Fourth Door Review's unique brew - a multilog in magazine format - brings to the culture table its remarkable 2001 offering.
This years Fourth Door Review, available in may, continues its original take on the space and connections between the ecological and technological. Its six complementary sections all uncover thought-provoking, and hitherto ignored links between the uses and abuses of technology and 'nature':
New media, architecture, the margins of music, and design and craft futures are subtly interwoven into a multilayered, provocative and innovative critique of where technology is taking us, and how it could be drawn anew to create a world alive to the green dimension, rather than serving a deadened hi-tech monoculture.
Issue 5 features
• Another side of north - a themed section on the remarkable arts, music and cultural scene of Northern Norway, including Biosphere and the Tromso Techno music scene, the Artscape Nordland sculpture project, and Norway's answer to ECM records, Rune Grammofon.
• Lightness - new ways of looking at green design and materials. Bringing together the new Info-Eco paradigm in new media design, with the transformation in extra-light fibre materials, these pieces look at this Dutch-based design revolution.
• an extensive interview with Pierre Levy, the leading edge cyber-philosopher whose avant-garde approach views the internet as the nervous system of cyberspace. By leading American cyber-academic, Paul Ryan.
• the visually stunning Textural Space touring exhibition of contemporary Japanese textiles. Curator Lesley Millar explains the significance of this unique exhibition
• the return of Captain Veneer - a conversation with cutting edge furniture maker, Fred Baier. Baier, one of the leading crafts people of his generation, was among the first in to explore the 3D design possibilities of new media, an experience he reflects on in this revealing dialogue with fellow 3D designer, Chris Rose.
• The OneTree project. This experimental American project explores the boundaries of cloning, G.M. technologies, virtual tree's, and Global Warming.
Praise for Fourth Door Review from Resurgence, another leading green magazine
Quite simply, Fourth Door Review is one of the most exciting new magazines around, which melds Resurgence's relentless optimism with a genuine curiosity for new technologies and new creative forms of expression.
David Rothenberg, Resurgence
The valued beautiful design continues across this nineteen piece issue. And as with the previous Fourth Door Reviews, it overturns media conventions by concentrating on content and exploring subjects in full depth and constructive sympathy, rather than being compromised by the apparent needs of one minute culture
All in all Fourth Door Review is absolutely the only review magazine kicking the cusp of the twenty first century into another green world.
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Contents to issue 5 in full
• Pierre Levy - a dialogue on cyber-democracy with Paul Ryan
an extensive interview with the leading cyber-philosopher on collective intelligence, and the biosphere and the globalisation of justice
• The 'OneTree' project
Part cloning experiement, part GM critique, part Glabal Warming indicator, the originator of this unique project Natalie Jerimijenko writes on its cultural consequences
• Of Programmatalogy - the poetry of John Cayley - an interview with John Welch
John Cayley is part of that small subset of poets working from the programmable elements of computing to create a new chance informed poetry. This is one of the few explorations of the poets respected work outside the poetry community. (Screenprint piece)
• The 'Sound-showers' sound art installations of Anna Karin Rynander
the Sound-Showers washdown passing passengers at Oslo's Gaedermoen airport. This piece considers how these forms of experiemental new media, could be extended into the realm of sustainable transport. By Oliver Lowenstein
margins of music - Twenty-first century Norwegian music worlds
• Rune Grammofon
At the leading edge of contemporary music Rune Grammofon are being heralded as a new ECM recordsfor the twenty-first century. This piece overviews the label and interviews its founder Rune Kristoffersen. By David Rothenberg
• Biosphere, the Tromso techno scene and the future of new media in Norway.
A long cool look at how electronic new music and new media could converge, to produce an organic soundscape t the mountain worlds of Northern Norway. With an in-depth interview with Geir Jenssen (Biosphere) and others. by Oliver Lowenstein
• The Beehive Metaphor
Revisits the use of the beehive as a design inspiration for archittects through-out the twentieth century. By Oliver Lowenstein
• Gridshell buildings
Explores the radical new Gridshell technique for sustainable building,which is emerging at the Weald and Downland Museum in the shape of their new museum building.By Nicholas Pople
• 'Lightness' in building and materials
Introduces the inspiring eco-concept of Lightness in materials, currently emerging out of Holand,a nd interviews its leading light, Adriaan Beukers.
• The Doors of Perception Lightness conference
Doors 6, Lightness updated its innovative Info-Eco theme of 1995. This conference report discusses how far the eco-info paradigm has moved on.
Middleground (integrating Remake)
• the Artscape Nordland project with A K Dolven
Artscape Nordland is a remarkable project which has brought 33 art sculptures to the Northen Norwegian county of Nordland. Here Fourth Door Review interviews its original prime mover - as well as leading Norwegian video-artist - Anne Katrine Dolven
• Khadi papers: new uses for elephant shit (a Remake piece)
Khadi papers are a transglobal concern linking Sussex, Britain to India. At the British end Nigel Macfarlane describes the origins and enduring pleasures of the project.
• Japanese contemporary textiles - the Textural Space exhibition (a Remake piece)
outlines this remarkable exhibition of contemporary textile makers which is launched in the south-east at the end of April and tours the country for the rest of the year. By its curator Lesley Millar.
• Fred Baier - Impossible furniture man in conversation (a Remake piece)
this relaxed conversation covers the future (and past) of 3D design education, the application of CAD-CAM to the making process and Fred's own recent changes in working practices.The conversation is with Chris Rose, head of 3D design at Brighton University.
Dream of Consciousness
• Fritjof Capra part 2 - continuing the conversation - with Sarah Boas
This is the concluding part of the extensive, in-depth interview with Capra that began in Fourth Door Review 4. In this part Fritjof considers his engagement with the Social Sciences.
• Earth Art, Consciousness and the Thing itself
There is a link between the art workers of the land, and the realm of consciosness studies. But what is it? Tracey Warr outlines the connection
• Morris Berman - Wandering God/re-read
This reread looks at the publication of Morris Berman's recent final book in his trilogy on cultural evolution. It also looks at the two other books in this triad.
• East of Eden: New Age Capitalism by Kimberley Lau, review
considers the emergence of New Age Capitalism and its place in the globalisation of brands.
• Thomas Kuhn - a biography by Steve Fuller, review
thoughts from philosopher of science, Jerome Ravetz, on the man who made paradigm a byword of modern language.