Art & Culture

ART & CULTURE

David Smith: Aesthetics, the Artist and the Audience

The below text of a speech, given by American sculptor David Smith (1906-1965) at Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1952, is taken from “Art in Theory: 1900-2000 : An Anthology of Changing Ideas (New edition)”, ed. Charles Harrison and Paul Wood (Blackwell Publishing, 2003), 586. I wish to present my conclusions first and start my presentation backward. Time is a new dimension in sculpture, and since I don’t accent bulkmass and prefer

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ART & CULTURE / FASHION

FASHION FOR ART

Patronage in the art world isn’t something that just appeared a few years ago. A couple of centuries back, there were already places in Europe where wealthy and noble families funded artists and creatives. In the Italian Renaissance between the 15th and 18th centuries, rich clans such as the Medici family in Florence or the Torlonia family in Rome engaged painters, writers and architects like Michelangelo, Pico della Mirandola, Angelo

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Carolin Hirt: Perfection Is Life

In the light of socially prescribed perfection, her pictures look impudently imperfect. They are blurry, with dust particles recorded, under- or overexposed and cropped. They are perfectly imperfect. Real and honest. Human. „Perfection is mandatory today. Everybody can easily build up his “perfect life” on social media through draped moments and edited pictures. I feel very sad of this kind of life presentation because these pictures mostly don’t convey any

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ART & CULTURE

Tender Metropolis

It could easily have been just a talk about cities, one in a series of discussions, if it weren’t for two enthusiastic producers,  Urszula Sobczak and Wojtek Augustyniak, who decided to create a film project from it and inspire action. The trigger was a personal experience. Urszula was living at the time when the first discussions started in a small town in the south of Germany. She was living there

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ART & CULTURE

Kokoschka Revival: Pushing Theatre’s Inner Limits

Kokoschka Revival is an acting company based in Milan who explores the theatre’s limits by provoking the tradition of the stage. As an open collective, the company rather boldly investigate the notion of control and lack of control, letting the members’ trust reach unknown reserves – in order to outdo the ephemeral insecurity of the theatre. Few years ago I got invited to crash a house party in a narrow

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PHOTOGRAPHY

ANNIQUE DELPHINE: ABUNDANCE

Annique Delphine’s work explores the ins and outs of feminism, the complexity of sexuality, desirability and thus the idea of appetite and the way it works to construct female identity. Clearly playing into the discussion around feminism and the movements following, her work is extremely relevant today to the point where artistry meets pop-cultural trends and views. Her latest series ABUNDANCE consists of large scale photographs depicting floral landscapes trifled

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ART & CULTURE / DESIGN / FASHION

Interview with Carla Sozzani

Carla Sozzani changed the art and fashion scene as an Italian gallerist by creating 10 Corso Como in Milan 25 years ago, the first concept store in history. After working as a fashion editor for Vogue Italy and launching the Italian Elle magazine, she quit her job to focus on the arts. She had the vision of a “living magazine”– bringing together a bookshop, a gallery, a café, an exquisite

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ART & CULTURE

The Launch of Issue 03 of Cahiers Bataille

Les Éditions Les Cahiers publishes various series of authors’ notebooks for almost a decade now. Each issue brings together a number of studies, interviews, testimonies, literary texts, etc. It was founded by Jean-Sébastien Gallaire who has always been interested in French avant-garde writers from the last century, and especially in the work of Michel Leiris to whom he devoted his Ph.D. and the first publication in Les Éditions Les Cahiers

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DESIGN

Portrait of CRAY COLLECTIVE: FUNCTIONAL FAMILY

When you are growing up, the concept of “fun” might turn into a nostalgic childhood memory, an insignificant hobby or an empty illusion. The six talented designers behind the Stockholm based Cray Collective, make a strong case against this claim. For them, “fun” is their reason for existence. Amandah Andersson, Andreas Frienholt, Amanda Karsberg, Dennis Graben, Lisa Berkert Wallard and Lotta Lampa found their creative other halves in each other

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FILM

Nadia Hilker

Nadia Hilker. The 27 year old rising star that came into acting by chance and is set to become a household name. Currently based in LA with a neat line of films and television shows under her wing, Nadia had a beautiful picturesque childhood in the German countryside – building tree houses and travelling the world with her brother, while being surrounded by a loving and supportive family. Different from other kids, Hilker’s wild

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ART

What about love?

 “Stitched heart” exhibition review by Costanza Sartoris In a corner of Milan, hidden by residential buildings, lays the romantic concept store Nonostante Marras – curated by the fashion designer Antonio Marras himself. Just like entering heaven, the corridor opens to a cosy courtyard covered by wisteria and the scenic designs used for the latest stylist’s runway shows. There, the hangar reveals itself – an open space where clothes, books, food

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FILM

Elisa Lasowski: “I am anti-definition”

Meet Versailles’ Marie Thérèse, with whom we have spent some time in the Parisian nightclub Le Tigre. “When it comes to choosing projects, I don’t want to limit myself in any way.” The French actress attributes her open-mindedness and curiosity to her childhood, which she spent primarily in Holland before living in London and Paris. 

ART

The Kid – between innocence and corruption

A story by Chiara  Padovan Bruises, scratches, tattoos, Band-Aids, and a recurrent US flag. This is no skater flick. Visiting The Kid’s atelier feels like a primal scream on loop. As London celebrates 40 years of punk, in Paris we sit down with a young artist who is just as focused, eloquent, and cultivated, as he is political. The distressed jeans and street appeal make him nothing less poised; he assures us that all this –the large paintings, the

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ART & CULTURE

OSCA, a carnival of ideas

YUKA OTSUKI is an audio visual artist of immense scope. For the past ten years, he has been mixing video images, audio recordings, graphics and animations to produce stunning audiovisual installations and live performances. ‘If you need a real answer to your big vital issue, go to a Japanese noodle bar’, says OSCA’s co-founder Matthias Erhard. It was in front of a steaming bowl of noodles in Berlin in 2009 that Erhard, classically trained pianist, met German-Japanese singer and violinist

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