#59 Spring 2019
What can be changed through the twists and tweaks of design, architecture, technology, infra-structure, economics, or daily routines? How can the way we eat, learn, dress, live, and talk be a way to renew ourselves, and so too our society, from the ground up? Given that a different present is almost impossible to imagine and utopia is currently out of reach, in this issue we look at the non-heroic ways of doing things differently that can open our minds and make the world better.
Janek Simon at Ujazdowski Castle by Barbara Piwowarska
Rosemarie Castoro at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac; Theaster Gates at Palais de Tokyo by Charles Teyssou
Rachel Rose at Pilar Corrias by Alex Scrimgeour
“Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint” at M+1 Pavilion by Shanzhai Lyric
Arahmaiani at Museum MACAN by Harry Burke
Harmony Hammond at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum by Ariella Wolens; Alice Neel at David Zwirner and “Revolution from Without ...” by Allison Hewitt Ward; “Tobias Wong, Untitled (Golden)…” at Bureau of General Services by
“Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019: Hito Steyerl” at Akademie der Künste by Laurie Rojas; “Bauhaus Imaginista”at Haus der Kulturen der Welt by Lennart Wolff; Andy Warhol at Galerie Buchholz by Bianca Heuser; “The Cabinet of Ramon Haze”at Museum Abteiberg by Dorothea Zwirner
“On the New: Young Scenes in Vienna” at Belvedere 21 by Kimberly Bradley; Klara Lidén at Secession and Christian Kosmas Mayer at Mumok by Robert Schulte, Maria Lassnig and Arnulf Rainer at Lentos Linz by Fina Esslinger
“The Brotherhood of New Blockheads (1996–2002)” at Kunsthalle Zürich. An interview with curator Peter Belyi by Matthew Hanson
By Shawn Maximo, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Boy Vereecken, Marlie Mul
Ted Nelson invented hypertext and hypermedia and imagined a future of online publishing, public cloud storage, internet cafes, and even realist CGI. But monopolistic megacorporations and social media streams bear little resemblance to the utopian vision of this now octogenarian evangelist for an alternative internet. An interview by Amelia Stein
Décor and theatricality have returned with a vengeance after more than a century of being shunned as art’s lowbrow cousins. Marcel Broodthaers and Palle Nielsen were among the first artists to register the implications of this shift, anticipating the rise of immersion, affective networking, storytelling, surveillance, and monetisation that came along with it. By Antony Hudek
We cannot take for granted that the decentralisation of networks, markets, and communication is in itself a good thing. Relations of power just work differently there. Jaya Klara Brekke and Francesco Sebregondi discuss the common ground between Forensic Architecture and blockchain technology.