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DAMn° 43

DAMn° 43

DAMn° 43

•A Touch of Divinity … by Veerle Devos •Rosso e Bianco … by Patrizia Coggiola •Celebrating Scar Tissue … by Sam Steverlynck •Between Two Chairs … by Anna Sansom •Cleaner, Clearer, Brighter, Better … by Jane Withers •Yappity Yap … by Pedro Gadanho •On Top of the World by Lyle Rexer •The Strangeness of Things by Anna Sansom •Timelessness by Cristina Guadalupe Galván •The Chair that Bounced Back by Silvia Anna Barrilà •High and Dry by Anna Sansom •Out of the Fireplace, into the Fire by Adam Št?ch •The Forest and The Trees by Veerle Devos •Splendour in the Grass by Francesco Spampinato •No More Gassing-Up by Silvia Anna Barrilà •Under Cover by Emma Firmin •Outer versus Inner by Veerle Devos •Architecture Against Death by Léopold Lambert •Water Novelties by Inês Revés
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DAMn° 17

DAMn° 17

ART/THE COLLECTOR/MARTIN PARR Osama Bin Laden toilet paper, Abba soap, Margaret Thatcher plates and Saddam Hussein wristwatches are set alongside the luxury lifestyles of the rich and wannabe famous in a new exhibition by Martin Parr. Not a moralistic tour, the collecting habits of the Magnum photographer is the link that bridges the gap. (cover) PORTFOLIO/A CITY ON STEROIDS/TEUN VOETEN The biggest, the most expensive, the complete over-the-topness of Dubai can make this location seem an artificial seven-star dream where Rod Stewart rules supreme. But aside from the luxury, is there such a thing as a Dubai underbelly? (1) DESIGN/HANDS & MINDS/JUDITH VAN DEN BOOM Dutch designer Judith van den Boom took a journey outside her comfort zone for her working trips in China. Wanting to experience the country’s ceramics first hand, she immersed herself in the culture that fuels the industry. Committed to social engagement and with a passion for the local, the results are neither design tourism nor cultural copy-paste. (2) ARCHITECTURE/A FOREIGN BODY/DIDIER FAUSTINO The artistic-architectural language of Didier Faustino is being spoken at several exhibitions throughout the summer. With a politically engaged approach, this is a Frenchman who occupies an indistinct space and finds a certain freedom in being consigned to the expanses of the experimental box. (3) ART/SPIRITED EPISODES/PHYLLIS GALEMBO The rituals and costumes of Africa have provided photographer Phyllis Galembo with a rich source material for over 20 years. Powerful and consuming images, the mesmerising quality recognises the significance of such cultural material in understanding the human experience. (4) DESIGN/GOOD COMPANY/ AAMU SONG & JOHAN OLIN Under the name Company, the work of Song & Olin takes in everything from fashion, furniture, graphic and environmental design. At first smile-teasers, their designs can also express emotions that are sad, bad and sometimes tinged with a wry romanticism. (6) PHOTOGRAPHY/ BACK TO ARLES/CHRISTIAN LACROIX Despite being the first fashion designer to curate the Recontres d’Arles, don’t expect a glossy surf about hype. The photography festival in Lacroix’s hometown of Arles is a real celebration of the art form, and Lacroix’s selection is based on the work of photographers who have moved him. (5) DESIGN/TORTONA TAKEAWAY/CHAUHAN STUDIO Tej and Sach Chauhan munched their way through pizzas as they showed their homegrown wares in takeaway fashion at Milan’s Zona Tortona. Just because you can afford it, doesn’t mean it has to look shit, is one of their refreshing design philosophies. ART/COURTLY GESTURES/YANNICK POULIOT Having taken a two-year hiatus to learn carpentry skills, Quebec artist Yannick Pouliot’s recent show in Montreal was like the trippy imaginings of Marion Antoinette. But these illusions of luxury were fragile constructions and ones that were as disturbing as they were delicious. (7) PORTFOLIO/REAL-LIFE DRAMA/NICOLAS DESCOTTES French photographer and video maker Nicolas Descottes subtly mingles reality and fiction in his works. From burnout vehicles and craft in ‘catastrophe centres’ to sea-facing men in Odessa, his images suggest that to understand reality, recourse to fiction is a necessary option. (12) EATING DESIGN/CHIC SHIT/MARIE VOGELZANG Not a stylist of food design, Marie Vogelzang describes the work she does with her company Proef as eating design. And although it is based on an interest in the social and cultural implications of food, reheated dogma is certainly not on the menu but woollen sausages are. (9) DESIGN/PUPPET POWER/ADI MAROM Want to liven up the US presidential race? Ever wondered what McCain, Clinton and Obama would look like in a three-way sumo fight? Live out your private (and public) political fantasies with FoldUScandidate, a high/low-tech project that enables you to create your own finger-puppet versions of potential leaders. (8) GLOBAL ISSUES/LITTLE RED ROOSTER/COCKFIGHTING Regardless of its legal status, cockfighting is the kind of activity that most people would run away from. But in the Philippines the practice is legal and for some of the residents of Manila’s Tondo district provides a feathered catharsis to the poverty that bounces off the walls of their everyday lives. DESIGN/THE OTHER STORIES/YVES BÉHAR With a new model for the One Laptop Per Child project, Yves Béhar once again is fusing technology and design with a firm eye fixed on relevance. But this isn't the only project that embodies his idea that the creative discipline of design is not a luxurious surface exercise: condom dispensers and cycle helmets also feature in the master plan. (10) ARCHITECTURE/THE OUTSIDERS/DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO With several new and ongoing schemes, the work of Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro uses art and performance as one of the ways in which they jointly explore architecture culture. What is the ‘oxygen of ideas’ that informs projects that you can eat or drink? (11) PORTFOLIO/TO DIE FOR/JOSÉ L FERNANDES The jazz funeral scene of Live and Let Die was one of Roger Moore’s finest Bond moments, aside from the eyebrow twitching. But like many things in New Orleans the tradition originates in Africa and is a powerful procession of mourning, remembering and celebration. (13) DESIGN/A WORLD AGLOW/HIGH VISIBILITY Janice Turner and Tom Mower have been developing new ideas around the methodology and design of fluorescent workwear. In a world where perceptions of fear and safety have become divorced from reality, will high visibility lose its power to stand out in a crowd? ART/WISH YOU WERE HERE/MISS ROCKAWAY ARMADA Summers spent drifting down the Mississippi River on a flotilla of rafts crafted from salvaged materials set the scene for the collective output of the members of the Miss Rockaway Armada. United and individual, its latest project at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is a land-locked but not dry experience. (14) ART/POCKET ART/MOLESKINE The Moleskine notebook is a trusty creative tool that is wrapped up in such modern artistic romantics that just holding it can give you literary pretensions. In the Moleskine’s Detour exhibition contemporary artists/designers/architects/writers have been given the opportunity to customise its creative potential. DESIGN/STACKED STORIES/RAW-EDGES With a name that could be a supporting act for Spinal Tap, the combined work of Shay Alkalay and Yael Mael is a dialogue between raw materials and attitude. With a new design for Established & Sons and an upcoming exhibition in Paris, their design language leaves plenty of room for humour. (15) DESIGN/SEEING & BELIEVING/PAUL COCKSEDGE British designer Paul Cocksedge revelled in reactions to his creation for this year’s Swarovksi Crystal Palace in Milan – not basking in self-glory mind, he genuinely is inspired by the responses he provokes. Thoughtful, spontaneous and inviting, his projects are full of secrets that require more than a second or third glance. (16) PRODUCTIVITY Lord have mercy, this year’s Salone del Mobile and related events has provided DAMn° with enough products/projects/people to keep us going for a few issues. Was it a vintage year? Who knows or cares? Ideas are always there to be found.
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DAMn° 15

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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