ABOUT LOKÉ, THE JOURNAL OF MAKING

Through our bi-annual publication, we explore spaces of production through their myriad forms. Multidisciplinary in scope, LOKÉ examines the art of making as a diverse pursuit. Exploring the intellectual agendas embedded within various creative fields, we explore the issues that drive a global conversation on culture.

 

 

ABOUT THE CURRENT ISSUE ‘ON MATERIAL’

Material is often understood in terms of its mass, tactility, and general physical presence in the world. Material can also be content—a weighty, yet potentially more ephemeral entity. In both cases, when expertly formed, it can be powerfully instrumental, shaping our lived experiences. It is imbued with a catalytic quality that can drive change.

Bound up in the narratives around access, production, economics, and the environment, the transformational capabilities of material can shift between social and formal considerations. Material can enable inclusion, by making space for different experiences that acknowledge diversity, be it within the realms of branding, retail, fine dining, fashion, art, architecture, or charity. Affecting both the group and the individual, the manipulation of materials can register labor, or more simply, the hand.

By looking more closely at how a material lives and dies, what was once understood as waste is now useful, ever-cycling matter for creating anew. Reconsidering how to make use of materials in their raw or lightly-processed formats has value for both the planet and society more broadly.

Beyond this, decontexualizing a material can begin to transform how it is understood, whether it is a root vegetable becoming gourmet cuisine or vertical blinds becoming walls. Similarly, when one material mimics another, it can create a disorienting, sensual displacement.

With these ideas in mind, in this issue of LOKÉ we begin to explore some of the diverse roles that material can play in the various spaces of cultural production.

 

 

INSIDE

Giggling with SKATE-AID in Kigali, HAWA ARSALA on wokeness, shopping with NO BORDERS, eating altitudes at CENTRAL RESTAURANTE in Lima, IMPORT NEWS travels the world, getting stoned with BINU BINU, solid void worship in Lalibela, metaphorical terrazzo, LEONG LEONG gets familiar and foreign, reincarnating Modernism at GOLCONDE ASHRAM, YAMINI NAYAR constructs, the endless life of trash, KÉRÉ ARCHITECTURE is simply resourceful in Gando, RASHMI VARMA drapes and curates in New Delhi, a world of rubbish AND MORE…

 

 

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ABOUT THIS PAST ISSUE ON ‘THE BODY’

The body is humanity’s primary means of expression—it is instrumental. We make with it and make for it. Creative acts are cultivated within and beyond its boundaries in a dialectical exchange. Accordingly, the body can take on a complex and layered position in the act of making.

The body has been known to serve as a muse, inspiring invention, production, and change. Similarly, being a variable and perishable vessel, birth and death are events that transform bodies. Throughout a life and in its passing, it is the vehicle we should respond to and take care of artfully.

It is also a means for communicating identity: gender, ethnicity, age, culture, place, experience, etc., which are expressed either through the body itself or by its adornments. Clothing and objects may be used as locations where personal and societal histories can be narrated. Flexibility between identity and the body can exist or be cultivated, challenging suppositions and generating seeming ambiguity. Acts of making can also serve to actively disrupt our conventional associations with the body. Techniques such as replication and erasure also enable the construction and destruction of bodily histories.

With these ideas in mind, in this issue of LOKÉ we begin to explore some of the diverse roles that the body can play within the space of cultural production.

 

 


INSIDE

In this issue artist NATHALIE DU PASQUIER gives us life without bodies, Vestoj editor ANJA ARONOWSKY CRONBERG uncovers what makes a man, architect INDIA MADHAVI embraces us with her sensual scenography, artist NICK CAVE presents masquerade as power, and New York Times design critic ALICE RAWSTHORN tells us why design is not reserved for the elite. Plus pieces on musician DEV HYNES, architect CARLO MOLLINO, photographer LIONEL WENDT, director BILLY WILDER, AND MORE…

 

 

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STOCKISTS

Papercut, Stockholm

MZIN, Leipzig

Do You Read Me?!, Berlin

Rosa Wolf, Berlin

Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, Amsterdam

Artbook @ MoMA PS1, New York

Import News, New York

Import News, San Francisco

Arcana, Los Angeles

Skylight Books, Los Angeles

Frye Museum Store, Seattle

The Stacks, New Orleans

Papercup, Beirut