treat(s) of the month: January

Dear friends of treat,

It’s the new year, and one thing we’re aspiring to do in 2022 is to maintain this sweet newsletter of ours! To make sure we stick to this resolution, we had to create something that’s not just delicious for you but also exciting and easy-to-prepare for us. Whoomp! (there it is): the first episode of treat(s) of the month, a freshly baked collection of ✨whatever✨ we found inspirational, meaningful, or simply interesting this January!

Istvan Szilagyi (CEO)
is wondering about Art Basel Paris


It’s an interesting move, in my opinion. Even though rumours were going around already, it’s still a surprise. Apparently, the fair will be managed by a separate team. I’m wondering about how this will affect Art Basel Basel. What implications will a new fair located just 4 hours away by train have on the original fair?

Yves-Michele Saß (Director Art + Knowledge) 
enjoyed this video on how Marvel creates movies 

It’s fascinating how the cost efficiency of digital eats up and transforms cultural production. It makes me rethink the relationship between paintings and sketch drawings. And I remember why I enjoy the idiosyncratic creations of an individual versus collaborations — two ends of a spectrum. 
PS: Very much looking forward to Doctor Strange 2: Multiverse of Madness!

Sameh Shahin (Developer Knowledge) 
shares some thoughts on NFTs and money laundering
Will NFTs and Digital Art expose those who used to collect it JUST for financial reasons (money laundering and taxes 👀) now that they don't even have to handle the physical storage, maintenance and transportation? Will the average price of art pieces change if that happens? Will artists who never thought about digitisation also turn digital just for that reason and prove all the money laundering and taxes theories right? Is art evaluation going to be different? In other words, are we going to hear about a banana taped to a wall for 120k again? I’m genuinely interested to see how it will be like in the future!



Marie-Claire Gagnon (Chief Copy)
recommends an exhibition at tart.vienna
This month, I really enjoyed Paul Spendier’s solo exhibition “Seasonal Depression” at tart.vienna (the project space of Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman). The show critiques extractivist practices through playful irony and highlights the possibilities of artistic intervention within that system. And there’s a tree to reassemble, that was fun!

Julian Present (Junior Creative Director)
on two books he looked at this month
“Radikalisierter Konservatismus” by Natascha Strobl is a book I quite enjoyed. It showcases and explains the mechanisms of how right-wing parties break the rules and drift to more radical visions without many people noticing. It’s an easy and quick read, and many things are explained with examples like Sebastian Kurz and Donald Trump. It was straightforward and easy to follow, also for noobs 🤷🏻‍♂️
The book I enjoyed most, though, is the cooking book from Karma Food I got my girlfriend for Christmas. Vegan/Vegetarian Indian Cuisine, very easy and beautifully explained! The recipes, as well as the book, are gems ✨

very interesting,
good bye!