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KALEIDOSCOPE #36 SS20
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KALEIDOSCOPE‘s new issue #36 (spring/summer 2020), coincides with the redesign of the magazine’s print and digital presence by Swiss art direction and graphic design studio Kasper-Florio.

Driven by a minimalistic approach which foregrounds the work of artists and photographers, the new graphic identity is “hacked” by a set of illustrations by Berlin-based studio PWR.

This issue comes with a set of three covers:

London-based Nigerian fashion designer Mowalola Ogunlesi (photographed by Jordan Hemingway) talks to Reba Maybury about her fluid representation of the Black body, championing the individual.

A profile by Jeppe Ugelvig introduces Venice Beach native Eli Russell Linnetz, creative director for the Kardashian-West clan and Lady Gaga, and his powerful meditation on fame, glamour, and mythology.

Featuring an artwork by design studio Sucuk und Bratwurst, the third cover is dedicated to Cannabiz: The Gentrification of Weed, a trend report on the legalization and corporatization of the marijuana industry—comprising an essay by Whitney Mallett, case studies by Lucas Mascatello and Michelle Lhooq, and a focus on Richard Prince by Alexandre Stipanovich.

Inaugurating a new text-only editorial segment dedicated to urgent research questions of our time, What is Influence?” presents four newly-commissioned long-form essays (by Caroline Busta, Geoffrey Mak, Pierce Meyers and Taylore Scarabelli) discussing influence as legacy, currency and agency—all the while examining art’s own influence on society, and vice-versa.

MYRISTICA, a special supplement to KALEIDOSCOPE’s new issue #36 created in partnership with Gucci, portrays experimental cellist and songwriter Kelsey Lu as the protagonist of a comic book (illustrated by Terrell Villiers and written by Akia Dorsainvil) illuminating her personal journey with references drawn from fable, cosmology and afrofuturism.

Also featured in this issue:

A trained graphic designer, avid reader and incessant Internet consumer, Croatian artist Nora Turato (photographed by Roos Quakernaat) talks to Ana Janevski about the ephemeral possibilities of her voice. In conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Italian composer Lorenzo Senni (photographed by John Divola) discusses “pointillistic trance,” “Deconstructed Club Music” and his newly launched album Scacco Matto. In his latest cycle of works, German artist and filmmaker Clemens Von Vedemeyer—interviewed by Adriana Blidaru—examines the power structures in group dynamics, social behavior, surveillance and mass manipulation. As told by Francesca Gavin, Charlie Engman’s photographs—compositional, sculptural, performative and active—emerge from a desire to connect to the prosaic and the everyday, juggling ideas of intimacy, fantasy and imperfection. Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Mark Lee discusses the crisis of retail, introducing critique by infiltrating consumer culture, with Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen—curators of the exhibition Retail Apocalypse. Swiss-born, Arizona-based artist Olivier Mosset (photographed by Alessandro Barthlow) confides to Gianni Jetzer how he began repeating the same painting over and over again—a provocation to the bourgeois ideal of the creative genius. In Diane Severin Nguyen’s work, lo-fi science experiments enact a perpetual transfiguration of matter. Here, Franklin Melendez examines how the Vietnamese-American artist catalyzes entropy with the elemental forces of gravity, smoke, water and fire. An essay by Aaron Rose recounts the work of late Italian-American photographer Davide Sorrenti—unscripted, poorly lit, raw and emotional images serving as a time capsule of pre-gentrification New York.

“Season,” the magazine’s opening section, accounts for the best of this spring/summer with profiles and interviews: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge by Francesca Gavin; Buttechno by Anastasiia Fedorova; Noah Davis by Tiana Reid; Jamian Juliano-Villani by Franklin Melendez; Kamoinge Workshop by Hanna Girma; Sung Tieu by Elisa R. Linn & Lennart Wolff; Crystallmess by Federico Sargentone; Yes Yes Yes by Cesare Alemanni; Mario Ayala by Katja Horvat; Deana Lawson by Katja Horvat; Mathis Gasser by Jeppe Ugelvig; Magliano by Carlotta Maneschi; Komiyama by Kenji Hall; AMO by Alice Bucknell; Danica Barboza by Gabriela Acha; Lourdes by Madeleine Holth; Come Tees by Esra Soraya Padgett; Nam June Paik by Francesca Gavin; Trauma by John Twells; Matthew Angelo Harrison by Harry Burke; Nick Hakim by Anna Tehabsim; Lauren Halsey by Dalya Benor; John Cage by Christopher Schreck.
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