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Back issue for magazine - Damn # 18

Damn # 18 ART/FREEZE FRAME/GWON OSANG
After a residency in Manchester, the hundreds of images that Korean artist Gwon Osang took of the city’s famous and not so famous residents will form part of his first solo in the UK. It’s a process in sculpture, sketches and photographs that is fascinated by human gestures and expressions. (cover)

GLOBAL ISSUES/PORTRAIT OF A PLACE/CLUI
The Centre for Land Use Interpretation is a California-based research organisation that is committed to looking at the landscape through ‘new eyes’ and devoted to understanding the utilisation of terrestrial resources. With multi- and interdisciplinary responses, the CLUI holds up the marginal and intentional places of a landscape to imaginative scrutiny. (1)

DESIGN/IMPOSSIBLE GODS/SOPHIE KRIER
In Between is a cultural exchange programme between the Netherlands and Nepal. Dutch designer Sophie Krier has been intimately involved in the project and gives her notes and impressions on the meeting of minds, materials and disciplines, in which work, friendship and the need to celebrate were three of the essentials. (2)

ARCHITECTURE/WARM STORIES/ALDO CIBIC
The technological wonders of modern living do not have to have conflict with respect and understanding of the environment, but according to Italian designer Aldo Cibic there needs to some serious shifting of agendas to resist the cold isolation that is often inbuilt into the ways we live today.

DESIGN/A MODERN HOST/DESIGN PARADE 03
Villa Noailles in Hyères makes this French design event a ‘live’ experience rather than a remote series of display. Interaction between the established and emerging is key, and so is going beyond practice and delving into design’s imagination. (3)

ART/A RISING SUN/TOKOYO’S ART SCENE
The prominence of China’s contemporary art scene has dominated discussion in recent years but what of Japan? A new generation of talented and innovative artists may not have evolved from such critical transformations, yet the country’s young artists are making their presence felt. (4)

DESIGN/MR & MRS MOP/STUDIO MAKKINK & BEY
Commissioned by China’s Contrasts Gallery, Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey’s conceptual re-imagining of the rituals and potential beauty of cleaning is also imbued with images from Chinese propaganda. The combination of their design vision with the techniques of Chinese artisans and manufacturers might be limited in number but not in scope. (5)

FOOD & REAL ESTATE/F ORENT/LAST ORDERS
The demise of the Florent restaurant in New York's Meatpacking District is no fairytale. With his clientele of 'everyone', Florent Morellet's bohemian flavouring served up more a lukewarm dish and made it a place for solitary and social experiences. A canary in the coalmine, Florent's story can signal profound changes in the social landscape and speak volumes as a symbol of what a city values. (7)

PORTFOLIO/ IN TUNE/LYLE OWERKO
Radio Simba is the latest series of images from photographer and filmmaker Lyle Owerko, which documents and celebrates not only his passion for boomboxes but also their place in the musical and commercial culture of East Africa. Boomboxes, it seems, are a blast for pop-culture junkies and roadside vendors. (6)

DESIGN/ WHAT GETS ME GOING/MAX LAMB
From the selection of images that British designer Max Lamb chose as his inspirational oxygen, it seems that he is never happier than when getting down and dirty in a quarry. The environmental context is essential, and whether it is clay or granite, the experience hones his local skills/advanced processes approach. (9)

ARCHITECTURE/CH-CH-CHANGES/VITO ACCONCI
Architect Vito Acconci has made a career out of transformations, from invading the art world in the 1970s with sex, danger and provocation; a desire to have ‘users, not viewers’ turned him to architecture. Warning against fundamentalism in the practice, his version of living architecture is a flexible, organic one. (8)

ART/ O BROTHER!/HASAN & HUSAIN ESSOP
The work of the South African Essop twins was a hit at this year’s Art Basel. Although conscious of the ‘face of Islam’, their images are not to be dead-ended under the category of what it means to be a contemporary artists and Muslim and also take on the urban realities of their hometown. (10)

MATERIALS/LOTUS STYLE/CHRIS LEFTERI
Nano-technology, biomimicary and thermo-reflecting yarns are just the kind of things you should be thinking about when it comes to taking inside design out. It’s a fascinating world and one that has huge potential for the way we consider our terrace time without making the natural environment redundant. (14)

ART/THE 10 BAER FACTS/ART BASEL
No it’s not a typo, Josh Baer of the art industry newsletter The Baer Faxt is often flagged up as the insider’s insider. His talk was just one feature of Art Basel’s Lobby programme and among the frenzy of Art Basel, Scope, Liste and Volta, provided insight into the direction of art’s markets.

FASHION/REAR-VIEW BEAUTY/EXHIBITION
Fashion in the Mirror at the Photographers’ Gallery in London reverses the reflection on fashion photography and in the process aims to question what it takes to make a fashion photograph work. From old-school glamour to raw appeal of grunge, Norman Parkinson to Steven Meisel, where does the focus land? (12)

ARCHITECTURE/IN GOD’S HANDS/MARCO DELLA TORRE
Architect Marco Della Torre has developed the ability ‘to read and see art’ and engages in a dialogue with the artist’s ideas. In a series of projects, these qualities combine with an ego in control to be a sensitive interpreter of large-scale installations that achieve a multitude of crossover results. (11)

DESIGN/FORCE & FRAGILITY/DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE
Design Miami/Basel changed direction this year awarding its Designers of the Future prize to four designers/partnerships. Kram/Weisshaar, Max Lamb, Martino Gamper and Julia Lohmann were given the brief to create experimental and limited projects using wool and concrete, and the diversity of their responses reflect the different interpretations and approaches to what constitutes design.

UNUSAL DWELLING/SWAMP SIDE/RUIGOORD
The hippy spirit is not always instinctively at odds with the joys of bureaucratic paperwork and the residents of small refuge in the harbour district of Amsterdam have had to embrace such details to survive. The reclaimed, refused and revised history of Ruigoord is definitely a story of alternative pain & pleasure. (13)

ARCHITECTURE/ORNAMENTALITY/REVIEW
The Swiss Architecture Museum examines the role of ornament in contemporary architecture in its latest exhibition. Coming in the centenary year of Adolf Loos’ Ornament and Crime text, maybe at last the confusion between ornament, decoration and sculptural qualities will be given some clarity. (15)

PRODUCTIVITY
Another supersize selection of the products and places that have captured the collective attention of DAMn°, revealing that in the biggest of worlds the smallest of details can stand out


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