Dune is a journal born in an academic environment, the Iuav University in Venice, and intends to configurate itself as an open territory, intertwining multiple writings on fashion, design and visual culture. Bilingual, (in English and in Italian), biannual and mono-thematic, Dune is directed by Maria Luisa Frisa – director of the bachelor course in Fashion Design and Multimedia Arts at Iuav – is published by Flash Art, with graphic project by Think Work Observe.
The title alludes to Frank Herbert’s epic philosophical and religious work in the form of a science-fiction novel, published in 1965, and to the movie directed by David Lynch in 1984, before the arrival of the digital. The journal is intended as a space for theoretical, critical and visual examinations and presentation of new research. Each issue is monothematic; the theme is defined by a word or a sentence that permeates the contents, either focused on pivotal figures and situations, or unveiling stories not yet well known, or giving space to the voice of young authors. The title of the first issue, Dark Room, is a theme that both cuts across boundaries and is mutable, depending on the perspective. Dark room is intended in a primary, original sense: it is an image, an idea, a device that allows us to tackle questions which are relevant for us. Understood in its significance as a place of encounter in which to experiment with promiscuity and, at the same time, a place in which photographers do their work. Both are spaces that relate to the idea of “wait” and the “unexpected,” words that are connected to the development of the first issue of any journal: it is a leap into the void, an adventure. The first issue gathers three kinds of contributes: Essays, Reviews and Studies – to which it is added an intervention commissioned to a visual artist. The contributors are: Nicola Brajato, Judith Clark, Francesco D’Aurelio, Elda Danese, Louis De Belle, Paolo Di Lucente, Marta Franceschini, Antonella Huber, Bruce LaBruce, Gio Black Peter, Luca Ruali.
Dune is supported by donors that trusted the editorial project, like Matteo Mantellassi from the textile company Manteco and Nicoletta Fiorucci, founder of Fiorucci Art Trust. The journal, devoid of traditional advertising pages, is an expression of a work group interested to new forms of dialogue with companies, institutions and collectors. Discover the publication by purchasing your copy and unpublished content by following the Instagram channel @dunejournal.
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