Draußen gehen

For millennia, walking in the countryside was the most important form of locomotion; our bodies are made for it. Today we sit in front of screens and bring nature indoors on our Instagram feed. Therefore, the book Draußen gehen by Christian Sauer will lure you outdoors.

It will take you on the way to the closest source of inspiration: the landscape on your doorstep. Christian Sauer coaches creative people, he brings them closer to the movement of walking and paves the way to inspiration and refuelling in creative everyday life, to recreation and to a successful life.

Draußen gehen, or walking outdoors is a long-tested, simple way of finding yourself, an effective anti-stress method, low-threshold and cost-effective. Maybe your life would be a lot better if you walked more? Walking saves the walker from himself.

Squadron

For artistic duo of typographer Jan Matoušek and photographer Vojtěch Veškrna, the gateway to the subject was its visual power. Through the creation of fonts and photographic images, they tried to mirror the themes in a new, personally conceived form. The font family and the photographic series, in harmony with the historical context, create an original work that allows the viewer to perceive the past and the present simultaneously. Squadron is a book—a tool really—for further intellectual searching and new interpretations, published by Biggboss. Within the rigid confines of the font patterns with carefully observed dimensions, that is, into a space where rules are paramount, the creators attempted to also imprint a living, organic content. Just like the pilot is part of the extremely technically-dominated world of his aircraft.

Two timelines intertwine in Squadron. On the photographic level, history is represented by the work of Ladislav Sitenský, whose photographs of British bases were digitalized specifically for this book. The present day is represented by Vojtěch Veškrna and his photo series from the air base of the tactical Air Force in Čáslav. Both photographers have in common a fascination with aviation, and therefore also with the symbiosis of man and machine.

A fundamental moment for the creators of the Squadron project was their meeting and interview with Brigadier General Miroslav Štandera. During his life, he managed to experience enough for at least two additional ones, despite which he withstood all of the dramas and somersaults of fate, and with elegance and humor at that. In response to the question of why, in 1939, he voluntarily left his, at the time, occupied homeland, he replied: “We took it as our duty. We were brought up a little differently than you’ve been. We were Masaryk’s guys, most of us simply thought that way.”

Those words helped Matoušek and Veškrnareason understand for why, despite the uncertainty and facing a dramatic fate, Czechoslovak airmen voluntarily left to fight for democratic ideals, freedom and human values. Not three weeks after their visit to Miroslav Štandera, this last fighter pilot and direct participant in the battles in France and Great Britain passed away, at the age of 95.

As representatives of the generation born at the end of the twentieth century, Matoušek and Veškrna were able to glimpse the last rays of light of a setting story. Czechoslovak airmen often paid twice for their courage—those who survived the war were jailed or otherwise persecuted. And even their children, due to the inconvenient reputations of their fathers as “western airmen” were not allowed to study, or were subjected to other hardships in their lives.

Since the end of the Second World War, the world has managed to change radically and accelerate. The world witnesses and participates in the shifting of human and technical possibilities, rapidly changing standards of behavior, social dogmas and rules. From this moment of the present, people constantly reflect on the past and create a vision of the future. Squadron is a tool designed to support this creative process, of which everyone is a co-creator. Hopefully, it also bears the torch of a story that should be remembered.

C/O VIENNA Magazine THE BEAUTY ISSUE

“SMELLS LIKE CHEWING GUM”—The Beauty Issue is full of interviews, reports, stories, photo and art works by internationally known and upcoming artists and authors. From which ingredients does beauty develop? Where do we find beautiful things in the world? What is beautiful? Who determines what is beautiful and what is ugly? We’ll try to answer these questions by talking to people who might have found the answer.

The Beauty Issue comes along with contributions by:
BELA BORSODI
JAKOB LENA KNEBL
HEALING STONES 2.0
WER IST DIE SCHÖNSTE IM GANZEN LAND?
GELATIN
DER PFERDENARR
SARAH STEINER
THE DIVER
SISSEL TOLAAS
DER KITSCH
DIE SCHÖNHEIT DES BÖSEN
CHRIS AUSTIN HADFIELD
IMMO KLINK
LOS MANTEROS
WITH A LIMITED ART EDITION
BY PETER KOGLER

Slanted Magazine #35—L.A.

From the perspective of a European, Los Angeles is the opposite of our old metropolises. The sprawling multi-dimensionality is alien, and for many, gets on our nerves: the tangled network of highways and the constant driving around (damn you, General Motors streetcar scandal!), the emphasized nonchalance and never ending optimism of everyone, the sunny weather, the ingenious modernist architecture, the film industry, the tourists and the shitty art museums … perhaps, just perhaps everything about this city gets on our nerves. Despite, or maybe because of all of this, L.A. is a fucking awesome city, both in the Biblical sense and the slang sense. This staggering awesomeness is fucking undeniable.

We wanted to meet Ed Ruscha to talk about his mysteriously seductive and motionless-looking reductive paintings. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, but his piece “Hollywood is a verb” inspired the three different titles/cover variations of this issue. We would also have liked to see David Hockney, who fled the austerity and grey oppression of England (an early Brexit) to Los Angeles to discover a sunny and hedonistic city. No dice there, either. But hey!, in a town like L.A. and on a production like Slanted’s, not everything has to work out. Often, the best things happen when they’re not planned, just as they did here.

We hung out with the wonderful actor Udo Kier and learned a lot about Hollywood and his life. We spent a superb evening with Sarah Lorenzen and her husband, photographer David Hartwell, who meticulously restored the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, the home of architect Richard Neutra (see our video interviews), and a number of other luminaries.

Our partner-in-crime Ian Lynam introduced us to tons of great designers, artists and teachers, who all—really, all—when asked where their allegiance lies: with N.Y. or L.A., yelled “L.A.!!!” without batting an eyelid. We knew that numerous German intellectuals chose L.A. as a refuge from the Nazis. Among them were Bertolt Brecht, Marlene Dietrich, Fritz Lang, Heinrich and Thomas Mann, and Billy Wilder. Artists from other countries found their home here, as well. Luis Buñuel, Jean Renoir, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini and many others took up residency in Tinseltown. The emigrants made the Los Angeles of the 1940s a lively centre of European culture. They lived their individual and collective dreams … because it was possible.

And it’s true. Everything seems to be possible in L.A., and thus, America, even if today seen with a deeper irony and a hyper-acuity to the politics, the sleaze, and the darkness.

After our time in Los Angeles, we left the horizontal city behind us and headed east through the Nevada desert, on roads as if pulled invisibly and intangibly away from a place that brought tears to our eyes: that city on the Pacific which might just be the end of the world.

To be published in May 2020! You are welcome to pre-order the issue now at a discounted subscription price 🙂

TypoLyrics – The Sound of Fonts

Graphic designers love music. This is shown not least by the great enthusiasm of the readers of the typography magazine Slanted for the category Typo Lyrics, in which designers reinterpret music with the help of writing. For the publication of the same name, renowned graphic designers and young talents from all over the world have been inspired by lyrics to innovative font designs. The result is a collection of fascinating visuals – “typefaces” that present contemporary fonts in a slightly different way.

The extraordinary combination of typeface design and music brings the fonts alive and makes them literally dance. In contrast to classic pattern books or fonts, a special, emotional approach to typography is created, which makes clear the great potential for expression of fonts. Analogous to the traditional classification of fonts, the book is divided into eleven chapters, each of which deals with a font family and song lyrics of a specific musical genre.

With contributions from:

123buero (GER)
Base (ES)
bauer (A)
Bureau Mario Lombardo (GER)
Bureau Mirko Borsche (GER)
Fons Hickmann m23 (GER)
Gavillet & Rust (CH)
L2M3 (GER)
Mainstudio (NL)
Matt W. Moore (USA)
Norm (CH)
Paula Troxler (CH)
Pixelgarten (GER)
Vier5 (FR)
und vielen anderen

ENTKUNSTUNG I

ENTKUNSTUNG I is a yearbook that brings together texts and works from our first four editions and, furthermore, it’s complemented with artworks from artists coming from different nationalities and backgrounds. The publication presents more than 90 contributions in art, theory and criticism. The 304-pages book features works from well-known and international established artists and writers, alongside young emerging artists and critics, who took part in this project thanks to our Open Call.

ENTKUNSTUNG II

ENTKUNSTUNG II is a yearbook that brings together texts and artworks addressing this year’s topics: “05 The Body,” “06 Avant-garde,”’ “07 Precariousness” and “08 Emancipation(s).” The publication presents more than 90 contributions in art, theory and criticism, featuring works from well-known and internationally established artists and writers, alongside young emerging ones.

ENTKUNSTUNG III

ENTKUNSTUNG III is a yearbook that brings together texts and artworks addressing this year’s topics: “09 Fetishism,” “10 Time,” “11 Vanity” and “12 Fiction(s).” The publication presents more than 80 contributions in art, theory and criticism, featuring works from well-known and internationally established artists and writers, alongside young emerging ones. It also features studio visits and interviews, among them Alicja Kwade, Jason Gringler, Jeff Mills and Jerry Saltz.

Cellophane #02—In Tension

Cellophane is a new independent magazine designed by master students at Designskolen Kolding. The magazine transmits a critical voice and experimental approach of the students, creating an alternative to publications produced by the institution. Cellophane represents the values of transparency and diversity in thought and content.

The second issue of Cellophane was released in June 2019 entitled “In Tension.” In this issue the addressed themes are all held together by the idea of a growing tension in our age; a tension we can find in the political, artistic, social and technological fields. Finding a cross-thematic title that reflects the “zeitgeist” is fundamental to constantly connect Cellophane to the times we live in. Starting from a wide variety of articles, sharing inspiration and awareness about the most relevant topics of our age, to articles focused on the design industry and photography. The last section focuses on showcasing the most interesting design projects made by the students. Cellophane Magazine therefore creates a new platform for exploring and displaying the potential of today’s design youth.

The Fourth Estate Utopias—House of Common Affairs #1

The House of Common Affairs (HOCA) is a new, smashing journal about the Fourth Estate Utopias. It provides an opportunity to challenge the niche and yet popular field that exists in the overlap between the arts and journalism. HOCA invites a more diverse range of voices into the conversation with the aim to promote an international and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, as well as knowledge. It seeks to offer a space for critical thinking with the aim of provoking further developments in this field.

The Fourth Estate Utopias is the first issue of HOCA, and as such addresses the project’s subtitle, “fancy discussions about Fourth Estate utopias,” and is about the role of visual communication in relation to journalism.

Contents
• Introduction by Noortje van Eekelen
• Forum 1: “An Artist, a Politician, and a Journalist Walk Into a Bar …” with Belle Phromchanya, Ruben Pater, Ken Hollings, Monika Parrinder, Noortje van Eekelen and participants; moderated by Paula Minelgaite
• “Form, function, content, payroll: micro and macro politics of design,” essay by Depatriarchise Design
• Interviews with Alina Negoita, Chourouk Zarkaoui and Latifah Al-Said
• Forum 2: “What Do We Want? Clickbait! When Do We Want It? The Answer Will Shock You!” with Olivier Kugler, Jessie Bond, Theo Inglis and participants; moderated by Paula Minelgaite
• “Parallel channels,” essay by Jaione Cerrato

Contributors
• Alina Negoita is an interdisciplinary artist
• Belle Phromchanya is a designer, visual researcher, and filmmaker
• Chourouk Zarkaoui is a multidisciplinary designer and communicator
• Depatriarchise Design (Anja Neidhardt and Maya Ober) is a research platform focusing on Design Patriarchy
• Jaione Cerrato is a graphic designer and artist
• Jessie Bond is a writer, researcher, and editor
• Ken Hollings is a writer, broadcaster, and cultural theorist
• Latifah Al-Said is an artist of British/Omani heritage
• Monika Parrinder is a design writer, consultant, and educator
• Noortje van Eekelen is the founder and director of ACED
• Olivier Kugler is a reportage illustrator
• Paula Minelgaite is a designer concerned with the politics of truth
• Ruben Pater is a designer and researcher
• Theo Inglis is a graphic designer and writer

 

BANGKOK PHOSPHORS Photobook

A wandering photographic journey through the old and new streets of nocturnal Bangkok.

In 2019 under the auspicious July heat of the Buddhist Holiday, Asalha Puja, I landed in Bangkok on a journey to uncover the hidden nocturnal side of the Thai capital with my new photographic series BANGKOK PHOSPHORS.

I wandered the city, from downtown Bang Rak to the Temple of Dawn, to discover the different faces of the city and the people as they were illuminated by the phosphors of the night.

BANGKOK PHOSPHORS is a photo series exploring the streets and architecture of Bangkok illuminated by night. Bangkok is a city defined by its light & shadows, and like the phosphors of an old television set that are burnt-out and grainy, the city holds onto its soft color and afterglow even after the sun goes down. The people of the night come out and a new world emerges …

BANGKOK PHOSPHORS was captured over a period of five weeks as I went out every night to discover the changing face of the megacity between the old way of life and modernity.

This project was successfully funded on Kickstarter in September 2019 and there are still some copies available. By purchasing this Photobook you will help support my work and future projects.

BRASILIA #6 —On Doing and Not Doing

There is chaos on the roads of our brave new world. Ideas, inspirations, opportunities roar past on all sides. Anything is possible; everyone is doing something. But what exactly? In the sixth edition of Brasilia Magazine, designers set out on a quest for meaning. Lena Dierkhüse discovered that Tinder may not lead to a great love, but can help you swipe away the need to make a decision. Jens Mahlstedt knows that anyone who does anything always does it wrong anyway. Karen Fromm shows us that photographic truths are increasingly called into question and advises us to form our own opinions from the diversity of possible information sources. Walter Hellmann and Franz Deckert tell us why traditional trades and solid specialized knowledge are indispensable. On the statistical level, Katharina Krämer has collected 10,000 things in her life. She wonders whether she can now release herself from this responsibility, while Katrin Brümmer explains how the power of objects can be used for the meaningful design of public space. And so we drive along on the Autobahn of endless possibilities, looking right and left, up and down. With a bit of luck we see lakes to the left and castles to the right. Creative inspiration and answers to questions both old and new can be found everywhere. Then why not try looking within? This is the seat of imagination, creativity and inventiveness. One thing is clear: you can’t do nothing!