ART: A POPULAR LOGIC / DIONISIO GONZÁLEZ
The blurred territory between the public and privates spheres of favelas is one of the highlights in the latest series of architectonic interventions by Spanishartist Dionisio González. Through videographic and photographic projects he poses alternative perspectiveson these micro-territories.
GLOBAL DESIGN: SHAPE A NATION / SIZECHINA
For sports equipment designer Roger Ball, the realisation that Asian heads were no match for Caucasian-based designhas sparked a project that could have a profound impacton markets from sunglasses to snowboards. SizeChina is scanning a representative sample of a nation, and in doingso addresses design’s role as both a cause and measuredsolution to the world’s problems.
DESIGN: RISOTTO & REASON /DAMn° DEBATE
The state of Italian design seemed to be the perfect guest question to bring to the table of some of those who hadcontributed to its direction. Achille Mauri opened his home tofriends Enzo Mari, Elio Fiorucci, Aldo Cibic and Lea Vergine, and a menu laced with passion did the rest.
DESIGN: WHAT GETS ME GOING /CAMPANA BROTHERS
Think of contemporary Brazilian designers and the Campana brothers is one of the first names that springto mind. Exclusively for DAMn°, Humberto & FernandoCampana have created a visual essay of the sights, sounds, feelings, people and places that inform their work.
DESIGN: BAG ESCAPE / JORGE MOITA
By working closely with the inmates of the Women’s Prison in Tires, Portuguese designer Jorge Moita has come up withan unconventional product system that suits the idiosyncraticideology of the La.Ga bag.
PORTFOLIO: LOW FLYING / BOBBY NEEL ADAMS
More than creative plane spotting, this is a modern story of one photographer’s banal transition from expectant birthdayboy into plumbing regulation violator. A night in the cellswasn’t exactly on the party schedule.
GLOBAL ISSUES: WARNING: ART / CREATIVE CLIMATE CHANGE
Artists have had an enduring relationship with landscapesand never been at odds with outspoken views. This isa selection of some of the projects that are creativelyresponding to global warming and climate change.
MATERIALS: FUTURE FORMS / PROVOCATIVE & POSSIBLE
The exchanges taking place between materials and designare forging multidisciplinary paths that can be seen in a number of spaces and objects. Architects and designersshow how important material research is in creating dynamicnew directions.
DESIGN: KILN FEVER / THE BRICK PROJECT
The European Ceramic Work Centre is committed to expanding the way ceramic materials are approached.With its current focus on architecture, the Brick project isthe result of its invitation to artists, designers and architects to re-imagine the not so humble brick.
URBANISATION: CRY ME A RIVER / THE WATER OF LA
You’ve seen it in the movies, but the idea that a city likeLos Angeles has a river running through its concrete sprawl is fittingly surreal. It’s a concrete flow that offers manytales from its banks, and with talk of a master plan andrevitalisation its course could once more be diverted.
GRAPHICS: MUDDY FACES / RICKSHAW MUDFLAPS
The rickshaw drivers of the Indian city of Ahmedabad havecome up with a mobile canvas that treads the border between decoration and symbols of cultural identity. Usingthe indigenous graphics centred on the cult of Bollywood,it’s a good reason to look down.
NETWORK: CHEW ON THIS / DOORS OF PERCEPTION
Juice: Food, Fuel, Meaning was the focus of Doorsof Perception 9, which recently held its international
conference in New Delhi. From the street up, it looked at the links between food and energy in both localand global contexts.
UNUSUAL DWELLINGS: THE FLOATING GARDENS / DOCK ART
No one is quite sure of the whereabouts of Dutch artist Robert Jasper Grootveld. But the styrofoam islands that he created in the docklands of Amsterdam encapsulateone human experience of the struggles of regeneration.
DESIGN: THE BIGGER PICTURE / EXHIBITION PREVIEW
Design for the Other 90% at the National Design in NewYork aims to motivate visitors to attack an unfathomable amount of injustice, and unlike many other shows, inspire design practitioners to figure out new solutionsto unglamorous problems.
DESIGN: SHARPEN UP/ DRAWING EXPERIENCE