After the cheering stopsAfter the cheering stops

07 July 2014 by Lyle Rexer

After the cheering stops

From all arenas

So is it boohoo or teehee as regards football/basketball/baseball stadia being forcibly made defunct? It very much depends on which side of the fence one is sitting on. Alas, for the sheer waste of it all, it is saddening, as these are structures of stature with plenty of stories to tell. The decision taken to condemn an arena to ruin, of course, is imposed on American sports fans from on high. Presto! Another stadium gets built for reasons that have nothing to do with practical necessity, but are simply the result of a political or corporate-induced power game.

Astrodome, picture Candace Garcia.

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Today is the Tomorrow you dreamt about YesterdayToday is the Tomorrow you dreamt about Yesterday

07 July 2014 by Sven Ehmann

Today is the Tomorrow you dreamt about Yesterday

The tech bonanza

Technology can be exhilarating. Its glimmer, its glamour, its speed. And its capability to iron-out the bumps in our tedious daily activities. It is fortunate that computer power and its associated familiarity have developed to the degree that we can now start making sensible advances, for, in the way of human behaviour, we had to wait until the honeymoon period was over and the simple pleasures stopped being appreciated before exploiting this technology to make real headway. So here we are. Huge strides are being taken; strides that will do more than facilitate the making of spreadsheets a..

DIY Gamer Kit by Technology Will Save Us

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Going up?Going up?

07 July 2014 by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Going up?

Max Schwitalla’s connections

This is an architect who would seem to have both his head in the clouds and his feet on the ground. Even before Max Schwitalla’s career began, he was conjuring up images of a new sort of urban layout. Looking upwards and sideways at once, he has developed a fairly solid notion as to how the two orthogonal systems can interrelate while providing the maximum space for people at ground level. Not content with leaving his concept at the research stage, he and his team have devised a plan for the soon-to-be vacated Tegel Airport in Berlin, a test bed for the viability of this wonderful..

Urban Shelf.

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Smog RingSmog Ring

07 July 2014 by Silvia Anna Barrilà

Smog Ring

On Daan Roosegaarde's techno poetry

Daan Roosegaarde is about to vacuum-up the foul air in Beijing, and in the process, create pseudo-diamond rings. Featuring compressed smog particles, each high-end ring supports the cleaning of 1000m3 of polluted air. These jewels are symbolic, of course, but also practical, as they will not only engage people in the desire for a city in which they can breathe freely, but they will also raise money for the other aspects of the project. The Smog Free Project unites international environmental organisations, air purifying companies, and philanthropic foundations in realising the development a..

Beijing Smog. All images: © Studio Roosegaarde.

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Inside ViewsInside Views

07 July 2014 by Sandra Hofmeister

Inside Views

From a hidden place

This is a view of the old system, relayed at the moment it has been usurped by the new. A point of transition is always exciting to recognise. The Bundesnachrichtendienst (German Federal Intelligence Service) has recently moved into a shiny bland new building, thereby turning its back on 60-years of top secrecy and spy mythology. To emphasise the poignancy of this giant step, DAMn° takes a look at the scenes from before, through the photographs of Martin Schlüter. Secret site outside of Pullach Signal Intelligence Control Centre (SIGINT). With the lights on. 

Photo © Sieveking Verlag, Martin Schlüter, 2014

The Museum in Times of CrisisThe Museum in Times of Crisis

07 July 2014 by Jurriaan Benschop

The Museum in Times of Crisis

A snapshot of (arte)facts

Though not a cheery topic, it is worthwhile to reflect on the current situation regarding cultural institutions worldwide in today’s less-than-favourable financial climate. Taking as examples a handful of museums dotted here and there across Europe, and speaking with some of the people in the know, we find out about how things feel behind the scenes and indeed how the public face of culture is experiencing a decided transformation that is likely to last (and last). 

Picture of Five People with two Paintings - National Gallery, Washington DC, 2004 by Bruce Adams

Back to BasicsBack to Basics

07 July 2014 by Anna Sansom

Back to Basics

The Venice Architecture Biennale anno 2014

The architecture biennale has swung around again and this time its directorship is in the confident hands of the characterful architect Rem Koolhaas. Applying the theme ‘Fundamentals’ to this year’s edition of the reputable exhibition, he has essentially reversed the trend in architecture and biennales alike, to flaunt the new and the out-of-this-world-ly, by essentially lauding the ordinary. As per most twists in the norm, this leads to interesting discoveries.

Restored decorated ceiling by Galileo Chini, 1909, above a false ceiling with Tunable White Technology by Zumtobel. Photo: Sergio Perroni

A Place for EverythingA Place for Everything

07 July 2014 by Anna Sansom

A Place for Everything

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s meticulous oeuvre

Referring to two major projects by Hiroshi Sugimoto that are currently being exhibited, DAMn° takes a detailed look at what the works say about the artist. The pavilion in Venice, open to visitors in parallel with the Architecture Biennale, is pleasurable to behold, offering a rich, serene experience. At the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, contrarily, the space is filled with many and various sorts of displays. Both expos are saturated with meaning. Between the two, Sugimoto’s greatest passions are revealed.

Glass Tea House Mondrian © Hiroshi Sugimoto + New Material Research Laboratory. Courtesy of Le Stanze del Vetro (Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung). Sponsored by Sumitomo Forestry and Fondazione Bisazz

Slice(s) of LifeSlice(s) of Life

07 July 2014 by Leen Creve

Slice(s) of Life

Lachaert and d’Hanis make buoyant the banal

Entering the world of Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis by way of their current exhibition in Belgium is entirely appropriate, as it perfectly conveys the very essence of their oeuvre. The duo met while studying in Antwerp and instantaneously related to one another. The bond that formed seems to directly eke into their work and make it extra powerful. Solid, sincere, and unpretentious, the inherent message in the installations/objects/performances they produce cannot fail to strike a chord in the viewer. 

Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis. Photo: Karlijn Nij

Moving OutMoving Out

07 July 2014 by Martin Braathen

Moving Out

TYIN tegnestue: integrating architecture

This pair of Norwegian architects went directly from school to the more remote corners of the globe to begin practicing their profession. Having learnt through doing, they have since returned to their homeland to effectively lend the benefit of their knowledge. Combining teaching at the university with the involvement of students in their work, they are achieving the sort of integrated practice that shares the value of their experience and advances learning significantly.

Lyset at Lista (The Light of Lista) in Norway, 2014. Photo: Pasi Aalto /


07 July 2014 by Francesco Spampinato


Brenna Murphy meditates on digital ruins

The works of artist Brenna Murphy are at once futuristic and archaic, exploiting technology to inform as well as to enable, resulting in pieces that carry a universal message. Derived primarily digitally, and often incorporating a number of elements, her art works proceed to coalesce and achieve a timeless meaning. Murphy sees technology as a prosthetic for human consciousness and at the same time as something that influences and reshapes consciousness: technology essentially serves as her tool for meditation and exploration.

Tool Array, 2013. Kunstverein Düsseldorf. Image courtesy of the artist.

Modern ResidencesModern Residences

07 July 2014 by Adam ŠtĚch

Modern Residences

Mid-century Italian architecture

A number of homes were built in Italy in the middle of the 20th century in a style that reflected an organic approach to modernism. Whether through a sculptural treatment of the façades or building components, and/or a genuine collaboration between architects and artists, this way of working tapped into an entirely new sensitivity and yielded structures that resonate with the natural environment. Here the writer takes us on a tour, presenting the very best of what remains of these buildings. 

Carlo Scarpa's house in Cornaiano Photo: Matěj Činčera

Out of this WorldOut of this World

07 July 2014 by Jodie Hruby

Out of this World

Krehký Mikulov Art Design Festival

Krehký Mikulov is an intimate art design festival held annually in a charming village in Moravia, Czech Republic. Bringing together designers, artists, and gallerists for a weekend of activity and exchange, the central feature is an exhibition of works of many genres by Czech, Italian, Polish, and French designers. Each presentation enjoys an individual setting in the Chateau that suits its nature, providing optimal viewing pleasure. 

Analogia Project (Andrea Mancuso and Emilia Serra); installation view. Photo: Kiva

Rebellion through BeautyRebellion through Beauty

07 July 2014 by Veerle Devos

Rebellion through Beauty

Daniel Gonzalez's daydream believing

Daniel González is a visual artist with a cheery tendency toward aesthetic fashion. In the firm belief that the world can change via the sharing of beauty, he plunges into the mainstream to introduce his humoristic, exuberant wearables. Promoting sensuality and general feel-goodness, his shoes and clothing burst with positivity, and their unusualness makes people giggle. It is an electric energy.

Bastardisation Sculpture Shoes Collection, © Daniel González


07 July 2014 by Anna Sansom


Melodies at Fondazione Prada

The current exhibition at Fondazione Prada explores the relationship between art and sound and its development from the 16th century to the present day. It examines the iconic aspects of musical instruments, the rôle of the artist-musician, and the areas in which the visual arts and music have come together. Métronome, 1944 by Salvador Dalí / Indestructible Object, 1923 (1965) by Man Ray / Silent Metronome, 2005 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. 

Photo: Attilio Maranzano. Courtesy of Fondazione Prada.

Smashing FashionSmashing Fashion

07 July 2014 by Veerle Devos

Smashing Fashion

Iris Van Herpen’s personal world

Iris van Herpen balances craft and innovation, materials and technology, to create fashion that does not adhere to tradition. Relying on intuition and emotion, applying craftsmanship and tapping into advanced technologies, she draws on her inspiration for the future to generate thoroughly expressive forms that complement and change the body, displaying optimal tension and movement. Interdisciplinary research is key, with other artists and scientists often brought into the mix, to achieve her powerful vision.

Vacuum Packed Model Installation by artist Lawrence Mallstaf, Autumn Winter 2014/2015 Photo: Robert Clark