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Swing Time - visual diary V

A photo series featuring a vibrant wave of Dutch designers working in different modes from thinking in series, not recurring collections, to producing small, on demand and avoiding stockpiling. And thereby not being bound by simply one thing and finding themselves on the crossroads of art, fashion, material research, and other explorations and collaborations. Featuring Christa van der Meer, Camiel Fortgens, AnoukxVera, Hellen van Rees, Anouk van de Sande, Jason Page, textiles from Benin and articles of worn clothing from Damage Playground's Customer Archive. See full online: Photography by Dana-Romina Art Direction by Furtado Melville Featuring artists Katinka van Gorkum & Janne van de Weijer

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What's the Point? - Damage Playground presents Fang-Jui Chang at Het Nieuwe Instituut

This pop-in expo shows 'What's The Point?', a project by Fang-Jui Chang and curated by Damage Playground which aims to reconsider how human behaviour affects our society and environment.  Running from 4 to 9 April 2017, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam Part of weekly changing presentations in the foyer of Het Nieuwe Instituut. A controversial new design, sensational research, work by an emerging talent or a new acquisition for the State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning are given a place in the spotlight. Free admission.

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Publication of the Week | 032c - Helmut Lang dossier

032c, issue 31, 2016 “Fashion is an expression and a reaction. It’s a reflection, and even a proposal, on the current situation of our society. In line with this, whatever side steps you take should have some humor and some element of provocation. This work should contain some ideas that will eventually grow in the future, and some will just go off like fireworks – that explode and glimmer briefly, and then fade. Hopefully, the consistency of the work over the years adds up to an interesting story. Depending on how strong you are, that story can be long or short.” -Helmut Lang in conversation with Peter Halley, INDEX 2004

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Publication of the Week | Paul Kooiker - Political Chaos

Political Chaos, Paul Kooiker , 2013 In early 2006 Paul Kooiker spent three months as an artist in residence in the coastal city of Xiamen, in China. Under the influence of the turbulent economic developments in China, and the consequences these are having on contemporary Chinese society, as he travelled Kooiker photographed what he found around him. Spurred by his previous fascination with the historical propaganda photographs of Mao swimming in the Yangtze river, from the beach he photographed people swimming in the sea. They are far away, sometimes so far that a head appears no larger than a pinhead on the immense, heaving surface of the water. This isolation reflects the inevitable doubt and confusion that is the result...

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