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Monthly Review #11

— Tribute to plant time | France Culture | La Compagnie des poètes by Manou Farine | May 10, 2019 Manou Farine welcomes Marc Jeanson, head of the collections of the National Herbarium of the Paris Natural History Museum, co-author of the book Botanist (Grasset, 2019) and Cees Nooteboom, author of the book 533: le livre des jours (Actes sud, 2019). The first book is a story that "shakes the leaves of the herbarium" and describes the challenges for the botanists of the 21st century. As for Cees Nooteboom, he reveals in his last work with cleverness and eloquence fragments of life, from literature to botany via the current events, as an ode to patience. (Podcast in French)

— Assemble turns derelict New Orleans building into experimental fashion school | by Bridget Cogley | Dezeen | May 2, 2019 The London-based studio Assemble has transformed a derelict New Orleans building into a fashion school for the local community:The Materials Institute for the design and production of textile and garments within the framework of the Art school founded by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tazmania. The teaching is experimental, inspired by the Black Mountain College (founded in 1933 in North Carolina), and aims at offering a space, tools and alternative program training to students who would not have access to these opportunities otherwise.

— Your Questions About Food and Climate Change, Answered. How to shop, cook and eat in a warming world| by Julia Moskin, Brad Plumer, Rebecca Lieberman et Eden Weingart | le New York Times | April 30, 2019 At the time of global warming, this data visualization, designed as a heuristic map, addresses in a playful and efficient way the question of our food diets and their impact on the environment.

— Designer Christien Meindertsma Is Pushing the Design Possibilities of Humble Flax | by Claire Voon |Metropolis magazine |April 6, 2019 Everything Connects, currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago, is an exhibition presenting Christien Meindertsma’s multiple uses of linen to create sustainable furniture and objects. The origin of the project is the designer's nascent love for the material and the realization that it may disappear along with local and sustainable production methods. The purpose of this exhibition is to highlight the tension around the linen situation.

— Mediating meaning | by Vera Sachetti, Viktor Bedö, Ayse Draz, Jana Scholze, Judith Seng, Diane Sunar |Disegno |15 mai 2019 This article highlights the work of Judith Seng Acting Things Series presented first as part of the 4th Istanbul Biennale in 2018 and more recently in the exhibition A School of Schools, Learning by Design in Luma Arles. Judith Seng launched the experimental production series ACTING THINGS, which explores design as a choreography of everyday life. Participants are invited to negotiate and share piles of coloured sand. They are invited to choose a scenario, for instance, the negotiation of emotions or values such as justice, security, education, etc. In this interview, several personalities from the art world accepted to play the game and share their feelings and the possibilities that the project opens up according to them.

— New Ways of Seeing: can John Berger's classic decode our baffling digital age? | By James Bridle | The Guardian | April 16, 2019 How can we begin to understand a world in which the most powerful technologies of our time are so difficult to see that most of us are not even aware of them? This is the question that London-based artist and writer James Bridle attempt to answer through his podcast project New Ways of Seeing. Inspired by John Berger's 1972 seminal book Ways of Seeing, which opened up new perspectives on art as a mirror of society, here we discover Stephanie Dinkins, an artist who builds her own artificial intelligence from generations of women of colour to counter dominant bias in the context of recruitment and sentencing. As for Morehshin Allahyari, he uses 3D printing to recover the stories and sculptures destroyed by Isis - and appropriated by Western museums. A new vision of artists that is essential to enlighten the times in which we live.

— Tool of the Month | Litterbase, online platform for marine litter This mapping tool tracks the quantity and the distribution of litter and microplastics in the oceans and seas of the globe. Created and launched in 2013 by three researchers from the Alfred Wegener for the polar and marine research (AWI) in Bremerhaven (Germany), the platform compiles all the scientific data published on this topic (that is to say 1300 publications) into this unique database that emphasizes on the pollution impact on the aquatic life.