Baseline covers the related areas of graphic art, multimedia, architecture and typographic design. The articles are written by internationally recognised contributors and its design and print production regularly wins major international design awards.
Welcome to Baseline issue 58, our spring issue. As usual the designs of the cover and jacket reflect some aspects of the features published here. The cover shows the numbers 50 and 8 in Lagoon, an Armenian typeface by Carolyn Puzzovio. The jacket, which doubles as poster, is a photographic collage of urban stencil characters.
The two books, which are reviewed, are essential references for any serious design library.
Paul Shaw reflects on Helmut Schmid’s homage to Emil Ruder, typographer and educator at the renowned Kunstgewerbeschule in Basle. Paul Razzell comments on David Jury’s vast 400 pages artist book reference catalogue, which presents an important record of the first biennial Codex Book Fair and Symposium, Berkeley, California.
Published biannually, 8 Magazine looks beneath the surface and shines a spotlight on the issues that shape our world.
Now in its tenth year of publication, 8 magazine takes the traditional format of words and pictures to a new level. For each issue, we choose a theme to explore, usually a contemporary issue that requires investigating and understanding, and seek the best ways to bring the subject to light. With its unique mix of reportage, commentary, interviews and essays, 8 magazine has grown to occupy a unique place in the publishing sphere, offering world class analysis through essays, photographic and written.
Wistbook 008 / Edition series. 100 / Format. 3″cd and novella…
This botano-philosophical treatise is a classic of Renaissance scientific literature. Delicate, minutely detailed sketches of flora and fauna litter the pages, attesting in their exquisiteness to the wonder and beauty of a world viewed under the microscope for the first time. Accompanying the drawings are Alberic’s handwritten notes on taxonomies and classifications, designations of anatomical parts, therapeutic and practical uses, and allegorical meanings. A sober yet reverential tone is retained throughout, and the book ends with a sublime canticle praising the Divine Creator “who deigned in His Infinite Wisdom to bestow such Marvealous Complexity on even the Smallest of parts”. To read this book is to feel the lost intellectual and religious fervour of a prior age.
A Prior Magazine #21 investigates performance practices, the unique experience, the active positions of the artist and the audience in relation to current techniques of assemblage, association, reproduction, sharing, collage and, specifically, linking.
Danai Anesiadou, Gabriel Lester in collaboration with Raimundas Malasauskas, and Luis Jacob
Cover image: Happy To Serve You by Danai Anesiadou
Back cover: Image from Gabriel Lester’s personal collection
Essays by Lou Forster on The Other Tradition (Wiels, Brussels), Natasa Petresin on Les Promesses du Passé (Centre Pompidou, Paris) and Defne Ayas on Performa (New York). And a contribution by Ruth Hege Halstensen on Tino Sehgal
Insert: Album IX: special 16-page booklet in full color by Luis Jacob
And more essays by Anselm Franke, Donatien Grau, John Menick, Vivian Rehberg, Dieter Roelstraete, Michael Van den Abeele, Jan Verwoert and Andros Zins-Browne
280 pages full color