Kunst Talk: Hans Ulrich Obrist

Read More  |  16.11.21  |  Article by Olu Odukoya & Hans Ulrich Obrist  |  Art, culture, Magazine  |  MM19

Data is data and art is art and everything else is everything else is everything else.

Olu Odukoya in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
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Ready-to-Wear State

Read More  |  15.11.21  |  Article by Bárbara Sánchez Kane & José Esparza Chong Cuy  |  Art, culture, fashion, Magazine  |  MM19

Prét-à-Patria uniquely speaks about your background as a fashion designer by tackling complex social ideas through clothing and other mediums like sculpture and performance — all of which you masterfully incorporate in the presentation of collections. This time, you present it as an exhibition.

Bárbara Sánchez Kane in conversation with José Esparza Chong Cuy
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The ‘Wedding’ of Art and Science in the Inter-Net-Galaxy

Read More  |  15.11.21  |  Article by Dénes Nagy  |  Art, culture, Magazine  |  MM19

Fifteen years ago, in the opening talk of the First Congress and Exhibition (Budapest, 1989), I suggested considering the concept of symmetry as a bridge, not the only bridge, but one possible bridge, between the two hemispheres of our split culture:

Dénes Nagy, Institute for the Advancement of Research, ACU
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Read More  |  2.03.21  |  Article by Tom Burr  |  Art, culture, Magazine  |  MM18

Tom Burr is here in conversation with himself; for a project due to show in Milan in March, before its perpetual postponement, the artist set to questioning himself, producing an interview in which he plays both parts. As memory work, the piece is reflective of Burr’s interest in temporality and subjectivity. The transcript marks a moment that never happened, irrevocably intertwined with Pasolini’s screenplay for a film that was never made. 

Now rendered in print, the piece has become a work in its own right, both preceding and replacing the show. For Burr, Modern Matter has become a curatorial platform: an unofficial catalogue, exhibition space, and site for art production.

From the newest edition of Modern Matter Magazine
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Architecture and Politics

Read More  |  2.03.21  |  Article by Dal Chodha  |  Art, culture, Magazine  |  MM18

Wrapped together, stone, steel, chrome and glass become symbolic gestures of dominance, all-seeing totems to capitalism, class and charisma.
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Read More  |  2.03.21  |  Article by Dal Chodha  |  Art, culture, interview, Magazine  |  MM18

The designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin – who operate under the name Formafantasma – have seized every opportunity to confront the ecological and political responsibilities of their discipline. In the last decade, their research-based practice has often called on materials that remind us of our precarious place in the world: lava and volcanic ash, animal bladders. Charcoal. Wood. A fortnight before the UK lockdown was announced, the pair opened Cambio at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery – a tender show that laid their ongoing investigations into the governance of the timber industry bare. Behind bolted doors, an archive of rare hardwoods first exhibited in the Great Exhibition of 1851 sat gathering dust; the devices spewing an aroma of wet forest earth switched off for months. The show lives on as an orgy of pixels online. A post-pandemic world is a world full of questions. What do Formafantasma do now?

In conversation: Design has to have something to say.
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Read More  |  1.03.21  |  Article by Dal Chodha  |  Art, culture, Magazine  |  MM18

Flowers are helplessly symbolic. Cut fresh stems, slotted into cool water-filled crystal vases, endure as perilous effigies of our existence. Beside hospital beds they give solace; on vacant family dining tables they scatter joy. Passed from one hand to another they commit to kinship; loosely tied to metal railings, they ask for remembrance. In their loveliness is tenderness, in their tenderness brutality.

Photography by Blommers and Schumm; text by Dal Chodha
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Immanuel Kant: The Sublime Could Be Found ‘in a Formless Object’

Read More  |  26.02.21  |  Article by Philippa Snow & Olu Odukoya  |  Art, culture, Magazine  |  MM18

Immanuel Kant in MM18
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