PORTFOLIO: TIME WARP / TOMMY STARK
A hunt for a set design in Berlin led to Tommy Stark capturing images of an apartment where life seems to have stopped in the 1970s. Far from a kitsch homage, the pictures reveal a personal and emotional story. (1)
ARCHITECTURE: BEEHIVE TALES / VICTOR VASARÉLY
The Vasarély Foundation in Aix-en-Provence is not quite falling down but it is leaky. Designed as an artistic & architectural laboratory and a showcase for the artworks of Victor Varasély, despite family feuds, missing pictures and a fading structure, the place still has an impact. (3)
DESIGN: ONE FROM THE HEART / GAETANO PESCE
The Italian-born designer, architect and artist has concerns about the future and is not afraid to share them. Will innovative progress mean recognition of the individual and changing circumstances? Pesce certainly hopes so.
PORTFOLIO: TUNNEL VISION / MILO KELLER
In Swiss photographer Milo Keller’s Alp Transit series of images not only the massive tools of construction for a tunnel under the Swiss Alps are pictured, but also the workers taking an underground coffee break. (7)
ART: HEIDILAND / EXHIBITION
The Kunsthaus Zurich has brought together a collection of artistic responses to the Alps, which goes way beyond the usual selection of the sublime to the ridiculous.
DESIGN: ALFREDO HAEBERLI / CARTOONS
When he is not running around designing for some of the world’s leading brands it seems that Alfredo Häberli enjoys a cartoon life. A selection of his sketches exclusively for DAMn°. (6)
ARCHITECTURE: LOVE TRIANGLE / THE A-FRAME
Chad Randl’s new book traces the history and design of the A-frame and looks at why the ubiquitous form was so popular in the post-war boom that America experienced. (5)
DESIGN: LIGHT OFFENCE / ERWIN HAUER
Renewed interest in the work of the Austrian sculptor has seen the formation of Erwin Hauer Studios, which is reissuing some of Hauer’s classic light-diffusing designs with the use
of new materials and technology.
VIRTUAL WORLDS: BREAKING THE GAME
The Belgian-Canadian partnership of Workspace Unlimited is at the forefront of a movement that subverts, recodes and repositions the conventional tools of the gaming world to expansive effect. (12)
DESIGN: PAINTING BY NUMBERS / CAMOUFLAGE
A step-by-step guide to the evolution of modern camouflage. Today’s modern warfare is dressed using techniques employing pixilation, pointillism and macropatterns, but can the technology keep up with changing tactics? (10)
GLOBAL ISSUES: COLLATERAL DAMAGE / LEBANON
Photographer Teun Voeten was in Beirut on the last day of the recent outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hezboullah. In its aftermath he records scenes of utter devastation.
PORTFOLIO: GILAD OPHIR / WORK & DAYS
Israeli photographer Gilad Ophir series of images that capture the architectonic landscape of the northern Tegev desert. Here Bedouin structures that often seem to be on the verge of disintegration provide temporary and spontaneous shelter.
ART: SHAPE SHIFTERS / ROBBINS & BECHER
The Transportation of Place is the term artists Robbins & Becher’s use to describe the many places of dislocation in the world. Whether through colonialism, mass tourism, religion or politics, the transposition of place is responded to in a creative critique. (14)
ARCHITECTURE: A MODERN EMPIRE / ASMARA
A new exhibition aims to highlight the vast collection of modernist buildings in the Eritrean city of Asmara, which as a former Italian colony was an open book for nearly ever style of the Italian modern movement. (4)
VISUAL CULTURE: PAUSE FOR DOUBT / RICK POYNOR
A review of Rick Poynor’s new collection of essays Designing Pornotopia, Travels in Visual Culture. Architecture, brands, magazines, billboards, tattoos and trends in cosmetic surgery are just some of the issues he tackles. (11)
PUBLIC ART: MIRROR, MIRROR / ANISH KAPOOR
British sculptor Anish Kapoor will soon be unveiling two new works in downtown Manhattan. Leaving aside the merits of these individual projects, what do they tell us about the transatlantic gap in attitudes to public art?
ART: MR CAB DRIVER / RICHARD WILSON
Three new site-specific works at The Curve, one of the Barbican’s galleries, seem to show Richard Wilson focusing his investigations more on the object than the space, but this isn’t so much of a change, as a twist in direction. (13)
PUBLIC ART: CORNERSTONE / SARAH SZE
As part of an on-going programme by New York’s Public Art Fund, Sarah Sze’s work Corner Plot sees the edge of a high-rise apartment, complete with iron railing, transported and sticking out of the ground to reveal the abandoned lair of a mad scientist.
ART: BURNING BELGIUM / ARNE QUINZE
Images of the scorching of Belgium’s Arne Quinze’s installation at this year’s installment of the Burning Man festival in Nevada. (8)
URBAN ISSUES: FROM THE BLADDER / XFAD
To tackle the problem of public urination in Barcelona the XFAD collective came up with a number of proposals in its Don’t Piss in the Streets campaign.
DESIGN: WHAT GETS ME GOING MARTI GUIXE
He often says that ‘ex-designer’ is the best description of what he is, and here the man from Barcelona describes some of his projects, exhibitions and performances, and looks at the inspiration behind these works. (16)
ART/ARCHITECTURE: BACK TO MINE / TALKING CITIES
Talking Cities is an event taking place in a former mining colliery in Essen, Germany, which is now designated as a World Heritage Site. The area is being regenerated, and in this show the micropolitics of contemporary urban issues are responded to in a diverse mix of strategies. (9)
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: POSSIBILITIES OF EMPTINESS
Known for its art-related approach to architecture, a forth-coming publication brings together a collection of works by Gonzalez Haase including a number of its concept stores, which bring new meaning to the art of shopping.
DESIGN SCHOOL: COOL FOR SCHOOL / RCA
London’s Royal College of Art is one of a select group of international art & design schools that has students worldwide fighting for places on its courses. A review of this year’s graduate show and selected highlights.
DESIGN: DAMN° PRODUCTIVITY
In the (un)usual mix of prototypes, realised projects & places are a selection of works by this year?s graduates from some of the leading art & design institutes. (15)
AGENDA / WHAT TO SEE & WHER