How do you find truth in an age without facts? The answer: wake up and stick together. In this issue’s dossier “US vs. THEM,” creative director RICHARD TURLEY explores how the Global Right Wing’s blatant disregard for reality has given us all a license to become Nonsense Warriors. Turning away from “them” and towards “us,” CATHERINE OPIE, NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE, and STEFANO PILATI take us into their inner circles of friends, while COLLIER SCHORR turns BELLA HADID into Lisa Lyon. We revisit the work of MICHAEL SCHMIDT, and how his community workshops turned Berlin into a cauldron of contemporary photography. JACKIE NICKERSON shows us what Robert Longo looks like with a faster Internet connection, while CARSTEN HÖLLER takes us into his kitchen to explore the post-digital nature of food. We speak with VIRGIL ABLOH as he plots a fashion industry coup d’état and follow JASON DILL on a skate odyssey to hell and back to Fucking Awesome. And, last but not least, we make a pilgrimage to Santo Sospir, the villa on the Riviera where JEAN COCTEAU created his greatest Gesamtkunstwerk.
Also included with the issue, our “HEAT UP HADID” TRANSFER KIT which allows you to create your own t-shirt emblazoned with this issue’s BELLA HADID cover.
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Nothing makes sense. Nothing ever will again. The year 2016 marked a total rupture in the theater of politics. Even if the damaging effects of Donald Trump’s election somehow prove to be short-lived, his rise indicates a crisis wherein digital acceleration has led to political regression. In our dossier “US vs. THEM,” creative director RICHARD TURLEY creates a handbook for our new political paradigm. Its central hypothesis: Only within the chaos of this media overload will we discover what is real again.
“I am not sure if the sculptures were even subjects for her photographs …” For her first ever magazine editorial, “Heroines: Paris/Los Angeles,” artist CATHERINE OPIEteamed up with artistic director NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE to create a study on the power of classicism and ambiguity. The exploration begins on the beige stone of the Louvre’s sculpture garden and continues to Opie’s studio in Los Angeles, documenting a sprawling circle of friends and acquaintances.
On a surrealist journey into the past, Martin Mosebach visits the summer retreat of JEAN COCTEAU. At the Villa Santo Sospir, the artist spent a decade’s worth of summers smoking opium and creating his largest total artwork.
Back with a vengeance for her third 032c cover story, COLLIER SCHORR teams up with fashion director Mel Ottenberg for “Smith & Wesson Blues,” a shoot with BELLA HADID, inspired by the body builder and Robert Mapplethorpe muse Lisa Lyon.
“Duchamp is my lawyer.” From his fortress of irony, designer VIRGIL ABLOH is set on turning fashion into the industrial arm of the art world. In conversation with 032c’s managing editor Thom Bettridge, he explains how streetwear is not just a fad, but a logic inspired by Dada and destined to dominate the digital age.
Accompanied by a re-print of MICHAEL SCHMIDT’s 2002 story for 032c, Kolja Reichert explores how the photographer’s community workshops from 1976 to 1986 create a style born out of the “Gray Island” of Berlin.
For the story “Energy Crisis,” photographer LUKAS WASSMANN and designer STEFANO PILATI shoot an editorial inside Michael Sailstorfer’s exhibition “Hitzefrei” at St. Agnes. As his first for a magazine editorial, Pilati’s styling includes garments from his own personal wardrobe.
“It’s an exhausting reality,” laughs JASON DILL. In an odyssey documented with drawings and pictures from his personal archive, the skate legend takes us to hell and back to Fucking Awesome.
In “Push Me Shove You Oh Yeah Says Who,” photographer JACKIE NICKERSON, along with fashion editor Marc Goehring and 032c apparel creative director Maria Koch, presents a yogic meditation on a white collar dystopia.
“I’m very bad at killing, in general.” As an antidote to postmodern culinary mediocrity, artist CARSTEN HÖLLER takes us to his concrete perch on the seaside of Ghana and guides us through the 11 points of his “Brutalist Kitchen Manifesto.”
In the “SSENSE Files,” we bring you scenes of cross-platform madness, including interviews with RICARDO BOFILL, PLAYBOI CARTI, CHITOSE ABE, CHRIS KRAUS, HENRY STAMBLER, AMINA BLUE, and 69.
In our second-ever “BERLIN REVIEW” section, we speak with JEFF KOONS about Plato, retrace MARTIN MARGIELA’s reign at Hermès, dive to the underwater tombs of PHARAOHS, and explore our favorite books of the season.
Architect Frank Barkow’s ranch retreat in Montana is a sprawling testament to the mindset of Big Sky Country. After a contemplative horse trek on the Montana Plains, Barkow tells us why outlaw country is filled with more than just prairie fantasies. More
Surface-lust is very much the subject of Stile Ducati, a 240-page ode to the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer. With detailed photographs of 19 of the company’s iconic bikes, the book gently combs through a shiny and curved topology of polished and lacquered metal. More
Although Stain established Novokuznetsk, the title-location of Nikolay Bakharev’s monograph, established the city as a coal-mining and industrial center, Bakharev asserts that its inhabitants retain the a-historical quality of nomads. “Nothing changes in their world,” the photographer once said about his subjects in a 1991 interview, “No matter how many years pass by, things never change. More
“I’m very bad at killing, in general.” As an antidote to postmodern culinary mediocrity, artist Carsten Höller takes us to his concrete perch on the seaside of Ghana and guides us through the 11 points of his "Brutalist Kitchen Manifesto."
In a skate odyssey documented with drawings and pictures from JASON DILL’s personal archive, the skate legend takes us to hell and back to Fucking Awesome. The article from 032c Issue 32 is a feast of anecdotes and images featuring Dash Snow, Ed Templeton, Josh Kalis, Rob Dyrdek, Gio Estevez, his friend Mikey, and Kunle Martins. More
Photographer Gregory Halpern's most recent publication "ZZYZX" takes us from the dusty regions east of Los Angeles to the breeze of its western limits. "ZZYZX"highlights the brilliance of the worn-out fantasies that often glare at us in LA. Read 032c's review of the book here. More
During the making of Incoming, Richard Mosse describes being perched atop a hill on the Turkish-Syrian border, registering occasional thuds from far away. Capturing the bodies of those displaced by modern crises, Mosse’s film was shot on a machine that is classified as a weapon of war: a military-grade surveillance camera that is able to detect a human from 30.3 kilometers away. More
With 032c in hand, makeup artist and founder of Magicstripes Natalie Franz does a mind-body multitask. After touring the world and doing makeup for stars such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Connelly, and R.E.M., Franz is now a skincare entrepreneur, joining an industry that melds multibillion-dollar revenues with age-old occult secrets. More
Assembled into a book for the first time, Mies van der Rohe’s collages and montages elude to a penchant for conflict. The essays in the book chew over the grandfather of the International Style’s copy-paste jobs, revealing the architect to be more of a content manager than the cold, platonic formalist that he has become in the popular imagination. In some of the collages, Van der Rohe’s … More
While sociologist Zygmunt Bauman famously argued that we are living in a time of “liquid modernity,” this description can lead to the dangerous assumption that there was something solid about the past, something immovable onto which we may anchor our nostalgia. Granted, the age of networks, drones, and fake news stirs within us a particular… More
For 032c’s Issue 32, Stefano Pilati teamed up with photographer Lukas Wassmann for the 18-page editorial “Energy Crisis.” The models were cast from Pilati’s inner circle and looks were selected from his personal wardrobe for a full family affair. Read the interview with the former head of design of Yves Saint Laurent and Zegna here. More
Our “Heat Up Hadid" Transfer Kit, originally included in the new Issue 32, is now available separately for those of you who want to Bella-fy your shirt, jeans, parasol, whatever. Taken from the cover story “Smith & Wesson Blues" by Collier Schorr, the photographer evolved Warhol’s iconic Double Elvis into a Triple Hadid. The iron-on kit has been making appearances on all continents. What … More
When Martin Margiela was announced as the head designer of Hermès, it was presumed a match-made-in-hell between fashion’s biggest iconoclast and the world’s most established luxury house. Headlines with the word “anti-fashion” proliferated, but at the time, Hermès CEO and heir Jean-Louis Dumas saw the designer’s arrival as the coronation of a lucid philosopher king. 032c looks into … More
Conceived in 1968, a year of left-wing rebellion, Esprit was pivotal in defining the pastel optimism of the contemporary mainstream. Its method was centered around distilling joie de vivre into clothing, a model guided by inclusivity, which popularized the now-ubiquitous brand message: Be yourself. More
Included as a gift to you in our new 032c Issue 32 “US vs. THEM” , our “HEAT UP HADID” Transfer Kit allows you to turn the Bella Hadid cover shot by Collier Schorr into the garment of your choice. For your convenience, we present a no-nonsense instructional video to create the perfect t-shirt. 032c Issue… More
Anne Imhof’s three-act opera Angst is a grand and opaque artwork that drifted across the world like a low-pressure system. Act one saw its performers communing around a fountain filled with water and whisky at Kunsthalle Basel this summer. For act two, Imhof set up anarchic camps in the fog that filled Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof during the city’s art week. Read our feature with the artist … More
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. More
In his Parisian catacombs that smell of fuel and leather, Arthur Kar consults his clientele, who trust him for his discretion. The founder of L'Art de L'automobile told 032c about his love affair with automobiles and why he considers them to be "useable art." More
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. More
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. More
When we imagine Utopia, it often looks like a playground. Yet play is not the end point of idealistic futurism, it is the push towards it. Experimentation is limited to what is physically tangible, whereas play allows things as banal as a tire-swing and monkey bars to become truly infinite in their potential. Playgrounds advocate… More
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. More
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. More
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… More
The camp fantasy of the cowboy is so entangled with the reality of its actual occupation that the difference is hard to spot. Even real herders captured in harsh HD, like those of Finnish photographer Karoliina Paatos, reek of Billy the Kid. In her latest publication, American Cowboy, one expects the screen to drop with the turn of every page. More
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 … More