Issue #28 — Summer 2015: What We Believe

As the velocity and size of our data swell to inhuman proportions, it has become increasingly unrealistic to know and increasingly essential to believe. The WHAT WE BELIEVE cover dossier is a fluid guide to doing business in The Age of Uncertainty. It is provocative of the present-tense tensions that contribute to the new, embracing doubt as a starting point towards decision-making.

“If you can’t touch it, it’s not real.” — Following her ascension as a new type of diva, FKA TWIGS dresses up as Willi Ninja for a cover shoot with JUERGEN TELLER. She speaks with HANS ULRICH OBRIST about embracing anxiety and how voguing helped her get in touch with her feminine side.

Master dancer STEPHEN GALLOWAY appears alongside ANJA RUBIK for a surreal cover shoot by INEZ & VINOODH. After a legendary run as the principle dancer for Ballet Frankfurt, Galloway brought his knowledge and talent to the world of fashion, inventing the now-growing profession of creative movement director. Dubbed “The Model Whisperer” by the Wall Street Journal, Galloway’s innate physically allows him to connect and communicate with subjects in a way that even the best photographer would find difficult to achieve.
Having invented an app that disrupts every creative industry, Instagram co-founder MIKE KRIEGER has become an unlikely prime-mover in fashion and art. He explains to HANS ULRICH OBRIST that he envisions Instgram as “version 0.1 of the teleporter,” also discussing his growing art collection and why selfie sticks should not be allowed in museums.

“I like to take these solutions to problems and let that become their aesthetic.” Streetwear guru GARY WARNETT unpacks how NIKE and Berlin-based designer ERROLSON HUGH turned Hip Hop’s favorite outdoor label into the future of urban tech wear, heralding the re-launch of ACG.

Artist and former Hollywood director MARCO BRAMBILLA has developed a polished form of maximalism that has become the envy of marketing departments. Bouncing between gallery exhibitions, fashion films, and public installations, Brambilla describes the tightrope walk of operating in the new context of brand patronage.

“We’re paranoid and we’re cousins.” — Tate Modern director CHRIS DERCON speaks with artist duo OLIVER CHANARIN and ADAM BROOMBERG about the sprawling and, and, and, and logic of their practice.

NIKLAS MAAK takes us on a tour of the ANTI-VILLA, a former GDR underwear factory that architect ARNO BRANDLHUBER has transformed into a thinking model for 21st Century living.

“People protect what they love, and love what they know.” As the world’s oceanic landscape faces cataclysmic changes over the next fifty years, ALEXANDRA COUSTEAU is using the infrastructures of social media and big data to call forth a new era of environmental activism.

Part cold empiricist, part slapstick comedian, Norweigan artist YNGVE HOLEN creates works that map the anatomy of a new human-machine eco-system. He speaks with THOM BETTRIDGE about about supermarket poultry, airborne claustrophobia, and plastic surgery.

Fashion stories by OLA RINDL, RICHARD BURBRIDGE, and PIERRE DEBUSSCHERE. As well as a review of our favorite products of the season, from the Audi RS7 auto-piloted car to the Pradasphere catalogue. All this and more on 272 pages.


Issue #28 — Summer 2015: What We Believe

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