The central theme of the 55th issue of the design research journal are the objects created by and for the organization and mobilization of communities.
The recent Documenta 15 seemed an excellent case study on this topic. The artist collective ruangrupa—organizers of the event—proposed the principle of lumbung (communally used rice granaries in Indonesia) as the metaphor and method for fairly distributing the event's tools and resources. This publication is the fruit of the travels of some of CyDRe's researchers to Documenta in 2022. Under the term "object," are included here quite different things: a collection of family photos from the Palestinian refugee camp Burj al-Shamali in Lebanon, about which Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, discusses the meaning and the use of the compiled materials; a tent, identified as Embassy, set up by the Australian artist Richard Bell in Kassel, to house discussions about the problems facing local communities; an offset printer installed by the artist Erick Beltrán at the service of a community of artists and collectives invited to Documenta, among other disparate examples.
Azimuts is a design research journal founded in 1991 by the student-researchers of the post-graduate program of the École supérieure d'art et design de Saint-Étienne. A unique publication in the design editorial landscape, the journal is a place for reflection, exchange, and criticism on the issues of contemporary design and art, as well as a field for experimentation and graphic and typographic research. Azimuts magazine gathers the points of view of personalities from the world of design, culture and research in general. The issues are organized around thematic dossiers on design and, more generally, on material culture or its criticism. The "Varia" section welcomes contributions that are not part of the dossier, and the "Anthology" section allows readers to discover or rediscover texts and documents that are difficult to access (out of print or never translated into French). The "Reviews" section is a space for free criticism of current research and publications on design in the field.
Edited by Ernesto Oroza.
Contributions by Erick Beltrán, Karolina Borkowska, Nino Bulling, Laura Ego, Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Elizabeth Hale, Stéphane Le Mercier, Thibault le Page, Agus Nur Amal, The Nest Collective, Ernesto Oroza, Dan Perjoschi, Lucie Sahuquet, Jaroslava Tomanová, Samantha Zannoni, Kévin Zanin.