The Big Flat Now exhibition at SSENSE Montréal

On Wednesday 18 July, a concept first identified in artist Sterling Ruby’s studio, analyzed and illustrated as 12 theses on the pages of 032c, and disseminated across the web, was rendered in three dimensions at the new SSENSE retail and events space in Montréal.

Below are preview images captured before the show opened to the public. The Big Flat Now exhibition, featuring work by graphic designer Jonathan Castro, will run at SSENSE Montréal, 418, rue Saint-Sulpice, until August 8, and will be the subject of the forthcoming Reference Festival at Halle am Berghain in Berlin on October 27.

Issue 34 of 032c, “The Big Flat Now,” is available at our online store.

We are exiting the babytalk phase of the Internet. In order to unlock the total potential of a networked society, new languages and strategies for cultural production must be formed.

– Big Flat Now Dossier, 032c Issue 34

Today, an idea is just as likely to take shape as a t-shirt as it is a painting, magazine, or film. These concepts are as much shaped by how they fit on the feed as they are by the original ideas behind them.

– From Thesis 10, "Urschleim," in The Big Flat Now Dossier
  • Photography
    Edwin Isford

Related Content

  • 032c Issue 34 – Summer 2018 “THE BIG FLAT NOW”

    We regret to inform you that there is no future. Nor is there a past. Music, art, technology, pop culture, and fashion have evaporated as well. There is only one thing left: THE BIG FLAT NOW. 032c Issue 34 - Summer 2018 "The Big Flat Now" is out now! Learn more about the issue here. More
  • Deeper

  • 032c WWB Collection

    032c WWB “Chevignon by 032c” Fleece Jacket Cement Green

    €190
    Buy Now
  • FRANK OCEAN: The Artist is Absent

    Last month Frank Ocean's album Blonde was certified platinum, breaking one million units sold in an age when nobody seems to be paying for music. But the psychedelic future soul of Frank Ocean has always been about meaning, not numbers. For our Winter 2017/18 issue, music journalist Alex Needham got to the heart of Blonde in "The Artist is Absent," a feature accompanied by a photo editorial shot by Petra Collins and styled by Mel Ottenberg. "Once you let it in," Needham writes, "Ocean's thoughts and emotions are transmitted to you on such an intimate level, they seem to suffuse your central nervous system."More
  • Beatriz Colomina on “Portable Utopias” at Eurozine:

    “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.”

  • 032c WWB Collection

    032c WWB Writer's Belt

    €130
    Buy Now
  • “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.”

    Anna Khachiyan, “Art Won’t Save Us” on Open Space

  • Half a Century of Civilian Sketches from the UK’s UFO Desk

    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
  • 🚨 RE-STOCK 🚨 DIY Branding Kit #3: 032c Laces ⛸ 👞 👟

    Attention to detail is the heart of obsession. At the moment, we at 032c are tied up with our signature shoelaces. Originally produced for Avi Gold’s Better Gift Shop™ Hot Dog Installation at Dover Street Market, Ginza, our “DIY Branding Kit #3: 032c Laces” are available again from our online store in black or red. Now any shoe can become a 032c shoe. Trail boots? Sure. Brogues? Absolutely. Ballet flats? Why on Earth not.

  • Apparel

    032c Resist Socks

    €20
    Buy Now
  • Surprisingly slick art direction from the chaotic world of hardcore punk

    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
  • Apparel

    032c "First Issue" T-Shirt

    €50
    Buy Now
  • COME ONE

    COME ALL

    TRAVIS SCOTT’S ASTROWORLD HAS DROPPED.

    Read the 032c interview here or in full graphic splendor in the Summer 2018 issue. Still want more Travis? We’ve got leftover cover fly-posters at our online store.