Aesthetica Magazine Issue 43

October / November 2011

This issue has a strong focus on the interconnectivity of art and politics. Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935 opens this autumn at the Royal Academy, London; presenting a survey of Russian avant-garde architecture. September 11 is on show at MoMA in New York, marking 10 years since the terrorist attacks in the USA. The Turner Prize opens at Baltic; it’s the first time in its history that the exhibition and prize have been presented outside of a Tate venue. We examine the 12th Istanbul Biennial and its ambiguous theme –Untitled. There is also a visual glimpse of PhotoPhnomPenh, Cambodia’s photography festival, as well as an introduction to Silja Magg, an upcoming photographer from New York.

In film, we chat with acclaimed British director and BAFTA Award nominee, Sallie Aprahamian, about Broken Lines, a film that asks: to whom do we owe loyalty and why? Tindersticks release Claire Denis Film Scores 1996 – 2009, and to accompany the release, the band will perform a series of ambitious live concerts in cinematic settings. In music, we look at the impact of social networking on music journalism and chat with the “it” band of the moment, Submotion Orchestra, about their debut. In performance, we speak with Sean Holmes from the Lyric Hammersmith about his production of Edward Bond’s Saved.

Finally, Frankie Shea offers a few last words on this year’s Moniker Art Fair and the rise of street art in the contemporary art market.

Forest Fire

Staring at the X is Forest Fire’s second album following their acclaimed debut, Survival, which received high praise across tastemaking blogs.

Mike Doughty

Doughty’s signature blend of sounds and genres is more present in this album. Known for merging indie, folk, rock, Americana and blues, Doughty creates an overall listening experience.


Grizzly Bear multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor’s first solo project is captivating. Combining an array of sounds and moods, Dreams Come True is an album that will appeal from its first track.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

This second album from We Were Promised Jetpacks is aptly named; their aggressive brand of indie rock delivers a bracing blow.

Kill It Kid

Kill It Kid is many things, but first of all, they’re loud. Since critical response to their first album pigeon-holed the band in with acoustic neo-rock, the second album does well to break free from these labels.

Submotion Orchestra

Submotion Orchestra formed when Ruckspin and hip hop underground label Ranking Records were commissioned by the Arts Council to write and perform a live dubstep piece in York Minster.

Drowning in a Sea of Words

Nothing has hit the world of music writing harder than the social networking explosion. But the ways in which the writing has changed are still up for debate.

Unidentified Discontent

In October 2011, Edward Bond’s seminal play Saved returned to London for the first time since 1984, provoking questions about the nature of violence in our society.

Our Day Will Come

Filmed to the grim backdrop of France’s industrial northern coast Our Day Will Come is clearly intended as an abstract parable for racism and discrimination.

Bal (Honey)

Yakup works in the mountain forests gathering honey, entering a mysterious world in the tree-tops that is an endless source of fascination for the young Yusuf.

Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times

Given unprecedented access to the New York Times media desk for a year, Page One follows journalists and editors as they struggle to find captivating stories and defend the newspaper from its critics.

YSL: L’Amour Fou

Whilst other documentaries have focused on the career of the couturier, Thoretton takes an intimate look at the relationship between Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.

Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures is the film that launched Peter Jackson and Kate Winslet’s careers internationally. If it isn’t in your collection, now is the time to add it.

Julia’s Eyes

Dark and genuinely disturbing, Julia’s Eyes is as captivating as you’d expect from a film produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Broken Lines

We chat with acclaimed British director and BAFTA nominee, Sallie Aprahamian, about her new film, Broken Lines.

Iconic Partnerships

UK-based band, Tindersticks, discuss their artistic relationship with fêted French director, Claire Denis, exploring the cross-over between music and film.

Istanbul Biennial

The 12th Istanbul Biennial contemplates a world of abstraction, inviting sober reflection when it is needed most.

Photographic Dialogues

In its representation of a broad spectrum of narratives, PhotoPhnomPenh offers a unique glimpse into contemporary Cambodia and how local modes of artistic production form part of a global dialogue.

Collective Cultural Memory

On the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, an exhibition at Moma Ps1 examines their impact on our perceptions of culture.

Building the Revolution

In autumn 2011, a major survey explored a 20 year period in Soviet art and architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts.