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Annamaria Prandi on King Kong Theorie

King Kong the fictional giant monster resembling a gorilla? King Kong the anti-hero? Not here. Despentes invites us to consider King Kong without sexual attributes, a metaphor of power (he is still King), but of a sexuality that predates the distinction of genders. King Kong beyond the female and beyond the male, indeed, if anything, […]

30 December, 2022

William Mann on Bring up the Bodies

“The bricks ready for use today were fired last summer, when the king was still on his progress through the western counties; the clay for them was dug the winter before, and the frost was breaking down the clumps while he, Cromwell, was trying to break down Thomas More.” Hilary Mantel, ‘Bring up the Bodies’ […]

16 December, 2022

Laia Meier on Residence in Chile

On the perception of beauty in Maria Graham’s Residence in Chile It is such accidents as these which the poetical Greeks delighted to adorn with the rich fabulous imagery which spreads a charm over all they deigned to sing of. In Residence in Chile (1824) Graham reflects on beauty and the importance of its transmission […]

6 December, 2022

Lorenzo Iandelli on Diane Simpson : Sculpture + Drawings 1978-2009

A lingering trace of the influence is always present in the work of American Artist Diane Simpson. Her process begins by finding a subject to transform. Taking from the world of applied arts, her research is primarily focused on the female garment and other wearables which enhance bodily proportions, such as Elizabethan petticoats, Amish bonnets […]

13 November, 2022

Huiyao Fu on Eva Hesse: Lost for Words and Louise Bourgeois: Conversation with Frances Morris

Embracing the mess and absurdity, commonplace objects and materials are stacked and elevated, and monstrous structure appears. The process and composition of Phyllida Barlow’s sculpture completely alter the perception of the individual objects and the space it occupies. The enormous scale, which in common practice implies a sense of monumentality, is conversely the result of […]

4 November, 2022

Ji Min An on The Architect as Worker

This book was recommended to me by a friend when I somewhat stumbled into starting my own practice, and was searching for guidance on how to do just that. How do I connect our studio’s ideological, creative and intellectual pursuit in architecture to a fair economical compensation and entrepreneurial value? More than once I have heard complaints […]

5 August, 2022

Jiawei Wu on Manual of Recycling

As an experienced architect and professor of building construction, Annette Hillebrandt co-founded IRBau (Initiative for Resource-Conserving Building) and the Urban Mining Student Award in 2016 and established www.urban-mining-design.de in 2017. The Recycling Manual is a comprehensive and detailed guide to environmentally sustainable construction with intelligent use of decommissioned materials. It provides quantified comparison between conventional […]

25 July, 2022

Jiawei Wu on Light Revealing Architecture

Light Revealing Architecture is an inspiring book I got during my research on the translucent effect created not by the opacity of glass but by the reflection on its surface. It coincides with Marietta’s observation that the luminous effect of all light sources depends upon the source, the geometry, the surfaces that receive and modify […]

19 July, 2022

Annamaria Prandi on I love Dick

Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick is both a novel and an essay on the role of women (and men) in our society, whose story is based on her own life. Chris is a flailing middle-aged indie film-maker married to Sylvere, a famous literary scholar 15 years her senior. The marriage has slipped into a sexless […]

22 May, 2022

Naomi Caruso on Rimon

I chose this magazine, Rimon (in Hebrew/Milgroim in Yiddish the word for pomegranate), a large format, trail blazing, glossy magazine for the arts and letters with a focus on Jewish art of the past and the present, because it was co-founded by Rachel Bernstein Wischnitzer, who acted as its art editor. The vision and ambition […]

21 May, 2022

Helen Thomas on The Living Mountain

The Cairngorm mountains in the heart of Scotland inhabit my dreams, a constant provocation. This is perhaps because I have never been in the area long enough, or with enough energy perhaps, to make the long preparatory journey that a walker must make before arriving. Instead, Nan Shepherd’s account of her observations made during many […]

14 May, 2022

Anne Hultzsch on A Tour in Switzerland

Helen Maria Williams was a contemporary of Mary Wollstonecraft and the two met at the time of the French Revolution in Paris, both British and both women concerned with politics. Williams sided with the moderate faction of the Girondists, was imprisoned for a time under the reign of terror and soon undertook a journey to […]

12 May, 2022

Anne Hultzsch on Journal of a Residence in Chile

Besides contributing to art criticism and historiography, Maria Graham (1785-1842, née Dundas and later Lady Callcott) was most successful at publishing the diaries of her travels. In these, she drew on a range of registers, from aesthetic and scientific to economic and political, besides that of gender. It is this range of approaches to understanding […]

12 May, 2022

Niels Olsen on El Planeta Film Companion

Before having the chance to see Ulmann’s film, I came across this printed matter accompanying its release. Very interested in her new work after a few years of pause since her infamous on self-exposure and foreseeing the increasing dominance of social media – Ulmann a “jeune-fille”, an amateur “avant la lettre”. The booklet invitation as well Natasha Stagg, […]

25 April, 2022

Linda Sjøqvist on Les Orageuses

This book takes you by the guts. You are captivated but also disgusted. However, you have to face a truth, you are not scared of a space, you are scared of a specific specimen, men. Why are we scared at night, walking, biking or driving home alone ? What is the problem with today’s public […]

28 March, 2022

Blanca Vives on Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

The architecture of bias in artificial intelligence “Seeing men as the human default is fundamental to the structure of human society”. This is the premise under Caroline Criado’s book. The text depicts how female perspective and needs have often been envisioned as a deviation of men’s and thus have been misrepresented in all aspects of […]

9 February, 2022