Aesthetica Magazine Issue 57

February / March 2014

Experimentation is the key component to innovation. It’s essential to try new things and to gather your inspiration from as many sources as possible. This means that you have to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time, and engage with something that you might not normally encounter. Inside Issue 57, we begin with a discussion around the parameters of photography and the role that light, colour and subject play with What Is a Photograph?

Martin Creed’s first survey show, What’s the point of it?, explores the artist’s minimalist and thought-provoking approach to transforming everyday materials into moments of profound discovery. Isaac Julien’s latest seven-screen installation, Playtime, premieres at Victoria Miro, London, and it explores the dramatic and complex theme of financial capital. Sensing Spaces presents the work of seven internationally renowned architectural firms that are pushing the boundaries of space and design. In photography, we look at the expansive Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, which features over 500 photographs and celebrates the life and work of the artist 10 years after his death.

Alex Prager’s Face in the Crowd opens in Los Angeles taking the idea of anonymity to its limits. We also introduce the work of three exceptional photographers: Ryan Schude, who takes surrealist and painterly photographs, while Samantha VanDeman captures isolation through vacated spaces, and finally, our cover photographer Sam Heydt uses bold colour to explore cultural dichotomies.

In film, we speak with Bruno Delbonnel, cinematographer of the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis about creating that perfect frame, which tells a compelling story. We also chat with Asghar Farhadi about his latest release The Past, and how he exposes the drama that occurs between family members. In music, we look at how bands are joining forces with fashion labels, merging two worlds in new and interesting ways. Fuerzabruta is in full force with their immersive and groundbreaking performance. Finally, the last words go to Richard Deacon about his latest exhibition opening at Tate Britain this winter. Enjoy the issue!

New York Bike Style

“To ride in New York”, the introduction informs us, “is to have a level of authority over an otherwise untamed landscape.”

Imagined Scenarios

Face in the Crowd is the new series of work from Alex Prager, who creates fascinating scenes utilising bright palettes and constructed settings.

Inclusive Practice

Martin Creed’s first ever retrospective opens at the Hayward Gallery, London, this spring, exposing the large body of work of the genre-defying artist.

Height of Fashion

Music and fashion have a closer relationship than ever; however, the question remains: can musicians be good designers and do the two media interact?

Historical Narratives

Known for his innovative approach through the “decisive moment”, Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the founding figures of modern photography.


Fanfarlo’s third album, Let’s Go Extinct, is a joy to listen to, infusing pop anthems with lyrical concerns about the future and human evolution.

A New Perspective

Sensing Spaces sees seven international architecture practices transform the Royal Academy into a multi-sensory experience with site-specific installations.


At the heart of War Room Stories is a wonderful and vast muddle of textures – found sounds, atmospheric synths and subtle movements.

Keziah Jones

We rather like the genre name Jones has cooked up to define his music: blufunk. It combines punk, funk and Yoruba rhythms to form a reasonably enticing mix.

Forgotten Stories

The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis is an intimate tale of the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. We speak to cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel about his visual interpretation.

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Blue is the Warmest Colour charts the journey of Adèlefrom curiosity to melancholy via all points in between.

Experimental Photography

A new exhibition opens in New York at the International Center of Photography that interrogates what it means to work in analogue and digital photography today.

Show Time

Show Time examines art exhibitions from the late 1980s to the present day and looks at how they have altered our understanding of the curator’s role.

Super Electric Party Machine

Conceived from the notorious club night of the same name, Super Electric Party Machine has concocted a high octane, fierce explosion of an album.


InRealLife opens with the provocative question, “Have we outsourced our children to the internet? And if yes, where are they and who owns them?”


Full of electronica and orchestral echoes, Slo Light is a collection of songs built on suspense and varied levels of noise.

Free Fall

Betrayal and guilt are the recurring themes in Free Fall, Stephen Lacant’s powerful film about forbidden love.

Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me!

Halsman’s relentless creativity kept his magnificent imagery alive and allowed him to construct a vivid picture of prosperous American society.

Le Week-End

Two lost souls seek a light at the end of the long tunnel called marriage and hope to find it on a romantic weekend in Paris.

Familiar Relationships

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s The Past follows his multi award-winning drama A Separation with a rigorous examination of truth, history and human relationships.