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mono.kultur #47 | IRIS VAN HERPEN: THE UNKNOWNNESS OF EVERYTHING

‘Haute couture’s chief scientist’, ‘sorceress of style’, ‘avant-garde technologist’ are just some of the terms the press have used to describe the Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. Having launched her eponymous label just over a decade ago, Iris van Herpen soon gained widespread attention for her innovative, otherworldly creations. Whether developing 3D printed dresses, materials grown by the forces of magnetism, or clothes mimicking the different states of water: her collections frequently combine cutting-edge technologies with traditional craftsmanship, fusing artistry with sheer inventiveness. Read more here.

FASHION & TECH // Interview

 
Image by Balthasar Burkhard

Image by Balthasar Burkhard

AnOther  | A Meditation on the Endless Appeal of Clouds in Art

Clouds are at once untouchable, impermanent, and overpowering; a deep natural language that is constantly changing and adapting to whatever the viewer wants it to be. One that has countless configurations that we can project infinite moods, meanings and thoughts on to. Perhaps that’s why clouds have been a source of fascination for centuries, and continue to be today. Read more.

ART // Feature

 
 
 

C Magazine | Moyra Davey: Portrait / Landscape

If a coincidence is in the eye of the beholder, then reading such chance events involves being attentive enough to notice as the fragments of our lives collide. In Moyra Davey’s work, chance propels her artistic impulses. And through these chance encounters, she comes to engage myriad writers, photographers and filmmakers in telling her personal histories. Read here.

ART // Review

 
 
 

Broccoli Magazine | Hungarian artist Katalin Ladik’s one-person theater

On my twenty-ninth birthday, I stepped through the doors of an exhibition in Berlin to find a video projection of a young woman, reminiscent of Anna Karina in Godard’s “Pierrot le Fou,” staring at me. One hand holds a fishbowl cocktail glass half full, the other pinches her nasal bridge while a straw extends from the left nostril into the water. Bubbles emerge as she uses the straw to make a choppy arpeggio of short, punctuated shrills. The woman is Hungarian poet, performance artist, and actress Katalin Ladik, and she’s performing her poem Poemim (1980). Read more in Issue 04.

ART & CULTURE // Profile

 
 
 
Image By Mathias Voelzke

Image By Mathias Voelzke

Newsweek | Follow the money, find the art

While politicians continue to debate Greece's debt crisis, artists in Athens are discussing cultural reform in the lead-up to documenta 14. During the years Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk has taken to plan the current exhibition, he has focused on challenging a prevailing media narrative. Read more in the March 31, 2017 Issue. 

ART & CULTURE // Report

 

Twin Magazine | In the Mood

Blurring the boundaries between documentary photography and art, photographer Stefanie Moshammer interrogates commonly held notions of different places with an idiosyncratic flair. I spoke to her for Twin Magazine Issue 18. Read more in the magazine.

ART & CULTURE // Profile

 
 
 
Image by  NEEEU Studio

Image by NEEEU Studio

AIGA’s Eye On Design | Will Augmented Reality Last In Design Once the Hype Passes?

In recent years, AR has changed from a hobby fo the tech-savvy into big business. But for how long? Read more.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY // Feature

 
 
Image by Marc Vaux

Image by Marc Vaux

Kinfolk | Art in motion: Alexander Calder

Looking at a mobile by Alexander Calder is akin to gazing at wavering foliage on a calm summer afternoon. What looks deceptively simple slowly comes alive with an inexhaustible sense of wonder. Here’s a look at how the American sculptor's works and ideas have fluently stepped into the twenty-first century. Read more.

ART & CULTURE // Profile

 
 
Image by Ronald Smits

Image by Ronald Smits

A/D/O Journal | Studio Drift: Splicing nature and technology

Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Amsterdam artist collective Studio Drift have been creating installations and sculptures that explore the intricate, interconnected and ever-evolving relationship between humans, nature and technology since they founded the studio in 2007. Read more.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY // Profile

 
 
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Next Generation Living | The Future is Green: Radbahn’s vision of revamping cityscapes for sustainable living

Compared with other major capital cities around the world – London, Paris, or New York – Berlin feels wonderfully capacious. Wide streets, exquisite parks in every central neighbourhood and yet still, plenty of dormant space. As its population continues to blossom, however, the German capital will need to redefine its districts to better serve the needs of citizens. Enter Radbahn, an ambitious project that would transform the abandoned area beneath the elevated U1 subway line into a lively promenade for residents. Read more.

DESIGN & SUSTAINBILITY // Profile

 
 

AnOther | Cy Twombly's celestial photographs

Cy Twombly’s ethereal photographic studies of flowers, objects and interiors provide a thrilling insight into the late American artist's life and creative outlook. Read more.

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY // Feature

 
 


AIGA’s Eye On Design
 | The Web Designer Exposing the Humanity and Humor of the Internet

“Once in a while, I’ll see an element on a website and I can tell a human made that decision” says New York-based web designer Jon Lucas. “Even though this medium is so digital and stark and you have an LED light shining directly into your eyes, there’s still something human that can be communicated through it.” Read more.

DESIGN // Profile

 

iGNANT | Digital art: Beyond the hype

If you think of the term ‘digital art’, you might conjure up images of twitchy GIFs or glitchy videos. You might think it’s a recent development, but in fact its practice has roots dating back to the 1960s. So – what is considered ‘digital art’? We delved into this topic and spoke to some key artists and gallerists about what it means to create, consume and sell digital art. Read more.

ART & CULTURE // Feature

 
 

CNN Travel | 10 ways to crack Berlin's arts scene

Ten destinations that'll help newcomers get up to speed with what's happening in a city that refuses to stand still. Read more.

TRAVEL // List

 
 

Kinfolk | Breaking From Convention: Fernand Léger

One of the most significant pieces of experimental filmmaking, Ballet Mécanique (1924) takes the viewer into a realm that transcends the rigid patterns of rational thought. French artist Fernand Léger created this early modernist masterpiece in collaboration with American filmmaker Dudley Murphy by straying from traditional film narratives. Read more.

FILM & CULTURE

 
 

Dazed Digital | Adult, a groundbreaking erotic magazine

Adult isn’t your typical adult magazine, nor is it “porn for women”. The inaugural issue is a stimulating pastiche straddling erotics and literature. A vivid spread on masturbating friends is interlaced with stirring short stories and a magical diary of a transgender woman going through hormone replacement therapy. Read more.

MAGS & CULTURE // Interview

 

Amuse by i-D | Fashion to violence: Meet MoMA's provocative design curator

Arguably one of the most provocative design curators of our time, Paola Antonelli isn't afraid to ruffle some feathers in order to push the definition of design beyond beautification of objects and into real life. Read more.

DESIGN & FASHION // Interview

Offscreen | Interview with Amy Webb

For issue 15, I interviewed Amy Webb — founder of the Future Today Institute — about the role of futurism during the Cold War, her algorithm on finding love and why it's increasingly important for businesses of all stripes to stay on top of technological changes.   
Read more in the magazine here.

TECH & CULTURE // Interview

 

Factory Magazine | Empowering refugees to become creators

Get to know ReDI School, the non-profit organization Anna Kjær Riechert co-founded with Ferdi Van Heerden that aims to provide refugees with programs to gain tech skills and access to a network that’ll get them job-ready while their papers are being processed. 
Read more.

TECH & SOCIETY | Interview

 

BRYGG Magazine | Mottainai

For this issue focusing on creatives dealing with taste and flavour, I had a conversation with Tainá Guedes, the founder and CEO of Entretempo Kitchen Gallery about how combining food and art can tap into changing habits. Read more in the magazine here.

ART & CULTURE // Profile

 
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OAK - The Nordic Journal | The Future of Furniture

The ninth issue of Oak looks to spaces and places that inspire Nordic creativity — not just regionally, but internationally. Highlights include: art legend Olafur Eliasson on running his Berlin super studio; re-envisioning the simple summerhouse with Nordic retreats; fine jewellery designer Sophie Bille Brahe. I wrote a short piece on MA/U Studio. Buy the magazine here.

DESIGN & CULTURE // Short feature

 

 
Image By  Titus Chan

Image By Titus Chan

Freunde von Freunden x Zeit Magazin | A portrait of John Baker and Juli Daoust Baker, owners of Mjölk store

I spoke to the creative duo behind Mjölk — a gallery and lifestyle store in Toronto with a focus on artful Scandinavian and Japanese design — about their holistic approach to design, the proximity of their work to their home life and the strong relationships they've built with their artisan suppliers. Read more.

DESIGN // Interview

 
 

Tech.eu | Doing it the Rocket Internet way: an inside look at what it’s like to build companies at lightning speed

Founded in 2007, Rocket Internet has become somewhat of a fixation for the global tech scene. The VC firm and tech company incubator, which is estimated to be valued at 4.3 billion euros, operates in more than 100 countries and has over 20,000 employees. Read more.

TECH & STARTUPS // Profile

 
 
Image By  Gord Iverson

Image By Gord Iverson

Maisonneuve | Douglas Coupland on Marshall McLuhan and your digital data doppelgänger

“There’s an unusual situation where there’s a hair growing sideways in my left nostril and it’s driving me crazy... that’s called too much information,” remarked Canadian author, visual artist and Maisonneuve contributor Douglas Coupland during the opening of his speech at the Embassy of Canada in Berlin. Read more.

LITERATURE & CULTURE // Event report

 

Format Magazine | Studio Swine designs with hair, garbage and discomfort

From creating eyewear made of human hair to transforming plastic flotsam into luxury objects, designers Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami are no strangers to pushing themselves into unfamiliar territory in order to produce extraordinary work.  The duo behind award-winning interdisciplinary design practice Studio Swine maintain that leaping into the unknown and overcoming failure has been a crucial part of arriving at invaluable discoveries. Read more.

DESIGN // Profile

 
 

Berlin Film Journal | Revisited: Ingmar Bergman's 'Persona'

'Persona' (1966) is a film that can be watched over and over again without losing its power to scramble the brain and stir the soul. Here, we explore the psychological aspects of the perplexing film. Read more.

FILM

 

AnOther Magazine | Delving into the subconscious with Ballen and Carlsen

For NO JOKE, American photographer Roger Ballen and Danish artist Asger Carlsen collaborated to produce a series of  enigmatic photo collages that attempt to divert out gaze inwards, towards the darkest recesses of the psyche. Read more.

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY // Feature

 
 
 
 

AnOther Magazine | Beneath the surface of Nan Goldin's most personal work

For American photographer Nan Goldin, photography has always been about capturing moments with complete honesty, revealing life as it was happening. Her 1980 image Rise and Monty KissingNew York City, is a notable example of how Goldin was able to create an intimacy with her idiosyncratic mode of documentation, instilling in viewers an electric feeling of closeness – of being there in the scene. Read more.

ART & CULTURE // Feature

 
 

Freunde von Freunden | Diving into the sustainable surfing movement

Surfing is often likened to a spiritual experience. It’s no surprise, then, that some surfers characterize the traditional approach of building surfboards as more of a religion, rather than an industry. However, this religion is undeniably ruining the environment that surfers cherish most—Mother Nature—and many are ready to convert to a more sustainable alternative. Read more.

DESIGN & CULTURE | Image By Kenny Hurtado

 
 

VentureBeat | Can spending on a Google-style office make employees happy (and more productive)?

Google’s unconventional office designs are well-documented and there’s no doubt they play a role in its organizational culture. But for startups, this raises a question: Can an individualized office space with sleek design really help to create that elusive feeling known as “great company culture”? Read more.

TECH & DESIGN | Image By Marcel Wichary Via Flickr

 
 

Factory Magazine | Tactical Tech wants to help you track your digital footprint

As our environments continue to change at breakneck speed, it's becoming increasingly difficult to thoroughly understand how emerging technologies are fundamentally transforming the way we live, understand ourselves and the structures of society. Read more.

TECH & SOCIETY | Image By Ana Santl