PLOT#7 - Paperific! —

Plot’s ‘Paperific!’ issue delivers exactly that: an entire issue devoted to paper used as a three-dimensional art and design material in some of the most creative ways you are ever likely to encounter.

The article most immediately likely to strike a chord with a broad audience is that on Isabella Rosselini’s rather bizarre ‘Green Porno’ project. Making her debut as screenwriter, director and paper costume wearing performer, Rosselini has worked closely with the NYC-based design team of Andy Byers and Rick Gilbert to produce all of the costumes and sets that enable her to take us into the literally graphic world of animals’ sex lives. From whales to limpets, no holds are barred in using paper as an illustrative means to show us exactly what happens when animals get down and dirty. Rosselini has produced this fun and engaging film project as a conscious raising action in which we are all educated in exactly how biodiversity happens.

Also of note is Sabine Marinescu’s article on a special project by French artists Le Creative Sweatshop that has transformed the five huge windows of the spanking new extension to the chichi La Rinascente department store in Palermo using a lot of coloured paper and just as much imagination. Similarly, Sabine M. Seibold’s text on Max Wehberg’s stage designs for a play in Hamburg walks us through the relationship between Wehberg’s almost non-action -that somehow mirrors the notorious inactivity of the protagonist Hamlet-  and the resulting infinity of possibilities. Transparency and opacity, themes of both Shakespeare’s original and this much more recent reworking, become material as much a metaphorical, hiding or revealing all that is rotten in the state of Denmark of the course of the play’s performance.

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    December 2010 100 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Green Porno Isabella Rossellini Presents Animals Sex and Paper Sets Le Creative Sweatshop Infects Us With Terrific Handcrafted Window Displays Curious Paper Worlds By Cru De Ladies Buro Wehberg Fantastic Norway Studio XAG And More
    Creative Director –
    Frank von Grafenstein and Kleon Medugorac
    Editor In Chief –
    Janina Poesch
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Our Take —

Plot is a specialist design magazine that devotes its attention to production design, exhibition and set design with specialist product design and interior architecture thrown in. In other words, it devotes its knowledgeable attention to all of those designed things and spaces that fill our contemporary life, sometimes barely registering on a conscious level; interesting shop interiors or the mise-en-scène of films and television programmes. At other times, many such experiences –or more notably those of opera, exhibitions or show-off consumer display- are almost intrinsically spectacular and immediately noticeable. It’s not a singular approach to these design disciplines that defines whether something makes it into Plot or not, but its quality.

In the tradition of a specialist journal, though here with a distinctly magazine feel, Plot – published in English and German- has come to be known as one of the most interesting publications dealing with these particular disciplines that have, perhaps, been somewhat overshadowed by other forms of design and architecture. What’s particularly interesting about Plot is that its approach, though dealing with a fairly specialist area of design, is actually immediately interesting and accessible to a broad design-interested audience.

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Architecture Art Design Film

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