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Writings on fashion, project and visual culture

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.

In view of the second issue, titled “Manifesto,” the editorial committee has opened a Call for Papers, addressed to both Italian and international scholars, through the address dune@iuav.it.

Discover the publication by purchasing your copy and unpublished content by following the Instagram channel @dunejournal!

Editor in Chief
Maria Luisa Frisa

Scientific Committee
Miren Arzalluz, Palais Galliera, Paris
Paola Bertola, Politecnico di Milano
Manuel Blanco, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Paul Boudens, graphic designer
Silvia Calderoni, performer
Giorgio Camuffo, Libera Università di Bolzano
Bruno Ceschel, University of the Arts London
Judith Clark, London College of Fashion
Paola Colaiacomo, fashion scholar
Giovanni Corbellini, Politecnico di Torino
Milovan Farronato, Fiorucci Art Trust, London
Elke Gaugele, Akademie der Bildenden Künst
Francesca Granata, Parsons School of Design New York
Stefano Graziani, Libera Università di Bolzano
Alistair O’Neill, Central Saint Martins College, London
Patrizia Ranzo, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli
Stefano Tonchi, L’Officiel
Paolo Volonté, Politecnico di Milano
Louise Wallenberg, Stockholm University

Editorial Board
Saul Marcadent
Gabriele Monti
Marta Franceschini
Manuela Soldi (secretary)

Graphic Project
Think Work Observe

Nicoletta Fiorucci, Fiorucci Art Trust
Matteo Mantellassi, Manteco


Flash Art
Gea Politi and Cristiano Seganfreddo

Editorial Coordination
Eleonora Milani

Image Sourcing and Licensing
Marta Zanoni

Giovanni Diana

Copy editors
Charles Gute
Caroline Liou

Printed by
Grafiche Veneziane


Call for papers
Dune: Manifesto
Vol. 001 n. 002, novembre 2020

For the second issue, the magazine invites scholars to propose contributions on its new leading theme: Manifesto and its possible relationships with design and visual cultures.

Manifesto: a sheet of paper, a poster put up to make the content public; the programmatic text of a person or group of people expressing inspiring principles and cultural, artistic and political programs; something self-evident, crystal-clear and known to all. The manifesto focuses on the process and not on the results; writing it means being in direct contact with the time being. It encompasses the founding principles and ultimate reasons of the work of those who drafted it, emphasizing their effort, concentration, ethics and social impact.

First Things First by Ken Garland, Mini-Manifesto by Daniel Eatock, Anti Fashion by Li Edelkoort and Canone by Massimo Vignelli are just some of the most famous programmatic texts written in the territories of design and fashion. In 2013, even elusive fashion designer Rei Kawakubo shared her manifesto with the readers of System magazine.

Manifest Destiny is the emblematic title of Hussein Chalayan’s Spring/Summer 2003 collection: the invitation is hypnotic, ironic and at the same time disturbing; the fashion show is a performance where the clothes, deconstructed and soiled by layers and layers of jersey revealing the body, move to the rhythm of the avant-garde sounds of the band The Brood, which Chalayan himself joins during the show.

Bruce Mau, a Canadian designer who collaborated with Rem Koolhaas in the drafting of the book Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, focused on how to approach the project and more generally the everyday. In 1998, he wrote the text An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth which he defines as incomplete, to allow those who use it to expand it: each must be at the same time the one who guides the flow and the one who is under its pressure.

Important dates:

April 20, 2020 May 20, 2020 deadline for submission of abstract and biography (in Italian and English, 80 words each)

April 30, 2020 May 30, 2020 notification of acceptance

May 30, 2020 June 30, 2020 first draft (in Italian or English, 4000 words approx.)

June 30, 2020 July 30, 2020 notification of double peer review results

July 20, 2020 September 4, 2020 final article

November 2020 publication

Dune: Dark Room, March 2020, Published by Flash Art. Photography by Think Work Observe.