PLACES

 
 

WHAT'S IN STORE

Text by Antonia Harris / Illustrations by Ruo Han Wang

In the years to come, shops will begin to cater for needs above and beyond consumerism. Technology will be harnessed in order to provide functions both unique in purpose and precise in demand. Stroll through our high street of the future to understand how the services you didn’t even know you needed are, in the minds of some, already being prepared for. 

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(MARS

The greatest unknown remains the endless space surrounding us. Capturing photographs of the surface of Mars, the HiRISE project evinces the shifting beauty of an alien landscape as frozen light winds back through time towards our present, allowing us to lose ourselves in infinite, eternal possibility.

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LITTLE ESCAPES

Visual and conceptual artists, a photographer, and a lmmaker shift from their preferred mediums to tarry with interior design. In disregard of normal limits, each artist brings a unique aesthetic to everyday spaces. Materializing as worlds within a world, they reveal fragments of the beyond. Irony, cynicism, uffy ction, and retro sci- are a few of the chosen methods, and are as present as the next drink. And even though these are spaces for pleasure, you’ll probably end up going home with more than just a fuzzy head and full stomach. 

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FUTURE LAB

Crafting humanity’s future can be shrouded in clinical white. A uniformity of trays and cells unfold, their patterns extending through endless hours of exploration. There are unassuming spaces that hold the seeds for a thousand possible timelines; ideas can mutate like a virus, endless in their algorithms, essential in their existence. Grounded in laboratories, curiosity thrives. 

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TRANSITION

Delicately piecing together images and fragments, artist Lauren Marsolier crafts a reality that questions the validity of the given world. It’s Earth as a series of shapes that we process, collages of the recognisable that shiver with the slight disorientation of normality. Softly breaking space and environment, our surroundings become liquid as its dimensions are set to drift in a constant state of flux. 

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STREET ERRANDS

Escapist landscapes juxtapose pure elemental beauty with the mundane urbanity of New York City in KangHee Kim’s visual series Street Errands. Oddly comforting, the photographer’s surreal manipulations create a maze of utopian portholes that are as inviting as a pristine swimming hole on an intense summer day.

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FIX ME A POTION

Text by Devan Grimsrud / Photography by Tobias Faisst
Production by Devan Grimsrud & Morgane Le Rouzic

What if your desired summer mood was just an empty glass away? Here are six recipes from some of the most exciting bars worldwide — enchanting elixirs that grant undeniable allure, a grounding sensibility, even irrefutable power. Read the instructions carefully and believe in the spirits they summon.

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HISTORY REPEATED

There’s no copy-paste shortcut at a gypsum workshop — replicating the past is a time-consuming task. We draw on its comprehensive archive and it evokes contemporary reminders of our distorted view of limbs. Fragmented bodies are anything but silent.

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TERRA TIME-OUT

Here today, gone tomorrow. Jetting across the globe to capture fashion shoots, during rare moments of respite Edisonga’s eyes travel too. When we share her view, we nd common ground: the tickling pleasure of getting lost yonder. 

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WAVE TO WAVE

While the world is increasingly preoccupied with taking selfies, posting pictures and placing pins, some people spend their time painstakingly selecting music, information and culture to share with an invisible audience. Technological advances have only further freed radio from its constraints, and avid broadcasters now compile bespoke shows that explore a phenomenal thematic range. SEEK tuned into some of the most exciting stations and asked: why radio? 

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IMPERTINENZEN

Iran-born, German-based artist Ehsan Soheyli Rad does not limit himself to one medium, though his camera remains a reliable and trusted companion. His recent series of a general equipment store captures objects suspended from their original purpose, and spaces that were never intentionally created or meant to last.

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FUTURE GESTURES

Remember when man was paralysed when the phone rang — he had to hold it in his hand, bound by a curly cord. Nowadays, with hands-free sets, arms and hands are no longer needed for a call. When innovations are introduced into daily life, new ways of moving and acting come with them. Get in the know. Here are six gestures for today, tomorrow and the future to make your life work and flow.

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JAPANESE WHISPERS

What does it say about a society when couples have to check in to a hotel to spend the night together? For the collection of photographs titled Japanese Whispers, Belgian photographer Zaza Bertrand captures intimate moments in the “love hotels” of Japan. Her photographs depict the desires and limitations of a society that restricts private space.

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HAWAIIAN GRADIENTS

With minimal captures that straddle the natural world and a place beyond our imagination, Aryton Page’s photographs resonate with a sense of summery lightness. A native of Honolulu, Page’s work conveys the relaxed vibes of his home city, offering a gentle reminder that life’s most awe-inspiring things are often right in front of us.

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BERLINOSCOPES

Text by Estelle Tycho / Illustrations by Lee Chapdaniel

What does Berlin have in store for its denizens this summer? We summoned the stars for guidance and received a hot tip for each sign in the Zodiac — pointing you to the most exciting spots around town for basking in the holiday heat. We’ll leave the rest up to you.

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