Covers: (1) Mowalola. Photo: Jordan Hemingway. (2) Eli Russell Linnetz. (3) Sucuk und Bratwurst, Cannabiz: The Gentrification of Weed.

Issue 36 (spring/summer 2020)

KALEIDOSCOPE, Milan / Italy

May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020


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We are delighted to announce the release of KALEIDOSCOPE‘s new issue #36 (spring/summer 2020), coinciding 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 Myers and Taylore Scarabelli) discussing influence as legacy, currency and agency—all the while examining art’s own influence on society, and viceversa.

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:
Nora Turato (photography by Roos Quakernaat, interview by Ana Janevski); Lorenzo Senni (photography by John Divola, interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist); Clemens Von Vedemeyer (interview by Adriana Blidaru); Charlie Engman (essay by Francesca Gavin); Retail Apocalypse (Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen in conversation with Mark Lee); Olivier Mosset (photography by Alessandro Barthlow, interview by Gianni Jetzer); Diane Severin Nguyen (essay by Franklin Melendez); Davide Sorrenti (essay by Aaron Rose).

“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.