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Graphic project is the international graphics magazine published by Aiap, the Italian association for visual communication design. The magazine, founded in 2003, was directed until 2011 by Alberto Lecaldano, from 2012 to 2014 by Riccardo Falcinelli and Silvia Sfligiotti, from 2015 to 2017 by Silvia Sfligiotti and Davide Fornari. In December 2017 the direction was entrusted to Jonathan Pierini and Gianluca Camillini.
Always a point of reference for the culture of visual communication project in Italy, since 2012 it has been fully translated into English.
The new «Graphic Design» offers a critical look at graphic and visual culture, through a narrative by fragments. It proposes associations between articles based on links of different nature that enhance transdisciplinary, historical and contemporary considerations. A multiple gaze, which ranges from the very far to the very near, through a re-proposition of the real that seeks to capture wide-ranging aspects, now specialized issues. The belief is that the observation of visual manifestations, whether they are artifacts or representations of things, as well as the graphic-visual production, can make a necessary contribution to today's cultural debate.
The types of interventions are also heterogeneous, including visual materials, essays and interviews. Each issue is a narrative excursus that explores the magazine's storytelling possibilities.
Language: Italian and English
ISSUE # 35 - Sacred
The term "sacred" has an uncertain origin. It could derive from an Indo-European root, "sac / sak / sag", linked to the concept of "adhere, hold close, be bound" and in this sense it could be close to the term "religion" ("re-ligio"); however, it could also derive from the Sanskrit root "sac-ate" which takes on the sense of "following, accompanying, adoring".
In this issue of Graphic Design we have tried to look through the concept of the sacred, trying not to use the lens of irony often used to talk about sacredness at all costs. We wondered if it was right to always be irreverent or if this approach was sometimes not just a sign of the times. We have observed how sacredness and religion, albeit linked, do not represent exactly the same thing: if the concept of religion today may seem distant from the disciplines of the project, that of sacredness can lead us to interesting questions in our field.
For this theme in particular, our choice of narration, based on the observation of fragments and details, was very useful to us. We perceived the sacred as a complex and contradictory concept, which requires an observation capable of different points of view, sometimes detached, others close or even ironic. It seemed to us the sign of a common perspective, at least in the cultural world: yet the language of veneration is constantly used in numerous areas, even as a weapon to arouse political consensus. However, we are not sure whether we are, in turn, totally unrelated to the veneration of certain cults, perhaps secular - for this reason we have tried to use the eye of the entomologist to observe how we adore and how we laugh at adoring, to see something we who hardly know how to detect.
In this number
Archival signature: Cardozo Kindersley
Patrick Lacey – Åbäke & Jonathan Pierini, Death is for the Living - Notes for a conference
Saul Marcadent, Pages to be worshiped - 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 AG Fronzoni
Visual signature: Josephine van Schendel, Witches Brew