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Art vs. Application from Germany’s Objects Magazine

Art vs. Application from Germany’s Objects Magazine
Scott Ballum

Spun from the Berlin-based illustration and design organization and festival Illustrative e.V., the new art and culture magazine Objects–Journal of the Applied Arts grabbed attention from the global creative industry when it launched this past fall. Presenting international trends in design and discussing the duality inherent in “applied arts”, publishers Pascal Johanssen and Katja Kleiss are fascinated with both the physically produced object and craft as a process in itself.

Evidence of their interest in both angles, the first issue features new creative work from European illustrators, as well as academic essays from critics and designers across the globe.  Publisher Pascal Johanssen writes, “The design and social change theme is very interesting for me and Objects. I worked for four years as a research assistant at the University of Arts here in Berlin, where my research interests were innovation management, social innovations, etc. That’s also a reason why I try to find a link between these things and the arts and craft.”

The bilingual journal (German and English) is published every three months, and is available for international purchase from their website. For now, though US readers will have to wait until their local Barnes & Noble or Amazon start carrying the title.

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