Accattone 4 draws on the idea of collection to explore mythical methods and visual ethnographies in contemporary practices.
Exploring with an interest in the compression, into a single artefact, of long periods of history, power relations, memories and everyday experience. Accattone 4 features anthropology museums, underground data centres and minor collections performed in private houses, double-sided masks and architectural strata in a floor slab or a facade, totemic mock-ups on a 1:1 scale and metaphors in the desert.
Invited contributions include words and documents by Frida Escobedo, photos by Kristien Daem, Philippe Braquenier and Stefano Graziani, a return on an installation by Ištvan Išt Huzjan with Sam Steverlynck, Frank Tuytschaever and Jurgen Vergotte, our visit to Pierre Leguillon’s Museum of Mistakes and ARU’s visit to an house by Peter Märkli, an interview with 51N4E, photos of Camille Henrot’s installation The Pale Fox, essays by Cédric Libert and Freek Persyn, models and mock-ups by Bruther, XDGA, CAB, Barthélémy-Griño, Michel Desvigne.
Accattone is an independent magazine on architecture started in 2014. Self-published by two architects and two graphic designers, Accattone explores ‘minor’ practices in architecture through the specific means of the printed magazine. In the current landscape of non-commercial publications, its originality lies in the strong visual orientation and in the close association of methods, editorial devices and featured contents. Through these experiments, crossing the methods of artists-as-iconographers with the work of emerging practices, Accattone addresses critically a fundamental aspect of architectural thinking and practice: the working document and the changing status of the image in the design process.