16. – 21.06.2015
Swiss Design Awards, Basel

Launched in 2007, the Swiss Grand Award for Design, given by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, highlights annualy the work of well-known designers that exemplify the quality and relevance of Swiss design practice nationally and internationally. With its selection, the Federal Design Commission underscores the outstanding and pioneering significance of this year's award winners, who have played a key role in fueling cultural creativity in Switzerland: whether through the development of the legendary Haas Unica font, a seminal contribution by Team’77 to typeface design in Switzerland; Lora Lamm’s innovative revolt within Milan’s male-dominated design world of the 1950s and 1960s; or Luc Chessex’s interrogation of the power and veracity of images, together with one of the largest collections of photos from the Cuban revolution.

Photos: courtesy BAK / Gina Folly.

Swiss Design Awards
Bringing the authentic dining experiences of Tokyo to Berlin, Zenkichi shies away from typical sushi and teriyaki dishes. Instead, the Japanese brasserie focuses on exquisite, traditional Japanese dishes with modern flair, their specialties ranging from homemade tofu with light dashi sauce and deep fried potato rice cake served with spicy mayonnaise, to black cod Kyoto miso marinade and Berkshire Kakuni, a simmered pork belly in traditional dashi broth with a soft boiled egg. The multi-dimensional experience combines the fresh, seasonal dishes with an equally special Tokyo-style interior. Hidden away in the lower ground floor of a Mitte building, Zenkichi opens with a lounge and sake bar, which leads to a dining area past the reception. Unlike the usual large seating area, the dining space is composed of 35 semi-private booths of varying sizes, equipped with bamboo blinds for extra privacy. The distinct seating concept reflects what owners Motoko Watanabe and Shaul Margulies point to as a Japanese desire to "concentrate on their food and their company." Further establishing the intimate atmosphere, the dining experience is completed with subdued lighting and organic materials, composed of dark stained wood, bamboo sticks, granite paving and black pebbles.

Credit: Stefan Kühne

Zenkichi Berlin, House of Small Wonder
In 1977, NASA launched two probes, Voyager's I and II, each of which had on board an identical "Golden Record." They carried messages, images and sounds of the Earth and its inhabitants into outer space, intended to provide extraterrestrials with an idea of what was, at the time, considered 'terrestrial.' Despite having since disappeared from both the outer reaches of the solar system and collective consciousness, the programme now receives a unique bibliophilic memorial. In Drittel Books' latest publication, Voyager – The Grand Tour, author and photographer Martin Eberle documents and recapitulates this self-intoxicated pinnacle of the space age in three volumes: Voyager – Mission, Voyager – Golden Record, and Voyager – The Grand Tour. Bridging the gap between science, photography and cultural history, the volumes revisit the places, protagonists and technologies associated with the mission, using the sober insight of the 21st century to resolve the mission's self-referential messages to the Earth's inhabitants both pictorially and textually.

Photos (clockwise from top): Voyager – The Grand Tour, Drittel Books, Martin Eberle; Voyager Mission Status Bulletin No. 7, Sept. 5, 1997, NASA/JPL; Voyager – Mission, Drittel Books, Martin Eberle

Drittel Books

Times Square, NYC
01.03.2015 – 31.03.2015, every night from 11:57 p.m. – midnight

Inspired by the shift in expedition technologies from hybrid manned-electronic to virtual models, artist Marco Brambilla, in cooperation with NASA, presents Apollo 18. As part of Midnight Moment, Apollo 18 transforms the New York City landmark into a virtual launchpad. Reinterpreting mankind's relationship to space exploration in the electronic age, the video collage presents the countdown to an imagined lift-off of a Saturn V rocket. Weaving never-before published archival footage from NASA missions with computer-generated imagery, Apollo 18's countdown builds dramatic tension without climactic release, compressing the entire imagined mission into spectacle. Covering many of Times Square's electronic billboards, the multi-channel video installation is presented as a communal event, condensing manned space exploration into the feverish moments before liftoff.

Photo: Nasa

Marco Brambilla, Times Square Arts / Midnight Moment
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