Aesthetica Magazine 69
I saw an interesting note on the London Underground recently. It said, “recognise where you are in life and be happy with it.” I spent the rest of the day thinking about that one line. In many ways, I agree about taking stock of your current situation and acknowledging the positives. However, I couldn’t help but debate with myself about life not being as simple as that. It’s not really, is it? If the world’s population thought only about the good things, there would be no reason for invention. Life is a journey of discovery, which leads to innovation, and as a result of recognising that something could be improved or done better, often a brand new creation will emerge. This is the space where exciting things happen – just think of all the innovators of our age, people like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg who changed the way we communicate and fundamentally live. In my view, progression is essential.
Many features in this issue discuss the subject of evaluation, which inevitably leads to innovation. Utopian Bodies surveys how fashion can be harnessed to create a better future. We take a look at the iconic spaces that are today’s museums; collectively, these awe-inspiring structures are transforming cities into popular tourist destinations, driving a boom of investment, both in creativity and in a financial sense. She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World opens in Washington DC, and offers insight into the multifaceted identities of a region that is often misunderstood. We also look at lighting design: how it is evolving within our interiors and its impact on artistic modes of work.
In photography, we survey a vast range of works, from the subtle nuances of Eric Ogden to the beautiful undertones of Julia Hetta, while Roger Frei captures the essence of buildings and beauty by means of repetition, and Saul Leiter’s mid-20th century New York street photography recalls a time gone by. Olivia Malone, our cover photographer, presents a sense of freedom through carefree imagery. Finally, the Last Words goes to Do Ho Suh who recreates memory through architecture.
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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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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.