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Field Essays campaign launch

Field Essays just launched its brand new crowdfunding campaign on Kiss Kiss Bank Bank. Support us and join the campaign now!  
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In the darkness you start to imagine: Dirk Braeckman in Le Bal

Offprint brought many photographers and book lovers to Paris this weekend, it’s nice. Photographer Dieuwertje Komen took me to see the exhibition of Dirk Braeckman in Le Bal, “the place for photographers in Paris”. The very well furnished bookshop and tasteful café are especially praised. Discovering Braeckman’s work for the first time, I had to think of a sentence, which designer Brynjar Sigu
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(Have to) read about: passing on history

Another book I need to have and read…! Passing on History, B 42 Editions Why do so many books give me that feeling… At Offprint there was also Manuella Editions that has many other book I have on my wish-and-need-to-read-list: Conversations by Hans Ulrich Obrist, of course… Quelques bons moments de bricolage by artist Laurent Toxidor, who uses walking & field work as the base of his practice. Ec
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Thinking about Temporalités / Temporalities

Today I assisted to an Ensadlab seminar entitled Temporalités (Temporalities) here in Paris. The intention of coordinator Lucile Haute triggered me: the afternoon was meant to experience research projects directly, as opposed to “just talking about them.” With Field Essays, I too try to show a process in a direct way, offering a generous experience. Performances somehow always trigger some kind of uneasin
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Field Essays welcomes Eugénie delaRivière

Designer and researcher Eugénie delaRivière has officially teamed up with Field Essays, for the social media part of the upcoming issue. Welcome Eugénie! Image: Eugénie viewing one of the works of the exhibition “Possibles d’un monde fragmenté” at Palais des Beaux Arts, curated by Enrico Lunghi. To him, interiority and analysis were the elements with most presence in this year’s fine arts grad
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nouvelle lune

Après les thèmes du minéral et du végétal, séance d’images mouvementées sur la relation souvent contradictoire de l’homme à l’animal, hier soir sur les hauteurs de Montmartre, pendant la 3e et dernière édition de Cinéma de la Nouvelle Lune 2014. “Chasseurs sachant Chasser” (Hunters able to hunt) de Salma Cheddadi surprends par le dynamisme de ses jeunes acteurs et le fonds sérieux que le
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Fanatic anti-fanatic

Hunger, thirst, injustice, misery, cruelty, injustice, physical torture, mental torture, illness, racism, suffering, death… : these are but a few of the many difficult issues, which artist Niki de St Phalle (1930-2002) decided to shoot at with her famous Shooting Paintings. The list, entitled Wall of Rage, is currently exhibited at the generous Grand Palais retrospective. Interestingly, the shooting paintings,
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Histoire(s) de cuillères

Spoons have accompanied the history of humanity. They reconcile the primary need to eat with the need to establish relations with others. They vital meaning becomes clear when collector Jean Metzger tells about his life long passion for spoons, which started with a spoon found by his father in a concentration camp, in 1940. Spoons were not supplied in these camps: they were fabricated clandestinely, and traded for lo
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Le titre? Il n’y a pas de titre.

En dépit de son titre bien réfléchi “L’époque, les humeurs, les valeurs, l’attention” (titre qui rappelle une autre exposition de 1987: “L’Époque, la mode, la morale, la passion”), l’exposition des attendus du prix de la Fondation d’entreprise Ricard ne convainc pas. D’après notre guide, le collectif de commissaires castillo/coralles a voulu une exposition q
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Note on Nicolas de Staël

“Ne pas s’occuper de l’espace mais se préoccuper de l’espace.” (Not to tend space but to take care of, to care about, to be concerned with, to be preoccupied with space) In a documentary about her father (1914-1955), Anne de Staël talks in these words about his approach to painting. The distinction she makes is a subtle, but very important one; a similar intention is at the source of the
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Note on Courage

Today I read a quote in the morning newspaper about courage by Jean Jaures, renown founder of socialist politics in France, assassinated a hundred years ago on July 31 at the Bar du Croissant. His death turned out to be the eve of WW II.  What Jean Jaures said about courage (Courage is to look for truth, and to speak it out; (…) Courage is understanding one’s own life, deepening it, making it more precise
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Brynjar Sigurdarson featured by Li Edelkoort

Brynjar Sigurdarson has been selected by Li Edelkoort as one of tomorrow’s exemplary designers in the context of the anniversary exhibition of MAK Vienna – Li believes he has the right attitude needed for the future. I wholly agree. 150 YEARS OF THE MAK – FROM ARTS AND CRAFTS TO DESIGN WED, 11.06.2014–SUN, 05.10.2014 Opening today, Tue, 10.6.2014, 7.00 p.m. image: still from Bulffish, Bogdor Svensson, a documen
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RIVER OF FUNDAMENT

MATTHEY BARNEY’s exhibition at HAUS DER KUNST (still on show till august 8) bewilders the mind and body iron, bronze, sulphur, salt collide, mutate, anodise, patinate or rust the gigantic cast props feel like a material mythology from a new world BARNEY  introduces recycling as a contemporary version of Egyptian reincarnation beliefs cars replace humans but perform the same basal and near nauseous instincts 
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Note on This is not the project

The symposium Traders Eu, which I attended as part of my ongoing research for Field Essays, gathered  a full house of designers and researchers yesterday to celebrate the launch of a four year PhD project on social design research practices. It feels good to see that design is taken more and more seriously as a reflective practice, able to address critical political and economical issues, and contributing to policy m
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STONE SOUL

Rythm, poetry and choreography: in Stone Soul Army, 2013 (HD Video 29’27”), Fernando Sánchez Castillo (1970 Spain) staged  sessions of a Peruvian military band who produce music with stones.“In the work of Sánchez Castillo, stones have twofold meaning: (…) the stones not only serve as raw material for the sculptor, but they are also the oldest weapons known to man.(…) Collective memories
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MEMORY MATERIAL

viewing the works at Art Rotterdam this year memory, handwriting, repetition and tactility appear to be the recurring motifs that catch my interest – and houses, small, floating or pieced together a few of the artists whose work moved me: Jananne Al-Ani, Aerial I, 2011, archival pigment print, 145cm x 115.5cm. Aerial I is part of the show Memory Material curated by Nat Muller at Akinci gallery. what do we see? a bird
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SEVEN STONES

SEVEN STONES by FRANK SCHEFFER an artist film about artist painter ROBERT ZANDVLIET screened yesterday at iffr the painter summarises his uncompromising search for truth as ‘een leeg beeld en een stille taal’ (an empty image and a mute language) the artist filming the painter said he chose him as a subject ‘because of the juxtaposition with the way my Bolex camera works’ halfway the portrait s
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LEARNING WITH ERRORS

XAVIER ANTIN is a french artiste / graphiste in his work he looks for resistance and works with standards – variations on protocols – he spoke at an ESAD tuesday evening talk curated by ANNA BERNAGOZZI – central to his work is the question when does an object gain or lose resolution (definition) *** images: Learning with errors, exhibition view & untitled, 2012, laserprint, foil blocking film, 30 x 21 cm, 2012, g
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