Ahead of the Google Pixel 2 public launch, Google partnered up with 032c to transform its Berlin Headquarters into a LED-lit tech workshop last week. Sipping on packaged survival water, the guests were guided through the new gadget’s features, equipped to adapt to your every moment, by specialists dressed in 032c’s Religious Services 3M Heather Sweatshirt. After their initiation, the crowd was stacked into a disco on wheels and sent to a celebratory dinner and tour of Francesco Dalla Rovere’s private art collection.
Edited fastidiously over a period of ten years, the catalogue raisonné of Francis Bacon – assembled by art historian Martin Harrison and published by HENI – is a strange and triumphant labor of love. It includes every work in the British artist’s oeuvre, of which are more than 100 never-before-seen paintings.More
MYKKI BLANCO is at the front of a new guard in hip-hop. In anticipation of her debut album, tentatively titled Michael, 032c interviews the rapper, poet, actress, author, and performance artist, alongside a commissioned editorial by London-based photographer Marlen Keller and stylist Zuza Stepien.More
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.More
“Struggle in the street was combined with otherworldly utopias in the low budget, small circulation architectural magazines of the 1960s and 1970s. Free of the constraints of finance and convention, the genre served as an international platform for experimental design and discourse and was instrumental in the progress of architectural modernity.”
“Artists, of course, have always liked to think of themselves as rebels but, the truth is, as long as art remains a prestige economy of the free market — a glitzy barnacle on the side of global finance — it cannot be an effective tool for political change. The best it can hope to do is comment on the political situation after the fact, ‘thematize’ it as it unfolds, or in rare, purely serendipitous cases, anticipate it.”
One Sunday in 1952, Lieutenant John Kilburn of the Royal Air Force noticed an unidentifiable silver object, “swinging in a pendular motion . . . similar to a falling sycamore leaf.” The sighting prompted the opening of the UK's Unidentified Flying Object department within the Ministry of Defence, a desk which collected sketches and reports from members of the public, collected here in a hysterical architecture of the British collective unconscious.More
At a show in Berlin, the trans experimental musician spoke about the difference between music and language, her fascination with geology, and physicality in the internet age. For Crampton, who was born in California to Bolivian parents, the very notion of becoming as something that occurs “beyond a constitution of discreet-particle physics.”More
What are tactical and technical garments? Why are they suddenly on the runway? Artist, personal trainer and designer Nik Kosmas unearths the category's origins, and reviews a selection of 2018's best apparel from Crye Precision, Arc’teryx, Lundhags, and 5.11 Tactical.More
Deliberate art direction may seem out of scope for a scene known for crude songwriting and in-your-face lyrics, but the most impactful bands of the hardcore spectrum have often been those who opt for a considered design direction to accompany their impulsive music. And in a world that rewards a “no fucks given” attitude, a punk band having a glossy art direction is pretty damn punk.More
A public service announcement from TRAVIS SCOTT in 032c’s Summer Issue 2018:
“TO ALL THE FANS THAT COME FROM MILES, I HAVE BEEN WORKING VIGOROUSLY ON MY ALBUM THAT HAS MADE MY BRAIN MORE RADICAL EVERY TIME I PLAY IT. IT MAKES STORMI HIT THE MOONWALK EVERY TIME I HIT PLAY. AND IT’S SOMETHING I PLAN ON DELIVERING TO THE FANS AT ULTIMATE HIGH VOLUME. COME ONE. COME ALL. BE PREPARED TO RAGE AND LEAVE IT OUT ON THE FLOOR. THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT FROM ASTROWORLD.”
Ever since the Romantics, the creative individual has been an American icon. But the kind of creativity that’s never gotten any attention is working class creativity.
Do you know how creative you have to be to be a single mother with a below-poverty-level income, intermittent access to food stamps and food, some job or no job, and be able to make a living, and make a family stay together?
That’s the kind of creativity, the kind of MacGyvering, that engineers just never think about.