Behind a large aluminum door that fronts onto an unassuming street in Wedding is one of Berlin’s most talked-about restaurants — ernst. The brainchild of Dylan Watson-Brawn and Spencer Christenson, this raw yet refined twelve seat space offers a dining experience with a difference.
For over 5000 years, the Hamoun Wetlands gave life to its surroundings; but as a 19-year drought continues its oppressive reign, the largest sweet water lake in Iran has dried up, with devastating effects. Iranian photographer Hashem Shakeri took to the Sistan and Baluchestan Province to capture the unfolding crisis.
The region, which borders both Afghanistan and Pakistan, was once richly verdant. Measuring at over 5000 square kilometers, the Hamoun provided clean water—its lakes and marshes were home to an abundance of animals, and its surrounding land prosperous from farming.
Xinjiang, the sprawling westernmost province of China, measures over 1.6 million square kilometers; its landscape plays host to snow-capped mountain ranges, arid deserts, dry grasslands and a scattering of lush oases. But despite boasting a landscape rich in oil, natural gas, and mineral deposits, Xinjiang has seen little of China’s economic growth. Its population, which consists largely of the indigenous Uighurs, a Sunni-Muslim ethnic group, is plagued by religious persecution and poverty.
The Amazon has long been a place of Western intrigue; its people and its nature mythologized and fetishized in equal parts. Yann Gross’ photographic expedition to the Amazon basin moves beyond such facile generalizations, revealing instead the everyday life of the indigenous inhabitants of this vast jungle area.
A traditional prophecy said that one day, a giant snake would come and swallow up the Suruí people, destroying them and everything else in its path. The snake arrived in 1969: it is called the Trans-Amazonian Highway...
Salt Winning In The Songor Lagoon: Adrian Morris Photographs The Sustainable Practice At Risk Of Disappearing
Just a short drive from the city of Ada is the Songor Lagoon; a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and one of Ghana’s most precious wetland areas. Australian photographer Adrian Morris spent an afternoon photographing the lagoon’s salt winners, Ada Songor people whose traditional methods of working the land are under threat, and with them, the wetland itself.
“As long as you’re going to make a sculpture, why not make one that competes with a 747, or the Empire State Building, or the Golden Gate Bridge?”, asked Michael Heizer—the enigmatic American artist who is doing just this. ‘City’ is Heizer’s magnum opus; the culmination of a lifetime of work and, even in its unfinished state, the largest piece of contemporary art in existence. It is also one of the most secret.
It has been over a year since we first got in touch with Sabine Marcelis, the Dutch-New Zealand designer whose work with light, water, glass, and resin has been making waves around the world. On a sunny morning at her studio in Rotterdam, she tells us about her life; a ceaseless roll call of design fairs, meetings, impossible projects, and travel. Suddenly, our belated meeting seems a feat in itself: to describe Sabine as “busy” would be a monumental understatement.
Ten Berlin-based photographers. Ten disposable cameras. A kaleidoscopic representation of the metropolis comes together in Spaces Between, IGNANT’s first print magazine. Designed by Deutsche & Japaner, the magazine features work from Alexander Kilian, Arturo Bamboo, Jasmine Deporta, Joseph Kadow, Lukas Korschan, Sarah Blais, Sigurd Grünberger, Silvia Conde, Vitali Gelwich and Volker Conradus.
For American artist Daniel Turner, to create is to destroy. In his current alchemical solo exhibition on show at König London, he has used the material of a psychiatric facility to create five post-minimalist sculptures. Having been institutionalised for both psychological and neurological conditions at various stages throughout his life, Turner’s choice of the WAMC psychiatric facility in North Carolina as material for this exhibition seems pertinent.
“My mother always claimed that I announced at age three that I was going to be an artist; really the whole story starts there".
The whole story is no short-read; at 72 years old, AA Bronson (born Michael Tims) has had an artistic career that spans not only decades, but identities; both singular and collective, and mediums as disparate as shamanism and curation.
Fredrik Paulsen is an ebullient character; serious about design but brimming with facetious career caveats that young creatives would do well to mind. His temperament seems echoed in his colorful work—it’s playful, conceptually clever and intent on bringing life to the Swedish design scene.
That Veerle trained as an architect seems unsurprising. Who else would have imagined the spectacular light-filled atrium that connects the brutalist concrete art gallery to her home, a 19th-century former atelier? Just as there is little distinction between the two buildings, lines continue to blur in the gallery space.
This year marks a strange moment of historical symmetry for Berlin — the inner German border that divided the East from the West (1961-1989) has now been down for as long as it stood. It seems pertinent timing then for ‘Unbuilding Walls’, the German Pavilion’s contribution to this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.
On an uncharacteristically warm April day, we meet Bonaventure Ndikung at SAVVY Contemporary. Dressed in a two-piece suit with a colorful cravat, the erudite curator and biotechnologist certainly cuts an imposing figure — but conversation quickly reveals a generosity of perspective equal to that of his renowned intellect.
Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen of OS ∆ OOS studied together at Design Academy Eindhoven, “but we didn’t really see each other at the beginning”, explains Oskar. It wasn’t until Sophie returned from a residency in Estonia that the pair met at a party, and the rest — in both love, and design — you could say, is history.
After working together on a number of projects, they quickly realized that instead of invoicing one ...