Even at its most fundamental level, Song Dong’s Waste Not is extraordinary, a collection of more than 10,000 items collected by his late mother from toothpaste tubes to toys, bowls to blankets. But delve a little deeper and it’s so much more than that – a commentary on people’s remarkable resourcefulness in times of socio-political upheaval and an existential elegy to what remains after we’re gone. As with every new iteration of this project, Song’s family came together to create the new show at The Barbican, and every inch of it is alive with memories, emotions and unknown stories – it’s compelling, moving and important.
The show runs until June.
- Steph Wilson, DR. ME, Women Who and Benedict Redgrove at Nicer Tuesdays August
- Artist Emily Mae Smith’s pop motifs and witty compositions
- Meet the prop-maker building imaginary boyfriends
- Graphic designer Biba Košmerl takes on organised disorder and what it means to be a true modernist
- Bjenny Montero, an underground hero of melancholic comics
- Animator Hoji Tsuchiya's patchwork video for Japanese singer Uri Nakayama
- Sagmeister & Walsh rebrands fashion label Milly to reflect its "edgy" new personality
- Dominic Wilcox designs art exhibition for dogs (plus exclusive artist sketches)
- Jaemin Lee’s gloriously retro exhibition identities and poster designs
- James Jean’s phantasmagorical world of technicolour fever dreams
- The Refugee Nation Olympic flag was inspired by a lifejacket
- Things: the inspiring post that got us through the long hot summer nights of August