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

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

  • 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