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This week on Cargo

CN/039 — April 17 2018

An order not constructed by anybody





A vase that ensures instant ikebana. A lamp that approximates the modulations of candle light. A clock that divorces audible from visual time keeping. A chair that nods to Andrea Branzi. And a table lamp that resembles a heavy construction crane made entirely of paper… A thoroughly thoughtful and inspiring array from Australian designer Zachary Hanna. 🖖



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“Sapere aude (dare to know)! Remains the motto of an enlightenment that, even in the twilight of the most recent dangers, resists intimidation by catastrophe. Only out of its courage can a future still unfold that would be more than the expanded reproduction of the worst of the past. Such courage nourishes itself from the now faint currents of recollection of a spontaneous ability of life to be-in-order, an order not constructed by anybody.”

From Peter Sloterdijk’s Critique of Cynical Reason, 1983




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CN/038 — April 10 2018

To say more than vocabulary and syntax can bear





Noah Baker’s design for the Dwell in Other Futures conference is smart and sensitive work. It echoes the epic output of the conference’s keynote speaker, Samuel R. Delany, incredibly well — An unfamiliar font hovers over angular planes of periwinkle and international orange which shift and overlap like the morphing mythologies and signs of Delaney’s Dahlgren. 👽🖖



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All life is specific, underway and lacks anything close to purity — so every moment is struggle. But beauty nurtures this labor — and often arrives through candid shamans — take the prose of Samuel R. Delany’s Dahlgren for example:

“There is no articulate resonance. The common problem, I suppose, is to have more to say than vocabulary and syntax can bear. That is why I am hunting in these desiccated streets. The smoke hides the sky's variety, stains consciousness, covers the holocaust with something safe and insubstantial. It protects from greater flame. It indicates fire, but obscures the source.”




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CN/037 — April 03 2018

From altarpieces to washing machines





The immediate sensation of typographic exuberance felt when viewing Bankok-based Studio 150’s site, is not for mere effect. Poke around, even just a little, and the graphic intensity is totally matched by a sincerity of intention. Lovely, indivisible form/function/nav. 🏆🖖




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Two great tomes on taste:

This spectre of continuous reassessment suggests an extraordinary dynamism, even uncertainty, perhaps even arbitrariness, in matters of aesthetic judgement, affecting everything from altarpieces to washing machines… Be aware that fully three-quarters of what we call ‘traditions’ are in fact inventions of the second half of the nineteenth century.
—Stephen Bayley, General Knowledge

Ideology is fashion anyway, and for the last two centuries most of our bloody global comedies have begun with our inability to distinguish our desires from our tastes. It’s hard to sort them out but we know when they are not in tune… Tastes are fiercely held, protean, and invariably local. [Imagine Freud practicing in Rio.]
—Dave Hickey, Pirates and Farmers




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CN/036 — Mar 27 2018

Outside and inside form a dialectic of division





On Morgane Gautier’s site there’s a rendering of a Poison Dart Frog — we think the image is a spot on summation of her work: funny and graphic but totally serious. 🐸



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Outside and inside form a dialectic of division, the obvious geometry of which blinds us as soon as we bring it into play in metaphorical domains. It has the sharpness of the dialectics of ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ which decides everything. Unless one is careful, it is made into a basis of images that govern all thoughts of positive and negative.

Images: Ernő Goldfinger
Text: The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard