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How adidas’ SPEZIAL collection reveals Northern England’s obsession with the brand from Herzogenaurach

The genesis of Britain’s fascination with sportswear begins in the north of England. Arguments abound regarding the overused and oft-abused “casual” appellation to denote the terrace dwellers who made a brand like adidas — which once seemed so exotic to those attempting clean living in drab surroundings — synonymous with cities like Manchester and Liverpool.…
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Black is a Hard Drug: ODILE DECQ

According to I.M. Pei, architects don’t really know what they’re doing until they reach 60. Which means that 58-year-old ODILE DECQ is rather precocious, since she has already entered a mature phase of her career with large, complex projects such as the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, the FRAC Bretagne in Rennes, the just-completed Pavillon 8 in Lyon, and the forthcoming Museum of Homo …
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adidas Creative Director DIRK SCHÖNBERGER on The Spirit of Collaboration

The contemporary fashion market, with its gluttonous appetite for novelty, cycles through trends at vertiginous speeds. In this climate, adidas has looked towards collaboration as a way of targeting specific niches and demographics without diluting the brand’s history. DIRK SCHÖNBERGER is the creative director of the adidas Sport Style division, where he has presided over…
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JOHN WATERS Hitchhikes Across America and Witnesses Its Demented Generosity

JOHN WATERS was born in the Lutherville suburb of Baltimore in 1946 and became famous in the 1970s for flouting Hollywood’s rules and reveling in bad taste. In his 17 Oscar-­free classic cult films, Waters has exploited as much entertainment as possible from low­brow sexploitation and the provocative deviance of subcultural taboo. Today he is…
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Land Rovers and Concealed Footprints: A Meditation on Desert Aesthetics

Following last month’s survey into the world of corporate aesthetics, artist Reese Riley of Archival Aesthetics: Environment and Object returns with another special commission of collages exploring desert imagery. Along with artists Rachel Archibald, Juan Villascusa, Alfred English, and Art Belikov, this month Riley presents visions of desert mysticism and Saharan opulence, accompanied by a …
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PERFORMANCE REVITALIZED: Why We Are So Excited About the SUPREME x STONE ISLAND Fall 2014 Collection

STONE ISLAND has just completed its first collaboration with SUPREME on a collection for Fall 2014. It features a new take on Stone Island’s classic Raso Gommato jacket as well as a crewneck sweatshirt, sweatpants, and a camp cap. One of Stone Island's definitive fabrics, Raso Gommato was invented by placing a polyurethane cover over military-inspired cotton satin. It is one of the many …
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From NOAM CHOMSKY to ICE-T: GLEN E. FRIEDMAN’s Book “My Rules” is a Survey in Being Hardcore

Glen E. Friedman’s legendary photo book Fuck You Heroes is twenty years old this month, sold out and on the privy bookshelves of skaters, punks, hip-hoppers and aficionados of rebellion around the world. Today, Friedman is still defiantly transmitting the aftershocks of the counter-cultures he was at the epicenter of with his sixth book, a seven-pound, 324-page reference, his first …
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Why WOLFGANG TILLMANS Has Re-Coded Recorded Music into an In Situ Experience

It is considered normal that in order to see original works of visual art one can visit a museum. However there is no dedicated space or place where one can go to to hear the works of musicians with the studio sound quality that the original recording was made in. This is the first exhibition in the series Playback Room that will, over the next months, give a dedicated space to the playback …
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032c’s Ten Must-See Exhibitions of Berlin Art Week 2014

With the start of the art fair (that pretends not to be an art fair) abc and dozens of gallery and institutional openings around the city, BERLIN ART WEEK begins today. In the name of user-friendliness, 032c has assembled a list of our favorite exhibitions of Berlin Art Week: KunstWerke Ryan Trecartin - SITE VISIT RYAN…
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Video Premiere: SUPREME Goes Inside the Studio of RAYMOND PETTIBON

Through his work for bands such as Black Flag and Sonic Youth, artist RAYMOND PETTIBON defined the visual identity of American punk culture. With a delivery that is at once clever and violent, Pettibon's work portrays the anti-authoritarian sentiment of marginal youth culture through a vocabulary of signature tropes—ranging from Charles Manson to jocks to cartoon characters to buffoonish …
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ITEM IDEM Invades New York City with a “Tiki Pop” Reflection on Late Capitalism

CYRIAL DUVAL—also known under the name of his semi-fictional brand ITEM IDEM—is a creative virtuoso and a 21st century master of disguise. For his first solo exhibition in the United States at JOHANNES VOGT in Chelsea, Duval presents "Voir Dire," an iconographic collision of pop narratives—from McDonald's to Disney to Tiki—that simultaneously augments and subverts the mechanisms of a …
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K-HOLE Interviews Fashion Strategist FLORIANE DE SAINT PIERRE on Creative Leadership

It wouldn’t be inaccurate to call FLORIANE DE SAINT PIERRE the power broker of the creative economy. Responsible for the term “creative leadership,” and having placed Christopher Bailey at Burberry and Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, de Saint Pierre seeks out those who can intuitively identify the right spirit, zeitgeist, and vibes for a particular brand. K-HOLE sat down with Floriane to …
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K-HOLE Interviews Tech and Organizational Strategist VENKATESH RAO on Creative Leadership

VENKATESH RAO (who goes by “Venkat”) is a writer, tech and organizational strategist, and independent researcher. Venkat’s writing explores the sociological tension driving commerce at a historical/cultural scale. His best-known work is a series of blog posts analyzing workplace dynamics as seen through the lens of NBC’s The Office. K-HOLE corresponded with him over email.
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VASYA RUN: A Russian Graffiti Performance Turns into a Program for Spiritual Emancipation

For the upcoming Vasya Run performance in Moscow, Vasya Belov transformed his experience of being in prison into a first-person script. The product of an unlikely union between the Moscow avant-garde and anonymous teenagers, Vasya Run merges hip hop, spiritual practices, and theatre. It can be called a performance project, but in essence Vasya Run is a living manual on how to escape the …
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“Pearls, Lots of Pearls”: 032c Goes Backstage with ADAM SELMAN

Due to his work as the costume designer for Rihanna—as well as for other celebrity clients—ADAM SELMAN has been lauded as a master of the 21st century red carpet. With girls in Converse Chuck Taylors holding numbered signs, Selman's highly-anticipated SS15 runway show at New York Fashion Week was a jocular spin on a 1950s salon presentation. 032c spoke with Adam Selman backstage before the show.
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Artist MARCO BRAMBILLA’s Noir Seduction for HUGO BOSS

Artist MARCO BAMBILLA’s promotional video for Hugo Boss is a ballet of nature, seduction, technocracy, and fashion. The director of Demolition Man (1993) and creator of ecstatic, surreal video work that’s typically presented in unexpected places—like the Standard NYC elevator or Times Square (forthcoming)—Brambilla is a master of the baroque pop spectacle. His works, such as the Megaplex …
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Welcome to XXXercise: A VIP Tour by Artist ILJA KARILAMPI

Artist, writer, and radio host ILJA KARILAMPI is a storyteller in the age of fiber optic communication. Drawing references from Dutch stadium house, American hip hop, and his own experiences as a Swedish native based in Berlin, Karilampi’s works are circuitous, sticker-littered networks of symbols. During his Tocqueville-esque journey to the hometown of 50 Cent, Karilampi sent 032c a VIP …
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032c Premieres COTTWEILER’s A/W 2014 Campaign

Cottweiler’s A/W 2014 collection shows the London-based brand edging closer to that impossible state of invisible fashion. Produced in either stark black or blinding white, the pieces effectively resist emission, a new kind of camouflage—anti-diffusion. Somewhere between a George Segal sculpture and Metal Gear Solid, it’s stealth in stark outlines, monochrome in HD, a framework for metamaterials.
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Text with Affection: MIRANDA JULY’s Somebody Is Your New Messaging Service

Artist and filmmaker Miranda July has decided to test the waters of our new, smartphone-infused phenomenology with her app Somebody. Designed with the support of Miu Miu as part its Women’s Tales series, Somebody is a mobile messaging app created by July. The Somebody app was launched to the public August 28th at the Venice Film Festival with an accompanying short film by the same name. 032c …
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Anti-Ballet & Post Punk: MICHAEL CLARK Reflects on 30 Years of Choreography

Once the enfant terrible of contemporary dance, choreographer MICHAEL CLARK is now celebrated for his untiring quest to break free from the restrictions of traditional ballet. Over the last three decades, he has collaborated with bands such as The Fall and artists such as Charles Atlas, and has become a pop icon in his own right. He has even won the approval of the Queen Elizabeth II, who …
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Strange Plants: Artists Exploring the Seduction Flora

At times picturesque, at times sinister, and often aloofly sensual, Strange Plants explores foliage as a site for fantasy and perverse imagination. As the inaugural title for her publishing house Zioxla, Zio Baritaux’s book is a series of contemporary artists’ reflections on flora that includes both works and interviews. Curated like an eclectic garden of images, the book features a wide …
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Pleated Pants & Sequenced Environments: A Meditation on Corporate Aesthetics

Following last month's survey into the world of homecare aesthetics, artist Reese Riley of Archival Aesthetics: Environment and Object returns with another special commission of collages exploring corporate imagery. Along with artists Pussykrew, Gergő Kovács, and YNTBP, this month Riley scours image search for visions of cubicles and ergonomic workstations, accompanied by an exclusive mix by …
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Net-A-Porter’s NATALIE MASSENET: “I wanted to call my website What’s New, Pussycat?”

When NATALIE MASSENET launched the online shopping behemoth Net-a-Porter at the very end of the 20th century, the dot-com bubble had just burst. With a completely untested business model and small investments scrounged together in increments of £10,000, she grew the company into what is now an estimated 3.4-billion-dollar business. “She had so many skeptics, but she won. She won big-time,” …
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SAMSUNG Über Alles: Artist SIMON DENNY Exhibits the Electronic Company’s Climb to Global Dominance

Simon Denny’s current exhibition New Management at Frankfurt’s Portikus explores a pivotal occasion in the history of the South Korean multinational Samsung. The 1993 “Frankfurt Declaration” was a three-day conference in a Frankfurt hotel by Samsung’s Chairman Lee Kun-hee for dozens of his top executives and shareholders. During the event, Kun-hee outlined a new management philosophy, which …
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