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Frieze Issue 156: The Fiction Issue

Future Fictions: Nine writers and artists consider how narrative structures in fiction will change as technology advances. Featuring Fatima Al Qadiri, James Bridle, Ian Cheng, Orit Gat, Lev Manovich, Christiane Paul, Alexander Provan, Timotheus Vermeulen, and Holly Willis.
‘Narrative itself is a kind of user experience design for organizing the look and feel of reality.’—Ian Cheng

Frieze Issue 156The Hunger: Katie Kitamura looks at how art can visualize political realities through the artifice of fiction.

The Actual World: Ben Lerner reflects on whether objects are more real than words and tells how he learnt to love the virtual.

Also featuring two specially commissioned artist projects: ‘Double City Manifesto,’ a graphic short story by Gregory Sholette & Christopher Darling; and ‘Donald, or a Portrait of the Artist at Dusk’ by Omer Fast.

Plus, Dan Fox talks to artist David Levine; Laura Pawson asks whether it is an artist’s duty to bear witness to suffering; Rajeev Balasubramanyam on national identity and ‘global fiction’; film director Pablo Larrain discusses the merging of fact and fiction with Rob White; and an extract from Lynne Tillman‘s novel-in-progress Men and Apparitions.

In our regular columns: Tom Morton considers the changing face of graduate exhibitions; Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on prisoners of conscious and creative acts; and Jason Farago asks what is in store for students signing up to de Appel’s new course in art dealing.

Also: 37 reviews from 29 cities in 17 countries, including Umhlaba 1913–2013, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; and Sharjah Biennial 11, various venues, UAE.

Finally, on the back page, Dayanita Singh answers the Questionnaire: What was the first piece of art that really mattered to you? ‘My first view of the full moonlight on the Taj Mahal.’

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