ABC of CdG

In 032c's Issue 20, we devoted a 40-­page section to Rei Kawakubo at COMME DES GARÇONS. Here, our specially­ compiled alphabet systematically uncovers the enormous di­versity of response that Kawakubo’s work has provoked.
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GOOBLE GOBBLE ONE OF US

Artists Roger Ballen and Asger Carlsen’s project No Joke can propel a fragile psyche into a state of vertigo. While Carlsen is known for his digitally-contorted silhouettes, Ballen’s work has long focussed on interior projections of the ego. This mind-body duality is the surface on which the hallucinogenic theater of No Joke takes form.
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Alessandro Simonetti Captures Italy’s UNDERGROUND SPEED FANATICS

The speedway runs anti-clockwise. Its riders lap it in a tightly-wound circle. Speedway racing is characterized by motorcycles that have no brakes and only one gear. Photographer Alessandro Simonetti documented his time with the speedway racers of Northern Italy. Following our obsession with speed, 032c spoke to Simonetti about "the most dangerous of all the bike sports."
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Conflict Reporter JANINE DI GIOVANNI Tells Us What War Is Actually Like

At times like these, war reporters like Janine di Giovanni serve as a kind of cognitive antivenom. Since the late 1980s, she has covered conflicts in Palestine, Bosnia, Chechnya, Syria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and many other countries. 032c spoke to di Giovanni about her projection for the state of the Middle East under the Trump administration and the universal cruelty of war.
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The SSENSE Files: Scenes of Cross-Platform Madness From Our Work at ssense.com

Starting in January 2016, 032c founder Joerg Koch took on the role of editor-in-chief at the global e-commerce platform SSENSE. In a special dossier for 032c Issue 31, we compiled some of our favorite interviews from back then, which feature creatives Lil Yachty, Natasha Stagg, Andrew Richardson, Schoolboy Q, Fatima Al Qadiri, Simon Denny, and Gaia Repossi.
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Touchscreen Abstract Expressionist KENTA COBAYASHI

Given the right operating system, a swipe can delete an email, sign an e-vite, and turn down a sexual advance in one motion. In this mode, the techno-sensual zone of the touchscreen serves as the interface between reality and its digital representation. This is the surface that Cobayashi’s photography occupies, capturing a world that looks perpetually more editable and made of liquid crystal.
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We Do What We Want

ROBERT SILVERS ignores the market. He’s also the juggernaut behind the New York Review of Books. Robert Silvers doesn’t skip a beat; his heart operation is behind him. The 82 ­year ­old is in his kingdom, the editorial offices of The New York Review of Books. The gentleman of large stature wears a dark suit and…
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SAM JAROU’s Amsterdam Streetwear Anthropology for NEW BALANCE

Few visitors see beyond Amsterdam's central spots and even fewer look to the borough of Bijlmermeer for streetwear inspiration. For a project for New Balance's new silhouette – the 247 – Sam Jarou and Lee Stuart returned to their teenage summer hangout to give the neighbourhood its long-awaited credit.
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RAMMSTEIN: Antideology in the USA

On the occasion of their 2012 Made in Germany tour, Alexander Gorkow and Andreas Mühe’s reportage of Rammstein in the United States was a study on the potential of “ANTIDEOLOGY.” Four years later, our private obsession with this document has transformed into a matter of political urgency.
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CREATIVITY IN THE CONVERGENCE AGE

As art and entrepreneurship continue to coagulate into a single INDUSTRY, what exactly is creativity? Writer Joachim Bessing spoke with management consultant Lars Vollmer and art historian Wolfgang Ullrich, who shared business advice for the creative class and creative advice for the business class.
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What is Section 8?

A couple weeks ago, a large group of us gathered on the Lower East Side to see the debut collection of an anonymous fashion label called Section 8. Almost everyone there knew who was behind the "anonymous" project, but none of us knew what to expect: Fubu textures remolecularized into a meditation on business casual attire, worn by women with dead koi fish coming out of their mouths.
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ZAHA HADID’S Posthumous Expression of Virtual Reality

In cooperation with Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Group, led by Helmut Kinzler, and Google Arts & Culture, the Serpentine Gallery commissioned four experimental VR paintings that enable an immersive experience of Hadid’s practice. Robert Grunenberg spoke to Ben Vickers, “Curator of Digital” at the Serpentine Gallery, about Hadid’s early paintings, the powers of VR, and its transformative …
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OMA AMO w/for PRADA

Every year, Prada holds four runway shows in a windowless concrete hall at its headquarters in Milan. This industrial space has become the blank canvas for the world-famous Dutch architects OMA to produce a dazzling array of immersive runway shows. These sets are more than just the centerpiece of the longstanding collaboration between two global…
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JONAS LINDSTROEM Uploads Our Fantasies in the Film TRUTH OR DARE

Jonas Lindstroem’s film TRUTH OR DARE - 21 Performances presents 21 unique narratives sourced from the imaginary minds of a global generation. On the occasion of the exclusive release of the 15-minute film’s trailer on 032c, we spoke to the photographer and filmmaker about finding truth in chaos, modern communication skills, and how this generation is united emotionally.
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ANTI-EUROPÄER: Anders Breivik, Abu Musab Al-Suri, and Aleksandr Dugin Walk Into a Bar…

Claus Leggewie is a German political scientist and author. His latest publication Anti-Europäer [“Anti-Europeans”] studies the increasingly fragile state of the European Union as indicated by Greece’s financial crisis and the Union’s approach to refugee issues. At a time when radicalized voices from all backgrounds question European values, Leggewie examines what unites extremists of different…
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Extremely Behind the Scenes: Matt Lambert’s “BUTT MUSCLE” Zine for Rick Owens

Last month, photographer Matt Lambert premiered the music video for Christeene’s “Butt Muscle” in collaboration with Rick Owens. Now, BUTT MUSCLE is being released as its own zine, soon to be available gratis in Owens’s store in an edition of 2000. 032c spoke with Lambert and video’s stylist Rich Aybar about fisting outfits, celebrating intimacy, and the making of BUTT MUSCLE.
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Weaponized Irony: A Roundtable on Trolling and Politics

The figure of the Internet Troll has gone from being an obscure message board phenomenon and source of cyber-bullying to being a bona fide mainstream news topic. Commentators have even gone as far to say that the recently-elected U.S President Donald Trump has "trolled his way to the White House." 032c spoke with artists Simon Denny, Matt Goerzen, and Emily Segal about the nature of …
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Force Royère: Wisdom from the Interiors Master

Jean Royère (1902-1981) may be known as the “Décorateur à Paris” – however, his oeuvre influenced many creative industries. His penchant for sensory confidence came to fruition in thousands of drawings, developing iconic pieces. Here, we show twelve iconic photographs of Royère's work along with quotes from the designer.
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“DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER” – A Resistance Sweatshirt and Cap

A good protest song is a true gem. “It’s not just you, I feel it too,” are some of the most comforting words to ever be spoken. Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is an ode to optimism as a kind of courage that can drive resistance. The fact that it doubles as a love…
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Engage or Die: Actor Clemens Schick on Politics and Fassbinder’s Legacy

German actor Clemens Schick – bona fide theater actor, Casino Royale bond villain, and former Nan Goldin model – decided to officially utilize his voice last summer when he became a member of the German SPD party, the Social Democratic Party of Germany. On the occasion of our “Love Is Colder Than Death” t-shirt, Schick speaks about Fassbinder’s ongoing ability to inspire and real-life activism.
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Lost in LA: Chronicles from SUNSET TOWER

Sunset Tower Hotel’s restaurant is like a hallucination. The rules of time do not measure here, or perhaps they do at a rate we do not yet recognize. These are the physics of a cliché come to life, Hollywood imagined the way it looked in your dreams. Dmitri Dmitrov, Hollywood's all-knowing maître d', is the enigmatic figure behind Sunset Tower's success. 032c's Fashion Director Mel Ottenberg …
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Helene Hegemann: An Innocent Mind Has No Fear

In celebration of its 30th issue, 032c and artist-director Ralf Schmerberg created a proposal for the ultimate Berlin film. The 76-page editorial An Innocent Mind Has No Fear, styled by 032c fashion editor Marc Göhring, was accompanied by a libretto authored by Helene Hegemann.
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Meet Dr. BJ FOGG: Master of Persuasive Technology

BJ Fogg is the director the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University and the teacher of many Silicon Valley stars such as Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger. Fogg designs systems that change human behavior, and though his research has stopped focussing on technology, his work has laid the groundwork for our relationship with it.
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INSIDE MIDIEVIL RAVE 2: “WE’RE NOT DOING SURGERY.”

For 032c’s Issue 31, Larissa Hofmann and 032c Fashion Editor Marc Goehring took on a journey to Brussels to create the 26-page story “MidiEvil Rave 2” with photographer Pierre Debusschere. Hofmann and Goehring, both from the South of Germany, share a true friendship in the often hurried world of fashion.
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WE SALUTE ZYGMUNT BAUMAN (1925 – 2017)

We salute the sociologist ZYGMUNT BAUMAN who passed away on January 9th, 2017 at the age of 91. His philosophies on LIQUID MODERNITY – the present state of our society and its transformation of Love, Work, Society, Politics, and Power – continue to be widely influential.
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