Issue #10 — Winter 2005/2006: True Zeitgenossenschaft

In celebration of the 10th issue, 032c has collaborated with Niklas Maak (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and Ashley Heath (The Face, Arena Homme+) as guest editors to find ten phenomena in which the contemporary unmistakably manifests itself. Because there is a movement interested in what might be made of the opportunities and challenges of our time—technologically, aesthetically, and socially. “The omnipresent retro-aesthetic is the most visible sign of a collective aesthetic and political paralysis. An entire generation has given up on its present and wallows in the forms of the past.”

Artist THOMAS DEMAND rebuilds the surfaces and lines of the Lamborghini Gallardo, a car whose form bears no reference to the past; OMA’s Casa da Música spirals in Porto as the last cowboy of modernism; Vogue Paris editor CARINE ROITFELD and art director FABIEN BARON flaunt their magazine; photographer OLIVER HELBIG celebrates Europe in Istanbul; SUNN O))) makes abstract music visceral and one-ups rock ‘n’ roll; collector INGVILD GOETZ takes art beyond the déjà vu;

politician HERMANN SCHEER pits the beautiful world of renewable energy against our industrial, archaic economy; structural engineer WERNER SOBEK discovers the aesthetic potential of solar technology; writer CHRISTIAN SCHWÄGERL unleashes the brain research that makes consciousness visible; designer KONSTANTIN GRCIC and architect GIO PONTI live dangerously and felicitously contemporary; art critic HARALD FRICKE unveils artist DOUGLAS GORDON’s pact with eternity; director CHRISTIAN PETZHOLD on the violence of locations;

the BERLIN REVIEW reflects on nine evens, projects, and people from the last six months in the great cultural laboratory; and so much more on 200 pages …

Contributors: Jens Balzer, Jodie Barnes, Fabien Baron, Joachim Bessing, Florian Böhm, Maurizio Cattelan, William Davidson, Roger Deckker, Thomas Demand, Chris Dercon, Jason Evans, Harald Fricke, Massimiliano Gioni, Ingvild Goetz, Konstantin Grcic, Oliver Helbig, LJ Hopkinson, Jürg Huber, David Hughes, Kirby Koh, Aram Lintzel, Alasdair McLellan, Eva Nahon, Carsten Nicolai, Sebastian Preuss, Olivier Rizzo, Agnés Rocamora, Nancy Rohde, Tamara Rothstein, Christian Schwägerl, Ali Subotnick, Anke Westphal, Paul Wetherell

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  • Life Exists: Theaster Gates’ Black Image Corporation

    Theaster Gates' “The Black Image Corporation” presents photographs from the holdings of Chicago’s Johnson Publishing Company, a sprawling archive that shaped “the aesthetic and cultural languages of contemporary African American identity.” Gates approached the project as a celebration and activation of the black image in Milan through photographs of women photographed by Moneta Sleet Jr. and Isaac Sutton – of black entrepreneurship and legacy-making. “Life exists” in the Johnson archive, he says, just as it exists and should be honored in other places of black creativity.More
  • FRIDA ESCOBEDO: The Era of the Starchitect is Over

    Rising Mexican architect Frida Escobedo is relentlessly inquisitive, eschewing stylistic constants in favour of an overriding preoccupation with shifting dynamics. Personal curiosity is the driving force behind her practice, which makes he an outlier in a profession dominated by extroverted personalities keen on making bold assertions. "I think it really is a generational shift," Escobedo says. "The idea of the starchitect making grand gestures with huge commissions is over."More
  • “I live a hope despite my knowing better”: James Baldwin in Conversation With Fritz J. Raddatz (1978)

    Born in Berlin in 1931, editor and writer Fritz J. Raddatz relied on food delivered by African American GIs after the death of his parents. To Baldwin he was an “anti-Nazi German who has the scars to prove it.” Debating his return to the USA after 25 years, Baldwin explores the political climate in America at the end of the 1970s in a conversation at home in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.More
  • House as Archive: James Baldwin’s Provençal Home

    For her new book, Magdalena J. Zaborowska visited the house Baldwin occupied from 1971 to 1987 “to expand his biography and explore the politics and poetics of blackness, queerness, and domesticity”. Here, she narrates her early journeys to Baldwin’s home and proposes a salve for its recent loss: a virtual presentation of Baldwin’s home and effects.More
  • Where are the real investments? Theaster Gates on James Baldwin

    The Chicago-based artist talks to Victoria Camblin about materializing the past, the house as museum, and preserving black legacies. Social and artistic engagement, Gates suggests, may allow the contents and spirit of Baldwin’s home, and others like it, to settle in lived experience.More
  • SECOND ACID WINTER: The Roots of Fashion’s Rave Revival

    References to late nights and chemically-induced collectivism are woven throughout recent fashion history with London's Sports Banger, Gucci, and adidas's Spezial unveiling acid-tinged collections and campaigns. It's not unusual for brands to mine the counterculture seeking inspiration, but the parallels between early 90s rave and the present are not purely aesthetic, but political too.More