The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell: Sean Pablo
Skateboarder SEAN PABLO is a cryptic character. Some question his personality, others his sex life. He has interdisciplinarily manifested his work in the form of his independent fashion brand, post-punk music, Converse sneakers, as well as cunning skating. SAMUEL HYLAND spoke to Sean about haters, the art of seduction, and making a comeback.By Samuel Hyland
Sculpting in Time: WILLEM DAFOE on Being "Inside"
Hitting theaters this week, INSIDE stars WILLEM DAFOE as an art thief marooned in a collector's Manhattan penthouse after a heist goes wrong. Fighting to survive in a modern and contemporary hellscape, he begins to create himself – and becomes "more human" in the process. "You've got to destroy something to have something be born again," Dafoe told VICTORIA CAMBLIN ahead of the release, in a conversation on Tarkovsky and time.
Objects of Our Time: Isamaya Ffrench's LIPS
LIPS, from Isamaya Ffrench's beauty line ISAMAYA, comes in the shape of a penis. The two lipsticks in cardinal and vanity are designed for lips but can alternatively be used as paperweights, design pieces—or, as a form of a toy. LIPS is not just makeup but a delightful proposal to rethink and recontextualize the meaning of sex and its symbols.
By Shane Anderson
Art World Resorts: artgenève
White Lotus is like the art-world-fair-resort, which characters do not leave, “drifting from one fantasy locale to the next.” In her column Art World Resorts, 032c’s editor CLAIRE KORON ELAT navigates through this year’s edition of artgenève, where she attends experimental dinners, discover’s Ugo Rondinone’s secret chamber, and switches Barbara Sturm for La Roche-Posay.
By Claire Koron Elat
What Future Do We Crave?: Katharina Korbjuhn’s Paradigm Trilogy
KATHARINA KORBJUHN’s predictions for this year are that Elon Musk will drop out of Twitter and that we will soon not care about TikTok anymore. The founder of Paradigm, a limited series of three theme-driven issues, posits her magazine as a guide to a new creative practice seeking to locate the true power and purpose behind cultural production. Do social media platforms “fucking suck,” or do they just need a rebrand?By Victoria Camblin
A Photograph Is a Photograph: Liz Johnson Artur
“On Instagram, you eat and eat till you’re so full you have to stop. And then five minutes later, you’re hungry again.” Liz Johnson Artur has dedicated her life to capturing and preserving memories while building an ever-evolving archive. She manufactures tangible memories and connects with people using photography to investigate and engage with others. In conversation with Katja Horvat, the two discuss Johnson Artur’s greatest fear and how the word “soul” sums up the artist’s oeuvre.By Katja Horvat
Notes From Underground: Luke Nugent’s AI Editorials Fictionalize Subcultures
“Compared to AI, the Metaverse is so visually unexciting to me. It’s basically The Sims.” Luke Nugent’s AI work, which celebrates alternative definitions of beauty and the lifestyles of people on the margins, depicts subcultures of the past and present—real and imagined. The “shoots” he makes using the controversial text-to-image AI software, Midjourney, have bewitched audiences and the algorithm.By Cassidy George
032c Names BRENDA WEISCHER New Fashion Editor
We’re pleased to announce that BRENDA WEISCHER aka @brendahashtag is the new fashion editor at 032c.
Heritage Futurism: Versace Jeans Couture SS2023
The transtemporality of the fashion present is echoed in the architectural mash-up of Berlin-Mitte, where aging monuments of futurisms past sit alongside newly constructed Baroque palaces, and post-internet art can be found in GDR neoclassical shrines. Photographer Rebecca Eskilsson joined stylist Billy Lobos in this metachronistic landscape to shoot the Spring/Summer 2023 season of VERSACE JEANS COUTURE, which revisits the brand's own DNA from the turn of the millennium – then splices it with the codes of the digital era.
Semantic Desert Malls: Montblanc at OFF Berlinale
Constructing a sentence is like formatting a world. Writing is a practice that multiplies your consciousness, that enlarges your self. Last Friday, Montblanc celebrated writing culture in collaboration with OFF—the annual Berlinale party, which takes place at changing “off” locations and is the unofficial get-together of the German film industry.
Uchronia Without Bounds: London Hardcore
What happens when you combine London’s sensibility for dressing with ear-splitting gabber and chronic drumbeats? Rave has a new generation, and it’s Hardcore. LUCY BROOME speaks to the founding members of Genesys, Rapture, and GR1N about raves as fiction, religion, and a way to escape the bleak future. They explore how rave’s legacy of world-building is finding expression in London’s current scene.
By LUCY BROOME
Young Gallerists: A Roundtable on Founding a Gallery in Today's Uber-saturated Market
“It’s more accelerationist than before, and buying art has become a status symbol for anyone with aspirational lifestyles,” says Robbie Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick gallery about the current status of the art world. 032c's CLAIRE KORON ELAT invited five gallerists to a roundtable on the conditions of founding a gallery in today's social and economic climate. ROBBIE FITZPATRICK, MARIE-CHRISTINE MOLITOR, PRIYA SHETTY, LISA OFFERMANN, and JULIUS WOESTE discuss their programs, fairs, and new collectors.
By CLAIRE KORON ELAT
Objects of Our Time: The Montblanc x Ferrari Pen
A pen appears to be a mundanity of life — an easily accessible and replaceable tool to write down your to-do or shopping lists, unless you have already typed them out on some other digital application. Ferrari and Montblanc think differently. Engineered past our sanity, is this object of our time inciting a dystopian future, or does it shed light on the facets of our current, inescapable reality?
By SHANE ANDERSON
032c Party DEVILS ON HORSEBACK at Provocateur, Berlin
To celebrate the opening of “DEVILS ON HORSEBACK,” we invited some of our favorites for a night of drinks (thanks Belvedere) and beats (thanks BABY B3NS, DJ MIURA, and RIOTBUTT). Click here to see what personalities and 032c faithful showed out at Charlottenburg’s Provocateur.
A Guide for Immortal Design: Dr. Martens
Dr. Marten’s DARREN MCKOY is unwavering in the preservation of the brand’s heritage codes, un-bending to trends, whilst simultaneously being ever in flux. The creative director doesn’t explicitly describe himself as a revivalist, but he does know how to take from the past and move it into a new and re-interpreted dimension. LUCY BROOME talks to McKoy about eschewing trends and being sent home from school for wearing the iconic British boot.
By Lucy Broome
FROM THE SLEEP SIDE: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Architecture is everywhere, not just in buildings. There is something particularly hyperconcious instilled into the designs of DS+R: ELIZABETH DILLER, RICARDO SCOFIDIO, and CHARLES RENFRO. Take a nostalgic stupor into MAHFUZ SULTAN’s essay for Issue #41, where he explores the extraordinary philosophies of DS+R’s multi-faceted designs through filaments, fragments and flashbacks.
By MAHFUZ SULTAN
DEVILS ON HORSEBACK
Garments are beliefs to be worn. Stories are told through sartorial tissues, and fashion is carried inside us. The group exhibition “DEVILS ON HORSEBACK” curated by Claire Koron Elat and Shelly Reich and including works by Tom Burr, Jesse Darling, Lewis Hammond, Lukas Heerich, Atiéna R. Kilfa, Michel Majerus, Kayode Ojo, and Ryan Trecartin opens on February 10, 2023 at 032c WORKSHOP in Berlin Charlottenburg.
Runway Music: Electro-Indie-It-Girls
The cycle of fashion trends, reoccurring every 20 years or so, is getting shorter and shorter. One of the products of this is the"indie-sleaze" revival — a trend that only had its hay day around ten years ago is back on the runway. FEDERICO SARGENTONE, our resident runway music anaylist, is back with a second edition of his column, explaining the sonic implications of trend revivals in the context of the AW-23-24 menswear shows in Milan and Paris.
By FEDERICO SARGENTONE
Do We Need to Stop Thinking?
The art critic MITCH SPEED’s relationship to Walter Benjamin, like a lot of people’s relationship to Walter Benjamin, is post-ironic, “simultaneously very serious and a bit cringe.” Although it is the art academic’s cliché to cite him, the presence of his writings is inescapable in this late age of mechanical reproduction. LUCY BROOME and Speed interrogate Benjamin's “aura” and the disconnect between art and its criticism.
By LUCY BROOME
The Failed Desires Index: Tiny Skirts and Bigger Belts
The history of garment regulation is not one to be contested. The weight of clothing is a loaded countenance, historically controlled by sumptuary laws, to make sure the overtly luxurious are not overly indulgent. ANNA SOPHIE BERGER recontextualizes the once maximalist styles seen in Renaissance paintings into stripped down stick figure drawings and proposes a visualized index of our failed desires. In conversation with CLAIRE KORON ELAT, the two discuss the nonsense of commenting on contemporary fashion, joining a mega-gallery, and the non-existent aspirational citizen.
By CLAIRE KORON ELAT
ALL HAIL 070 SHAKE
Borrowing from the Latin phrase meaning "mode of living" or "way of life," the title of 070 Shake's debut album "Modus Vivendi" has resulted in a slew of accolades for the quickly rising star. The term for which the title is named is often used to denote an agreement between disparate forces, allowing them to coexist in peace. The title seems apt, considering 070 Shake sits at the center of a universe of her own making, where powerful songwriting and intimate insights into the artist's inner emotions work in tandem rather than in opposition.By Samuel Hyland
Rest In Paradise: Balkrishna Doshi (1927-2023)
Balkrishna Doshi designs buildings, but he doesn't believe in owning them. Meet the 91-year-old Pritzker-prize-winning architect who helped Le Corbusier build Chandigarh and brought Brutalism to India.
By Sven Michaelsen
"Don't be gay": HUGO BAUSCH BELBACHIR Courts Bravery and Revenge
In a radical exploitation of queer iconography and pornography, "Don't be gay," curated by Hugo Bausch Belbachir, allows a forgotten generation, one decimated by the AIDS epidemic, to constitute a political critique. Structurally sound and now playing on their own terms, the Juvenile Delinquents want a rematch.
By Henry Levinson
Bad Principle Created Chaos, Darkness, and Woman
History has its fair share of violent femmes, from Valerie Solans to Simone de Beauvoir. HARLEY WEIR offers up a certain brutality when it comes to seeing: the petrifying female gaze. Her book Beauty Papers is an evocatively female photo story that flirts with the grotesque, the seemingly inanimate, and the all too uncanny.
By LUCY BROOME
Strange Bedfellow: An Ode to the Outsider with SOUFIANE ABABRI
Beloved French vagabond and occasional petty criminal Jean Genet was a prisoner of love and nothing else, not least the hypocritical indulgences of the bourgeoisie. Moroccan-French artist Soufiane Ababri takes a deep inspiration from Genet and works the perspectives of the overlooked into his drawings and live performances. Rejecting the imposed understandings of his environment from the domineering outsider perspective, Ababri (re)builds a world of his own, from the comfort of his bed no less.
INVENTING KIM KARDASHIAN: Christopher Kulendran Thomas
As we move one step closer to the world becoming an E-Machina territory, CHRISTOPHER KULENDRAN THOMAS takes us down an uncanny valley in conversation with CLAIRE KORON ELAT. His film The Finesse, on view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin in his show "Another World" in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann, subverts the boundaries between historical archives and sci-fi propositions, including algorithmically generated scenes that are never quite the same twice.
By Claire Koron Elat
BRENDA'S BUSINESS with GSTAAD GUY
"Eat the rich" will certainly not make you friends in Gstaad — the infamous holiday destination for wealthy royalty and celebrities. GSTAAD GUY, however, is at an ambiguous intersection of belonging to the exclusive circle while simultaneously mocking it. He has made a business out of the latter, letting his fictional characters, Constance and Colton, do the satiric work for him. BRENDA WEISCHER talked to Gstaad Guy about his oxymoronic collaborations with Loro Piana and Philipp Plein, his former full-time corporate job, and building friendships by mimicking people.By BRENDA WEISCHER
Art World Resorts: On at Art Basel in Miami Beach
The art fair: what are we really selling here? CLAIRE KORON ELAT enters the late capitalist fever dream that is Art Basel in Miami Beach. Why is everything so beautiful there? Tanned skin, fresh BBLs, and four-course-raw-vegan sunset dinners, kombucha cocktails all-inclusive, leaves Koron Elat questioning the hyper glamorization of the art world — all whilst swapping her Amina Muaddi heels for the Pilates mom’s favorite sneaker, On.
By CLAIRE KORON ELAT
ON MESSAGE: Matt Lambert and Erika Lust
In his newest cruise cultural cinematic survey, MATT LAMBERT has collaborated with the indie porn director ERIKA LUST and delved deep into Berlin’s nightclub scene. In Klappe, Billy Vega, Tiresia, Kaiden Ford, Cain, and Alex Rubberax meet not in the darkroom but in the even more ubiquitous bathroom stall soaked in body fluids. The film is a sensual portrait of queer intimacy and the potential of a bathroom stall’s architecture. In their interview, VICTORIA CAMBLIN discusses with Lust and Lambert if sex still sells.
By VICTORIA CAMBLIN
DEAR JEAN-LUC GODARD
Each one of the silly-surreal crash-edits, also known as innovative filmmaking distributed on TikTok, is a great-great- grandchild of what JEAN-LUC GODARD introduced in À bout de souffle, argues SHUMON BASAR. In his eulogy to the pioneer of French New Wave — and cinema in general — Basar explores some chapters of the director’s grand oeuvre.By SHUMON BASAR