“The extreme compression—the thickness—of the present, as we’ve only just now become able to experience it, brings with it an acceleration and a deceleration simultaneously—that’s why it’s also become extremely difficult to differentiate between the just past and the present,” says curator CHRIS DERCON on his theory of SYNCHRO-TIME.
Meanwhile, artist JAN DE COCK mixes Minimalism in Basque Country; Hungarian photographer GYÖRGY LÖRINCZY documents the feverish instability of downtown New York in the 1970s; artist collective ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS flaunts what’s sexy, devastating, awesome, and precious; artist CARSTEN NICOLAI pulses crystals with sound; writer DAVID FRANKEL uncovers the perfect absurdity about 1970s cult magazine ART-RITE; fashion historian CAROLINE EVANS distills HUSSEIN CHALAYAN’s utopia;
VITO ACCONCI practices an un-monumental architecture; photography duo INEZ VAN LAMSWEERDE and VINOODH MATADIN showcase MAN; photographer LEONORE MAU captures the Angel of History, rituals, and ethnography; art critic NIKLAS MAAK says goodbye to retro-futurism; writer ULF POSCHARDT on PRADA’s “Thunder Perfect Mind”; artist JONATHAN MEESE screams, “Richard Wagner is the greatest! He is his own law”;
the Berlin Review reflects on ten events, projects, and people from the last six months in the great cultural laboratory; and so much more on 176 pages …
Contributors: Albert G. Almond, assume vivid astro focus, Jens Balzer, Joachim Bessing, Klaus Biesenbach, Jan de Cock, Giannie Couji, Caroline Evans, Bertrand Fleuret, Nicola Formichetti, David Frankel, Lörinczy György, Heiko Hoffmann, Max Hollein, Ines Kaag, Heinz Peter Knes, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Niklas Maak, Carsten Nicolai, Ingo Niermann, Ulf Poschardt, Sebastian Preuss, Norbert Schoerner, Sølve Sundsbø, Vier5