Cover De­sign:

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The cover — de­signed by Bac­te­ria De­sign Co. — is vi­su­alised as a col­lage com­pris­ing three im­ages — a de­tail from artist Gieve Pa­tel’s work, Look­ing into a Well: Four Pil­lars; a de­tail from a painted col­lage on dis­play at the ex­hi­bi­tion What Free­dom Looks Like; and a sin­u­ous three-pronged bridge that con­nects ei­ther of two build­ing wings and the street cor­ner on the cam­pus of a fac­tory at Bhi­wandi, Mum­bai, de­signed by Sameep Padora & As­so­ciates. The ‘man­u­fac­tured void’ that pro­duces spa­ces of work and pro­duc­tion in a metropoli­tan sub­urb, the deep spa­ces within wells as well as sub­ur­ban trains in the art­works by Gieve Pa­tel, or the ge­ogra­phies a Spi­der or All Night in his po­etry tra­verses, or the mon­tages of pol­i­tics, land­scapes, and utopia in the Shekhawati im­ages, are the Mi­cro­cosms this is­sue fea­tures. The cover de­sign at­tempts to evoke a se­ries of con­ver­sa­tions and con­tem­pla­tions: be­tween the past and the present; be­tween art and ar­chi­tec­ture; be­tween an iconic work by an ac­claimed artist and the col­lab­o­ra­tive works of anony­mous artists. The hy­brid ar­chi­tec­tural ‘imag­i­nary’ that frames the back­drop of the painted Shekhawati col­lage is in stark con­trast to the af­fec­tive re­sponse gen­er­ated by the form of the well — an ar­chi­tec­tural void; a space for re­flec­tion. Bridg­ing these di­a­logues across space and time and point­ing to­wards the fu­ture is a sur­real ar­chi­tec­tonic form ren­dered graph­i­cally.

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