Issue IV/2021 - Make it yourself

Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)




Editorial

How I became me

Hamlet, Hackman and Homeland

by Welket Bungué

Welket Bungué, born in Xitole in the south of Guinea-Bissau in 1988, is an actor and filmmaker. After living and working in Portugal and Brazil, he now lives in Berlin. 

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Topic: Make it yourself!

“People preserve stories in objects”

in conversation with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung reflects on the meaning we give to the things we make. A conversation.

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In the cultural battlefield

by Justin McGuirk

From flawless craftsmanship to clumsy do-it-yourself: our ideas of “homemade” are wide ranging.

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A stool made from washing-machine drums

by Lea Kirdikian, Xavier Baghdadi

How to turn discarded household appliances into new furniture.

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Hidden Designs

by Wladimir Archipow

Cultural history rarely commemorates home-made objects – even though they often have extraordinary tales to tell.

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In practice

Learning without Obstacles

by Leonie Düngefeld

No qualifications but you can still study? The “Socrates” project in Berlin, Vienna and Budapest makes it happen.

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Books

The new reality

by Andri Snær Magnason

Can the climate crisis still be halted? Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, authors of the Paris Agreement, are determined to keep looking forward.

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Topic: Make it yourself!

“The powers-that-be start to dance with you”

by Sergej Lebedew

The author Sergei Lebedev talks about Russia’s internal conflicts, fear as a form of political pressure, and the craft of writing.

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A Hundred Years of Violence

by Sabine Scholl

The Vietnamese author Nguyen Phan Que Mai tells a family tale from her war-ravaged land.

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Statutory Eradication

by Gundula Haage

Louise Erdrich talks about resistance by indigenous peoples in 1950s America.

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