Aesthetica Magazine 66
Technology is at the forefront of everything we do. It amazes me how much I rely on it. If I have a question about anything, I simply type it into Google. I can’t believe that I can get the answer to almost everything instantaneously. Someone reminded me, recently, about the early days of the internet when you couldn’t make a phone call and be online at the same time. I had forgotten about that. As a society, we are continuously pushing the boundaries of technology and I am eager to see what the next advancements will be and the influence these developments will have on artistic production.
This issue joins together a range of creative makers who use materials to construct outstanding works from clothes to buildings and photographs to objects; innovation is the key word. David Adjaye has set the bar for construction across the world, and a mid-career survey at Arts Institute Chicago explores one of architecture’s youngest and most prolific innovators with over 50 projects completed to date. Ode to Dutch Fashion opens this September in The Hague with a historical survey of 100 years of fashion in the Netherlands. With the recent success of Viktor & Rolf and Iris van Herpen on a global scale, Dutch fashion is firmly on the map. New Museum, New York, presents an overview of the late photographer Sarah Charlesworth, who questioned the central role that images play in our culture.
Photographer Ellen Kooi captivates us with cinematic images which depict inward retrospection. Laurent Chehere, inspired by the films of Wim Wenders and Federico Fellini, uses the concrete jungle as a starting point and documents the banlieues of Paris through surrealism, while Ryan Schude creates large-format works that are theatrical in nature and seem to capture a moment frozen in time. Matthieu Venot’s sun-bleached buildings celebrate joy in the everyday. We also highlight the Next Generation, which is our annual showcase of 10 rising stars from London College of Communication. Finally, Lee Bul discusses her work in the last words; it oversteps the boundaries between genres and disciplines.
The Creative Package
This is the ultimate creative package. Inspirational and elegant, the Creative Package includes our Creative Writing Annual, which is a celebration of new writing from across the world. Featuring a collection of outstanding short fiction and poetry alongside introductions by literary experts, this absorbing compendium promises to inspire you long after reading. Also included is the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, Future Now, which showcases cutting-edge practice from today’s ground-breaking creatives.
Through artists’ statements and critical essays, it invites you to discover global concepts through pioneering art and design. On top of all this, you receive a 12 month subscription to Aesthetica Magazine, bringing you six issues packed full with the best in contemporary art and culture across the year. Aesthetica highlights the latest exhibitions, reviews, films, music and photography alongside stimulating features and critical debate. With the Creative Package, you’ll be kept up-to-date with current trends as they develop across the international art world, and will gain insights into the work of leading practitioners shaping contemporary visual culture.
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- One-year subscription to Aesthetica Magazine
- Creative Writing Annual. An anthology of fiction and poetry
- Future Now: Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2015
Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2015
Showcasing cutting-edge practice from today’s ground-breaking contemporary artists, this anthology invites readers to discover global concepts through pioneering art and design. The Aesthetica Art Prize encourages an awareness of the innovative work being produced across a variety of media today. An inspirational resource, this compilation is an opportunity to explore 100 captivating projects, direct from the artists’ perspective, which urges audiences to reconsider the current state of play.
Celebrating individual mediums whilst recognising the richness of interdisciplinary practice, the 2015 selection is distributed across the categories of Photographic and Digital Art; Painting and Drawing; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture, and Video, Installation and Performance. Providing an insight into the thoughts and processes of international artists, the anthology addresses the spectrum of human sentiment associated with a collective past, present and future.
Creative Writing Anthology
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual is a collection of exceptional poetry and outstanding short fiction, which will inspire you long after you’ve finished reading. This absorbing compendium fuses established and emerging literary talent from across the world, and showcases the winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2014. Considering a vast range of themes and subject matter, this text reveals many different aspects of life in today’s society. This is a book that you can return to time and time again; it will ignite your passion for new writing.