To commemorate the year that was, we invited artists, designers, and thinkers across disciplines — from “conceptual entrepreneur” Martine Syms and spoken word artist Dessa to design firm Experimental Jetset and musician Greg Tate — to share their most noteworthy ideas, events, and objects of 2013.
Individually, Paul Chan, Ian Cheng, and Micaela Durand have got to be among today’s hardest-working artists: Chan, recently shortlisted for the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize, will show his work at a survey at Schaulager in Basel, starting in April 2014. Badlands will co-publish two books by Chan with Schaulager to for the occasion: New New Testament and Paul Chan: Selected Writings 2000-2014. Between writing gigs — like his contribution to Frieze‘s “Future Fictions” series on new forms of narrative — Cheng exhibits internationally, including a just-closed show at Standard (Oslo) and an upcoming show at Triennale di Milano. Durand makes online art and commentary through the collective BFFA3AE (which includes Daniel Chew and Matthew Gaffney); the group will be featured in a forthcoming show at MoMA PS1.
Collectively, the trio is known as Badlands Unlimited, an experimental venture that’s equal parts print publishing house, ebook developer, gif factory, and digital curator. Recent projects have ranged from a bodice-ripper romance novel inspired by Rep. Michele Bachmann to the enhanced ebook Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins, a compendium of Saddam Hussein’s democracy speeches from the 1970s to a volume of jottings, notes, and mind maps created by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist.
RIP: Chris Marker
Chris Marker is dead. Long live Chris Marker!
Astronauts on Twitter, literally tweeting from space. Pick up where Gravity left off.
RIP: Mike Kelley
Mike Kelley is dead. Long live Mike Kelley.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The revolution lives on!
Drunk cop in GTA V
Artificial intelligent existential crisis in Grand Theft Auto V.
In 2013, OR Books published some of the best books on paper and screen.
Uline box resizer
The best new Badlands office equipment of 2013.
House of Versace
Lifetime’s series, starring Gina Gershon as Donatella. Genre: True story.
The Highest Poverty
Giorgio Agamben’s latest. How to live in 2014.