Aperture 212 - Fall 2013

Playtime

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Taking its name from the 1967 film by Jacques Tati, this issue explores how photography illuminates, facilitates, and participates in the many definitions of play-from role-play and sex-play to theater and jokes to leisure and fantasy.

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In role-play and sex-play, illuminating theater, jokes, leisure, and fantasy.

This edition of Aperture focuses on “Playtime.” Taking its name from the 1967 film by Jacques Tati, the articles and portfolios explore how photography illuminates, facilitates, and participates in the many definitions of play-from role-play and sex-play to theater and jokes to leisure and fantasy.

The issue features an interview with artist Chrisian Marclay about improvisation and the relationship between images and sounds; a conversation with Erwin Wurm about the possibilities and risks of using humor in contemporary art; and new, never-before-published work by Sophie Calle. Additionally, writer Eric Banks visits Saul Leiter’s studio; Tim Davis examines the art of the photographic one-liner; Robin Kelsey surveys the artists who turned to games, whimsy, and clowning around in the 1960s and ’70s; and Aveek Sen considers Italo Calvino’s short story “The Adventure of a Photographer.” Plus portfolios from Jo Ann Callis, Kauyoshi Usui, Bruno Munari, James Mollison, a little-known group of Cambridge University students who scaled campus buildings in the 1930s, and more.
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 128
Publication date: 2013-08-31
Measurements: 9.2 x 11.9 x 0.5 inches
ISBN: 9781597112345


Table Of Contents

Words

Music I’ve Seen
Christian Marclay in conversation with Frances Richard

Playing Around Photography
by Robin Kelsey

Photogeliophobia: Fear of Funny Photography – A Diagnosis
by Tim Davis

Photography Knocks at the Door
Erwin Wurm in conversation with Max Hollein

The Big Game
by Brian Droitcour

Photography and Jacques Tati’s Playtime
by David Campany

What Do You See?
Sophie Calle in conversation with Melissa Harris

Pictures

Jo Ann Callis: ca. 1976
Introduction by Claudia Bohn-Spector

Night Climbing
Introduction by Ian Jeffrey

Kazuyoshi Usui: Showa 88
Introduction by Ivan Vartanian

James Mollison: Playgrounds
Introduction by Chris Boot

Swiss Mess
A portfolio selected and introduced by Bruno Ceschel

Bruno Munari’s Light Games
Introduction by Maria Antonella Pelizzari

Eva Stenram: Drape
Introduction by Lucy Soutter


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