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ISSUE 43 FW23

KALEIDOSCOPE's Fall/Winter 2023 issue launches with a set of six covers. Featuring Sampha, Alex Katz, Harmony Korine, a report into the metamorphosis of denim, a photo reportage by Dexter Navy, and a limited-edition cover by Isa Genzken.

Also featured in this issue: London-based band Bar Italia (photography by Jessica Madavo and interview by Conor McTernan), the archives of Hysteric Glamour (photography by Lorenzo Dalbosco and interview by Akio Kunisawa), Japanese underground illustrator Yoshitaka Amano (words by Alex Shulan), Marseille-based artist Sara Sadik (photography by Nicolas Poillot and interview by Daria Miricola), a survey about Japan’s new hip-hop scene starring Tohji (photography by Taito Itateyama and words by Ashley Ogawa Clarke), Richard Prince’s new book “The Entertainers” (words by Brad Phillips), “New Art: London” (featuring Adam Farah-Saad, Lenard Giller, Charlie Osborne, R.I.P. Germain, and Olukemi Ljiadu photographed by Bolade Banjo and interviewed by Ben Broome).

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FROM THE CURRENT ISSUE

ESCAPE TO MIAMI

The most southernly city in the US, Miami exists in the tropical recesses of the American imagination: land of celebrity, thunderstorms, Tony Montana, and Art Deco architecture. Here, we meet the latest generation of Miamians—committed radicals in the fields of art, fashion, and music, who are dreaming up new narratives for the city they call home.

NEW ART: LONDON 

The art world’s compulsion to categorize by the yardstick of “hot or not” has historically been the driving force behind the market and the gallery system. Commerce is intertwined with this metric, spurred on by the insatiable appetite to find talented young things to build up. This system is uninteresting: what’s in vogue rarely reflects those operating at the cutting edge. Who are those young emerging artists making work against all odds—work that is difficult and costly to make, store, exhibit, move, and sell? These five individuals typify this path. Working across video, sound, installation, and sculpture, they march onwards, carving out their own niche—exhibiting in empty shop spaces one day and major institutions the next. For them, making is guided by urgency, and persistence is motivated by blind faith.

SARA SADIK 

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KALEIDOSCOPE hosted a solo exhibition by Marseille-based artist Sara Sadik (b. 1994, Bordeaux), in November 2023 at Spazio Maiocchi in Milan, with the support of Slam Jam. Inspired by videogames, anime, science fiction, and French rap, Sara Sadik’s work explores the reality and fantasies of France’s Maghrebi youth, addressing issues of adolescence, masculinity, and social mythologies. Her work across video, performance, and installation often centers on male characters, using computer-generated scenarios to transform their condition of marginalization into something optimistic and poetic.

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In 2023, from June 22 to June 24 during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, KALEIDOSCOPE and GOAT presented the new edition of our annual arts and culture festival, MANIFESTO. Against the unique setting of the French Communist Party building, a modern architectural landmark designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the festival will bring together visionary creators from different areas of culture across three days of art, fashion and sound. The 2024 edition will run from June 21 to June 23.

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In April 2023, a year after the launch of the magazine, Capsule introduced Capsule Plaza, a new initiative that infuses new energy into Milan Design Week by redefining the design showcase format. A hybrid between a fair and a collective exhibition, Capsule Plaza brings together designers and companies from various creative fields, bridging industry and culture with a bold curation that spans interiors and architecture, beauty and technology, ecology and craft. The 2024 edition will run from April 15 to April 21.

KALEIDOSCOPE #41 FW22 – MARK FLOOD

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KALEIDOSCOPE's new issue 41 (Fall/Winter 2022) launches with a set of six covers, and a revamped look.


In conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, artist Charles Atlas reminisces about starting out in the NYC underground drag scene of the 1970s, and collaborating with the likes of Merce Cunningham, Michael Clark, and Leigh Bowery. Reinterpreted through the lens of photographer Charlie Engman, his lexicon is one of raw energy and omnivorous imagination, spanning from docu-fantasy to mathematics, from TV to TikTok.

Pictured in Tokyo by Motoyuki Daifu on the occasion of his Don't Follow Me Because I'm Lost Too!! tour, London-based VEGYN is something of a prodigy, having produced music for the likes of Frank Ocean, founded his own record label, and doubled as a graphic designer. Here, he sits down for a chat with Cyrus Goberville to explain how he remains level-headed in the oversaturated electronic music arena.

DJ Harvey has been a fixture on the dancefloor since he started DJing in 1985, going all the way from the phoneless freedom of those anarchic acid house parties to gaining deity status as an early pioneer of the Balearic sound. Captured by Anton Gottlob at Ibiza’s legendary hotel and nightclub, Pikes, he flaunts his playboy style and carefree worldview, as Thomas Gorton picks his brain on the future of dance music.

No longer referring to the stuffy, old-moneyed, exclusionary world it once represented, the term “preppy” is undergoing something of a renaissance. In a bootleg, updated version of the ironic “Official Preppy Handbook” from the 1980s, featuring photography by Tim Schutsky, we reclaim Prep style for a new dapper class, appropriating not just the dress but the full package of mannerisms, signifiers, and curated experiences—to very different ends. 

Formerly known as boychild, a moniker that embraced myriad explorations at the fringes of being human, Tosh Basconow returns to a vulnerable, fleeting, porous self. Captured by Lee Wei Swee and interviewed by X Zhu-Nowell, she describes her improvisation-based performances as a mode of survival and world-building—a subtle testament to the ungraspable nature of living, stemming from feelings of non-belonging and erasure.

A special, limited-edition cover story provides a cultural reading of the work of Mark Flood from the ’90s to recent years, as he continues to probe the basic precepts and structures of the art world—or, as he puts it, to "fuck the frame." In conversation with Patrick McGraw, the Houston-based artist discusses ideas of irony, performativity, and ownership in an increasingly appearance-based world. 

Also featured in this issue: 

Men About Rome. An original photo story by Piotr Niepsuj presents the eternal city through the eyes of two outstanding Ciceros—Italian painter Enzo Cucchi (interviewed by Luca Lo Pinto) and American-born filmmaker Abel Ferrara(interviewed by Carlo Antonelli)and gives us an exclusive private tour of the marvelous house-museum of Giorgio de Chirico. 

Chaotic! Whitney Mallet excavates this year's particular chaos through an essay about our reality defined by anxiety, content glut, stimuli overload, and empathy fatigue, showcasing the most triggering episodes of 2022, from Shanghai lockdowns to the Oscar slap, from Roe v. Wade to the Depp v. Heard trial, from Monkeypox to all things Ye. 

In the year marking its 25th anniversary, Berlin-based brand BLESS keeps occupying a "third space" between contemporary art and fashion, with intellectual, pragmatic, tongue-in-cheek products. Taking input from a wide variety of voices, an essay by Jeppe Ugelvig proves how their designer-as-artist medium was distinctly ahead of the curve.

And finally, "SEASON," the magazine's opening section, accounts for the best of this Fall/Winter with profiles on Will Benedict; Air Afrique; Atticus Torre; Documenting The Nameplate; Maggie Dunlap; Marnie Weber; Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel; Ana Benaroya; Emma DJ; Rayon Vert; Amphetamine Sulphate; Dean Sameshima; Roe Ethridge; Josiane M. H. Pozi; Atiéna R. Kilfa; Ulysses Jenkins; Stacey Leigh; and Stephanie LaCava. 

This issue comes with a zine dedicated to BIO/VERSE, a collaborative project between Perks and Mini (PAM), PUMA, and the DEEP BioData Platform, which expands on the biodiversity of the wild and vulnerable ecosystem of the Western Brazilian Amazon.