Category Archives: Now

| NOW | Surveillance Index Bags

Surveillance Index Edition One is a curatorial project of books that are associated with surveillance photography. Mark Ghuneim first launched the project at ICP, New York back in September, 2016, with an exhibition catalog designed by Studio Lin. After the Edition One, Slow and Steady Wins the Race is asked to design a bag for the second edition of the Surveillance Index book. The bag is not only designed as a souvenir for the occasion of the book launch, but also as a utilitarian piece of garment that functions in everyday carrying.

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The bags will be launched alongside the new book.

 

| NOW | Cass McCombs Tickets on Sale

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03-04 Washington, DC – Union Stage
03-05 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
03-07 Brooklyn, NY – Murmrr Theatre
03-08 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-09 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
03-15 Indianapolis, IN – HiFi
03-16 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
03-18 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
03-20 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
03-23 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
03-26 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
03-27 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
03-30 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
04-05 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

| NOW | ‘Articles of Interest’ by Avery Trufelman

Screen Shot 2018-09-30 at 14.17.36Last week, the San Fransisco-based design-engaged podcast 99 percent Invisible released their new series focusing on clothings. Titled Article of Interest, the new program reexamines garment design and its socio-cultural ramification. Revealing unknown stories and anecdotal facts in the history of fashion, Trufelman, the design journalist and writer, reconstructs shockingly unexpected connection between what we wear and how the society functions. Who would know about the advent of punch card and child labor in clothing industry are actually related before listening to their first episode Kid’s Clothes.?

 

 

| NOW | Victor Papanek The Politics of Design

With the exhibition »Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design«, running from 29 September 2018 to 10 March 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will present the first large retrospective focussing on the designer, author, and activist Victor J. Papanek (1923–1998). Papanek was one of the twentieth century’s most influential pioneers of a socially and ecologically oriented approach to design beginning in the 1960s. His key work, »Design for the Real World« (1971), remains the most widely read book about design ever published. In it, Papanek makes a plea for inclusion, social justice, and sustainability – themes of greater relevance for today’s design than ever before. The exhibition includes high-value exhibits such as drawings, objects, films, manuscripts, and prints, some of which have never before been presented. These are complimented by works of Papanek’s contemporaries from the 1960s to 1980s, including George Nelson, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, or the radical design initiative ‘Global Tools’. Contemporary works from the areas of critical and social design provide insight into Papanek’s lasting impact.

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| FLASHBACK | Exhibition ‘September 11’ Commemorated Otherwise

Back in 2011, exactly a decade after the tragedy, a contemporary art show titled “September 11” was open in MoMA PS1. While many other cultural institutions across the States exhibited heavy sentimentalism in their commemorative events, Peter Eleey, curator of the ‘September 11’, adopted a much sober approach, deliberately shying away from any images of the towers, the plane, the smoke and the wreckage. Instead, the exhibition presents only one work made in direct response to the attacks by Ellsworth Kelly, in which the artist proposes to cover the Ground Zero with a simple mound of glass, and another 70 works by 41 artists largely made prior to the event.

Images of the attacks, Eleey argues, ‘were political images from the moment of their making’ and that is why they were not included. The gesture of remembrance without subsuming oneself  under the mainstream rhetoric of jingoism was something the show had taught us.

Here is a review of the exhibition by Steven Stern from Frieze.com.

Ellsworth Kelly, Ground Zero, 2003, image courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

| HERO | FABSCRAP

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FABSCRAP is a textile reuse and recycling resource in Brooklyn. The organization provides convenient pickup and recycling of commercial textile waste and fabric scraps from the design, fashion, and entertainment industries in New York City. As a new materials recovery resource, FABSCRAP aims to maximize diversion from landfill by engaging a network of students, schools, artists, crafters, designers, brands, industrial recyclers, and emerging technologies.

Textile recycling requires a lot of manpower. There is no mechanized system for sorting textiles by fiber or to remove stickers, staples, and fabric headers. On average, volunteers sort ~2,000 lbs of fabric every week at FABSCRAP. Learn how you can donate as a designer or help out as a volunteer at fabscrap.org.

 

| SAVE THE DATE | 123 days to flip 24 seats

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The Reclaim the House, Democrats Need to Flip 24 G.O.P. Seats. 25 Are in Clinton Territory. By Jasmine Lee. Read the full article at The New York Times.