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Damn # 19 ART/THINK BIGGER/SHANGHAI ART
Recent art events in Shanghai, including the Biennial and ShContemporary Fair, proved that China’s art market continues to flourish on a grand scale. Comments on global capitalism couldn’t have come at a more poignant time, and responses varied from intense focus to conceptual sprawl. (cover)

GRAPHIC DESIGN/HEADS OR TAILS / STEFAN SAGMEISTER
Graphic designer amongst other things, Stefan Sagmeister is having another client-free year. Swapping his New York studio for Indonesia, his sabbatical is not an extended excuse to head to the beach but personal space to experiment. Before he upped sticks, a project for ExperimentaDesign in Amsterdam proved that the design police still have sweeping powers. (1)

PORTFOLIO/METAL FATIGUE/THE STATIONS OF A NATION
Piss-drenched railways stations are a feature of the world over, but in the Belgium capital of Brussels the three main stations are a stinking allegory for the state of a country that is currently embroiled in a political impasse. It’s big business for the bureaucrats and an increasingly abstract mess to anyone else. (2)

ARCHITECTURE/A WORLD BETWEEN/11TH VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL
Events like the Venice biennial tends to have a shock and awe effect and there is always plenty to find between the love/hate divide. The main exhibition of this year’s edition aimed to take architecture beyond building, but was it out of bounds to comprehension? (3)

ARCHITECTURE/GOING FOR A PRAYER/EURO-ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE
Mosque building in Europe is a litmus test for integration that is currently being threatened by fear and loathing in what amounts to an agenda that is far removed from even questions about the practice of religion in a secular state. How and can today’s mosques not succumb to architectural nostalgia in the quest for Euro-Islamic identity? (4)

FASHION/PUCKER UP/AMANDA LEPORE
As muse to David Lachapelle and a fixture on New York’s fashion club scene, Amanda Lepore certainly leaves an impression. The ultimate in a self-constructed and sculpted image, French fan & photographer Gabriel Moginot was blown away by his dream girl. (5)

PORTFOLIO/DESK BOUND/BUREAUCRATICS
Over the last few years Dutch author Will Tinnemans and photographer friend Jan Banning have travelled the world interviewing and picturing 250 civil servants in eight countries. Bureaucracy can be an unequivocal pain in the pass, but it also oils the wheels of liberty. (7)

DESIGN/HOW’S YOUR BIRD?/JAIME HAYON
If designer Jaime Hayon was a bird then a peacock crossed with a parrot and a pyscho green chicken would be a fair indication of his evolution. An imagination full of lost worlds, Henry VIII, skateboarding and Thirties musicals, along with his creative partner Nienke Klunder, Hayon’s spiritual sources lay golden eggs. (8)

PORTFOLIO/A DERELICT MEMORY/SPOMENIKS
Originally conceived to commemorate the horrors of the Second World War in the former Yugoslavia, the history of Spomeniks illustrate the ambiguous after-shock experienced by a nation when victims and perpetrators have to live side-by-side. Those remaining stand forlorn and forgotten, so can they ever be considered autonomous works of art? (9)

ART & ARCHITECTURE/ART SHELTERS/GAETANO PESCE
Pescetrullo, the Ostuni Portrait house is a project in southern Italy that aims to bring the disciplines of art,architecture & design together to create a joyful contemporary environment that people can experience whether at work or play. Geatano Pesce received the first commission and has come up with a colourful take on the region’s traditional stone dwellings. (11)

ART/MATERIAL RESURRECTION/SECOND LIVES
Plastic spoons, gun triggers, hypodermic needles and phone books all get a second chance to shine in the inaugural show at New York’s relocated Museum of Art and Design. The process of slicing and dicing the ordinary to create something extraordinary makes for the narrative echo of both exhibition and building.

DESIGN/PLAY AT WORK / RICHARD HUTTEN
Dutch designer Richard Hutten likes to play and two of his new best friends in this game are tradition and layers. A series of new products and projects capture this mood, and instead of descending into the realms of superficial joke design Hutten introduces meaning to the party. (12)

PHOTOGRAPHY/VISUAL GRAVY/PHOTO SHARING
Everyone’s a photographer these days and so what? Taking the fast and humble Currywurst as the main plate, Joachim Schmid explores the quality/quantity equation that is thrown up by the era of online image hosting and imagines a human life photographed in real time from cradle to grave. (6)

PORTOLIO/HOW TO USE YOUR HEAD/THE MOTION OF BURDEN
When photographer Luc Daniëls visited West Africa he found a rewarding and plentiful subject in the practice of people carrying heavy loads on their heads. A mix of energy and necessity, it seems that suitcases and backpacks are made for amateurs. (13)

DESIGN/WHAT GETS ME GOING/MONICA FÖRSTER
For Swedish designer Monica Förster her work is all about the idea, the material, the poetry, the fun and the magnetism. It’s an approach that has worked for clients such as Poltrona Frau, E&Y Japan and Offecct, so what does it look like?
A toilet seat glowing in the dark? A wardrobe in glass?

ARCHITECTURE/THE OTHER AMERICAN DREAM/TEDDY CRUZ
Down on the US/Mexican border, San Diego-based architect Teddy Cruz is a socially conscious designer whose principal ‘clients’ are the residents of Tijuana’s peripheral shantytowns. But do his projects meet the aspirations of immigrants who come with their own idea of the American Dream? (15)

ARCHITECTURE/HIGH HOPES/HOTEL HUMBOLDT
What the famous German explorer Alexander von Humboldt would have made of a Venezuelan dictator’s fantasy hotel being named in his honour is best left for clairvoyants to discover. Largely neglected on the mountains that overlook Caracas, its symbolic presence, however, is more difficult to erase. (10)

DESIGN/FLIGHT IDEAS/PAUL LOEBACH
Taking technology developed for aerospace engineering and applying it to furniture design has resulted in a series of works by Paul Loebach that reinvent geek’s paradise with unexpected twists. As complex as an F-16 but as subtle as a Shaker bench, Loebach attends the new-old-new school of design. (14)

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