As an editorial resident here at AIGA, I have been spending my time nosing around for interesting design-related goings on each week, so you don’t have to. Follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
This week I…
… am chuffed to bits at the news that Helen Marten has deservedly won the Turner Prize, currently showing at the Tate Britain. The 31 year-old, London-based artist has had something of a good month–she also scooped the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. Marten’s work is characterized by strange collages of ordinary items, made far less ordinary in their placement with one another and with the gallery space itself. In an unusual and very generous move, the artist has said she will be sharing the prize money from both awards with the other shortlisted artists.
… see London in a whole new light, thanks to Walk With Me’s new map, which features illustrations by some ace artists from the city, including Martina Paukova, Charlotte Trounce, Daniel Clarke, and Ruby Taylor. The maps cover neighborhoods including Camden, Shoreditch, Peckham, and Dalston, all created under the watchful eye of art director Isa Roldan. There’s a little making of video here.
… learn the importance of eating with my eyes from Pentagram London partner Harry Pearce, who has a new exhibition of photography showing at bookstore Foyles’ gallery. The show is on until January 22 and presents large-scale photographs of tiny details from streets around the world. According to Pearce, these are all “seemingly accidental events.” He explains: “I’ve come to realise that there are no true accidents, only ideas trying to find us. We are surrounded by a constant stream of ideas, insights, and visions in every moment and in every place. Abstract and accidental as they may seem, they are to my eyes precise, illuminating and elevating.”
… let my ears and cockles be warmed, and slightly terrified, by the superb new sounds of Emptyset, the electronic duo that marry architectural and spacial design with sound and music. The pair’s new record, Borders, is out next month and as ever it’s a visceral, challenging, yet utterly rewarding affair. Emptyset is James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas to the taxman, and they’ve previously shown work at the Architecture Foundation’s installation at Ambika P3, Tate Britain’s Performing Architecture programme, and an installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
If you find yourself in Berlin and fancy a big night out, pop down to Berghain to see them play over NY weekend, December 30.
… have a thorough browse through some new work by illustrator Lucy Jones. The UK-based creative has a bunch of fresh projects to show for the likes of The New York Times Book Review, and has been flexing her branding muscle with some charming designs for the Little School of Yoga. Keep up the good work, Lucy!
… remember just how rad (and how alliterative) Robert Rauschenberg is, with his new retrospective over at the Tate Modern. Presenting everything from his early pop art to new pieces from the turn of the 21st century, the show demonstrates just how important and influential Rauschenberg was to artists and designers of recent decades. Maybe this is thanks to his relentless moving with times over a six decade career; while he might be most famous for those gorgeously textural, scrappy collages, by the mid 1980s he had undertaken the hugely ambitious Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI), a travelling exhibition spanning 1984 through 1991, taking in Chile, China, Cuba, and Tibet. The exhibition is on display until April 2 2017.
… take a closer look at the links between art and activism. AIGA’s own Heather Strelecki drew our attention to The Decker Library at MICA’s library guide on art and activism, which supports further research into the fields, and also offers some practical solutions for working artists looking to focus on social justice and activism-based initiatives.
… urge any interested parties to enter the 2016 TDK Awards, a scheme from The Design Kids that only involves you sending them your existing portfolio (and you having studied at any point during 2015 or 2016 in Australia, NZ, USA or Canada). This will be pored over by a panel of judges including Timothy Goodman, Phoebe Glasfurd of Glasfurd & Walker and Armin Vit of Brand New. What do you win? “Global fame”, apparently.
… get a little visit from the green-eyed monster upon discovering Chandelier Creative’s adventures in Tokyo. The ad agency, which has worked on campaigns for brands including Target and old Navy, forgoes traditional holiday parties to take lucky staff members on “inspiration” vacays. This year it’s Paris, but they’ve documented their Tokyo trip in Chandelier Does Tokyo, which features moments captured by the team, like a visit to a “fish market in the early hours of the morning for the live frozen tuna auction, admiring unique architecture with a visit to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Bunkyo, eating at critically acclaimed restaurants and staying at historical hotels that have hosted royalty, film stars, and even U.S. presidents.”
At first I was all like “lucky sods, just read Eye on Design for inspiration like everyone else.” BUT THEN, I was all like “Ha! But you don’t get a Christmas party, that one time of the year it’s ok to wear tinsel and simultaneously cry, flirt, and stifle a little vomit, while singing about how the war is over.” So let’s all just think about how lucky we are, at home, not being in Tokyo.