Celebrating European Craft at Homo Faber, Venice

Far from a traditional design festival, this island event shows artisans at work

Two years in the making, Venice’s Homo Faber: Crafting a More Human Future, a new biennial fair, celebrates the range and depth of fine craftwork in Europe. On now through 30 September, the two-week event includes 16 exhibitions and an extensive program of talks celebrating not the past, but the vision of a possible future. Created by the Geneva-based Michelangelo Foundation—founded by Johann Rupert (CEO of the Richemont Group) and …

Virtual Reality at the 75th Annual Venice Film Festival

Seven standout selections demonstrating the scope of the filmic art form

On a Venetian island named Lazzaretto Vecchio (aka VR Island) the Venice Film Festival‘s virtual reality division showcases and honors advancements in the cinematic medium, both immersive and linear. For the second annual Venice Virtual Reality program, 30 works were selected from roughly 250—a rising number that reflects the importance of film festivals with regard to VR storytelling. And, as expected from the prestigious event, it’s hard to find a roster as …

Best National Participants at 2018’s Venice Architecture Biennale

Countries and independent states present pavilions outlining their visions for the future

One of the most anticipated events of the Biennale Architettura in Venice is the unveiling of the national participant pavilions. Rigid geographic distinctions may seem outdated in contemporary architecture, nonetheless it’s interesting to see the thematic or stylistic spirit of a country—and what it says about the future of that nation’s creative and artistic development. This year, many warrant attention for their eye-catching presentations and …

16th International Architecture Exhibition: Freespace

Exploring the Venice festival's fascinating and innovative community-focused projects

Oftentimes, architecture exhibitions tend to center on achievements of famous architects or wild designs, but the 16th Biennale Architettura (aka International Architecture Exhibition in Venice) is different in that its attention has shifted to the ways in which space is used, rather than just the buildings themselves or “starchitects.” This year’s theme “Freespace” was chosen by curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara and has somewhat …

New Cookbooks from Los Angeles

Stories from the thriving Southern California culinary scene

The recent opening of Now Serving Cookbook & Culinary Shop brings together the best books by Los Angeles chefs and food writers, as well as a carefully curated selection of cookbooks highlighting food from around the world. Ken Conception and Michelle Mungcal opened their Chinatown store in a complex that’s already popular with food adventurers willing to stand in line at Howling Ray’s for Nashville …