PORTFOLIO: WAYS OF DESERTION / JASON ODDY
The desert location of Playas, New Mexico, hadn’t seen much action since the town’s copper smelting operation closed down. Now the few remaining residents are living with the ‘war on terror’, as the place has been turned into a training ground for SWAT teams on the lookout for wannabe suicide bombers.
ART & ARCHITECTURE: A MODERN COMEBACK / HANSAVIERTEL
It’s 50 years since Berlin’s Interbau 57 exhibition sought to re-imagine the city devastated by the physical and psychological effects of the Second World War. The modernist architecture ensemble that followed this event has been a somewhat neglected icon, but in a series of events and artistic interventions its legacy is being celebrated.
ART: ART FOR ART’S SAKE / PETIT TOUR
Sergei Sviatchenko takes DAMn°’s selected highs from the 52nd edition of the Venice Art Biennial and Documenta 12 and turns them up, down and inside out – creation from creativity.
GLOBAL ISSUE: MICE AND MEN / BORDER FILM PROJECT
Like so many of the world’s borders and migratory paths, down on the US/Mexican border there is a palpable tension. In the Border Film Project, a group of artist activists seek to address the human aspect of both sides without giving in to the regular rhetoric or stereotypes.
PORTFOLIO: GROUND APPEAL / CAFÉ WITH LEGS
Chile’s capital might not be the most obvious place in the world to get your coffee served lycra-clad style. It’s not as sleazy as it sounds; Hertha Hurnaus photographed two coffee chains in the city that provide a caffeine experience that should make multinationals weep.
ARCHITECTURE: OUT OF AFRICA / SELLING JEAN PROUVÉ
The auction and sale of one of Jean Prouvé’s Maison Tropicales has raised the status of the French designer’s ‘brand’ even higher. But what does it say about the value of design in the art world?
ART: NOWHERE IN AFRICA / BEYOND THE PAVILIONS
In the Portuguese Pavilion at the current Venice Biennial, artist Ângela Ferreira responds to the ideas and voids that have been formed by Jean Prouvé’s portable cabanas.
DESIGN BEST OF BOTH WORLDS / DOSHI LEVIEN
The combined work of Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien brings together Indian and European sensibilities and experience. In work for Moroso, Tefal and the British Council, a hybrid design culture is explored and embodied.
FASHION: HAND IN GLOVE / MARTIN MARGIELA
The Artisanal Collections of Maison Martin Margiela transform displaced materials that criss-cross through fashion, art and design. In the metamorphosis of materials, wearing your luggage is a great idea.
ARCHITECTURE: ANOTHER CAPITAL / DAVID ADJAYE
Architect David Adjaye’s on-going, personal research project to study the new patterns of urbanism that exist in Africa’s 52 capital cities resonates as a visual stream of consciousness.
ART: DIAMONDS & CAVIAR / VIK MUNIZ
The optical illusions of Brazilian artist Vik Muniz can turn junk into a Caravaggio and peanut butter into the Mona Lisa. Ideas of visual representation abound, and reveal the distance between what you see and what you get.
ARCHITECTURE: POWER GAMES / ROTTERDAM BIENNIAL
Power – Producing the Contemporary City is the thread that runs through this edition of the event. With starachitects finding new and lucrative playgrounds in China and Dubai, excitement and relevance is to be found in the bottom-up experiments.
UNUSUAL TRANSPORT: WHEELS OF FORTUNE / LIFE IN LIBERIA
The wheelbarrow operators of Liberia’s capital Monrovia don’t select their work or mode of delivery through choice but necessity. In a country experiencing the aftermath of civil war, customisation and symbolic value are also on the move.