This two-part article focuses on Turkish vernacular art and particularly on the concept of Halletmek. This popular Turkish expression refers to the art of solving, adjusting, , through the eyes of designer Nur Horsanali who explored this practice everywhere in Istanbul’s public space as part of the “Unmaking School” show of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, “A school of schools.” It is so widespread that the population no longer seems to be aware of the cleverness of these techniques, which offers a non-institutional alternative to traditional design approaches.
Olga Mascolo shares her impressions on the exhibition "Victor Papanek: the politics of design" at the Vitra Design Museum. The celebrated designer and educator envisioned the design field already back in the 60’s as something that goes much beyond the single object; it is a process, a transdisciplinary system, an integral act that surrounds us. It is holistic, total, and respectful of people and the environment. By focusing on the last room of the show , she reminds us that Papanek’s true impact, however, is to be found in his work as an author and arbiter of a new and critical understanding of design. He lectured in universities around the world, inspiring generations of students, and tirelessly promoted a wider social debate about design. This exhibition is a necessary reminder that practices can change over time, but needs remain the same.
On the occasion of the extensive retrospective devoted to the work of Anni Albers at the Tate Modern in London, Disegno looks back at the atypical journey of this overlooked Bauhaus student. As a female textile artist and designer, Albers has succeeded to blossom in an essentially male-dominated environment by rehabilitating textiles, often forgotten or disregarded, in the fields of architecture and design. Her pioneered textile work combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art to produce intricated small-scale works to complex wall hangings and unique textiles for mass production, finding within this medium many possibilities for the expression of modern life.
Claudy Jongstra is a Dutch textile artist and environmental activist who has spent the past twenty years developing a fully sustainable approach to textile design, including raising her own herd of indigenous Drenthe Heath sheep and cultivating pigments in her biodynamic dye garden in the northern Netherlands. In this essay featured on Maharam Stories, she discusses the notion of tacit knowledge—or empirical experience—through the daily life of her experimental farm and how to enhance and transmit this valuable non-verbal knowledge.
Bernie Krause, is known as an American musician and ecologist who campaigns through the capture of sound landscapes. In this very poetic essay, he looks back at the life and death of the Wild Sanctuary, an organization dedicated to collecting and archiving the sounds of natural habitats, bringing together nearly 15,000 animal species that he then orchestrates into a sound landscape. The study of the acoustic organization of ecosystems has enabled him to document climate change. Now reduced to ashes in the sound of disappearance, the place seems to have truly become a wild sanctuary again.
Logic is a quarterly magazine dedicated to technology. In its 5th issue the editors explore the notion of failure and remind us how closely linked failure and technological progress are. Based on a political observation of failed experiences that shaped the tech industry, “Project Runway” scans the story of the Silicon Valley and what happens when technology explodes and breaks down.