“HYPERNORMALISATION is a word that was coined by a brilliant Russian historian [Alexei Yurchak] who was writing about what it was like to live in the last years of the Soviet Union. What he said, which I thought was absolutely fascinating, was that in the 80s everyone from the top to the bottom of Soviet society KNEW THAT IT WASN’T WORKING, knew that it was corrupt, knew that the bosses were looting the system, knew that the politicians had no alternative vision . . . there is a similar feeling in our present day. Everyone in my country and in America and throughout Europe knows that the system that they are living under isn’t working as it is supposed to; that there is a lot of corruption at the top. But whenever the journalists point it out, everyone goes ‘Wow that’s terrible!’ AND THEN NOTHING HAPPENS and the system remains the same.” Adam Curtis “The Antidote to Civilisational Collapse” @ The Economist
Do people find their individuality when they dress to fit in, or do they lose it? Since 1994, Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek’s highly-detailed photo series Exactitudes has compelled fundamental questions about the rules that govern fashion, individualism, and collectivity.More
032c COSMIC WORKSHOP at 180 The Strand in London: Film by Dom Sesto.
Creative Direction MARIA AND JOERG KOCH Styling MARC GOEHRING Make up PATRICK GLATTHAAR Supported by MAC COSMETICS Hair RAMONA ESCHBACH Supported by KEVIN MURPHY Casting AFFA OSMAN Production and Set Design UNTITLED PROJECT (BERLIN) Photography THOMAS LOHR (LOOKBOOK), ANTON GOTTLOB (BACKSTAGE), CHRIS YATES (RUNWAY) Video DOM SESTO Media REFERENCE STUDIOS (BERLIN) AND AGENCY 11 (LONDON) With support from BUFFALO, ALEX EAGLE / THE STORE X, GOLDY GIN, NOAM BEER.
Speaking about his new show at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, a collaboration with Alessandro Michele of Gucci, artist and curator Maurizio Cattelan says, “We are both fascinated witnesses of the overcoming of originality in our contemporary society.” The exhibition brings together works from more than 30 artists that, like Cattelan’s own oeuvre, question notions of reproduction and newness, considering the lives of copies, and the overdue absolution of the copyist.More
“[032c] is in a process of expanding, developing, becoming. What began in Berlin as a poetically intellectual fashion magazine in 2000 has grown into a fashion label now offering a ‘proper’ ready-to-wear collection, alongside their merch lines and the magazine and a website . . . Importantly they have grown into this space without selling out, watering down, chasing trends or changing their aesthetic. They’ve instead defined this new arena that fashion exists in in 2018, that exists equally IRL and on URL.”
There’s something of a derelict cinema or post-riot feel to “Version History,” the installation which houses art-design collective Metahaven’s latest film. “Eurasia” goes in search of the New Silk Road: Chinese premier Xi Jinping’s multi-billion dollar global trade infrastructure initiative to link East and West, a geopolitically contested space re-envisioned as an epistemologically war-torn landscape.More
“The debut women’s ready-to-wear collection, which will be unveiled to the public on Monday (and then carried by about 30 of 032c’s existing stockists) will be ‘sexy, very energetic and quite minimal,’ said Maria Koch, adding that it is inspired by 1990s rave- and clubwear and feature more luxurious materials than the existing 032c apparel line. Not coincidentally, the next issue of 032c magazine will include a feature on the same subject. Did the line inspire the feature? Or the other way around? The Kochs said it was all part of one creative conversation at 032c’s offices.”