FORM Diaries

Doug Aitken, Alexa Meade, Kathy Garcia,
Sanford Biggers, & Zach Anner

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In a day and age where festivals are few and far in between, it’s often a challenge to create a unique and original experience. Cue FORM Arcosanti, a three-day festival held in a small surreal city in Arizona between May 13 – 15th, which amalgamates electronic musical performances with an immersive cultural series presented by NeueHouse, with work from renowned multi-platform artists.

 

While the magic of the festival is best expressed experientially – a utopic phenomenon which has to be ‘seen to be believed’ – we thought the best way to show what FORM is really like is for those involved to be the ones to show us. Including visual diaries from Doug Aitken, Alexa Meade, Kathy Garcia, Sanford Biggers, and Zach Anner, this is what FORM Arcosanti looked like for those who shaped the event.

 

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IMAGE RIGHT: Doug Aitken at FORM, Photo by Austin Meredith | IMAGE LEFT: Photo by Doug Aitken

 

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“Sarvia with arcosanti and the Mesa behind her. Taking little excursions through the beautiful grounds was a highlight.” — Kathy Garcia

 

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“These are my favorite photos from FORM. Before I painted the model, Josephine Lee did her makeup. My model would like to be anonymous.” — Alexa Meade

 

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“People using the pyramid for chair pose during yoga class. It was nice to see people occupy the pyramid in their own way.” — Kathy Garcia

 

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Photos by Sanford Biggers | IMAGE RIGHT: “We must redefine the American Dream before we can rebuild the infrastructure on which it is based” – Paola Soleri | IMAGE LEFT: Mood

 

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“At Arcosanti the art and the people are one and the same. Thanks to Alexa and Meade.” – Zach Anner

 

Éric Ripert

'32 Yolks'

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“You’re not born with craftsmanship. You may have talent, more than some other people, but you have to learn the hard way,” Chef Éric Ripert tells us. We are sitting in the studio of NeueHouse Madison Square, where upstairs an eager crowd gathers with anticipation to see the gastronome, culinary artist, and spiritual philanthropist read from his latest venture, ‘32 Yolks,’ a book that blends the biographical with the culinary. In fact, there is no way to separate the art of food with the life of the Chef, who boasts the three-Michelin-star recipient, Le Bernardin, as just one of his many successful ventures. Ripert, however, does not only take time to perfect his métier, but he also uses his success for benevolent causes, such as hosting the Tibetan Aids Project, and serving as chair for the City’s Harvest Food Council. Ahead of the poignant conversation regarding the life musings shared in the book, Ripert engaged in an intimate conversation with us, touching upon everything from the spirituality of eating to eating brains for intelligence.

 

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Photography: Manolo Campion for NeueJournal

Coexisting
Continents Pt. II

Two Realities with
Photog Petros Koublis

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In the second part of Petros Koublis photo essay, the photographer continues exploring the cohesion of two realities and cultures by creating an amalgamated space that exists in a realm of its own. With imagery that elicits the philosophical anxieties of Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, as well as the desolate surreality of nature found in Salvador Dalí’s work, Koublis invites life to exist beyond what is predetermined by piecing together a coalescent multiverse where things subsist unbound by rules.

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Photography: Petros Koublis for NeueJournal 

Padma Lakshmi

'Love, Loss, and What We Ate'

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Padma Lakshmi’s life is certainly something to write about, so it’s fortuitously appropriate that the Indian-born TV host, model, actress, and author has published her first memoir, ‘Love, Loss, and What We Ate.’ The New York Times best-selling book doesn’t shy away from details about Lakshmi’s eventful life, from her childhood and modeling days, to her marriage to Salman Rushdie, and the affair that led to one of the best joy of her life – motherhood. Naturally, the book weaves a motif of food throughout, tying in nicely the idea that life is full of flavors. After an excerpt reading of the memoir at NeueHouse Madison Square, Lakshmi answered some questions for us, touching upon everything from re-focusing insecurities into skills and the happiness of having nothing to do.

 

NeueJournal: This memoir was difficult for you to write because of its incredibly personal nature. What enabled you to finally write the book?

 

Padma Lakshmi: It evolved from a book I was commissioned to write on healthy eating. The deeper I went in the subject matter and the more context I gave, the more I realized a narrative arc was taking shape, and that this was becoming more of a memoir, punctuated by food.

 

NJ: In the book you talk about insecurities of all types and learning to overcome them. Do you think this pressure comes more from an outward place or an inward place? How do you feel women, particularly, can learn to overcome these societal pressures?

 

PL: That’s a hard question- I suppose it comes technically from both places. You can’t control the images the media feeds you, and at the same time, it’s hard not to internalize ideals that we’re constantly being fed, consciously as well as subliminally. The only way to overcome these types of insecurities as women is to find something more important that defines you. Find a skill, and hone it. Move your energy from focusing on what you don’t have to building upon what you do.

 

NJ: Looking back, what is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from your experiences?

 

PL: That life is cyclical, and nothing lasts forever. Not the good, not the bad, not even the ugly. I’ve also learned that even the difficult times I’ve gone through or the mistakes I’ve made have great value, because they shaped who I am.

 

NJ: If you could re-live a moment in your life, which would it be and why?

 

PL: I suppose the only thing I would want to relive is my daughter’s life as a toddler. Or maybe getting on The New York Times best-seller list?

 

NJ: What do you consider your biggest achievement?

 

PL: Personally, my child. Professionally, this memoir.

 

NJ: In your opinion, what is the worst question women in entertainment industries get asked?

 

PL: How we women ‘manage it all.’ No one ever asks a man how he balances a career with making time for his family.

 

NJ: What is the last thing you ate? What is the last thing you cooked?

 

PL: I just ate my way through Paris with my daughter, who herself ate half the macaroons in Paris. And then I promptly returned home and made lentils and rice.

 

NL: If you could describe your life at the moment with a food dish, which would it be?

 

PL: A stew of some kind, where everything has been cooking for a while, and I finally feel like the different elements have simmered together into this memoir.

 

NJ: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

 

PL: Misery is an empty fridge.

 

NJ: What does happiness mean to you? When and where are you happiest?

 

PL: Happiness is a Sunday where I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything, and I am just free to spend the whole day with my daughter, cooking in the kitchen.

 

Photography: Manolo Campion for NeueJournal 

Paradise Wavering

Alice Q. Hargrave explores
the melancholic side of paradise

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Paradise. The word itself elicits a myriad of images and sensations – perfection, bliss, timelessness. However there is also an immediate fragility associated with the word, as the human experience has proven throughout history that paradise doesn’t exist, or otherwise it is a fleeting myth, come and gone before one can even understand what it meant. Alice Q. Hargrave’s photo book, ‘Paradise Wavering,’ which will be released in May, 2016, explores the melancholy side of paradise and the perils of a future pervaded by environmental catastrophes, amalgamating newly captured work with re-photographed vintage images, colored and printed in the attempt to create a space and time that, like paradise, does not exist in an actual reality.

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Glacier from ‘Paradise Wavering’

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Shade from ‘Paradise Wavering’

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Cattails from ‘Paradise Wavering’

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Lichen from ‘Paradise Wavering’

 

 

Photography: Alice Q. Hargrave’s ‘Paradise Wavering,’ published by Daylight Books

 

Feature Image: LEFT: Coupled Palms (1982/2015) | RIGHT: Spray