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In­tro­duc­ing Wall­pa­per* Moon­shots Divi­sion col­lab­o­ra­tor, Stu­dio Swine

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The Bri­tish artist Alexan­der Groves and Ja­panese ar­chi­tect Azusa Mu­rakami, col­lec­tively Stu­dio Swine, pro­vided the vis­ual for this fea­ture and for this is­sue’s lim­ited-edi­tion cover (pic­tured below). They are also part of the freshly minted Wall­pa­per* Moon­shots Divi­sion. The pair es­tab­lished Su­per Wide In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary New Ex­plor­ers (Swine for short) in 2011. Since then they have pro­duced ob­jects, fur­ni­ture, sculp­ture, in­stal­la­tions and films, ex­hib­ited at the Pom­pi­dou and the V&A, and earned gongs at Cannes and other film fes­ti­vals. The tal­ented duo first grabbed our at­ten­tion with a re­mark­able range of ob­jects made of com­pacted hu­man hair, and later with their fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion in­spired by Ford­lan­dia, Henry Ford’s failed ur­ban ex­per­i­ment in the Ama­zon rain­for­est. Last year, they cre­ated New Spring for COS, a tree of arc­ing columns that birthed mist-filled bub­bles or ‘blos­soms’ and be­came a so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion at Mi­lan De­sign Week. As their image for this fea­ture makes it clear, the pair con­tinue to ex­plore how the ephemeral – mist, bub­bles, scent and noble gases – can rep­re­sent the ob­scure work­ings out of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy. Ear­lier this year they in­stalled In­fin­ity Blue – a 20-tonne ce­ramic sculp­ture that ex­hales scented fog rings – at Cornwall’s Eden Project. The piece was in­spired by cyanobac­te­ria, one of the first or­gan­isms on the planet to pro­duce oxy­gen. The pair are cur­rently in res­i­dence at the Brook­lyn cul­tural space A/D/O, cre­at­ing more won­der with fog and Kryp­ton lights.

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