The Book of Gucci According to Alessandro Michele
The Italian’s arrival as Gucci’s creative director was more like an alien invasion than a typical fashion coronation. It was fast. Overwhelming. Utterly strange and world-dominating. Michael Ebert and Sven Michaelsen visited Michele in Rome to discuss the burden of vanity, the terror of symmetry, and the faith of being devoted to objects.By Michael Ebert and Sven Michaelsen
JEAN DAWSON: CHAOTIC GOOD*
What if Morrissey was Black? What if Kurt Cobain was from Tijuana? These are the rhetorical prompts that guide Jean Dawson’s discography. In a new interview, the musician and filmmaker recounts a childhood shaped by Tumblr, Blockbuster and Mexican-American border tensions. Discussing his sophomore album, CHAOS NOW*, Dawson illuminates the overlooked similarities between lowriders and fawns and what it means to be “a monster of your own experience.”By Cassidy George
VISUAL SOUNDSCAPES: Álvaro Guilherme and Daria Kolosova
Through ICEBERG’s FW-22 collection, DARIA KOLOSOVA and ÁLVARO GUILHERME experiment with notions of sound and visuality, and how the two realms can be interlaced, in a speculative shoot.
RAF SIMONS RETROSPECTIVE: 1995–2015
20 years after its inception in 1995, the Raf Simons label had become an oracle for a pre-Internet notion of beauty and freedom. It’s a brand rooted in the site specificity of IRL subculture, the iconoclasm of 20th century design, and the melodramatic land-scape of suburban isolation. Yet, after 40 collections and counting, the man behind RAF SIMONS remains an enigma. Published for the first time online, 032c’s dossier on Simons from our instantly sold out 27th issue includes an essay and interview, an archival shoot by Willy Vanderperre, and a poem by Peter De Potter.By PIERRE ALEXANDRE DE LOOZ
BRENDA’S BUSINESS with ISAMAYA FFRENCH
In the second edition of her column BRENDA'S BUSINESS, BRENDA WEISCHER aka @brendahashtag, talks with famed makeup artist and business owner ISAMAYA FFRENCH on the physical strength needed to lug kits to runways shows, and the dangers birds pose to interview subjects such as herself.By Brenda Weischer
LANCEY FOUX: Purple Reign
In celebration of the shoe and kick-off of the UK leg of his tour, LANCEY FOUX will debut the new Converse x A-COLD-WALL* Geo Forma shoe. CASSIDY GEORGE spoke with the enigmatic British rapper about the fantasy of anonymity and the undervalued “art” of business.
By Cassidy George
High atop the Himalayas sits the Kingdom of Bhutan. Nestled between two nuclear superpowers, the small mountain nation remains fiercely independent despite its towering neighbors. As Bhutan re-opened its borders to travelers, the country turned to London’s MMBP & Associates for a new identity to reassert itself on the global stage – and within its own borders. VICTORIA CAMBLIN climbed to basecamp to ask MMBP founders JULIEN BEAUPRÉ STE MARIE and HANK PARK how luxury industry strategy can inform the rebrand of an entire country.
HÖR: Berlin’s Favorite Radio Rave
Berlin's tiled radio station has become one of the most famous venues in cyberspace. Their streamed DJ sets carried club fanatics through lockdown, and the return of nightlife has only further cemented their importance in the world of electronic music. With their new website, fashion collaborations and festival stages, the duo behind HÖR continue to grow their influence and evolve into something bigger and better.
By CASSIDY GEORGE
CULTIVATED ASPHYXIA: “Exposition N°120 (maybe)” at Balice Hertling
“Exposition N°120 (maybe)” is BALICE HERTLING’s perhaps 120th exhibition. Including MAX ERNST, KAYODE OJO, REENA SPAULINGS, and ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE, among others, the exhibition is a survey of the gallery’s 15-year long program. On this occasion, CLAIRE KORON ELAT questions, in a Bourdieu-esque manner, if taste is innate or aquired, and if some of us desire Kelly bags (sometimes filled with escargots) because of their impeccability or because they are equivalent to buying and owning seven scooters.
By Claire Koron Elat
OTHER PEOPLE: Ser Serpas
SER SERPAS uses other people’s things. Splintering chairs, an Ikea Kallax shelf, and decayed sofas are part of the artist’s sculptural repertoire. CLAIRE KORON ELAT talks with Serpas about political art, concealing identities, and returning to academia.
By CLAIRE KORON ELAT
HEAD OVER HEELS: AVAVAV
A cat always lands on its feet, but AVAVAV’s monstrous creations attract the opposite effect. VICTORIA CAMBLIN slides into creative director BEATE KARLSSON’s DMs, discussing the gravitas of status in the fashion industry, versus the anti-gravity presentations of the label.
By VICTORIA CAMBLIN
CLOTHING OF CALAMITY: The Secondhand Trade in Uganda
Who gets to decide when poor-quality secondhand clothing floods local markets in Uganda and other East African countries? While colonial powers were in decision-making positions for centuries, Ugandan brands, such as Buzigahill, Gwavah, or Catherine & Sons, reinterpret the synthetical waste of the West — a product of its capitalist over-consumption — in their designs. DECLAN GIBBON argues how designers in Uganda are renouncing the calamitous destiny of forgotten garments.By Declan Gibbon
The Spiral Walker: JULIE MEHRETU
Meditatively tracing out her forms whilst conversing, JULIE MEHRETHU utilizes the subconscious ebb and flow of unmediated lines to maintain focus. DRUGA CHEW-BOSE talks with the artist, and they ponder: "How much unknowing is a part of knowing?"
By DURGA CHEW-BOSE
Priapic architectural tissues: TOM BURR in conversation with PIERRE-ALEXANDRE MATEOS and CHARLES TEYSSOU
TOM BURR has been investigating liminal spaces occupied by queer people since the 1990s. In a conversation between the artist and PIERRE-ALEXANDRE MATEOS and CHARLES TEYSSOU, hosted on the occasion of his show "Compressions" at Galerie Neu, the three discuss the politics of fetishism and excrement as an anti-civilizational trigger.
In Conversation: IRAK – KUNLE MARTINS AND BEN SOLOMON
IRAK, Manhattan's most legendary graffiti crew, have been leaving their mark on a the city for decades. The group has faced their own rollercoaster of ups and downs over their storied history. Lows of hardship, struggle, and loss and punctuated by highs of joy, community, and achieving something few others could ever dream of: becoming bonafide New York legends. KATJA HORVAT sits with KUNLE MARTINS and BEN SOLOMON to discuss the past, present, and future of IRAK.
By KATJA HORVAT
CLOSE TO THE HEDGE: Kasia Kucharska
Kasia Kucharska debuted CLOSE TO THE HEDGE in Paris last week, presenting a collection with a garden theme. It turns out the technological process behind the label's signature latex lace has something in common with magazine production, too – or so argues 032c's Victoria Camblin.
SMASHED COLLARBONES: Berlin Art Week 2022
Eating, slurping, and devouring – in some cases as sexual practices, in others as the actual consumption of food – pervaded Berlin Art Week 2022. Navigating through a web of bizarre desires, funky fantasy worlds, and splintered bones, joy was (not) found in a premium thick milkshake.
A Great Anomic Era: Ian Cheng
Cyber Simulacrum: IAN CHENG has created a computer generated world, that through AI simulations tells the story of “Life After BOB.” In the pursuit of creating a digital narrative imbued with aliveness, Chen discusses the IRL processes and inspirations behind the smoke and lazers.
Finding Romance in the Grotesque: Jon Rafman
Can we ever experience our fully fleshed selfs? Or will we always be nothing more than mortal video game characters who are only a reference of a reference?
By Claire Koron Elat
DEANA LAWSON: THE SELECTION OF IMAGES
"The photo-based artist DEANA LAWSON chose not to issue a statement about the selection of images." – Deana Lawson Studio, New York, 2020.
CONCEPT ENGINEER: Moncler's Remo Ruffini
How MONCLER CEO Remo Ruffini transformed the humble puffer jacket into a cultural status symbol. Celebrating 70 years of Moncler, 032c publishes our interview with Ruffini from our Winter 2021 print edition.
By Joerg Koch
Alice and her old pal the Rabbit have a big chat about drugs, sex, bugs, boys, sweets, and all kinds of weird feelings in the woods of Wonderland on a deep-fried summer night.
BRENDA’S BUSINESS with PETER DO
Interviewing the who's who of fashion is not for the faint of heart. Brenda Weischer aka @brendahashtag, takes on the challenge in her new column "Brenda's Business" in her first interview with the enigmatic fashion designer Peter Do.By Brenda Weischer
Mining a Counter-History from the Past: William S. Burroughs and Subcultures in Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas might nestled deep in the American heartland. Yet, for many punks, the small college town is the closest place to utopia they will ever know.
Cactus Store Collective: Happy Plants, Happy Life
Cactus Store, a plant-owned, human-operated collective focuses on improving relations between all forms of life on Earth.
MONA TOUGAARD in “The Whole World Glows Outside Your Eyes”
From 032c Magazine Issue #41: GOI MENASE and model ADIDAS x GUCCI for photographer SZILVESZTER MAKÓ in a shoot styled by RAS BARTRAM.
Swapping champagne for intravenous infusions at a luxury lakeside retreat in Austria, TRANSMISSIONS columnist Jordan Richman realizes that the best cultural production happens far away from art world galas, downtown dinner debates, or the latest Balenciaga stunt. Real culture, he learns, lives within (literally).
Michael Heizer: DESERT CITY
"Thousands of years from now, when some cataclysm splits Nevada down to the dust we walk on today and an alien race – mute, telepathic, formless – comes across City, cracked and eroded, its fragments serried across the landscape like boundary stones, will it tell them anything about this time that resembles what we call art?" Michael Heizer’s "City" is finally open to the public. It has been six decades since the project's inception — a drop in the bucket compared to the tens of thousands of years land artwork of such scale aspires to remain on our earth. Mahfouz Sultan wrote on Heizer for us in 2021, and now the public can now take their first steps among this sprawling megasculpture hidden in the remote Nevada desert, by appointment of course.
By Mahfuz Sultan
Maintenance of Curiosity: Oana Stănescu
Corri Spencer sits down with Romanian-born, NYC-based architect Oana Stănescu to discuss the development of her practice, and the confident ease in her approach to the countless larger than life projects she breathes life into.
By Corri Spencer
Malik Flint — aka bLAck pARty — considers himself the Sun Ra of R&B. He spoke with us about his place within the music scene, the connection between his music and nature and the joy he feels as a new father.
The Bstroy Conversations
"Neo-native design house" BSTROY are prophets of the post-Yeezy, post-Abloh creative landscape – and they're "the sort of punks the fashion world has not seen since Alexander McQueen," writes Saam Niami.
Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, news coverage has often overlooked the day to day lives of those impacted by warfare. Photographer Joshua Olley met with people living alongside the conflict, and documented the many faces of lives interrupted by conflict.
032c WORKSHOP Opens in Berlin-Charlottenburg
032c announces the opening of 032c WORKSHOP, the brand’s first stand-alone retail venue. The storefront will present 032c Readytowear as well as projects an exhibitions, opening with an installation by Sterling Ruby featuring a special capsule collection from the artist's couture label, S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA.
CRUISE CENTENNIAL: Matt Lambert x Ludovic de Saint Sernin for Pornhub
"I hope there's at least a small part of the audience watching explicit content that wants a bit more." Photographer Matt Lambert and designer Ludovic de Saint Sernin discuss their new Pornhub collaboration: an homage to cruising in Berlin.
Les Démons de Midi: Luca Guadagnino and Carlo Antonelli Are Friends, Talking
Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has taken on interior design, a long-time dream pursued (mostly) quietly over the last few years in the homes of his friends and in his own. Guadagnino officially came out of the shadows during Milano Design Week last month with a solo exhibition for Fuorisalone – at least, his work did. The "I Am Love" director was shooting in Boston at the time, but while he may have avoided the design crowds, he couldn't escape the gaze of an old friend. Carlo Antonelli interrogates Guadagnino about all things "interior."
By Carlo Antonelli
CHANEL No 5, RED MOSCOW, AND THE SCENT OF TOTALITARIANISM
“Can a drop of perfume tell the story of the twentieth century? Can a smell bear the traces of history? What can we learn about the history of the twentieth century by examining the fate of perfumes?” – Karl Schlögel
By Joachim Bessing