December 16, 2016

Unity Culture Club – On Your Radar 16.12.16

Yes, it may be Christmas – but we’re bucking tradition with this week’s On Your Radar and there’s not a Christmas market or festive pop-up shop in sight.

This week, we welcome a guest editor – our design intern Michele Coralli – who hails from the foodie city of Bologna (also home to the oldest university in the world don’tcha know) to select this week’s On Your Radar cultural picks.

So fittingly for our home in Clerkenwell, London’s Little Italy, we’re delighted to have his selection of Italian-inspired cultural picks.

Signs – La grafica italiana

Signs, curated by Francesco Dondina and produced by h + Base Milan, have brought together twenty-four of Italy’s best designers to explore new ways to conceive graphic design across an array of design disciplines: editorial design, illustration, branding, visual communications and so on. On until the 20th December, Signs offers a chance for the viewer to see the processes behind each practice, with prototyping, early sketches and of course, the final outcomes themselves.

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Alessi IN-possible

La Triennale di Milano is exhibiting previously unpublished work, projects which never got to meet their ‘gran finale’, in collaboration with the Alessi Museum. Running until the 8th of January, ‘IN-possible’ aims to offer the public insight into one of the Italian Factories of Design’s processes behind production, with technical drawings, molds, early prototypes, materials and colour picking on display in all it’s frank honesty. It also looks at the cultural, social and economical impact of production and of the items produced.

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Mara Oscar Cassiani - #Wifispirit

For one night only in the home of our guest editor, Bologna, Xing Raum presented #wifispirit,  “a moment of convergence in the real world of url impulses and overloads and a synesthetic urgency.” Navigating Synesthesia, a neurological condition affecting perception, through the medium of digital collage; Cassiani mixed universally familiar objects with her own synesthetic viewpoints. The end result is a like super cool blend of 90’s Microsoft and modems with the surreal factor of Yayoi Kusama.

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Ai Weiwei Libero

This outstanding retrospective dedicated to one of the world’s most celebrated and influential contemporary artists, Ai Weiwei, showcases pivotal works by Weiwei, covering his progression as a fledgling artist up until the present day as one of the most recognized names in the industry. On until the 22nd of January, it’s been well received in Italy, with broad coverage and rave reviews in all the leading Italian and international media, the retrospective not on reflects upon the career of Weiwei, but of his idols, Duchamp, Warhol and more.

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Where streets have no name

During a period of political and societal dissident, legendary photographer Vivian Maier was capturing Chicago all whilst working as a caregiver. After spending a large part of her life letting the streets of New York expand and focus her photographic style and practice, Maier hid over 100,000 of her negatives from the public eye throughout her lifetime. Ilex Gallery in Rome are showcasing a selection of these now-discovered images, taken during her period in Chi-town until the 5th of January.

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Broken Fingaz

After years experimenting with psychedelics on paper, pop and on print, the Haifa, Israeli local Broken Fingaz collective have checked in on reality in an exhibition of all new sculpture works and prints, collaborating with London’s The Qabinet and Roman Galleria VARSI – their first exhibition in Italy.

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