Assuming that, by now, you will have more or less gracefully survived the festivities and likely have considerable hours of Netflix/Prime/HBO Max under your (increasingly stretched) belt, this issue of No News News is your chance to get all cognitive again.
As a treat for this day of rest and contemplation, you’ll find our “Best of the Year” interviews, profiles and essays from 2021: featuring legendary producer Lee Perry (who passed away in August) to Rollo, the poodle-cum-philosopher.
I have to admit that, when looking through the archive, I’m proud of what the team pulls together for No News News issue to issue. It’s real commitment. That’s why I’d also like to take this chance to thank our team and contributors, passionately designing, writing, editing and shooting pictures so we can bring you great stories.
So, for your rediscovery, here’s the very best of No News News 2021:
SCOTT KING DOESN'T WANT YOU TO FALL FOR THE GENIUS TRAP
Earlier this year British designer Scott King penned The Debrist Manifesto, a 10,000-word “guide book” on how to deliberately fail at creative endeavors. In an exclusive for No News News, Scott King contributes a previously unpublished addendum to his manifesto: a warning for artists not to fall for the “genius label,” even when it’s oh-so-graciously offered by cultural gatekeepers.
WHAT DOGS TAUGHT ME ABOUT GRIEF, LOVE AND PARENTHOOD
“I decided to get a dog when I was 21 because I was not good at being alone. I got a Border Collie because I knew someone who also had one, and I heard they were clever. I would never get myself a stupid dog, I thought to myself. I called the dog Makker, which is Danish for ‘pal’.” Artist Emma Rosenzweig reflects on the dogs in her life.
“TECHNOLOGY IS A THIEF. SPIRITUALLY GOD IS PERFECT”
In our profile of Lee “Scratch” Perry, author Philipp Hindahl, who interviewed the artist via WhatsApp, writes: “The dub version is the spectral double of a song, and this ghost is conjured by technology.” Perry himself has a rather disillusioned take on this aspect of artificiality: “Technology is a robber who take what is not his.”
SETTING UP NIGHTMARES WITH AGNES GRYCZKOWSKA
For her first full-on show at Schinkel, curator Agnes Gryczkowska mixes the work of Swiss artist HR Giger, famed for his biomechanical creatures which defined the aesthetic for Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise, with that of the young South Korean artist Mire Lee – whose visceral sculptures appear as appendages born of machinery and slime. Read our interview here.
ROLLO THE POODLE PHILOSOPHER, ON READING THE WORLD THROUGH URINE
Rollo is a white-coated and very droll poodle, who managed to buddy up with artist Raphaela Vogel, even inspiring and appearing in some of her works. In this interview with Vogel and fellow artist Phillip Zach, Rollo opens about anthropocentric ontology and our shortcomings when it comes to understanding the world beyond the limits of our language.
Thank you all for your support – and we’ll see you in the new year!
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