Arguably the most innovative music producer to ever emerge out of Jamaica, Swiss-based cultural pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry invented the genre and methodology of dub, turning the studio into an instrument. In his musical legacy, eccentric persona, and visionary art, we experience a journey through outer and inner space, nature, and the complexities of the Afrodiasporic experience.
Fueled by paranoia and the myth of self-actualization, a splurge of doomsday-prepping cults has emerged from the ashes of ’70s counterculture. Now, as the seduction of dystopia continues to spiral into apocalyptic narratives, a collection of unique garments designed by LA artist Sterling Ruby provides the inspiration to paint a picture of nihilistic survivalism.
With the great outdoors increasingly becoming a place of respite away from fast-paced consumer behaviors, a burgeoning techwear industry caters to anyone from athletes to minimalist millennials. Instigated by Slam Jam’s angle on outdoor lifestyles, this visual essay brings together image bank Organiclab.zip and radical encyclopaedia General_Index—as we look into the phenomenon’s motives, perks and shortcomings.
Having survived the excess and voyeurism of New York’s last pre-Internet graduating class, Dan Colen continues to make work commenting the commercialism in the art world. In the last decade, in search of a way to engage with what’s happening in the universe, he created Sky High Farm—a communal place beyond cynicism, proposing a new relationship to food justice.
Asociated with Gulf Futurism, a movement of artists commenting on the accelerationist state of the Arabian Peninsula, Monira Al Qadiri creates work that addresses the tension between natural ecosystems and high technologies. Scored by her sister Fatima, her new video installation is set in the alien landscape of the Oman desert, chasing meteors, pearls and petroleum.
As we learn more about human DNA, how trees and plants function, and ecological failure, emerging knowledge about fungi is upsetting notions of consciousness and communication—suggesting a parallel with technological networks. The latest bible of mushroom lovers, Merlin Sheldrake’s debut book spills out of biology into philosophy, medicine, food, and psychedelics.
CANNABIZ: THE GENTRIFICATION OF WEED
As legalization ushers in the corporatization of the marijuana industry, from PotCoin to NASDAQ-listed stocks, frictionless delivery services bring a variety of strains to your doorstep. The new big business co-opts stoner culture and refers to the product exclusively as “cannabis,” in an effort to foreground its medicinal qualities and sweep an ugly history of discrimination under the rug. But will the plant’s healing properties outdo even greed?
While she grew up, her family’s clothing line advertised itself as “Proudly Nigerian.” Mindful of that heritage, MOWALOLA has been advancing a fluid representation of the Black body, championing the individual. Now, she wants to destroy everything and start fresh—because when there’s destruction, there’s something new being rebuilt.
In the mid-1960s, the Swiss-born, Arizona-based artist began repeating the same painting over and over again—a provocation to the bourgeois ideal of the creative genius. Arriving in the US when postmodernism and Neo-Expressionism were all the rage, he cultivated his taste for abstraction and an interest in biker culture, anchoring his paintings in the reality of the street.
Four newly-commissioned essays by Caroline Busta, Taylore Scarabelli, Geoffrey Mak and Pierce Myers, offer four perspectives on influence as legacy, currency and agency—all the while examining art’s own influence on society, and vice versa.
A trained graphic designer, avid reader and incessant Internet consumer, coming from a long line of “psychotic tall women,” the Croatian artist plucks language from different sources into books, posters, videos and performances. Her main tool, her voice, is a bottomless pit of ephemeral possibilities—manifesting her need to connect, overcome shame and make mistakes.
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Compositional, sculptural, performative and active, the American artist’s photographs emerge from a desire to connect to the prosaic and the everyday, juggling ideas of intimacy, fantasy and imperfection. In his latest book, hundreds of images of his mom, Kathleen McCain Engman, destabilize the idea of “mother,” lifting her from the baggage of the real.
Perfectly post-Fordist and multidisciplinary, the creative director is an emblem of our current cultural industry, balancing commercial and artistic spheres. This Venice Beach native—working for the Kardashian-West clan and Lady Gaga while launching his own brand—has left a distinct fingerprint on American pop aesthetics: a meditation on fame, glamour and mythology.
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What’s the red thread between the 1989 Monday demonstrations in Leipzig, the extras’ rebellion at the Cinecittà Studios in the ’50s, a Black Friday event, and social distancing measures? In his latest cycle of works, the German artist and filmmaker examines the power structures in group dynamics, social behavior, surveillance and mass manipulation.
The Italian composer who invented “pointillistic trance” owes the label of “Deconstructed Club Music” for putting him on the map amid an international network of experimental artists. Now, as he picks up his first love for photography through a collaboration with Californian artist John Divola, his newly launched album continues to vandalize the genre’s tradition.