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MONO.KULTUR #40: EDMUND DE WAAL

Dear Friends,

we’re not quite sure what happened with that last year, and if anybody has seen it, please let us know. In the meantime, we are proud to return from our involuntary hiatus with a splendid new issue – mono.kultur #40, no less – with the wonderful British ceramicist, artist and writer Edmund de Waal.

Edmund de Waal is a potter. His pots, plates, and vessels are the result of craft and mastership, but they are also so much more than that: they are experiments in form and function, abstractions of thoughts on silence and space, on repetition and failure, on substance and fragility, on memory contained.

Edmund de Waal is an artist. He arranges his objects in complex choreographies that are as mysterious as they are mesmerizing. Displayed in galleries and institutions worldwide, his considered installations play with architectural concerns, integrating ideas of space, light and obscurity.

Edmund de Waal is a writer. In 2010, his intimate memoir of a kind, The Hare With Amber Eyes, intertwined the biography of a collection of netsuke figures with the biography of his family and became a surprise bestseller, winning several awards. His latest book, The White Road, presents a highly personal and engaging research into the history of porcelain.

Whether he sculpts with words or with clay, what Edmund de Waal works with are concepts, ideas, and desires. In a body of work that is at odds with our times and yet oddly successful, his writings and objects overlap and integrate each other in an attempt to understand and transcend our complex relationship with objects and our surroundings.

In an interview with mono.kultur structured like an A-Z of notes and ideas, Edmund de Waal talked about his rules of attachment, the impossibility of repetition, and why ‘doubt’ is the most beautiful word.

Visually, the issue takes inspiration from that most perfect of materials: porcelain. Printed entirely in double-sided splendour, the two finishings of the paper – shiny gloss and smooth matt – evoke the texture of ceramics before and after glazing.

All in all, a wonderfully white and considered issue for our next decade and available as usual through our online store mono.konsum or, at the trusted book dealer of your choice very soon indeed.

Enjoy and all our best,
mono.kultur

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mono.kultur #40
EDMUND DE WAAL: W IS FOR WHITE
“White has this extraordinary possibility, and it’s also profoundly about being at ends.”

Spring 2016 / English / 15 x 20 cm / 44 Pages

Interview by Mareike Dittmer
Artwork by Edmund de Waal
Design by Designbolaget

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THE FLORAL GIFT

The Floral Gift at Sydney Table is a one night dinner event hosted by Bloodwood chefs Claire van Vuuren and Mitch Grady in collaboration with artists Anna McMahon and Sarah Ryan. Guests will be treated to an entirely flower based menu staged at Carriageworks, Sydney. As part of the Sydney Table, this dinner celebrates flowers, good food and lively conversation. This is the third instalment of The Floral Gift, the first having been hosted by McMahon and Ryan in New York in 2014, and the second hosted by McMahon, Ryan and van Vurren in Sydney earlier this year.

SUNSPELLED

Stores need to be more than stores these days to compete with the global ease of online shopping, resulting in ubiquitous ‘concept stores’ trying to establish a social space, to varying success. Enter Sunspel, the British heritage brand excelling in the perfect t-shirt, who open their new store in Berlin with an exhibition by romantic German photographer Anne Schwalbe. Cotton and rocks, we welcome you.

Photography by Anne Schwalbe


SYDNEY TABLE

Carriageworks has curated a series of exclusive dinners bringing together Sydney’s best chefs and creative minds to create an unforgettable taste sensation. Each dinner, 50 guests will be treated to an evening designed and prepared by some of Australia’s most exciting talents from the fields of food, music, art and design.

Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney present Sydney Table
27 May – 18 June
245 Wilson St
Eveleigh NSW 2015
Sydney
Australia

OUT OF THE CAVE

Our alltime favourite band Radiohead is about to release a new album which you can digitally enjoy here and here or live on their upcoming world tour there and there or pre-warming yourself by a fire while watching this and listen that (even upside down if you like).

THE COLOUR IN ANYTHING

James Blake released his highly anticipated new album, The Colour in Anything. Get it on iTunes, stream it on Spotify or pre-order the CD or vinyl LP here.

PLANT PLANET

Plant Planet is a two-hour zero-waste workshop created to discover what is inside every fruit and vegetable in your imagination. The workshop starts with art and design appreciation, followed by a guided creative meditation, fruit and vegetable carving technique demonstration, a mystery box challenge that unlocks your imagination, and finally, learn tricks to bring your sculpture to life through photography.

Plant Planet
SuperLocalStudio x Mundane Matters

April and May 2016
Sydney, Australia

GOING BLANK AGAIN

It’s the moment when the lights go dark just before the show: in anticipation of their imminent new album, Radiohead have wiped their entire digital presence, clearing their website and all social media accounts… with a chirping bird appearing on their Instagram today (& gathering 13k likes in 4 hours…) Dawn chorus.

BERLIN GALLERY WEEKEND #03: WHITE CIRCLE

Another 20 year-anniversary, by our friends at Raster-Noton, celebrated with the sound installation White Circle at Berghain. Congrats!

BERLIN GALLERY WEEKEND #02: LODOWN 100

Congratulations to our friends at Lodown for their 100th (& final) issue. Over two decades of independent publishing… chapeau!