MoMA Presents: Rowland V. Lee's I Am Suzanne!MoMA Presents: Rowland V. Lee's I Am Suzanne!

27 January 2015

MoMA Presents: Rowland V. Lee's I Am Suzanne!

Film screening, MoMA, NYC,USA, until 1 February.

A truly unique, pre-Code musical romance set in Paris, I Am Suzanne! tells the tale of the titular dancer, the star of a popular revue who, sidelined by an injury, learns how to be a puppeteer. The Surrealists would have had a field day with this film, from the uncanny similitude of humans and their puppet doppelgangers to scenes of puppet murder and a subsequent trial by marionettes, to an eccentric musical number in which Suzanne strips down to a risqué costume and sings about falling in love with a snowman—who later comes to life.

I Am Suzanne! 1933. USA. Directed by Rowland V. Lee. Courtesy Fox Film Corporation/Photofest

72 Artists from 54 countries: PRŌTOCOLLUM72 Artists from 54 countries: PRŌTOCOLLUM

27 January 2015

72 Artists from 54 countries: PRŌTOCOLLUM

A new kind of artists’ journal dedicated to non-Western contemporary visual art, appearing once a year.

PRŌTOCOLLUM focuses exclusively on non-Western artists and art collectives. The aim is to fully reflect the diversity, range and art narratives beyond the Euro/Western centric focus that so often dominates the art world. 72 artists from 54 countries have contributed to PRŌTOCOLLUM’s first issue, which consists of 240 pages, no adverts, no curatorial self-fulfilment, only the contributing artists’ thoughts, visions and ideas. PRŌTOCOLLUM does not want to reflect what art experts, critics and curators think, but rather to let the artists choose autonomously how they..

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The Mycelium Project - Print and GrowThe Mycelium Project - Print and Grow

26 January 2015

The Mycelium Project - Print and Grow

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek 3D-prints with fungi, as seen at Maison & Objet, Tendances Hall 7, until 27 January.

Studio Eric Klarenbeek is exploring ways of 3D-printing living organisms, such as mycelium, the threadlike network of fungi, in combination with local raw materials to create products with a negative carbon footprint. 'We are the first in the world to 3D-print living mycelium, using this infinite natural source of organisms as living glue for binding organic waste. Once it's full-grown and dried, it turns into a structural, stable and renewable material. Combined with 3D-printing it gives us tremendous design freedom', says Eric Klarenbeek.   

Eric Klarenbeek worked with scientists at the University of Wageningen to develop this chair, which is printed with living organisms.

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Art & Language Uncompleted: The Philippe Méaille CollectionArt & Language Uncompleted: The Philippe Méaille Collection

26 January 2015

Art & Language Uncompleted: The Philippe Méaille Collection

Exhibition, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, until 12 April.

The Philippe Méaille Collection is a remarkable representation of one the most complex and belligerent practices of the second half of the 20th century. Largely associated with conceptual art, Art & Language challenges the existing vocabulary of art history by refusing affiliation to any artistic identity. Since the mid 1960s, its initial development was based on assimilating critical and dissenting practices that relied on a discursive, conversational, and language-based perspective, and this continues to the present. In that sense, this is the most adequate form of encapsulating what is often referred as a ‘radically uncompleted, radically inconclusive’ practice.

ART & LANGUAGE Incomplet' exhibiton views, 2014. Photo: EOS-AF, Estudi Orpinell & Sánchez -- Artesania Fotogràfica

Beauty of the BeastBeauty of the Beast

25 January 2015

Beauty of the Beast

Exhibition on jewellery and taxidermy, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, Netherlands, until 10 May.

From high-concept shops to cocktail bars: every style-conscious place these days displays a mounted fox or peacock in the window. Taxidermy, the mounting of dead animals, is hot. But what happens when you apply taxidermy to contemporary jewellery design? In the exhibition Beauty of the Beast Museum Arnhem presents the work of more than 15 international designers and artists who make a connection between taxidermy, jewellery and visual arts. The exhibition presents, on the one hand, wearable jewellery and fashion accessories such as necklaces, brooches, bags, hats, hair ornaments and shoes. But..

Reid Peppard, Haarband, Double Rat Headdress, 2008. Fotograaf: Jiro Schneider.

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25 January 2015


Temporary light installation by MADER WIERMANN, Porthania's UniCafe, Helsinki, Finland.

“shift” is a video projection-artwork that extends over the whole window front of Porthania‘s UniCafe designed by architect Aarne Ervi and competed in 1957, it is one of the first significant buildings in Finland built from prefabricated concrete elements, in the center of Helsinki. The work is conceived to be seen from the outside and is completed by a sound installation. Shifting stone blocks and gathering spheres, inspired by minimal art, similar to token in a game, are the motive: The shifting..

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LensCulture Portrait AwardsLensCulture Portrait Awards

24 January 2015

LensCulture Portrait Awards

international portrait photography competition, deadline 23 February 2015

The LensCulture Portrait Awards is the 2nd annual call for international portrait photography. The importance of portraiture is present in cultures across the world, illustrating the power and endurance of human connection. With over 145 countries represented on LensCulture, in over 15 languages, we’re seeking new global perspectives on the modern day portrait. This is an open call for portrait photography from around the world. 6 Winners and 25 Finalists will be chosen.

Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of NatureSustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature

24 January 2015

Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature

Exhibition, MODA, Atlanta, USA, until 5 April.

Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature discusses the techniques through which animals and humans have adapted to differing environments through an amazing diversity of structures. The exhibition investigates the ways that human dwellings extract, use, and discard energy, water, and other precious natural resources, and reveals innovative new design solutions that can help restore the health and viability of the Earth’s natural environment.

Biosphere-close: Visitors can get a close look at this contained environment created from local flora and fauna. This is one of the interesting interactive elements of the exhibition and is never the same from day to day.


23 January 2015


Maison et Objet, Paris, France, 23-27 January.

Oki Sato, head designer of the design studio nendo, and Maison et Objet's Designer of the Year, was asked to design a chocolate. Sato took inspiration from onomatopoeic Japanese words for textures and designed Chocolatexture, a set of finely crafted chocolates all the same size and made from the same ingredients, but shaped to represent different words for textures. The sharp points and geometric style of the chocolates give an air of modern simplicity and humor. Only 400 sets are available for sale at Maison et Objet Paris.      

photos by Akihiro Yoshida with translations Spoon & Tamago

Treatise: Why Write Alone?Treatise: Why Write Alone?

23 January 2015

Treatise: Why Write Alone?

exhibition and book project, Graham Foundation, Chicago, USA, 23 January - 28 March.

An exhibition and publication project that brings together fourteen young design offices to consider the architectural treatise as a site for theoretical inquiry, experimentation, and debate. Organized by Chicago and Los Angeles-based designer Jimenez Lai, founder of Bureau Spectacular, the project grows out of a recent Graham Foundation grant to Lai, whose interest in discursive practices and non-conformist approaches to architecture led him to ask his peers working in the realm of conceptual architecture: Why write? And, why write alone? In response to these questions,Treatise presents an exhibition of works by this core group of designers as well as an individual treatise from each office. Together, the exhibition and publications provide a platform for the participants to articulate and exchange their theoretical angles and ideas and reflect on their positions in relation to the contemporary conditions of architecture.

Andrew Kovacs, Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition submission model, 2014. Courtesy of the artists.

HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptationHOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

23 January 2015

HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

Exhibition, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., USA, 24 January – 30 August.

Featured here is the work of BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group. The Danish firm of architects, designers, and thinkers operates within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research, and development. Taking a human-centred approach, the firm looks at how urban environments can increase the quality of life by finding ways of designing cities and buildings as double ecosystems that are both ecologically and economically profitable. Ingels feels that architecture is not just about decorating a box, but also about reconfiguring things for the better. HOT TO COLD provides a provocative glimpse behind the sc..

Hot to Cold: Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen; image: BIG & MIR

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DAMnº at IMM Cologne 2015DAMnº at IMM Cologne 2015

22 January 2015

DAMnº at IMM Cologne 2015

Art Fair, Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany, 19 – 25 January 2015.

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22 January 2015


Design fair, Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, France, 23 – 27 January.

M&O celebrates its 20th anniversary! The new season focuses on the theme of openness. Sharing its DNA with the general public and boosted by the launch of the fair in Asia in 2014 and in the Americas in May 2015, Maison&Objet has been re-oxygenated via a thorough overhaul of its sectors, thus pursuing its mission to help attendees discover new exhibitors, new collections, and new talent. Keeping in sync with market dynamics, the exhibition continues to remodel itself. Created eight years ago, the ‘projects’ area now offers an additional 2,000 square metres to the contracting, hospitality, and residential trades, confirming its role as a springboard and showcase for innovation.

Futur ArchaïqueFutur Archaïque

22 January 2015

Futur Archaïque

Exhibition, Grand-Hornu Images, Hornu, Belgium, until 19 April 2015.

Futur Archaïque presents the connection that currently exists between the immediate/ shortterm/ distant future and the past, the archaic – in terms of returning to fundamental principles. This is illustrated here from the perspective perspective of design, highlighting how young designers as well as more experienced ones create objects that reveal our roots. For all the progress, reason, and rationalisation of modernity over time, it has abandoned by the wayside the intrinsic value of objects. In some way, design has been emptied of its sense or even its senses. This refreshing exhibition explores the reappearance of these archaic forms in design, lending a sociological insight into the emerging but essential desires to reconnect with our roots.

Futur Archaïque: BCAD-Ami Drach-Dov, Ganchrow, © CID.

William Mackrell: Steam HorsesWilliam Mackrell: Steam Horses

21 January 2015

William Mackrell: Steam Horses

Exhibition, The Ryder, London, UK, 21 January - 14 March.

After the making of ‘Fitzcarraldo’, Werner Herzog announced, ‘Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life’. As if in response British artist William Mackrell persistently challenges the limits of what is physically and sculpturally possible in his practice, teasing out interest from the quotidian. Thus he presents STEAM HORSES at The Ryder, a new project space for contemporary art in London. 

Image: William Mackrell, Deux Chevaux [Albert Memorial] (2014)

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TONSPUR 64, Arturas Bumšteinas Walk ThroughTONSPUR 64, Arturas Bumšteinas Walk Through

21 January 2015

TONSPUR 64, Arturas Bumšteinas Walk Through

Exhibition, TONSPUR passage, Quartier21, Vienna, Austria, until 21 February.

In 2012, Arturas Bumšteinas visited Muzeum Gwizdka (Whistles Museum) in Poland and recorded a large selection of various clay whistles; from these recordings he prepared various compositions and installation pieces. The first was a concert and a sound installation in public space. The second was an improvised piece titled Quiet Cue, for Berlin's experimental music venue. The third was a sound installatio  in a public park in the city of Vilnius. The fourth manifested itself as a composition for piano and tape entitled Avis Polonus. And the fifth, current version, is an 8-channel sound installation created specially for the TONSPUR_passage.

Arturas Bumšteinas, Walk Through, 2014


20 January 2015


Upcoming: 3D-Printing Workshop for All Ages, at imm cologne, organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut, Messehalle, Köln, Germany, 24 & 25 January.

Het Nieuwe Instituut presents a series of design workshops and tools to the imm cologne public days visitors on a 100m2 creative playground with 3D printing pens, MineCraft and more. Het Nieuwe Instituut combines new insights from design and e-culture, inviting visitors to make extraordinary things with new accessible technologies. The focus of the workshop is on plastic as a material and the 3D-printing pen, a new digital toy which allows you to create your own three-dimensional structures. During the workshops, Dutch designers Bas van Beek and Helmut Smits will explore the possibil..

Joep van Lieshout at a Het Nieuwe Instituut workshop in Rotterdam, September 2014.

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Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary ArtSpeaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art

20 January 2015

Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art

Exhibition, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA 13, until 8 March 2015.

This is an exhibition that explores the ways contemporary artists use the magazines Ebony and Jet as resources and inspiration in their practices, often representing a commonality between people of diverse backgrounds. Considering Ebony and Jet as journalistic material and important documenters of black life, as a metaphor for African-American culture, and as theoretical spaces for black thought and exchange, the presentation examines their material and cultural legacy, as perceived by artists. While much of the artwork utilises imagery and text as source material, other works take the concept of these iconic publications and their institutional histories as a starting point.

Purvis Young Horses, Figures and Railroad Tracks on Ebony, c. 1994 Paint on paper 17 × 11 in., diptych Courtesy Skot Foreman, New York, NY Photo: Marc Bernier.

imm cologne 2015imm cologne 2015

19 January 2015

imm cologne 2015

Art Fair, Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany, 19 – 25 January 2015.

In this edition of the trade fair, Shanghai-based architects Neri&Hu have been invited to create the next chapter of Das Haus – Interiors on Stage, lending a completely new and exciting perspective to the design format. Following the unique interpretation of Das Haus by Danish-British designer Louise Campbell last year, characterised by a romantic purism, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are to be the guests of honour in 2015. The Neri&Hu Design and Research Office is one of the most influential creative teams in the world, with international success in the areas of design and interior design. The interpretation of the project promises to be profound.

imm Cologne: Neri&Hu, designers of the Sedan Lounger, will create the concept of Das Haus- Interiors on Stage at imm Cologne 2015.


18 January 2015


Exploring the visible and the invisible

From autonomous objects to the first scale models, the System Design exhibition at the MAKK in Cologne succeeds to earn its bold title. Further to this, it is not just the visible, tangible systems that are addressed, but also the invisible ones. Covering both analogue and digital systems over many decades, while displaying the various product series that established these, the array of items on show rather leaves no stone unturned. DAMN° spoke with the museum director and exhibition curator to determine the thinking behind this insightful show. System Design: More than 100 years of Everyday Chaos MAKK (Museum of Applied Arts), Cologne 20 January – 7 June 2015

Enzo Mari & Bruno Munari: la Pavoni-Diamante ©MAKK

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