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PROGETTO GRAFICO n°

35

PROGETTO GRAFICO n°

35

January / 2020

ISBN: 9771824130006

Sacred

The origin of the word “sacred” is uncertain. Its root may be Indo-European, “sac/sak/sag”, and connected to the concept of “adhering, keeping near, being entwined” and in this sense it could be close to “religion” (“re-ligio”); or it may derive from the Sanskrit “sac-ate” with the meaning of “following, accompanying, worshiping”.

In this issue of Progetto grafico we have tried to look at and beyond the concept of sacred, trying to avoid the lens of irony that is often used at all costs to talk about sacredness. We posed the question as to whether being irreverent was necessarily right or whether this approach may sometimes be simply a sign of the times. We noticed how sacredness and religion, albeit connected, are not exactly the same thing. While the concept of religion may today seem far removed from the disciplines of design, that of sacredness can lead to some interesting questions.

Our choice of narrative based on the observation of small fragments and details proved a particularly useful way to deal with this topic. We interpret the sacred as a complex and contradictory concept that needs to be approached from different points of view – sometimes dispassionate, at others up close and, at others still, with irony. While, at least in the world of culture, it seems sign of a common perspective the language of idolization is used regularly in many contexts, not least as a weapon to arouse political consensus. However, it may just be that we ourselves are not entirely extraneous to the veneration of certain cults, perhaps secular ones. Using the eye of the entomologist we attempt in this issue to observe how we worship and how we laugh at worshiping, to try and grasp something about ourselves of which we are often scarcely aware.


In this issue:

Archival section: Cardozo Kindersley with notes by Riccardo De Franceschi

Patrick Lacey–Åbäke & Jonathan Pierini
Death is for the living. Notes for a lecture

Saul Marcadent
Pages for worship – Rei Kawakubo Six and the sixth sense

Invernomuto
Cosmology of a RAS – Notes for an imaginary essay

Dr. Pira
Hip hop and aliens: are we in danger?

Silvio Lorusso
The rule of A G Fronzoni

Visual section: Josephine van Schendel, Witches Brew

Typefaces:
Jung-Lee Type Foundry (Joseleen, Impact Nieuw, Spooky Hairy, Pirelli)
www.jung-lee.nl

Buy here: http://www.aiap.it/libreria.php?ID=10206


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Editor in chief
Jonathan Pierini
Editors
Gianluca Camillini, Jonathan Pierini
Editorial board
Giulia Cordin,
Caterina Di Paolo,
Michele Galluzzo,
Silvio Lorusso,
Emilio Macchia,
Erica Preli
Editorial coordination
Caterina Di Paolo
Graphic design
eee studio (Emilio Macchia, Erica Preli)

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The Progetto grafico blog is the digital platform of the new Progetto grafico, a six-monthly graphic design magazine published by AIAP.
The blog welcomes contributions not necessarily related to the topics in the print version. Editors will consider proposals sent at any time of the year.

Send your proposals with a short abstract (max 800 words) to: redazione_progettografico@aiap.it

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Issue date for Calls: 11.03.2019

Issues 35 / 36, year 2019


THE JOURNAL

Progetto grafico is an international graphic design journal founded in 2003 and published by Aiap, the Italian association of visual communication design. A point of reference for such design in Italy from its start, it has also been fully translated into English since 2012.
In 2017 Jonathan Pierini and Gianluca Camillini became the current editors. The new Progetto grafico offers a critical look at graphics and visuals through a narrative broken up into fragments. Its aim is to offer articles connected in different ways so as to foster a series of transdisciplinary, historical and contemporary considerations. This multiple viewpoint, ranging from very distant to very close, seeks to look at the real both in the broadest terms as well as in a more specialist context. Our belief is that observation, whether of artifacts or representations, as well as production of visuals or graphics can add to today’s cultural debate.
Contributions can include visual material, essays and interviews. Each issue intends to explore the storytelling opportunities of the journal.


AREA FOR ANALISYS

Each year Progetto grafico publishes an international call for papers to outline the scope of the topic for the next two issues, and to gather submissions. To be published in 2019, issues 35 and 36 will investigate the sacred and the profane. As in previous editions, Progetto grafico will aim to take a look at differences and similarities from a standpoint of design that ranges from very close to far away, in a constant analysis of possible connections and different point of view on the designer’s work.

PROGETTO GRAFICO n°35

Issue date for Calls: 11.03.2019

Proposals to be in by: 04.29.2019


SACRED

This issue will approach the topic of sacred with an open and enquiring mind. If it is true that design has its gurus and sacred moments, we are interested in observing what is valid even of the venerable masters, not entirely rejecting the past because it is sanctified, and enquiring whether the topic of sacredness is linked necessarily to the creation of dogmas. A desecrating interpretation at all costs can equally be seen as a dogma.
The sacred remains interesting even outside the secularization of the gaze: what is sacredness in design and in our lives today? Are there any designers who have brought new meaning to the idea of sacredness?


HOW TO CONTRIBUTE

Within the time frames stated above send a brief abstract of maximum 400 words to: redazione_progettografico@aiap.it
Indicate title and subtitle, name of the author or authors, any affiliations, five key words defining the scope of interest and a brief indication of how the contribution is relevant to the topic.
You can submit already completed articles; proposals for pieces still to be written; thesis synopses of particular critical or innovative value.
With rare exceptions, the magazine does not deal with news, exhibitions or events.
Full articles must have a maximum of 18000 characters including spaces. If your work is selected for publication in Progetto grafico you will be required to apply the magazine’s guidelines. You will receive these subsequently. You are required also to send your images (or at least some examples) in low resolution; the author must specify whether they own the rights to the images or not.
All decisions regarding proposed submissions will be taken by the directors and editors, or by the editors of the specific issue in question.

PROGETTO GRAFICO n°36

Issue date for Calls: 11.03.2019

Proposals to be in by: 09.2.2019


PROFANE

Not simply as a contrast to sacred but in a broader sense the term profane may be applied to anything that creates an element of friction or contrast. It can be associated with the material, the amateur and the worldly, and with anything from colloquial graphics to those by professionals happy to bend the rules. Talking about profane design means de-absolutizing and de-universalizing. The topic allows the scope to include areas of design commonly considered profane, such as branding or advertising. Another desecration concerns minority voices outside and inside design who have in recent decades been poorly represented in the world of graphics and who are currently enjoying their just rewards, forcing new considerations and breaking the canons of so-called official design.


HOW TO CONTRIBUTE

Within the time frames stated above send a brief abstract of maximum 400 words to: redazione_progettografico@aiap.it
Indicate title and subtitle, name of the author or authors, any affiliations, five key words defining the scope of interest and a brief indication of how the contribution is relevant to the topic.
You can submit already completed articles; proposals for pieces still to be written; thesis synopses of particular critical or innovative value.
With rare exceptions, the magazine does not deal with news, exhibitions or events.
Full articles must have a maximum of 18000 characters including spaces. If your work is selected for publication in Progetto grafico you will be required to apply the magazine’s guidelines. You will receive these subsequently. You are required also to send your images (or at least some examples) in low resolution; the author must specify whether they own the rights to the images or not.
All decisions regarding proposed submissions will be taken by the directors and editors, or by the editors of the specific issue in question.

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editor in chief
Jonathan Pierini

editors
Gianluca Camillini
Jonathan Pierini

editorial board
Giulia Cordin
Caterina Di Paolo
Michele Galluzzo
Silvio Lorusso
Emilio Macchia
Erica Preli

editorial coordination
Caterina Di Paolo

graphic design
EEE studio / Emilio Macchia and Erica Preli

layout
EEE studio / Emilio Macchia and Erica Preli

proofreading
Lectorinfabula / Giuseppe Giarratana

translations
Isobel Butters
Cecilia Raneri

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Rubbettino print

web design and development
Lorenzo Feliciani
Marco Crivellaro

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magazine published
by AIAP, the Italian
association for visual
communication design.