for Cappellini, Flos, Isokon, Swedese and Stella McCartney, among others. Their studio is a reflection of an approach that arrives seamlessly through a process that is detailed in the extreme. (12)
ART: PLEASE BE SEATED / OLD SPARKY
As its use is being challenged in the state of Nebraska, the image of the electric chair remains a potent symbol for artists. From Andy Warhol to Mark Wallinger, does its role in visual culture represent a dilution of the idea of death? (13)
ART: FUTURE IMPERFECT / MIRKO MIELKE
If Berlin is losing its past, then artist Mirko Mielke wants to recover views of the city’s tangible past and repatriate these fragments to a place which doesn’t deny what has gone before. Enlarging the city’s history in a meaningful way, his camera obscura is full of compassion. (14)
ARTISTS’ PAGES: STRANGE I’VE SEEN THAT FACE BEFORE /
Erik Kessels’ photo albums are full of strangers, anonymous people that provide a backdrop to his own and other’s image. Isolating these strangers in a series of limited editions, his fascination is with the accidental presence of these documented passers-by.
DESIGN: CRYSTAL CUTS / SWAROVSKI
Recent months have seen the various aspects of the Swarovski brand release a number of new projects; ones that further define its reinvigorated profile. Now in its seventh edition, the expanded concept of the Crystal Palace is the latest event set to do the dazzle. (15)
DESIGN: THE SPOTLIGHT KID / WASTBERG
Magnus Wästberg’s life has been steeped in lighting, and turning his childhood experiences and dream life into a working form has resulted in the launch of a new lighting company, one that can provide task lamps for the Neanderthal man. (16)
DESIGN: RICHES OF DETAIL / META
What happens when an antique house brings contemporary designers into contact with the traditions, techniques, materials and proportions of expert artisans? Meta is a new company from Mallet of Bond Street and its first collection steps outside the realm of ‘machine-age production’.
ARCHITECTURE: A BRIDGE TOO FAR / MARCIO KOGAN
Is there a limit to the extent to which a tongue can be firmly ‘in cheek’? Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan explains the story behind his conceptual scheme, Pont Gucci.
ART: A GRAVE MATTER / LAURA KEEBLE
From obsessive-compulsive disorders to tarot cards, artist Laura Keeble is fascinated by systems. In one of her latest works, the global marketing tactics of Christian symbols are the focus.
DESIGN: RIP IT UP / BAS VAN BEEK
If you can get someone to describe you as ‘like a kind of Naomi Klein of design’ then somewhere the provocation is hitting the spot. Bas Van Beek rails against the lack of democracy in design, and in elevating mediocrity and ripping-off rip-offs, he gives humour a handshake. (17)
DESIGN: PAGE TURNERS / TIMES THREE
Three new releases from the German publisher Gestalten: Jaime Hayon Works, a monograph of the Spanish designer and artist; Fragiles, a contemporary take on porcelain, glass and ceramics; and Architecture of Change, a book based on the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment.
DESIGN: DAMn¡ PRODUCTIVITY
From IMM Cologne to Stockholm’s Design Week, the products, places and people that have thrown themselves in front of DAMn°’s collective gaze. Fresh and exciting, some would say.
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