Aesthetica Magazine Issue 75
I recently attended the launch of a new screen school in the UK and the speaker said something fabulous that he picked up from a calligrapher in Baghdad: “Poetry is around us everywhere, it’s just waiting to be written.” That is one of the most profound notions that I’ve come across in a while. It’s simple but true. The world is full of possibility and it’s not so much about looking but more about seeing. Today’s society is complex, and it’s a certainty that each generation has its intricacies, but we are moving at an unprecedented rate into a new type of contemporary existence. On the one hand it’s exciting but on the other it seems to be terrifying. Careful negotiation of the boundaries becomes essential for survival. My advice would be to slow down sometimes, or stop and pay attention to the world around us.
This issue focuses on the beauty of pausing for a while. We take a trip to Scandinavia to uncover why Swedish, Danish and Norwegian design is so appealing, from big exports to new designers; we are looking at what makes Nordic culture so attractive. A new publication from Phaidon, Elemental Living, considers the environment and both its invasive and responsive constructions: the built world can find balance within its natural counterpart. This is so important, not just for the charming gîte in the countryside but how we can transfer this concept into urban planning for life in the 21st century and beyond. London-based collective United Visual Artists reveal a commission at MONA, Australia, which looks at the value of art. This is a big theme – one that must be discussed and debated considering the current state of affairs worldwide. This exhibition reminds us that we must be cautious in order to safeguard the future.
In photography, JUCO returns to Aesthetica to bring stylised cool and pop sensationalism whilst Aaron Feaver captures the essence of youth. Anna Di Prospero uses her body to mirror architectural shapes, meanwhile Brooke Didonato, J Bennett Fitts, Reginald Van de Velde and Ricardo Bofill contemplate external and internal spaces. This issue reminds us to find the epic in the everyday.
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. 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.
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.
Creative Writing Annual
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 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.
I recently attended the launch of a new screen school in the UK and the speaker said something fabulous that he picked up from a…
December / January 2017
Social Ingenuity: Lauren Marsolier, Gregory Crewdson, Romina Ressia, Patrick Joust, Giorgio Stefanoni, Cristina Coral, Julio Le Parc.
Intuitive Connections: Sebastian Weiss, Mária Švarbová, Natalia Evelyn Bencicova, Aurélien Villette and Ben Thomas, Chiharu Shiota.
Addressing Transition: Michael Wolf, Gabriel Isak, Frédéric Delangle, Benoit Paillé, Rebecca Louise Law, The Next Generation 2016.
June / July 2016
Bold Opposition: Jacques Ferrier, James Casebere, Kristina Varaksina, Clemens Ascher, Ori Gersht, Holly Andres, Marie Hald.
April / May 2016
Process versus Outcome: Laurent Kronental, Christopher Payne, Alicia Savage, Cara Barer, Pierre Paulin, Photo London, Joshua Jordan.
February / March 2016
Visionary Progression: Saul Leiter, Women Photographers from the Arab World, Eric Ogden, Julia Hetta, Amy Harrity.
December / January 2016
Past Presence: Maia Flore, Olafur Eliasson, Evgenia Arbugaeva, Iris van Herpen, Kourtney Roy, Ari Gabel, Tom Kundig, Emma Hartvig.
October / November 2015
Structural Exchange: Lilli Waters, Guillaume Lechat, Greg Girard, René & Radka, Pedro Costa and Emily Jacir.
August / September 2015
Bespoke Ingenuity: Sarah Charlesworth, Matthieu Venot, Laurent Chehere, David Adjaye, Ellen Kooi and Dutch fashion.
June / July 2015
Designing Innovation: Lori Nix, Ellie Davies, Carlo Cafferini, Kostas Murkudis, Caio Reisewitz and Candida Höfer.
April / May 2015
Insight and intrigue: Jürgen Schrepfer, Anja Niemi, Guillaume Grasset, Yossi Michaeli, Astrid Verhoef and Eskil Vogt.
February / March 2015
Experimentation with the new: Barbara Kasten, Douglas Coupland, Dries Van Noten, Viviane Sassen, Lynda Benglis and Matthias Heiderich.
December / January 2015
The idea of the unconventional with Anne Collier, Frank Gehry, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Guy Bourdin, Todd Hido and Julie Cockburn.
October / November 2014
Progress and change: The Future of Fashion is Now, Lee Boroson, Olafur Eliasson, Stephen Shore, Barry Cawston and Richard Tuschman.
August / September 2014
The 60th edition of Aesthetica celebrates innovation: Annette Messager, Christopher Williams, Robert Capa and Susan Hiller.
June / July 2014
The idea of the unexpected: Barbara Kruger, Louis Kahn, Robert Adams, Stan Douglas, Matt Henry, Thomas Jorion and Michel Gondry.
April / May 2014
Artistic output: Ernesto Neto, Bernard Tschumi, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Phil Bergerson, Nadia Lee Cohen, Kourtney Roy and Richard Ayoade.
February / March 2014
Experimentation is the key component to innovation: Martin Creed, Isaac Julien, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Prager and Sam Heydt.
December / January 2014
Reflecting on the past and future: Paul Smith, Isa Genzken, Philippe Parreno, Cally Whitham, Maroesjka Lavigne and Cornelia Parker.
October / November 2013
Redefinitions as a way of constructing new meaning: Elmgreen & Dragset, Alejandro Chaskielberg and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.
August / September 2013
Boundary pushing artists: Jason Rhoades, James Turrell, Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, Julie Blackmon and Gail Albert Halaban.
June / July 2013
New Structures: Alfredo Jaar, Rodney Graham, Jasmina Cibic, Miles Aldridge, Michael Craig-Martin, Ben Wheatley, Formento & Formento.
April / May 2013
Cultural Intersections: Amalia Pica, Julio Le Parc, Rudy Burckhardt, Bharat Sikka, Pedro Reyes, Astrid Kruse Jensen and Akram Khan.
February / March 2013
Material Impact: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Garry Winogrand, Michael Eastman and Marquis Montes.
December / January 2013
The 10th Anniversary Issue: Sanja Iveković, Dorothy Bohm, Isa Genzken, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Prager and Evgenia Arbugaeva.
October / November 2012
Collaboration is a catalyst for unexpected outcomes: William Klein, Daido Moriyama, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Tim Walker.
August / September 2012
Unexpected moments: Penelope Slinger, Cig Harvey, Akif Hakan Celebi, Ed Atkins, Alastair Siddons and Malik Bendjelloul.
June / July 2012
New ways of seeing: Edgar Martins, Jimmie Durham, Mel Karch, Matthew Akers, Marina Abramović, Martina Gusman and Polly Morgan.
April / May 2012
Critical thinking and wider narratives: Jeremy Cooper, Los Carpinteros, Roger Ballen, David Creedon, Jeff Hahn and Karl Markovics.
February / March 2012
Exploration and re-examination: Cindy Sherman, British Design 1948-2012 at the V&A, Shilpa Gupta, Jes Benstock and Staves.
December / January 2012
Locating identity: Sharon Lockhart at SFMOMA, Anselm Kiefer, Zarina Bhimji, Pablo Giorgelli and Christoph Benjamin Schulz.
October / November 2011
Interconnectivity of art and politics: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935, the Turner Prize, Silja Magg, Sallie Aprahamian and Frankie Shea.
August / September 2011
Time and awareness: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Charles Matton and Mariah Robertson.
June / July 2011
Cultural transformations: Bruce Nauman, Jason Schembri, Cory Arcangel, Marina Abramović, Semih Kaplanoğlu and Underground Railroad.
April / May 2011
In the spirit of celebration: James Turrell, Wim Wenders, Alice Anderson, Kate MccGwire, Zoë Gray, Pedro Janeiro and Matt Bissonnette.
February / March 2011
Redefining visual culture: Anna Parkina, Haroon Mirza, Susan Hiller, Stefanie Braun, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and Marc Evans.
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.
October / November 2010
Achievement in the face of adversity: Neeta Madahar, Mechanical Couture, Rebecca Handler, Clio Barnard and Andrea Dunbar.
August / September 2010
The current state of play: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Stuart Brisley, Javier Fuentes-León, Jannica Honey, Ruffians and Rob Da Bank.
June / July 2010
A celebration of bold risk taking: Jonathan Wateridge, Jerwood Contemporary Makers, Sean Raggett and Frightened Rabbit.
April / May 2010
Exchange of ideas: Marina Abramović, Stuart Semple, CONTACT photography festival, Yorgos Lathimos and Rufus Wainwright.
February / March 2010
Ingenuity, innovation and pushing artistic boundaries: OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS, From Floor to Sky, Bani Abidi and Martin Koolhoven.
December / January 2010
Digital world: Barbara Kruger, Tim Burton, Digital Design Sensations at the V&A, Yojiro Takita, A.A. Bondy and Simon Robson.
October / November 2009
Challenging the boundaries of art and fashion: Martin Parr, Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Alex Box, Telekinesis! and Keith Donohue.
August / September 2010
The 30th edition: Rankin, Bob & Roberta Smith, Grayson Perry, Chika Unigwe, Woodstock, Sally Potter, Metta Theatre and Neil Forsyth.