I was the Guest Editor for 299 792 458 m/s Issue No. II, “The Overworked Body Issue” (a magazine by David Lieske and Rob Kulisek)
Situating itself in between a historic fashion magazine and a classic exhibition catalogue, “The Overworked Body Issue” extends the exhibition “The Overworked Body - An Anthology of 2000s Dress” curated by Matthew Linde at Mathew Gallery and MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 and it’s central question: “How to define a recent history of fashion?” An international cast of photographers, models and stylists contributed to the issue through fashion editorials and conceptual advertisements, staging and re-interpreting milestones in 2000s fashion, using a pool of nearly 300 garments that were collected for the exhibition. Also inserted is a new parasitic look book by BLESS for N.61 swimmingtogether.
I commissioned essays for the issue by Philipp Ekardt, Laura Gardner, Francesca Granata and Ulrich Lehmann (bio's below). Also featuring texts by Merlin Carpenter and a foreword by myself
280 color and bw pages
Published by Westreich Wagner
Distributed by König Books / D.A.P.
A reception will be held on Tuesday February 13, 2018 from 6-8pm at Westreich Wagner’s Offices located at 114 Greene St., New York, NY. “The Overworked Body Issue” will be presented alongside an installation of “No. 60 Lobby Conquerors” by design collective BLESS
Click on the image below to a PDF link of a truncated and compressed preview of the fashion magazine-cum-exhibition catalogue, including texts. (NB: 100mb file size)
Francesca Granata is Director of the MA Fashion Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design. Her research centers on 20th century and contemporary visual and material culture with a particular focus on fashion history and theory, gender and performance studies. Her monograph Experimental Fashion, Performance Art, Carnival and the Grotesque Body (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017) examines the way experimental fashion at the turn of the twenty-first century mediated shifting gender norms and the AIDS crisis.
Ulrich Lehmann is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Design and Arts at The New School, New York. He studied philosophy, sociology and the history of art in Frankfurt a.M., Paris and London. His research interests are the histories of material culture in Europe from the 1780s to the present day. He has contributed to a wide range of journals and edited collections on fashion and material culture. He is the author of Josiah McElheny: Object Lesson (White Cube, 2013) and Tigersprung: Fashion in Modernity (MIT Press, 2001).
Philipp Ekardt studied Comparative Literature and Art History in Berlin, Paris and at Yale University where he received his PhD with a dissertation on Walter Benjamin’s image theory and Alexander Kluge’s image practice. Before taking up his current post in London he worked as a research associate at the Freie Universität Berlin and was editor-in-chief of the journal Texte zur Kunst. His first monograph Toward Fewer Images. The Work of Alexander Kluge is forthcoming with MIT Press, and he is currently completing his second monograph, to appear with Bloomsbury, tentatively titled Fashion Forward Benjamin, which analyses the writings of Walter Benjamin in relation to fashion.
Laura Gardner is an editor, writer, and co-publisher of Mode and Mode (with designer Karina Soraya). Formerly online editor for the journal Vestoj, as well as working on freelance publishing projects, Laura is currently pursuing a PhD in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University. Her research and projects dwell on the performative and critical space of publishing in fashion and the role of print as a medium to disrupt, or propel, fashion narratives.