Faraway, So Close 25th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) Faraway, So Close presents seven investigations through the concept of time – time as a key with which to identify new patterns that can connect design with the phenomenological world and the myriad consequences of such an interrelation. Acting in various dispersed territories across Slovenia, Faraway, So Close seeks out “low-intensity” places in which to test the possibility of changing our notions of economic progress and which could work toward and in the name of such fundamental aspirations as stability, community and a better future. Design is, or at least can be, a vehicle for exploring basic new metaphors. It is a dialogic procedure. This break from the strictly disciplinary approach of design creates space for an expansive investigation of various interdisciplinary intersections and engagement with a markedly different production of knowledge. By presenting the seven investigative episodes developed within BIO 25 and their interchange with both local archives and broader paradigms, the book works to explore ways of changing the goals of design culture; of turning away from the urgent need to solve problems and instead opening up new frontiers for observation and experimentation, to look at our inhabited and habitable world for what it is and what it is becoming, and not simply what we think it should, ideally, be. Contributions by Nabil Ahmed Andrea Branzi Tony Côme Brendan Cormier matali crasset Domitilla Dardi Odo Fioravanti Didier Fiúza Faustino Studio Formafantasma Thomas Geisler Rory Hyde Alexandra Midal mischer’traxler studio Dimitrij Mlekuž Point Supreme Architects Emanuele Quinz Renata Salecl Anna-Sophie Springer Studio Folder James Westcott Elia Zenghelis and many others Photographic Essays by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

Boxing has always provoked passionate responses, attracting committed followers and outspoken critics in all sections of society. Objections to the spectacle of legal violence has been tempered by those who admire and are drawn to boxing as a supremely disciplined activity, who see it as a science or an art. But many still revile it as a decadent sport. It is these tensions, between sport and art, aesthetics and perversion, that have shaped boxing s rich history and forged its special links with the art world over three decades. The ten essays and duotone illustrations in Boxer provide a multifaceted look at perceptions of the sport, embracing issues of masculinity, class, eroticism, and race. Contributors (most of whose work was commissioned especially for this volume) include Joyce Carol Oates, Marcia Pointon, Sarah Hyde, Ian Jeffrey, David Alan Mellor, Jean Fisher, Keith Piper, Nick James, Jennifer Hargreaves, and Roger Conover. Their essays examine boxing in a wide variety of contexts—high art and popular culture, painting and sculpture, photography, film, and television—yet they all see boxing and the visual arts as having a unique relationship that crosses and confuses social and artistic hierarchies.

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