#cute. Islands of Happiness?
With more than five hundred million posts on Instagram alone, #cute is one of the most popular hashtags ever. Cute can mean dainty, sweet, or twee, and we come across it in all aspects of life. Animal babies, unicorns, rabbit ears—cuteness is closely related to consumer culture and has not only taken social media by storm, but also product design, advertising, robotics, and art.
MADE IN DÜSSELDORF #3:
ALEX GREIN / JOHANNA REICH
Made in Düsseldorf is an exhibition series in cooperation with the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, which is dedicated to contemporary artists who are connected with Düsseldorf and the Rhineland through their studies, place of residence or artistic content.
THE KEBAB HELIX
AND OTHER FAST FOOD FANTASIES
The Inter Media Art Institute presents fast food fantasies, in which contradictory values of capitalist society clash – rationality and functionality, overindulgence and convenience. Ever since the 1980s video makers have been exploring these tensions by appropriating the iconography of multinational corporations, questioning the logic of the franchise system, criticizing the labor conditions of the foodservice industry, denouncing the mass production of food, and confessing the sin of gluttony. Their journey takes them from a kebab-shop in Rotterdam to a London burger restaurant, and further to a drive-through in Los Angeles.
The Art of Helping
25 Years of fiftyfifty: A Charity Exhibition
The street magazine fiftyfifty is turning 25 years old and presents
on the occasion of the anniversary a charity exhibition with works by
artists such as Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Gerhard Richter at
the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. The works donated by the artists are being
sold to purchase homes for homeless people.