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 second issue, Manifesto, is examined in terms of its relations with the culture of design and the visual arts and the journal hosts a wide range of interpretations of its theme, pursuing an idea of crossing disciplinary boundaries that lies at the root of the editorial adventure. Fashion, design and visual culture have retained their central position but in open and constant dialogue with other languages and other forms of expression. On cover: Kensuke Koike, Forever Mine, 2020. Layered prints. Courtesy and © Kensuke Koike. Special project conceived for Dune.