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Steel Blossom. January 2003


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This issue of TANK crashed into the real in all its complicated, unsatisfactory necessity. Inspired by Guy Bourdin’s Situationist philosophy, we tracked the spectacular moments where the artifice of glamour is forced to reckon with the realities of the material world.

  • Pankaj Mishra conducts an autopsy on Western Modernity

  • Rem Koolhaas on the pan-European industrial landscape he dubs “HOLLOCORE”

  • Duncan McLaren makes the case for an artists’ strike

  • Plus, Indian journalist Tarun J. Tejpal tells the story of his investigative website Tehelka and the corruption scandals it unleashed, Sean + Seng make their models jump for joy and paintings by Luigino Valentin