Aesthetica Magazine Issue 72

Aesthetica Magazine Issue 72

August/September 2016

A word that keeps cropping up everywhere is “post.” Recently I’ve come across post-digital, post-internet, post-fashion, post-human, post-advertising and pretty much everything in between. But I really don’t think that we’re post-digital. I think “post” had a different meaning in the early days of postmodernist thought. The internet and technology still define our lives. Back in June with Brexit, I was glued to my phone and constantly checking the news. Is the UK post-Europe? I promised myself that this editor’s note wouldn’t be about the EU referendum. We’ve all spoken about it to death, but the potential degree and level of change opens up a chasm of uncertainty larger than anything that I’ve known before.

Much of this issue is about the relationship between our everyday lives and wider political forces. We start with the Venice Architecture Biennale, examining themes of Utopia through a greater understanding of our dystopian state, from the migrant crisis and the environment to sustainability and political systems. New Romance, a collaboration between MCA Sydney and MMCA Seoul, looks at the role humanity plays in the future of the Earth. It’s a theme recently explored by other major institutions, but this survey directly interrogates what it means to be human. Mode in Flux picks up on this, exploring fashion’s role in a post-recession landscape, through wearable technology, interactivity and sustainability.

In photography, these ideas are continued through Michael Wolf’s depiction of sprawling skyscrapers in Hong Kong whilst Vittorio Ciccarelli presents an urban atmosphere both full and devoid of human interaction. Gabriel Isak’s body of work acts as a metaphor for loneliness and hope. We have also collaborated with London College of Communication to bring you the third instalment of The Next Generation, which surveys new practitioners who are responding to uncapped technological possibilities in an age of social, political and economic uncertainty. These young photographers are ones to watch in the future. Finally and fittingly, Rebecca Louise Law offers the last words on finding beauty in decay.

The Creative Package

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

Future Now

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.

Future Now

Future Now

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

Creative Writing Anthology

2016 Edition

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

Creative Writing Anthology

2015 Edition

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.

Issue 72

Issue 72

August/September 2016

Addressing Transition: Michael Wolf, Gabriel Isak, Frédéric Delangle, Benoit Paillé, Rebecca Louise Law, The Next Generation 2016.

Issue 71

Issue 71

June / July 2016

Bold Opposition: Jacques Ferrier, James Casebere, Kristina Varaksina, Clemens Ascher, Ori Gersht, Holly Andres, Marie Hald.

Issue 70

Issue 70

April / May 2016

Process versus Outcome: Laurent Kronental, Christopher Payne, Alicia Savage, Cara Barer, Pierre Paulin, Photo London, Joshua Jordan.

Issue 69

Issue 69

February / March 2016

Visionary Progression: Saul Leiter, Women Photographers from the Arab World, Eric Ogden, Julia Hetta, Amy Harrity.

Issue 68

Issue 68

December / January 2016

Past Presence: Maia Flore, Olafur Eliasson, Evgenia Arbugaeva, Iris van Herpen, Kourtney Roy, Nicolas Dhervillers, Ari Gabel, Tom Kundig, Emma Hartvig.

Issue 67

Issue 67

October / November 2015

Structural Exchange: Lilli Waters, Guillaume Lechat, Greg Girard, René & Radka, Pedro Costa and Emily Jacir.

Issue 66

Issue 66

August / September 2015

Bespoke Ingenuity: Sarah Charlesworth, Matthieu Venot, Laurent Chehere, David Adjaye, Ellen Kooi and Dutch fashion.

Issue 65

Issue 65

June / July 2015

Designing Innovation: Lori Nix, Ellie Davies, Carlo Cafferini, Kostas Murkudis, Caio Reisewitz and Candida Höfer.

Issue 64

Issue 64

April / May 2015

Insight and intrigue: Jürgen Schrepfer, Anja Niemi, Guillaume Grasset, Yossi Michaeli, Astrid Verhoef and Eskil Vogt.

Issue 63

Issue 63

February / March 2015

Experimentation with the new: Barbara Kasten, Douglas Coupland, Dries Van Noten, Viviane Sassen, Lynda Benglis and Matthias Heiderich.

Issue 62

Issue 62

December / January 2015

The idea of the unconventional with Anne Collier, Frank Gehry, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Guy Bourdin, Todd Hido and Julie Cockburn.

Issue 61

Issue 61

October / November 2014

Progress and change: The Future of Fashion is Now, Lee Boroson, Olafur Eliasson, Stephen Shore, Barry Cawston and Richard Tuschman.

Issue 60

Issue 60

August / September 2014

The 60th edition of Aesthetica celebrates innovation: Annette Messager, Christopher Williams, Robert Capa and Susan Hiller.

Issue 59

Issue 59

June / July 2014

The idea of the unexpected: Barbara Kruger, Louis Kahn, Robert Adams, Stan Douglas, Matt Henry, Thomas Jorion and Michel Gondry.

Issue 58

Issue 58

April / May 2014

Artistic output: Ernesto Neto, Bernard Tschumi, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Phil Bergerson, Nadia Lee Cohen, Kourtney Roy and Richard Ayoade.

Issue 57

Issue 57

February / March 2014

Experimentation is the key component to innovation: Martin Creed, Isaac Julien, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Prager and Sam Heydt.

Issue 56

Issue 56

December / January 2014

Reflecting on the past and future: Paul Smith, Isa Genzken, Philippe Parreno, Cally Whitham, Maroesjka Lavigne and Cornelia Parker.

Issue 55

Issue 55

October / November 2013

Redefinitions as a way of constructing new meaning: Elmgreen & Dragset, Alejandro Chaskielberg and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

Issue 54

Issue 54

August / September 2013

Boundary pushing artists: Jason Rhoades, James Turrell, Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, Julie Blackmon and Gail Albert Halaban.

Issue 53

Issue 53

June / July 2013

New Structures: Alfredo Jaar, Rodney Graham, Jasmina Cibic, Miles Aldridge, Michael Craig-Martin, Ben Wheatley, Formento & Formento.

Issue 52

Issue 52

April / May 2013

Cultural Intersections: Amalia Pica, Julio Le Parc, Rudy Burckhardt, Bharat Sikka, Pedro Reyes, Astrid Kruse Jensen and Akram Khan.

Issue 51

Issue 51

February / March 2013

Material Impact: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Garry Winogrand, David Bowie, Michael Eastman and Marquis Montes.

Issue 50

Issue 50

December / January 2013

The 10th Anniversary Issue: Sanja Iveković, Dorothy Bohm, Isa Genzken, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Prager and Evgenia Arbugaeva.

Issue 49

Issue 49

October / November 2012

Collaboration is a catalyst for unexpected outcomes: William Klein, Daido Moriyama, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Tim Walker.

Issue 48

Issue 48

August / September 2012

Unexpected moments: Penelope Slinger, Cig Harvey, Akif Hakan Celebi, Ed Atkins, Alastair Siddons and Malik Bendjelloul.

Issue 47

Issue 47

June / July 2012

New ways of seeing: Edgar Martins, Jimmie Durham, Mel Karch, Matthew Akers, Marina Abramović, Martina Gusman and Polly Morgan.

Issue 46

Issue 46

April / May 2012

Critical thinking and wider narratives: Jeremy Cooper, Los Carpinteros, Roger Ballen, David Creedon, Jeff Hahn and Karl Markovics.

Issue 45

Issue 45

February / March 2012

Exploration and re-examination: Cindy Sherman, British Design 1948-2012 at the V&A, Shilpa Gupta, Jes Benstock and Staves.

Issue 44

Issue 44

December / January 2012

Locating identity: Sharon Lockhart at SFMOMA, Anselm Kiefer, Zarina Bhimji, Pablo Giorgelli and Christoph Benjamin Schulz.

Issue 43

Issue 43

October / November 2011

Interconnectivity of art and politics: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935, the Turner Prize, Silja Magg, Sallie Aprahamian and Frankie Shea.

Issue 42

Issue 42

August / September 2011

Time and awareness: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Charles Matton and Mariah Robertson.

Issue 41

Issue 41

June / July 2011

Cultural transformations: Bruce Nauman, Jason Schembri, Cory Arcangel, Marina Abramović, Semih Kaplanoğlu and Underground Railroad.

Issue 40

Issue 40

April / May 2011

In the spirit of celebration: James Turrell, Wim Wenders, Alice Anderson, Kate MccGwire, Zoë Gray, Pedro Janeiro and Matt Bissonnette.

Issue 39

Issue 39

February / March 2011

Redefining visual culture: Anna Parkina, Haroon Mirza, Susan Hiller, Stefanie Braun, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and Marc Evans.

Issue 38

Issue 38

December / January 2011

The first decade of the new millennium: Art Fashion Identity at the Royal Academy, David Spiller, Gilles de Beauchêne and Alan Haydon.

Issue 37

Issue 37

October / November 2010

Achievement in the face of adversity: Neeta Madahar, Mechanical Couture, Rebecca Handler, Clio Barnard and Andrea Dunbar.

Issue 36

Issue 36

August / September 2010

The current state of play: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Stuart Brisley, Javier Fuentes-León, Jannica Honey, Ruffians and Rob Da Bank.

Issue 35

Issue 35

June / July 2010

A celebration of bold risk taking: Jonathan Wateridge, Jerwood Contemporary Makers, Sean Raggett and Frightened Rabbit.

Issue 34

Issue 34

April / May 2010

Exchange of ideas: Marina Abramović, Stuart Semple, CONTACT photography festival, Yorgos Lathimos and Rufus Wainwright.

Issue 33

Issue 33

February / March 2010

Ingenuity, innovation and pushing artistic boundaries: OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS, From Floor to Sky, Bani Abidi and Martin Koolhoven.

Issue 32

Issue 32

December / January 2010

Digital world: Barbara Kruger, Tim Burton, Digital Design Sensations at the V&A, Yojiro Takita, A.A. Bondy and Simon Robson.

Issue 31

Issue 31

October / November 2009

Challenging the boundaries of art and fashion: Martin Parr, Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Alex Box, Telekinesis! and Keith Donohue.

Issue 30

Issue 30

August / September 2010

The 30th edition: Rankin, Bob & Roberta Smith, Grayson Perry, Chika Unigwe, Woodstock, Sally Potter, Metta Theatre and Neil Forsyth.