Aesthetica Magazine 70
Is the process as important as the outcome? It’s an interesting question and I suppose it depends on the context of any given situation. I truly believe that we do learn from our mistakes and so, with that adage close to my heart manifested in all that I do, it seems that I align more to the former rather than the latter notion. However, I will contradict myself here because sometimes when you’re making / creating something, it’s not until the very end that it all “comes together” to produce a stellar nal result. Overall, perhaps it’s the circumstances that define the rules of engagement?
This issue is about both beginnings and ends, and in many ways the spaces in between. We explore the growing trends of green fashion and look at how sustainability is no longer an option but really a must in this industry. However, with designers like Stella McCartney and Gucci following suit, it means that definitions of “green” are changing. Pompidou opens an extensive retrospective of French designer Pierre Paulin, which looks at how he continuously used functionality, together with practicality, to create long-lasting pieces, most notably his chairs. We also take a look at the sheer ingenuity behind Japanese architecture: its clever use of space, light and shapes creates some of the world’s most unique buildings.
In photography, Photo London returns to the capital this May and we give you an overview of some of this year’s highlights. The stunning self-portraits of Alicia Savage depict a greater universality, while the work of Cara Barer demonstrates the artist’s fascination with experimentation; paper becomes her muse. Laurent Kronental presents a different view of Parisian social housing by showing its grandeur and design, and Christopher Payne’s images are a glimpse into abandoned interiors and how, in the process of breaking down, a new type of beauty emerges. Joshua Jordan, cover photographer this issue, portrays the fun, glamour and nostalgia of youth. Finally, the Last Words go to Francesco Pergolesi, who speaks about the process of looking through a detailed series Heroes, which examines interior spaces.
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.
You will receive:
- One-year subscription to Aesthetica Magazine
- Creative Writing Annual. An anthology of fiction and poetry
- Future Now: Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2015
Future Now: Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium
Tackling themes in today’s artistic climate through lectures, portfolio reviews and panel discussions, the Future Now symposium focuses on the arts ecosystem within a broader social context. The symposium is a place for an exchange of ideas, offering support, talent development and networking opportunities to those working in the sector.
Future Now is an opportunity for you to meet the UK’s leading art organisations, publications and curators. Topics include Talent Development and Responsibility; Funding and Commissions; The Impact of Art Prizes; Progression Routes; Digital and Moving Image; Video Art and Technology; Building the Artists’ Career, and the Permanence of Print amongst others.
Meet Representatives from the Following Organisations
Arusha Gallery / Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow / Central St Martins / Delfina Foundation / Ffotogallery / Film & Video Umbrella / Film London / Flowers Gallery / Leeds Art Gallery / Flux / FORMAT Photography Festival / Frieze / Glasgow School of Art / Hepworth / Hiscox / Horniman Museum and Gardens / It’s Nice That / Jerwood Foundation / Liverpool Biennial / Lumen Prize / Manchester Metropolitan University / National Media Museum / Northern Film and Media / Norwich University of the Arts / O Street / Oh Comely / Channel 4’s Random Acts / Royal College of Art / Sheffield Museums / Suitcase Magazine / The Art Newspaper / Whitechapel Gallery / Zabludowicz Collection.
Symposium passes are now available to order. A one-day pass is £24 and a two-day pass is £36.
Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2016
A celebration of innovation and originality, the Aesthetica Art Prize anthology compiles an international community of established and emerging artists. Entering its 9th year, the award and accompanying annual invites audiences to connect with some of today’s leading practitioners whose projects touch upon key cultural, social, political, environmental and economic themes within the categories of Photographic and Digital Art, Painting and Drawing, Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture, and Video, Installation and Performance.
From ecological concerns to transitions in urbanisation and developments in technology, the 2016 edition provides a cohesive commentary on the way that we inhabit the Earth. Questions of material and personal value align with definitions of virtual and physical realms; depictions of natural landscapes defy tangible realities; and an awareness of time is envisaged in elements of light and sound.
This year’s dynamic collection, which unites 100 artists from countries worldwide including Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, the UK and the USA, is an outstanding resource and prime example of the calibre of works submitted to the Prize. Ranging from site-specific installations to new experiments with light and digital technologies, the 2016 selection instils an enduring reflection on humankind’s role in the present moment.
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 returns with a selection of extraordinary short fiction and poetry to spark the literary imagination. The winners and finalists of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015 represent a broad selection of the very best in established and promising international talent. The featured compositions invoke a rich array of imagery and concepts that illuminate daily life. This inspirational collection combines longevity with innovation – a book that will stay with the reader, whilst offering new perspectives on the world and our place within it.
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.