Aesthetica Magazine Issue 49

October / November 2012

Collaboration is often the catalyst for unexpected outcomes. It’s these moments of exchange that create serendipity. This issue starts with William Klein + Daido Moriyama, opening this October at Tate Modern, which juxtaposes both photographers’ works and explores modern and urban life in New York and Tokyo. We also take a closer look at the work of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, whose show Bivouac opens this autumn at MCA Chicago. Tim Walker presents a breathtakingly surreal exhibition, Story Teller at London’s Somerset House, which combines the worlds of conceptual art and fashion photography. M to M of M/M (Paris) is a survey of one of the most influential and emblematic design practices and art partnerships in the 21st century. The Serial Portrait opens this autumn and explores the practice of taking multiple portraits of the same subjects.

Six Lines of Flight runs at SFMOMA, and features key artists from around the world who have developed unique artistic organisations in six different cities that have become burgeoning artistic centres. Nadav Kander travelled the full distance of the Yangtze River, capturing the changing face of China. Finally, we introduce Formento & Formento, whose works construct a powerful cinematic narrative.

In film we speak with Yorgos Lanthimos about his latest release Alps, the highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed Dogtooth, which explores the absurdity of life and death. We also interview P. David Ebersole about his latest release, Hit So Hard, a documentary about Patty Schemel from the band Hole. In music, we look at how musical instrument designers are pushing their creations in new and unexpected directions. We also chat with Brasstronaut, who create sweet and melancholic pop, about the release of their debut. In performance, we look at the process of writing, directing and performing a play in just 24 hours.

Finally, we speak with Matthew Darbyshire about his forthcoming exhibition T Rooms, which opens at the Zabludowicz Collection, London, and explores the realities of regeneration. Enjoy.

Hit So Hard

The rock and roll lifestyle may be all glamour to an outsider, but rockumentary Hit So Hard shows precisely how one musician paid the price for fame.

M/M Paris

Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag celebrate their 20th anniversary. A new book examines their unique fusion of graphic design, art, music and fashion.

Cinematic Intensity

Formento & Formento is a partnership between BJ and Richeille Formento. Based in the USA, the pair creates cinematic images that rest somewhere between fine art and fashion photography.

Tim Walker

Tim Walker presents a breathtakingly surreal exhibition, Story Teller at Somerset House, which combines the worlds of conceptual art and fashion photography.

Six Lines of Flight

A new exhibition at SFMOMA surveys the work of artists from six cities that have become burgeoning artistic centres, exploring the changing nature of today’s international artistic landscape.

Musical Instrument Design

Musical instrument designers are pushing their creations in new and unexpected directions. In the process, the instruments themselves are becoming a lot more than just tools for making music.

Style Feed: The World’s Top Fashion Blogs

Picked by arguably the most successful fashion blogger, Susie Bubble, this text lists the most influential writers and photographers of the online fashion realm.

Burning Shapes

These Things Happen offers such a perfect balance of guitar-rich up-tempo treats and laid-back melody that it’s a surprise to discover it’s Burning Shapes’ debut.

Fast Girls

Blue-collar black kid meets snooty white rich girl and they play out their rivalries on the running track. And that’s it. Noel Clarke’s script does what it says on the tin.

Nadav Kander: Yangtze – The Long River

In Nadav Kander’s series Yangtze – The Long River, a body of work for which he won the prestigious 2009 Prix Pictet photographic award, Kander followed the Yangtze River for most of its 4,000 miles.


Orr can make some great beats. Wise has a killer voice. And together, the Brooklyn duo make some beguiling pop music: all sultry textures and tinkling asides.

Capturing the Individual

The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years showcases 153 works by 20 artists who photographed the same subject in the same place repeatedly.

Minus the Bear

Minus the Bear’s fifth album sees the quintet reunited with former member and long time producer Matt Bayles and is, in many ways, a return to form.

Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography

Marking the 125th anniversary of the birth of Le Corbusier, this text illuminates his dynamic relationship with photography.

Neue Welt

Over more than two decades, Wolfgang Tillmans has explored the medium of photography with impressive range. This book was created in the course of numerous journeys around the world.

Boys Noize

This is all about the bass: big, crunchy, rumbly synths that will shake any pair of headphones to pieces.

All in Good Time

Rafta lends itself superbly to the screen in this hugely enjoyable – if not exactly groundbreaking – adaptation.

The Landlord

Originally released in 1970, this cult classic tells the story of a well-to-do New Yorker who becomes the landlord of an inner-city tenement.

Cat Power

Celebrated for her searching voice and haunting guitar, the American singer makes a welcome return to original material on this tenth album.

Stencil Republic

Including an introduction by street artist Lady Aiko and an interview with Stencil King, this is a stimulating introduction to stencils, spraypaint and public space.